THANK YOU to everyone who attended the
8th Annual No Ordinary Evening
on April 27, 2019,
honoring the legacy of Declan Drumm Sullivan.

Your generosity helped raise a record-breaking $850,000 for the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund and Declan’s Class students.

Declan’s Class is a group of Horizons for Youth students, now 96 strong, whose tuition and programming are supported exclusively from funds raised at No Ordinary Evening. The number of students in Declan’s Class grows every year, a testament to the commitment of the Drumm-Sullivan family, and the entire Horizons for Youth community, to the education and future of our students.
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We would like to especially thank…


Along with 650 of our closest friends, the 8th annual No Ordinary Evening raised a record-breaking $850,000 in support of students at Horizons for Youth. With No Ordinary Evening in the Emerald City as the theme for this year’s event, we celebrated the life of Declan Drumm Sullivan. Our MC for the evening was Reggie Brooks, who led the celebrations for Declan’s Class, now 96 students strong, and its first high school class graduates, Dejah and Sophia.
Dejah and Sophia have been accepted to 26 colleges and universities and earned $1,160,388 in scholarships, collectively. The highlights of the night were the unveiling of the video and the girls’ announcements of where they will be attending school in the fall. Dejah will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sophia will be attending John Carroll University.

A very special thank you goes out to the Drumm Sullivan family who, for eight years now, have made supporting Chicago students their highest priority. We cannot thank them enough. 
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 262 students. To date, 80% 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.