The 7th Annual No Ordinary Evening will be held at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

2018 Tickets and Sponsorship

Celebrate the life of Declan Drumm Sullivan by sponsoring a table, purchasing a ticket, or donating to the 7th annual No Ordinary Evening fundraiser.

For more detail on sponsorship opportunities and how you can be part of building an extraordinary legacy, please download a PDF of “The 007th Annual No Ordinary Evening…Shaken Not Stirred” sponsor packet here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sean MacCready, VP of External Relations with Horizons for Youth, at 312-627-9031 ext. 103 or

2017 Results

Thank you to everyone who attended the 6th Annual No Ordinary Evening, held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. It was a smashing success. The event raised over $740,000, once again shattering our previous record! To view a copy of the 2017 program in PDF format, please click here.

It was incredible to witness over 700 guests honoring the life of Declan Drumm Sullivan and impacting the lives of Chicago students. We are deeply grateful to partner with the Sullivan family on this event, and the integrity and grace that Barry, Alison, Wyn, and Mac continually demonstrate is unmatched.

An Extraordinary Legacy

We are just getting started with building Declan’s legacy. Through the generosity of our donors, we have grown Declan’s Class from the inaugural 40 students to the 84 children we introduced at Navy Pier on April 29, 2017. We look forward to recognizing 90 students in Declan’s Class on April 28, 2018!

  • 2012: Declan’s 40
  • 2013: Declan’s 52
  • 2014: Declan’s 65
  • 2015: Declan’s 75
  • 2016: Declan’s 84
  • 2017: Declan’s 90

The level of dedication demonstrated by our donors and volunteers is mirrored by the parents and guardians in our program. These hard-working and self-sacrificing moms, dads, and grandparents do and give all they can so that their children can have a better life. Partnering with these men and women is a tremendous honor. There is no better example of the spirit of Horizons for Youth families than Ann Smith and her grandson, Jamarius, who we were thrilled to introduce at the 2017 No Ordinary Evening. To hear their story, please watch this video:

Event Origins

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.

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 265 students. To date, 84% of Horizons for Youth high school program graduates 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.

Thank you  to our 2018 sponsors!

Diamond Level
Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame

Spectre Level
OMI Industries/Fresh Wave
University of Notre Dame Athletic Department

Royale Level
Greg & Julie Dingens
Kelly Cares Foundation
McDonough Family
McNamara Purcell Foundation
Patrick & Alyson Nash
Wynnchurch Capital
XMS Capital Partners

Quantum Level
Dennis & Marsha Belcastro
Patrick and Ruth Boehmer
Matthew & Christine Boler
Mark & Cindy DeTrempe
Pat Doyle & Kathy Murdock
Gerald & Denise Fitzgerald
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg
King & Spalding LLP
Karen & Mike Streit
Denise Peterson
William Blair

Moonraker Level
JLT Specialty USA
Lockton Companies
McHugh Construction
Ken & Roberta McQuade