The 6th annual No Ordinary Evening will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom.


5:30 pm — Doors open
7:00 pm — Program begins
7:30 pm — Dinner

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.

declan75The 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!

Emerald Sponsors
Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame

Ruby Sponsors
Matthew and Christine Boler
Fresh Wave/OMI Industries
University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics

Gold Sponsors
Mike and Christine Golic
Kelly Cares Foundation
McDonough Family
McNamara Purcell Foundation
John and Jeanne Gallo/Sidley Austin Foundation
Wynnchurch Capital
XMS Capital Partners

Topaz Sponsors
Dennis & Marsha Belcastro
Patrick & Ruth Boehmer/KPMG
Mark & Cindy DeTrempe
Greg & Julie Dingens
Pat Doyle & Kathy Murdock
Liz & Mike Fieweger/Baker McKenzie
Gerald & Denise Fitzgerald
Bill & Martha Forsyth
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg

Houlihan Lokey
Lockton Companies
McHugh Construction
Ken & Roberta McQuade
Pat & Alyson Nash
The Notre Dame Club of Lake County
Perkins Coie LLP
Denise Peterson
Laura & William Reilly
Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation
Karen & Mike Streit
William Blair