The Chicago chapter of Design Industries Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) has announced its 26th annual black tie gala, The Crystal Ball, held Saturday, June 7. The evening of dining, dancing, and cocktails will take place at Chicago’s Navy Pier at the Grand Ballroom, and also serve as a kickoff party for NeoCon.
The Crystal Ball gala aims to shine a light on the possibility of a world without AIDS. It is the fourth in a series of six Believe Galas dedicated to the organization’s grantees—Chicago-area organizations that support education, advocacy, and outreach for those living with HIV/AIDS. Nearly a thousand design industry leaders are expected to attend the gala, which sold out last year. Founded in 1984, DIFFA has granted more than $40 million to community-based organizations across the country.
In addition to dining, drinks, and live music, The Crystal Ball will feature a series of presentations, as well as a live auction and raffle. Catherine De Orio, host of Chicago’s “Check, Please!” television show, will be the emcee. Keynote speaker John Flaherty of Northwestern Memorial Hospital will give a presentation on advances related to HIV/AIDS. The gala co-chairs are Ron Leiserowitz, Lynn Fordon, Mary Jo Fasan, and Frances Renk.
Event sponsors include Herman Miller as Legacy Benefactor and Steelcase as Presenting Sponsor. The Design Center of The Merchandise Mart will be the Sustaining Benefactor. United Airlines, BMO Harris Bank, Shaw Contract Group, and Versteel are the gala’s Host Sponsors. Contract magazine will return as the event’s National Media Sponsor. CS/Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago will be the local media sponsor. Sparc, Inc. will serve as the Brand Design & Sponsor.
For more information visit diffachicago.org.