Dance under the stars in the Adler Planetarium’s Sky Pavilion at the annual Celestial Ball, which supports the planetarium’s educational programming.
September 10, 2011
Set in the Adler’s spectacular Sky Pavilion against the backdrop of Chicago’s skyline, the museum’sannual gala features live and silent auctions, museum tours, a raffle, dining, and dancing under the stars. The Celestial Ball is attended by more than 600 of Chicago’s civic, cultural, and philanthropic leaders and raises more than $1 million annually.
6:00 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction
7:15 p.m. Program and Live Auction 8:00 p.m. Dinner
9:00 p.m. Dancing
This is a Black Tie event. Complimentary parking is available.
Sponsorship and TICKET
Proceeds from the Celestial Ball provide essential support for the Adler’s initiatives to improve science literacy and education in our community, especially among young people.
Celestial Ball Chair
Amanda Bonnell, owner and President of Belle Vie Bridal Couture and Vera Wang Chicago, knows a thing or two about heavenly bodies. The Winnetka resident’s first love as a young girl was astronomy, complete with childhood dreams of being an astronaut. But as she grew, her second love of fashion took over, eventually leading her to virtually command Oak Street in the bridal gown trade, dressing the city’s most fabulously betrothed.
Bonnell serves as the chair of this year’s Celestial Ball, held at the Adler on the evening of September 10. “Chairing the ball is my way of giving back to an institution that I truly believe in,” explains Bonnell.
Bonnell promises an evening of elegance and intrigue. Entitled “Supernova” after the phenomena of an exploding star, the black-tie fund-raiser includes a heavy-hitting live and silent auction, luxury raffle, and sumptuous dinner.
While the opportunity to dance at the Celestial Ball against the backdrop of Chicago’s glittering skyline may be nothing new this year, the people who will be delivering the music are. The beloved group, Mel Ball and Colours, famous for their gig as President Obama’s Inaugural Ball band.
Illinois Tool Works
The Celestial Ball will honor CEO David Speer and his company, Illinois Tool Works, Inc., as the 2011 Corporate Partner, and give special thanks to John W. Estey, Adler Board Chair and Corporate Chair.
Adler Planetarium’s Sky Pavilion
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.