No Ordinary Evening Gala
No Ordinary Appeal: Our COVID-19 Response
Please see below for a special message from the Sullivan Family.
It will come as no surprise that No Ordinary Evening will not be held on April 25th as planned. With the escalating impact of COVID-19, developing alternate plans for our annual event quickly moved from something to consider, to action we must take. While we continue to work on those alternate plans, we must share the news that we cannot gather to celebrate Declan’s life and legacy this spring.
One of the moments we will miss most is the introduction of Declan’s Class, now “Declan’s 100”. The chance to see them in person this spring may have disappeared, but their need for the services provided by Horizons for Youth has not. To meet their need, we are pivoting from No Ordinary Evening to No Ordinary Appeal, an opportunity to help us keep our commitment to this deserving group of students.
In a short time, you will receive details on how you can participate in No Ordinary Appeal and help us sustain Declan’s legacy. Until then, stay safe.
Barry & Alison, Wyn & Mac
About Declan’s Class
Declan’s Class is a group of Horizons for Youth students, now 100 strong, whose tuition and programming are supported exclusively from funds raised at No Ordinary Evening. The number of students in Declan’s Class grows every year, a testament to the commitment of the Drumm-Sullivan family, and the entire Horizons for Youth community, to the education and future of our students.
No Ordinary Evening was founded to remember and celebrate the life of Declan Drumm Sullivan, who was tragically killed in an accident at the University of Notre Dame on October 27, 2010. His family created the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund to memorialize Declan’s life. The Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund supports organizations that demonstrate substantial local impact in the areas of education and community service.
Sponsor No Ordinary Evening
Generous sponsors have more than covered the costs of No Ordinary Evening every year to date, allowing all of the funds raised, the evening of the event, to go to supporting the students of Horizons for Youth, especially Declan’s Class. To join this special group of benefactors, download the 2020 No Ordinary Evening sponsor packet for a list of sponsor levels and the sponsorship form.
A special thank you to our current sponsors for their commitment and dedication to the 2020 No Ordinary Evening
(Updates as of February 18, 2020)
Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame
Matthew and Christine Boler
OMI Industries – Fresh Wave
University of Notre Dame Athletic Department
Mark and Cindy DeTrempe
Greg and Julie Dingens
Mike and Christine Golic
Kelly Cares Foundation
McNamara Purcell Foundation
Patrick and Alyson Nash
Jim and Julie Schwartz
Mike and Karen Streit
XMS Capital Partners
Pat and Ruth Boehmer
Paul and Kate Bradley
Dave and Laurie McKeon
Pat Doyle and Kathy Murdock
Jeff and Cathy Grimes
King & Spalding LLP
Notre Dame Club of Lake County
Professional Education International
William Blair & Company
Wintrust Wealth Management
Last Year’s Highlights
Along with 650 of our closest friends, the 8th annual No Ordinary Evening raised a record-breaking $850,000 in support of students at Horizons for Youth. With No Ordinary Evening in the Emerald City as the theme for last year’s event, we celebrated the life of Declan Drumm Sullivan. Our MC for the evening was Reggie Brooks, who led the celebrations for Declan’s Class, then 96 students strong, and its first high school class graduates, Dejah and Sophia.
Dejah and Sophia were accepted to 26 colleges and universities and earned $1,160,388 in scholarships, collectively. The highlights of the night were the unveiling of the video and the girls’ announcements of where they would be attending school in the fall. Dejah is now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sophia is also a freshman at John Carroll University.
A very special thank you goes out to the Drumm Sullivan family who, for eight years now, have made supporting Chicago students their highest priority. We cannot thank them enough.
Benefiting Horizons for Youth
The primary beneficiary of the event is Horizons for Youth, Chicago’s only kindergarten through college nonprofit organization committed to helping children from low-resource neighborhoods recognize and achieve their full potential. Over 27 years, Horizons for Youth has partnered with Chicago’s public, charter, private, and faith-based schools, along with dedicated families, to provide tuition scholarships, one-on-one mentoring, individualized tutoring, a summer academic program, family support programs, monthly enrichment opportunities, high school and college preparation, and college persistence support.
Horizons for Youth currently serves 253 students. To date, 84% of Horizons for Youth high school program alumni have either graduated from college or are still on track to graduate. They are persisting at a rate nearly ten times greater than their socioeconomic peers, demonstrating the effectiveness and life-changing impact of Horizons for Youth programming.