The idea of an annual celebration of the people we serve goes back to the very early days of our organization. In the 1950’s family and board members saw the need to come together once a year to elect trustees and officers and to celebrate the successes of the year. Many decades have passed, and the dinner has evolved from a pot-luck in a church basement to a celebration with 400 people in attendance. It’s an evening when our program participants, Board members, family members, community leaders and our generous donors come together to celebrate Avenues’ mission—to put aside old ideas about what is possible.

And of course – most important to our clients – the opportunity to dance.

The Avenues to Independence Annual Dinner traditionally takes place on the third Friday of each June. This year’s event takes place on Friday, June 14 at the Hilton Chicago Northbrook. We are excited about the opportunity to host our guests for the first time at this great venue.

This year Paul Carlisle, Chairman of the Avenues Foundation Board and Founding member of the Chicago Partnership Board will be receiving 

the William and Jean Knaack Spirit of Avenues Award.

The Annual Dinner is our most loved event of the year. It isn’t a fundraiser in the usual sense. It’s a friend-raiser. It’s an opportunity to bring all of our program participants together with the family of Avenues. It’s an opportunity for everyone to meet our program participants, and to witness their achievements and their challenges. It’s also an opportunity for us to thank our families and supporters for their belief in our clients and the the work that we do on their behalf. Sponsorship support ensures a wonderful evening for our clients. After all, it is their night!

Sponsorship opportunities range from $5,000-$250

$5,000 Presenting Sponsor

The Presenting Sponsor will receive:

  • Ten tickets to the 2019 Avenues to Independence Annual Dinner
  • Mention in all media/promotional materials regarding the event pre and post event
  • Naming on the event invitation and on the Avenues website
  • Name (and company logo if appropriate) listed on Avenues’ website with a link to the company website
  • Mention in Avenues’ quarterly newsletter (Circulation 4,000)
  • Prominent signage at the Annual Dinner
  • Complimentary wine service for you and your guests at dinner
Name of your 10 Attendees &
Any dietary restrictions

$2500 Program/Client Gift Sponsor

The Program/Client Gift Sponsor will receive:

  • Eight tickets to the 2019 Avenues to Independence Annual Dinner
  • Listing on the Avenues website
  • Mention in Avenues quarterly newsletter (Circulation 4,000)
  • Signage at the Annual Dinner
  • Complimentary wine service for you and your guests at dinner
Name your 8 Attendees &
Any dietary restrictions
 

$1,500 Client Transportation Sponsor

The Client Transportation Sponsor will receive:

  • Six tickets to the 2019 Avenues to Independence Annual Dinner
  • Listing on the Aveneus website
  • Mention in Avenues quarterly newsletter (Circulation 4,000)
  • Signage at the Annual Dinner
  • Complimentary wine service for you and your guests at dinner
Name of your 6 Attendees &
Any dietary restrictions

$1,000 DJ Sponsor

The DJ sponsor will receive:

  • Four tickets to the 2019 Avenues to Independence Annual Dinner
  • Listing on the Avenues website
  • Mention in Avenues quarterly newsletter (Circulation 4,000)
  • Signage at the Annual Dinner
  • Complimentary wine service for you and your guests at dinner
Name of your 4 Attendees &
Any dietary restrictions

$500 Client Table Sponsor

Client Table sponsors will receive:

  • Two tickets to the 2019 Avenues to Independence Annual Dinner
  • Listing on the Avenues website
  • Mention in Avenues quarterly newsletter (Circulation 4,000)
  • Signage at the Annual Dinner
  • Two complimentary drink tickets during cocktail hour
Name your 2 Attendees &
Any dietary restrictions

$250 Client Support Sponsor

This sponsorship helps to ensure all our clients can attend, funds an interpreter for our individuals with hearing impairments and provides assistance for clients throughout the evening.

Client Support sponsors will receive:

  • Two tickets to the 2019 Avenues to Independence Annual Dinner
  • Listing on the Avenues website
  • Mention in Avenues quarterly newsletter (Circulation 4,000)
  • Signage at the Annual Dinner
Name your 2 Attendees &
Any dietary restrictions