By Allison Duncan
The Junior Council of Children’s Memorial Hospital will host Snowball in February, an event that is always a highlight for many young professionals in Chicago. In its 24th year, Snowball raises funds to benefit the Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS and HIV Programs of Children’s Memorial. “We are really proud of our cause,” says Diana Arand, Snowball’s Director of Operations. “We support a lot of different wings within the clinic and also within the hospital.”
Snowball has historically been held at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, but it will move to the Great Hall at Union Station this year to accommodate the growing demand for tickets. “We have sold out the past two years, and last year we sold out a week before the event date,” says Arand. “Union Station is a bigger space. We can sell more tickets and do more things.” The Junior Council is expecting 1,500 people to be in attendance on Saturday, February 4th with doors opening at 8 PM.
“Highlights this year include a live band, Sorry for Partying; a dance floor; DJ Tommy Tench from New York City; a digital photo booth projecting images onto the wall as they are taken; and a silent auction,” says Arand. “Everything is donated, and we are incredibly grateful for the support of so many generous people.” Eighteen restaurants are currently on board, and there will be sample tastings throughout the night featuring different cuisines. In addition to the food, there will also be a beer tasting station for the first two hours of the night, courtesy of Anheuser-Busch, with a few products to test. Samples of packages up for grabs at the silent auction include tickets to the Masters, gift baskets from various Chicago stores, and certificates to local businesses.
Tickets for Snowball will be available online until the night of the event. There will be a scaled pricing system implemented the week of Snowball with tickets becoming more expensive each day. Unless it sells out, as it has in the past, tickets will also be available at the door for a higher price.
The Junior Council works hard throughout the year to prepare for Snowball, which is its biggest event of the year. “Our biggest asset is our board itself,” says Arand. “We have amazing people who work on the event and get the word out. We have a strong following of people who love the event and come back year after year. It’s for a wonderful cause, and everyone is really dedicated.”
Comprised of an Executive Board and general members, Arand and her team oversee event specific fundraising, the silent auction, development, logistics, and more. “Our board is entirely volunteer based,” says Arand.” It’s a great network of young professionals. We love working on this event, and we are really proud of what we have accomplished.”
The Junior Council sees Snowball continuing to grow in the next few years with the change of venue being an exciting adjustment to the already successful event. “We have aggressive goals for Snowball,” says Arand. “Last year we donated $105,000 to Children’s Memorial, and this year we are shooting for an increase to $140,000. If we hit our ticket sales’ goal, along with already secured donations, we are pretty much on track to meet that goal this year. None of this would be possible without the support we have received, and we are so thankful.”
If you’d like to support a great cause, purchase your ticket to Snowball today at Events.org/snowball.