An Evening of Light, Love and Laughter!

Friday November 3
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge
529 Davis St.Evanston, IL 60201

Formal or Celebratory Glam Encouraged

Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres  |  Silent Auction & Gaming

Dinner  |   Welcome and Prayer by Rev. Heidi  |  Live Auction!

9:30 – 11:30pm
Dessert  |  Dancing, Gaming & Festivities



Live Auction Items

  1. Hamilton Experience!. . . value $850. Capture the excitement of Hamilton, the award-winning
    musical, with two tickets for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago. Make
    your weekend complete with dinner at Petterino’s and a 1-night stay at the elegant Ritz-Carlton Hotel
    on the Mag Mile. Hamilton tickets donated by the Unity Board, Petterino’s donated by the Welcome
    Team and the Ritz donated by Mark Burns & Michele Schmal
  2. Indulge Your Senses At Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa in Cabo San Lucas . . . value
    $3,000.  Luxuriate at this Mexican hacienda-style resort on the southern end of the Baja Peninsula.
    Postcard-perfect views inspire you to relax in an elegant suite with an expansive balcony overlooking
    the sand, sea and sky.. Rejuvenate body and soul at the oceanfront spa with massage and ancient
    Mexican rituals for wellness and tranquility. The suite has two master bedrooms – 1 king-sized bed, 2
    queens – plus a pull-out sofa, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, dining and living rooms.  Sleeps up to 8
    people.  April 22-29, 2017.  Donated by Cathy Sullivan
  3. Drag Queen Makeover and appearance with Hell in a Handbag Productions . . . value priceless.
    Hair! Make-up! Gown! and of course, Heels!  This one-of- a-kind Drag Queen Makeover is followed by
    a walk-on role at an upcoming Hell in a Handbag production. Live out one of your fantasies, or give
    your favorite guy a fantasy gift he’ll never forget (or perhaps never forgive you for). Donated by David
    Cerda & Chris Yourex
  4. Sailing with Captain Dan . . . value $900.  Feeling nautical? Enjoy an afternoon of sailing on Lake
    Michigan for up to 6 people.  Your adventure starts at Chicago Yacht Club for 3-4 hours on the water.
    Food and beverage included. Donated by Dan Ray
  5. Frieda’s Fabulous Fruit Jams and Spreads . . . value priceless. Despite retiring from the retail jam-
    making scene, Frieda created a special basket of tasty treats for Unity’s Gala.  These jams are
    lovingly made by hand in the kitchen of Fred Mahaffey's alter-ego, Frieda.  The basket contains six
    jars of exquisitely flavored small batch jams, preserves and relishes, crafted with locally grown fruits
    and vegetables.  Jams and preserves are low in sugar, high in fruit. Donated by Fred Mahaffey
  6. Seven Glorious Days at a Two Bedroom Condo in Naples, Florida . . . value $2,000.  As the
    temperatures in Chicago begin to drop, picture yourself and three friends enjoying the white sandy
    beaches of Naples, Florida.  For seven glorious days your group of four will luxuriate in a two-
    bedroom, two-bath condo at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club. Your vacation will ooze prosperity as
    you take advantage of tennis, golf and gorgeous beaches – all found within walking distance. Naples
    is known for world class dining and abundant, challenging golf courses. It is only steps away from
    island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of the Everglades. Treat yourself and treat your
    friends!  Mutually Agreed Upon Dates, Valid Until 11/12/2018  Donated by Bea Young & Duane
  7. Twelve Horseback Riding Lessons . . . value $600. Craving some quality time with a handsome
    stallion? Glengrove Equestrian Center on Harms Road in Morton Grove specializes in hunter/jumper
    lessons for riders at every level.  Donated by Peter Cannella and Glengrove Equestrian Center
  8. One of a Kind Prayer Shawl . . . value priceless. This one-of- a-kind prayer shawl is a hand-knit
    creation made by Unity's beloved Brian Fallon.  Not only was it crafted in love by Brian, but it has
    been prayed over and blessed by the team of Unity in Chicago Prayer Chaplains.  A wonderful gift for
    yourself or a loved one — feel the warm embrace of Prayer!  Donated by Brian Fallon
  9. Winter Getaway in the Dessert . . . value $3,300. From February 17-23, 2018 (dates are flexible) at Marriott Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert, CA. Enjoy a large villa with 2 bedrooms (King-size beds), 2 baths, kitchen, living room and balcony.  The property features multiple pools, beautiful mountain views, championship golf in the heart of the Palm Springs communities.  While you are there, take in a service at the Center for Spiritual Living, a very like-minded spiritual community where a number of Chicago Unity transplants have found a spiritual home. Donated by Mark Burns & Michele Schmal
  10. Dinner with Reverend Heidi . . . value priceless. Revel in a gourmet feast for up to 7 guests and
    Rev Heidi hosted by Michael Syrjanen and Eric Kugelman in their well-appointed home.  Surrounded
    by Michael and Eric’s beautiful art collection, you will enjoy a 5 course Italian feast lovingly prepared
    by your hosts. The food and the conversation will be spectacular!  Donated by Michael Syrjanen, Eric
    Kugelman and Rev. Heidi


Special Live Auction Item (not included in the Live Auction Raffle)
South African Photo Safari for two . . . value $5,950.  Six days and 6 nights accommodation for two
guests at Heritage Safari Lodge or Hemingway-style Tented Safari Camp.  All meals, gourmet
breakfasts and buffet dinners. 2 game viewing activities per day on Zulu Nyala Game Reserve in
open Land Rovers with an experienced ranger. A personal ranger will assist you in arranging
activities during your stay at Zulu Nyala.  Does not include airfares, transfers, side trips, drinks, phone
calls, laundry and gratuities.  Valid for two years from auction date. photo-links   Donated by Safaris for Charity



ONLY 150 tickets sold at $100 each.

Drawing occurs at the Gala, prior to the Live Auction.
Winner gets their selection of one Live Auction item, except the South African Safari for two.
Need not be present to win.

Purchase TICKETS


AND… Be a Part of these Bonus Gala Events!
Be sure to Sign up in the Sunshine Gallery

1. Evening of Holiday Cheer for 6, a dessert extravaganza! (ice cream party)
Saturday, January 6 at 7 pm
Hosted by Brian Fallon & Fred Mahaffey
$100 per seat

2. Get your Glam on – make up party & lessons (makeup party)
Wednesday, January 17, 7-9 pm
Blue Mercury, 3512 N. Southport
$50 per person
# of Seats: 20 (adults)

3. Northern Wisconsin Dinner for 6 (WI Dinner party)
Saturday, January 13 at 7 pm
Hosted by DC and Fernando
$100 per person

4. Oscar Party! (Oscar Party)
Sunday, March 4
Hosted by Pam Parker
Unity in Chicago Library
$30 per person

5. Revolution Brewery Tour (Brewery Party)
Sunday, March 25, 2 pm
Hosted by Pam Parker
3340 N. Kedzie
$30 per person, up to 60 guests

6. Fun in the Sun! A Day at Magician Lake (Lake Party)
Saturday, June 16, 11 am – 6 pm
Hosted by Mark Burns & Michele Schmal
$50 per adult, $10 per child 18 & under
# of Seats: 20 adults, 20 children