The 2013 Columbian Ball Raises More Than $2 Million
Nearly 900 guests from Chicago's business, cultural and philanthropic circles attended the 33rd Annual Columbian Ball on October 19, 2013, co-chaired by Amy and Chris Crane and Anna and Bob Livingston. For the first time in five years, the ball was held inside the magnificent expanse of the Museum, allowing guests to dine next to the Coal Mine, under the wings of a 727 and steps from a 40-foot tornado.
Celebrating the Museum’s 80th anniversary, the show-stopping event raised about $2.1 million for the Museum's Annual Fund and internationally recognized Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE). Among the evening's highlights:
- Surprise musical guest and Chicago icon Buddy Guy performed an acoustic set.
- Guests lined up to have their picture taken with hockey’s top trophy in the Stanley Cup Late Night Lounge.
- The inaugural Excellence in Education Award was presented by John Canning, chairman of the MSI Board of Trustees, to W. James Farrell for outstanding philanthropy and leadership in education that inspires the inventive genius in everyone.
- In a live auction hosted by celebrity auctioneer and well-known Chicago journalist Bill Kurtis, one lucky guest outbid all others to drink from the Stanley Cup onstage at the ball.
- The high-energy live band Maggie Speaks kept the crowd moving on a bustling dance floor in front of the Pioneer Zephyr in the Museum’s Entry Hall.
- Tours of the Museum's newest permanent exhibit, Future Energy Chicago, also were on offer.
Guests left the event with a greater understanding of the Museum's vision of motivating children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, engineering and medicine—and energized for next year's Columbian Ball.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges our 2013 Columbian Ball Presenting Sponsors:
The following principal supporters are gratefully acknowledged: BP America, Inc., Max and Jim Farrell, Michael and Jacky Ferro, The Sun-Times Foundation/The Chicago Community Trust, Andrea and Jim Gordon/The Edgewater Funds, ITW, Anna and Bob Livingston, Kathleen and James Skinner, the MacLean-Fogg Company and United Airlines.
The following co-sponsors are also graciously recognized: Allstate Insurance Company; Anonymous(two); BMO Harris Bank, N.A.; Rita and John Canning; Amy and Chris Crane; The Crown Family; Christina and Ron Gidwitz; Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.; Liz and Eric Lefkofsky; Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Microsoft; Molex Incorporated; Motorola Solutions, Inc.; Northern Trust; Cathy and Bill Osborn; COL (IL) J.N. Ptrizker, IL ARNG (Ret.); Mr and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes; S&C Electric; Walter E Smithe Furniture + Design; Takeda; Walgreens; Wirtz Beverage Group/Chicago Blackhawks; and our Print Media Sponsor: SPLASH.
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The Museum of Science and Industry opened its doors in 1933 and is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.