The 8th Annual No Ordinary Evening will be held

April 27, 2019
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe Street

To purchase your tickets for this year’s No Ordinary Evening, please click here

Last year, the 007th Annual No Ordinary Evening on April 28, 2018, honoring the legacy of Declan Drumm Sullivan. Your generosity helped raise over $700,000 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.
We have received generous donations for the upcoming event and look forward to welcoming more sponsors. To learn more about donating to No Ordinary Evening, please download our Sponsorship Packet by clicking here
We would like to especially thank…
OUR SPONSORS (as of April 18, 2019)

Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame

Matthew and Christine Boler
OMI Industries – Fresh Wave
Sidley Austin
University of Notre Dame Athletic Dept

Greg and Julie Dingens
Mike and Christine Golic
Kelly Cares Foundation
McDonough Family
McNamara Purcell Foundation
Patrick and Alyson Nash
Mike and Karen Streit
Wynnchurch Capital
XMS Capital Partners

Alight Solutions
Pat and Ruth Boehmer
Paul and Kate Bradley
Mark and Cindy DeTrempe
Pat Doyle and Kathy Murdock
Bill and Martha Forsyth
Jeff and Cathy Grimes
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg
JP Morgan
King & Spalding LLP
David and Laura McKeon
Bob and Anne Michels
Notre Dame Club of Lake County
Denise Peterson
Professional Education International
Jim and Julie Schwartz
William Blair

Last year we introduced Declan’s 90 (image below) to the enthusiastically cheering, appreciative crowd. We also showcased our video (click here or on image below to view) that told the story of one Horizons for Youth family, the Clarks, and how their two sons have blossomed with the support of Horizons for Youth, even in the midst of their mother’s unexpected illness.

ABC 7’s Rob Elgas, a former Horizons for Youth mentor, did a wonderful job as last year’s host, making everyone feel welcome and at home, and the band Maggie Speaks kept the dance floor packed and moving.

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

If you are interested in adding to Declan’s legacy by sponsoring a Declan’s Class student or making a donation, please visit our website, where you can learn more about how you can make a difference in the life of a Horizons for Youth student.

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, 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.