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.
The primary beneficiary of the event is Horizons for Youth. Horizons for Youth is a 25-year-old nonprofit organization committed to helping children from low-resource neighborhoods recognize and achieve their full potential. Horizons for Youth currently serves 250 students from kindergarten through college. To date, 100% of high school program graduates have enrolled in college, and 86% of them have either graduated from college or are still on track to graduate, demonstrating the effectiveness and life-changing impact of Horizons for Youth programming.
The 5th annual No Ordinary Evening, held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, was a tremendous success. We raised $720,000, making it our most successful event to date! The money we raised will help students from low-resource areas in Chicago be the first in their families to graduate from college. At the event, we introduced “Declan’s 75,” a group of 75 students whose participation in Horizons for Youth is supported by the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund.
In the first five years of this event, No Ordinary Evening has raised over $2.6 million for the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund.
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!
Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame
Matthew and Christine Boler
Fresh Wave/OMI Industries
University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics
Mike and Christine Golic
Kelly Cares Foundation
McNamara Purcell Foundation
John and Jeanne Gallo/Sidley Austin Foundation
XMS Capital Partners
Aon Risk Solutions
Baker & McKenzie/Mike & Liz Fieweger
Dennis & Marsha Belcastro
Patrick & Ruth Boehmer
Mark & Cindy DeTrempe
Greg & Julie Dingens
Pat Doyle & Kathy Murdock
Ken & Roberta McQuade
Pat & Alyson Nash
The Notre Dame Club of Lake County
Perkins Coie LLP
Laura & William Reilly
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation
Karen and Mike Streit