Last Friday the hubby and I attended the 8th annual Skyline Soiree, a spectacular evening benefiting the American Cancer Society. The Skyline Soiree is one a many wonderful fundraising events put on by the American Cancer Society’s Chicago Board of Ambassadors. Held at the City Winery in West Loop, the event was an evening full of food, music, and entertainment, not to mention one of the best silent auctions at a charity event that I have ever seen.
The American Cancer Society is an absolutely wonderful organization. Dedicated to helping people who face cancer, educating individuals on cancer research, early detection, treatment, and sharing with the world their sole mission of eliminating cancer. Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, myself included. After losing my own father to lung cancer almost nine years ago, and watching my father-in-law battle stage 4 lymphoma and successfully recovering from it, cancer has been present in my life for a very long time.
My sister, husband and I have done many of our own fundraising efforts in the past to support various cancer organizations that we support, but it has always been a one off thing; a bike race, a marathon, a 5k, or hosting an event benefiting an organization. I have long considered becoming more involved with an organization at some capacity, and it was absolutely inspiring to see so many young people come together to put on such an extraordinary event.
The Associate Board of Ambassadors is the American Cancer Society’s young professionals group. Collectively, they have raised over $1 million in the fight against cancer since its inception in 2007 through supporting Skyline Soiree and Discovery Ball; their mission is simple— save lives and celebrate lives, every day. ABOA members have the opportunity to network with others who are interested in making a difference in their community and significantly impacting the Society’s lifesaving mission.
Skyline Soiree is the primary fundraiser of the Associate Board of Ambassadors and one of the premier events of its kind in Chicago. Here in Chicago, the ABOA is made up of over 75 young professionals from more than 65 companies throughout the Chicagoland area. From all different industry backgrounds, these individuals share a common philanthropic desire and are eager to fund raise for a cause that they believe in.
Upon being invited to the Skyline Soiree and seeing what the evening was all about, I have now been inspired to apply to be on the board ABOA and I strongly encourage anyone considering getting involved with an organization with other young professional to do so as well.
The Skyline Soiree was such an amazing evening. I arrived in tow with my husband, and was greeted at City Winery with a glass of bubbly; how perfect. As we entered the vast City Winery space, we could see the beautiful silent auction items arranged on tables in the large back room.
Anxious to check everything out, we headed to the bar to grab a quick drink and peruse the offerings. From awesome sports memorabilia, wine and food packages, to everything that would appeal to ones personal interest, mine being the huge Ulta makeup and beauty gift basket, for Chris it was a wine bottle signed by Chicago football legend, Mike Ditka, aka “Da Coach”. To each their own.
The table dedicated to travel packages was incredible. Hawaii, Caribbean, and Napa Wine Country packages, were among the available items. After checking out all of the items, we bid on several through the convenient website made to bid on items at the touch of your iPhone. Chris loved this element of technological advancement, which only gave me more opportunities to bid on more items.
Overall, by any standards, the night was a complete success. With a goal of raising $185,000 the Skyline Soiree raised over $300,000 in total from the 450+ guests that attended. Chris and I were outbid on all of our items, but nonetheless we had the best time dancing to the live entertainment put on by the incredible band, Spoken Four by Maggie Speaks. They rocked the house and I burned about 1200 calories in dancing alone.
I am looking forward to attending the Skyline Soiree for many more years to come, and am anxious to learn more about becoming a member of the board of ambassadors. If you would like to learn more about the Skyline Soiree or the ACS Chicago Board of Ambassadors, visit www.acsaboa.org/about-the-aboa.