November 7, 2017
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This spectacular evening set the course for the Pier’s second century while showcasing the Pier’s dynamic, year-round free programming. The event honored the Polk Bros. Foundation for their legacy partnership and all proceeds directly supported the Pier’s free public programs available to more than 9 million annual guests.
Navy Pier’s First-Ever Benefit Event, “A Celebration ExPIERience,” Sets Course for the Pier’s Second Century by Exceeding Fundraising Goals
Event surpasses goals, raising more than $1.7 million to support the Pier’s free public programs
CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, held its first-ever fundraising event, “A Celebration ExPIERience,” securing more than $1.7 million in funds to directly support the Pier’s free public programming available to 9.3 million annual guests.
Co-chaired by Lisa and Jeffrey Aronin; Virginia and Norman Bobins; Joan and Bill Brodsky; and Yvonne and Devon Bruce; the event welcomed more than 600 guests to enjoy Chicago-inspired food and several captivating performances from locally-based artists. Seizing a one-of-kind experience that started upon arrival, guests rode trolleys to the Aon Grand Ballroom along the Pier’s famed South Dock, which included a docent-led tour and a private fireworks display. Custom built 360-degree projection and LED screens created a completely immersive, technological experience that brought the entire Pier to life inside the ballroom and featured the epic talent from Navy Pier’s programming roster of artists, including Jabowen Dixon; Bourné Family; Lowdown Brass Band; Alexa Grae; Katie Kadan; Yuri Lane; Reginald Robinson; and the 7-Jeff Award winning E. Faye Butler; Tony-nominated Felicia P. Fields; and world-class Artistic Director Josephine Lee.
For photos from “A Celebration ExPIERience,” click here.
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