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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
Ken & Roberta McQuade
Pat & Alyson Nash
The Notre Dame Club of Lake County
Perkins Coie LLP
Laura & William Reilly
Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation
Karen & Mike Streit