Wonder Ball showcases next generation of fundraisers
June 15th, 2017
There was a time that multi-million dollar fundraising events were pulled together by old-school Chicago names. You could always count on a Crown, Ryan or Pritzker to be in the philanthropic mix.
Those billionaire names remain on the charity scene, but there are some new names, too.
The recent Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago ball was a good place to find them. The event earlier this month raised $2 million.
Among the big givers: Tom Ricketts, chairman and owner of the Chicago Cubs; Robin Loewenberg Tebbe, event co-chair and chief marketing officer of Magellan Development Group (developed the Lakeshore East masterplan) and her husband, Mark Tebbe, successful entrepreneur and professor at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business; Jim Gray, former CEO of optionsXpress Holdings Inc., and his wife Aimee, co-chair of the event; and Matt Maloney, Grubhub co-founder and CEO. His wife, Holly Maloney, is a member of the Woman’s Board.
They’re all among a growing class of entrepreneurs (many from the tech industry) who are sharing their wealth and energy with causes they care about. Boys & Girls Clubs is just one of them.
The group’s Wonder Ball, as it was called, was held at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. The event went with the tried and true designs of Kehoe Designs.