Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter Gala Raises $29,600 for charity

Monday, November 4th was the 4th annual Blissful Wishes Ball benefitting the Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter at The Sculpture Garden at Bridgeport Art Center. Two hundred fifty wedding and event professionals in Chicago gathered, celebrated and also supported Wish Upon a Wedding. Often called the "prom" of the Chicago wedding industry, this year was just an amazing night to remember. I am the Founding President of the Chicago Chapter and also the National President and this cause is so close to my heart. In four years we have granted seven weddings in Chicago and sixty weddings nationally for deserving couples facing terminal illness or life-altering circumstances. With the attendees support in the silent and live auctions, the Chicago Chapter was able to raise $29,600 for the charity. 

Thank you to our sponsors for being a part of the event. Without your generous support, our amazing event would not have been possible. 

Platinum $10,000 and up
The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc.
M & M the Special Events Company
Pure Kitchen Catering
MFO Entertainment Group
Sears Hometown and Outlets

Gold $5,000 - $9,999
Venue Logic and Sculpture Garden Gallery at Bridgeport Art Center
Precision Sound and Lighting

Silver $1,000 - $4,999
Gerber and Scarpelli Photography
Shutter Booth
Christina Currie Events, Inc.
St. Germain
Slide Ride
Aria Films

Bronze up to $999
Windy City Linen
Glazed and Infused
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Chicago Social Brides
Koval & Real Russian Vodka

We also honored our Shining Stars that evening.  Like the five points of a Star, Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter recognized and honored individuals who are on point with their generosity. We believe you will agree that the five individuals noted below are some of the most inspirational, motivational and giving event professionals in Chicago. This is our way to thank and pay tribute to those professionals who inspire others to engage in volunteer service by their demonstrated commitment and example. The Shining Star Award Recipients for 2013 have shown an ongoing and substantial commitment to the community and have consistently exhibited honesty, integrity and the highest ethical standards in his or her profession. 

The 2013 Shining Star Recipients are:
Rick Aguilar, Rick Aguilar Studios
Cheryl Bayma Brock, Shutterbooth
Deborah Borsum and Robert Sivek, The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc. 
Colin Falco, Pulp and Ink
Heather Vickery, Greatest Expectations, Inc.

Shining Stars from left to right: Heather Vickery, Cheryl Bayma Brock, Rick Aguilar and Colin Falco

 Heather Vickery (Wish Granter) and Bahar (Past wish recipient) 

Pictures by Kurt Gerber and Belen Aquino from Gerber Scarpelli Weddings