The ReVive Center for Housing and Healing celebrated their annual fundraiser, The Art of Giving, on Thursday, November 15th at Savage Smyth. This annual benefit invited guests to explore the many ways art inspires and creates positive change in the world.
As guests arrived, they were greeted by a harmonica player whose exciting tunes led them to a beautiful space full of art from local artist. Throughout the evening, everyone enjoyed beverages courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, Heaven Hill Distilleries, MillerCoors and Lagunitas. As beautiful as all the art pieces were, that wasn’t the only thing that caught guest’s attention. Their taste buds were awakened with items such as a charcuterie display and penne vodka from Quartino’s, shrimp skewers and seared tuna wontons from Hugo’s Frog Bar, skirt steak skewers and cheeseburger sliders from Gibson’s Steakhouse and macaroni & cheese and pulled pork sliders from Luxbar!
While guests dined and admired the variety of art, Rickey Rainbow & OTT Band took the stage to perform live music throughout the evening only taking a break a few times for the evening’s live programs. First up was Darren Sloniger, CEO of presenting sponsor Marquette Companies, who said a few words and thanked the ReVive Center for all that they do for the community followed by Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. of Chicago’s 27th Ward who also took the stage and spoke to guests about his personal connection with the ReVive Center.
The evening offered unique elements such as an interactive photo booth that allowed guests to take a picture and turn that photo into art with fun filters. There was also a Stack-The-Deck raffle that guests could participate in where you had a 1 in 52 chance to win one of two awesome prizes, either a Chicago Staycation package or a 4- day / 3-night stay in Riviera Maya Mexico from Apple Vacations! The best part was taking home a complimentary piece of art painted by the Children of ReVive with each raffle ticket purchase! It was truly a special touch that made many guests feel more connected to the ReVive center.
To continue the art theme, live artist, Ali Cantarella, painted throughout the night and then auctioned off the piece in the silent auction. She painted a beautiful canvas that represented her interpretation of the word ‘Home’. Other Silent Auction items included a 4-day / 3-night stay at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Elite Island Resort Vacation Packages to the Caribbean, a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a custom suit and shirt from The Knot Standard, a Bourbon & Whiskey Package and much more!
The evening took a short break for emcee, Tim Soszko, to give his opening remarks then introduced Jack Seymour, Executive Director of the ReVive Center, who thanked all the generous sponsors and introduced a video that showcased who ReVive was and why everyone’s support was so essential. It touched a lot of people’s hearts which showed in the fund-in-need which raised over $13,000!
As the evening wound down, guests enjoyed the many desserts that were donated by Artopolis Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Inspired Catering and Dessert Concept. The event was a huge success and could not have been made possible without all the generous sponsors, donors, and guests who support the ReVive Center.
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing is the trusted not-for-profit organization that is committed to solving homelessness in Chicago. For over 100 years, thousands of homeless individuals and their children have turned to ReVive Center for expert resources, award-winning addiction treatment programs and a compassionate place to heal and call home. ReVive Center is a vital resource based on Chicago’s west side, helping individuals and their families overcome chronic homelessness to gain hope and a fresh start regardless of their background. To learn more about the ReVive Center visit their website: https://revivecenter.org/