The evening was magical. It was glamorous. It was simply golden – the room, the centerpieces and some of the dresses. Lambs Farm’s Growing the Legacy Gala brought more than 500 supporters, family members and friends to the opulent Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom to celebrate a half century of exceptional service to adults with developmental disabilities. And they did so in style.
The event started out with the VIP reception for such Chicago notables as Ernie Banks, Arie and Shannon Zoeller, Vincent and Nancy Casanova, Bob and Judy Neiman, Rick Kogan and Mark Joseph. There, guests mingled and purchased copies of Lambs Farm new book, Lambs Farm: Where People Grow, written by Rick Kogan (the evening’s Master of Ceremonies) and photographed by Mark Joseph. The book provides a short history of Lambs Farm, with a personal narrative by Kogan. The second part of the book is a pictorial glimpse into Lambs Farm today.
The gala provided the guests with the opportunity to raise a lot of money for Lambs Farm’s programs and services through a raffle for a 2012 Prius donated by the Resnick Automotive Group and a one-ounce gold coin donated by Dianne Yaconetti, a silent auction with items such as trips, jewelry and sports memorabilia, a live auction with a trip for four to see American Idol in Los Angeles and a week stay in a magnificent Mexican palace. There was also a paddle raiser to support the Recreation program, which receives no funding from the State of Illinois.
Lambs Farm also debuted its new video which offers a historical overview and a glimpse into the daily lives of the Participants. The video can be viewed on YouTube, and the book will soon be available for purchase from our website.
Thank you to all those who supported the Growing the Legacy Gala – either by attending, by purchasing raffle tickets, through sponsorships or more. Your support helped raise more than $500,000 for our programs. To view pictures from the gala, click here. To purchase photos, please click here.