Evening of Hope 2018

We would like to thank our supporters for joining us for another successful celebration that put emphasis on innovation, community, and hope. This year we honored our builders and visionaries, who empower us to build the future of foster care.


About Evening of Hope

Evening of Hope is SOS Children’s Villages Illinois’ annual fall event that raises awareness and funds to support the programs at SOS Illinois. This year’s event invited guests to join us in raising hope for siblings in foster care with an evening of fun, friendship, fundraising.

Over 500 guests attended Evening of Hope on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and raised $300,000 from sponsorships, ticket sales, and in-kind support. The event featured DJ R3DLINE, delicious food, as well as programming with a construction theme. Special thanks to Event Chair John Trotta and the fundraising committee (Thomas F. Carey, III, Dave Crosson, Rashod Johnson, Tim Martin, Amar Rajpurkar, Jonah Siegellak, Chuck Stenzel, and Noreen Zuniga) for their work on the event.

Top sponsors gathered for a VIP reception, featuring appearances by Robert Schillerstrom, Illinois Tollway Chairman, Jamie Rhee, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner, and Liz Gorman, Illinois Tollway Executive Director. Significant in-kind support was offered by Mosaic, Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, and Anheuser-Busch.

This year’s presenting sponsor was WSP USA. Other top sponsors included: HNTB, Exp., F.H. Paschen, Related Midwest, and TranSystems.