2022 Brighter Days Benefit Auction

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Fri, May 13, 2022
7:00 PM CT

Bridge 410
410 N Paulina
Chicago, IL 60622

Get your hairspray and pastels ready! Arts of Life's Brighter Days Benefit Auction will bring together supporters near and far for a spectacular night of entertainment, art, food, drinks, dancing, and more - all culminating in a curated auction featuring a selection of contemporary artworks by both Arts of Life artists and globally renowned artists in support of the organization. Join us in supporting over 60 talented artists while also honoring community leader Ed Marszewski in an 80's/90's club theme.


Music by Ariel Zetina + Club Chow
Door host Jo Jo Baby- Chicago's original Club Kid
Event photography by Colectivo Multipolar
Live auction led by John P. Walcher of 
Toomey & Co.
Performance by World of Dance Campion Kid Nimbus + Lejon Wise

Live airbrush swag created by Izzi Vasquez
Floral arrangments and ceramics by Joe Kraft + planks & pistils
VIP soaps created by Angel BB
Food generously supported by Land and Sea Dept.
Desserts by Jessica Vazquez
 + Samantha Zubli of Oona
Coffee and Cookies by Metric Coffee + Bright


Marcelo Añón — Chris Austin — Elliot Bergman — Raina Carter — Josh Dihle — Aidan Lincoln Fowler — Don't Fret — Danny Frownfelter — Amir Guberstein — Ted Hamel — Noel Herrera — Marcus Imani Kennedy — Leasho Johnson — Paul Levack — Bill Lilly —  Rebecca Kubica — Kristy Luck — Christianne Msall — Yvette Mayorga — Kevin Mcnamee-Tweed — Johnathan Nesci — Huong Ngo — Ricardo Partida — Nereida Patricia – Roland Santana — Alex Scott — Maria Vanik — Chris Viau — Hope Wang — Noah Wieder — Christina Zion 


Francine Almeda – Natalie Bergman – Melody Cibock – Daniel Levengood – Emmy DeLoach – Isabel Fischbein – Alicia Gutierrez – Angel Harrold – Tony Karman – Alan Konn – Emma McKee – Abigail Pucker – Sarah Riddell – Antonio Robles Levine  – Scott Speh – Alex Stark


Kaitlyn Albrecht — Sarah Dhobhany — Julie Gustafson — Jamie Gray — Lexi Krebs — Cristina Marquez — Aly Noel —  Nick Schutzenhofer — John Troxel-Czmyr — Vincent Uribe — David Walega

This event is 21+. The venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible with gender-neutral restrooms. Proof of vaccination will be required for in-person attendance. Ample street parking is available along with several reserved parking spots, to inquire about additional accommodations, please contact vuribe@artsoflife.org


Event schedule

7:00-8:00 VIP Cocktail Reception
8:00-8:30 Event start (Food/Drink/art preview)
8:30-8:45 Welcome Remarks
8:45 Auction Lot 1 ends
9:00 Auction Lot 2 ends
9:15-9:30 Raffle Pull #1 / Live Auction Lot 3
9:30-9:50 Raffle Pull #2 / Paddle Raise
10:00-12:00 Dance Performance / Coffee+Dessert 


$750 VIP Table

Package includes four (4) VIP tickets for the VIP cocktail hour/welome reception @7pm, the benefit auction, and the dance party. Each guest will enjoy food and drinks, a surprise takeaway, and one raffle ticket. Package also includes a $50 donation to sponsor a featured artist's general ticket.

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$9,000 Raised
$175 VIP Ticket

Kick-off the evening at the VIP cocktail hour/welcome reception @7pm followed by the benefit auction and dance party. Enjoy food and drinks, a surprise takeaway, and one raffle ticket

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$4,708 Raised
$100 General Admission

Enjoy the benefit auction program virtually or join in-person beginning at 8pm to view the artwork up-close, hang with the art world's vanguard, and live out your 80s/90's dance party dreams. Admission includes complimentary food and drinks to keep you energized throughout the evening.

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$7,190 Raised
$50 Dance Party only (limited)

Enjoy the benefit auction program virtually plus attend the after-party in person @10pm and dance with us! Limited desserts and drinks included.

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28 of 30 claimed
$1,250 Raised
$50 Sponsor an Artist (donation)

Sponsor a general ticket for one of our featured artists

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Free Virtual Attendance

Join us virtually to celebrate our honoree Ed Mar and to participate in the live auction.

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$10 Single tix

Single raffle ticket to be allocated to a package of your choosing.

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$50 Six tix

Six raffle tickets (1 free) to be allocated to a package(s) of your choosing. 

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$100 Thirteen tix

Thirteen raffle tickets (3 free) to be allocated to a package(s) of your choosing.

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Pamper + Unwind Package

Start on the rooftop of the Hoxton Hotel at Stephanie Izard’s Cabra. After some ceviche and gorgeous views of the city, head to SpaDerma Westloop - a local Chicago medical spa specializing in skincare, cosmetic injectables and laser therapies - to be pampered by a treatment (or two, or three) of your choosing.

Retail value: $550


  • $500 SpaDerma (West Loop) credit 

  • $50 Cabra gift card

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North Side Night Out

Spend an evening on Chicago’s Northside! Start the night off with dinner at Galit - a Middle Eastern restaurant in Lincoln Park. Owned and operated by Andrés Clavero and James Beard Award-winning chef Zachary Engel, your palette will be transported. Then head to Lakeview East, and enjoy a mind-bending magic performance at The Trickery. The show is BYOB, so remember to bring along that wine bottle!

Retail value: $225


  • $100 gift card to Galit

  • (2) Tickets to The Trickery magic show 

  • Bottle of wine

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Picnic Package

All the essentials for your summer - Recess Pickleball paddles fit for both a novice and an ace, a section of baked goods and cookies from Sugar Moon, and a bag from 1733 filled with goodies courtesy of Perrier and Titos

Retail value: $500


  • Set of Recess Pickleball paddles

  • Sugar Moon Bakery Certificate

  • Perrier Bar Cart

  • Titos Bluetooth Speaker + Swag Bag 

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Lucky Strike

Try your best for a strike at The Pink Squirrel. In between frames you will enjoy the vintage decor and unbeatable ambience. After your perfect game (we can dream, right?) head to Bixi Beer to enjoy craft brews, cocktails & Asian-inspired eats. Try to grab a spot on the rooftop patio if the weather permits!

Retail value: $250


  • (2) Lane reservations at The Pink Squirrel 

  • $150 Bixi Beer gift card

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Thespians Delight

Boka’s three whimsical dining rooms set the stage for a perfect start to an evening of performance. Chef Lee Wolen’s culinary presentation will leave you on your feet (applauding) as you head just across the street to the Steppenwolf Theater for an equally rewarding production.

Retail value: $200


  • $50 Boka gift card 

  • Two tickets to Steppenwolf Theater

  • 4 drink vouchers for Steppenwolf’s Front Bar

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Batter Up!

Start your summer with a moon shot in the electrifying Cubs crowd at Wrigley Field! You will receive two pairs of tickets for double the fun - one pair to your choice of a June home game (section 307L, row 7) and one pair for the June 13th Cubs v. Padres game.

Donated by Sarah Riddell, Jon and Mollie Scott.

Retail value: $250


  • 2 pairs of Cubs Tickets (1 pair for any June Game, 1 pair for June 13th Cubs v. Padres Game) 

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Sox Tix

You will receive four tickets, up close and personal in the 6th row, for the Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Retail value: $350


  • 4 Sox tickets (6th row)

  • $50 gift card for refreshments

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