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


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 2016 sponsors!

Multi-Platinum Sponsors
Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame

Platinum Sponsors
Matthew and Christine Boler
Fresh Wave
University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics

Gold Sponsors
Patrick & Ruth Boehmer/James & Mary Pat Breen//KPMG LLP
Mike and Christine Golic
Kelly Cares Foundation
McNamara Purcell Foundation
John and Jeanne Gallo/Sidley Austin LLP
U.S. Pipe
XMS Capital Partners

Vinyl Sponsors
Aon Risk Solutions
Baker & McKenzie/ Mike & Liz Fieweger
Dennis & Marsha Belcastro
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Tribune
Mark & Cindy DeTrempe
Greg & Julie Dingens
Pat Doyle & Kathy Murdock
Bob & Anne Drumm
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg
Houlihan Lokey
International Engineering Consortium
Lockton Companies
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC
McDonough Family
Ken & Roberta McQuade
Mike & Eileen Murdock
Pat & Alyson Nash
Perkins Coie LLP
Denise Peterson
Laura & William Reilly
Cindy & Terry Simmons
Karen & Mike Streit
Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co.
William Blair & Company
Wynnchurch Capital