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Neon Dreams Benefit Auction

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Fri, May 05, 2023
6:30 PM CT

Bridge 410
410 N Paulina Street
Chicago , IL 60622

Get your paddles and glow sticks ready! 

Join us for a neon-themed celebration in support of Arts of Life's artists.

Event highlights include:

  • A tribute to community leader and artist Jason Pickleman
  • A curated art auction featuring work by renowned artists from Arts of Life and around the world
  • A brilliant LED light performance
  • An electric dance party

Whether you participate virtually or in person, Neon Dreams is your chance to expand your art collection while investing in 70 talented artists.


  • 6:30pm - VIP Ticketholder entry
  • 7:30pm - Welcome toast and artwork walkthrough
  • 8:00pm - General Admission Ticketholder and Virtual Guest entry 
  • 8:45pm - Silent Auction Lot One Closes
  • 9:00pm - Silent Auction Lot Two Closes
  • 9:15pm - Raffle Pull, Live Auction, & Paddle Raise
  • 10:00pm - Dance Party Ticketholder entry
  • 10:00pm - Coffee and desserts are served
  • Midnight - Event Ends


HONORING: Jason Pickleman



Music by: DJ Blesstonio
Cocktails by: Fords Gin and Nandini Khaund
LED juggling performance by: David Chervony  and Austen Cloud
Lighting by: Craig Granowski
Flowers by: Field and Florist
Photography by: Colectivo Multipolar
Auctionioneer: Molly Morse Limmer

ARTISTS: Omar Abulsheikh  | Ariée  | Taylor Augustine | Renata BerdesGuy Conners | Amanda Gantner | Ted Gram-Boarini | Steve Harhaj |  Nikki Heusman | Paula KampsKatie KimmelAlysha Kostelny | Lawrence M.Noel Mercado | Sandro Miller Yae Jee Min Noël Morical | Jason Pickleman | Saemee | Ben SandersMarcelo Eli Sarmiento | Mariam Pare | Susan Pasowicz | Carol Pyes | Brian Reed | Kate Sable Peter Shear | Andrew Sloan | Edra Soto | Tim Stone | Jennifer Sullivan | Kevin UmanaLucy WalshSara Wenokur | Jean Wilson


HOST COMMITTEE: Laurie Block - Jenna Galowich - Alex Gara - Julie Gustafson -  Michael Klozotsky - Chanelle Lacy - Rachel Martell - Juan Neira - Pia Singh - Kathleen Estelle Trujillo - John Troxel - Josh & Megan Rogers - David Walega - Mary Eleanor Wallace

This event is 21+. The venue is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible with gender-neutral restrooms.

Masks are encouraged but not required.

Street parking is available along with several reserved parking spots, to inquire about additional accommodations, contact



All ticket sales are stopped at this time. You can still make a donation. Please contact the event organizers if you have any questions.
Free Virtual Ticket Only

BEGINS AT 8PM CST. Join us virtually to participate in our celebration of Jason Pickleman, live auction, and raffle. Plus enjoy the fun outfits and the light performance!

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44 of 100 claimed
$125 General Admission

ENTRY AT 8PM. Enjoy the benefit auction live and in-person! Admission includes complimentary food and drinks, a special light performance, and our dance party.

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$6,687.50 Raised
$225 VIP Ticket

EARLY ENTRY AT 6:30PM. Attend our VIP welcome reception and cocktail hour to get a first-hand preview of the auction artwork. Then enjoy our live auction, special light performance, and dance party. This ticket includes complimentary food and drinks, six raffle tickets ($50 value), and a unique gift bag.

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$1,000 VIP Group of 4

EARLY ENTRY AT 6:30PM. Attend our VIP welcome reception and cocktail hour for a first-hand preview of the auction artwork. This purchase includes a designated conversation table with a unique takeaway centerpiece, a total of 4 VIP tickets, including six raffle tickets ($50 value), and a unique gift bag for each member of the group. Complementary food + drink throughout. 

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$60 Dance Party Only

ENTRY AT 10PM. Attend our auction's after-party in person! Admission includes complimentary coffee, desserts, and drinks at our neon dance party.

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10 of 30 claimed
$330 Raised
$100 Sponsor an Artist (Donation)

Sponsor a General Admission ticket for a featured artist

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$10 Single Raffle Ticket

1 entry into the upcoming raffle

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$50 6 Raffle Tickets

6 entries into the upcoming raffle

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$100 13 Raffle Tickets

13 entries into the upcoming raffle

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Cooking Class + Peugeot Saveurs Gifts

This package includes a combonation of gifts from French luxury brand, Peugeot Saveurs, and a certificate for Bettie's Cooking Class.  

Bettie’s Chicago is a 1950’s styled event space and recreational cooking and baking school in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago featuring weekly baking classes, date night cooking events, and private parties!

  • Gift Certificate good for one class of up to $150 value
  • Appolia Ceramic Round Baker Red 27 cm
  • The Maestro pepper mill gift set. Comes with three connectable jars and pepper varieties, a recipe booklet from Michelin star chefs, and an erasable marker to keep your jars organized.
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Large Planted Terrarium from Sprout Home

A miniature ecosystem of your own! Terrariums are a wonderful way to spotlight a collection of plants that are housed together as one landscape.  

Desert:  Succulent-like plants, possibly including cactus, that can handle full to part sun.  Let dry out between waterings.  Walking though the desert landscape. 

Foliage: Leafy based foliage that does well in part shade to shade.  Full and lush.  Dry to the touch or even moisture.  Taking a stroll through the forest. 

Terrarium Size: 14" H x 13.5" D - 6" opening

Images are used for inspiration only. As plant availability changes daily, the plants we use will vary. Each terrarium is a custom design.


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Nailed Salon Gift Certificate

Gift Certificate to Nailed Salon (4959 Oakton St, Sokie) specializing in Gel-X, Sculptured Gel,No Chip, Nail-art 

  • $83 gift card


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Notre gift card

Airy, minimalist boutique carrying on-trend men's apparel & accessories, plus home goods & gifts.

  • $250 giftcard 
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Museum of Contemporary Art Membership

This 1 year Household level membership includes unlimed admisson for two adults plus anyone 18yrs old and younger at each visit. Additionally, you'll have membership perks including:

  • Members' Previews, including admission for you and a guest to exclusive events that offer a first look at new exhibitions and connect you with the best contemporary culture in Chicago
  • Programs, talks, and tours that are included with regular admission, and free for members
  • 20% discount on ticketed events on the MCA Stage, including theater, dance, and music performances by today's leading and rising stars. Members get an additional 10% on MCA Stage Packages
  • 10% discount in the MCA Store on site and online year-round, as well as Members' Double Discount Day promotions throughout the year.
  • Discounts at Marisol Restaurant and Bar
  • $5 off discount in the MCA garage
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Dinner and a Show

Start your night out at chef Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat restaurant then head over to a show at the Steppenwolf Theatre!

  • $100 Gift Card for Girl & the Goat
  • 2 tickets to any remaining performance at the Steppenwolf Theatre in the 2022/23 season or any show in the next 23/24 season (excluding Saturday night and Sunday matinee)
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4 Club Level White Sox Tickets

This certificate entitles you to 4 Club Level tickets and Huntington Bank Stadium Club passes to a Chicago White Sox game in the 2023 season. Package includes private entrance to the Huntington Bank Stadium Club, complimentary buffet for four, 4 tickets to the game and 1 parking pass. *expires June 2,2023

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Cafe Ba Ba Reeba Certificate

$100 gift certificate to Cafe Ba Ba Reba, a Spanish Tapas bar located in Lincoln Park.
*not valid on Saturdays, Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve

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2 Pairs of Cubs Tickets

Take a friend to two Cubs games this summer!

Tickets seated together in section 304L Row 5 for these dates:

  • Tuesday, July 18 at 7PM - Nationals @ Cubs
  • Saturday, August 5 at 1:20PM - Braves @ Cubs
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Arts of Life Lacey Whittaker Chicago, IL 3128292787
Nonprofit Organization Donations Tax Deductible