Back 2 School Illinois Gala 2021
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Thu, September 23, 2021
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM CT

Galleria Marchetti
825 W Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Cocktail Reception - Silent Auction - Wine Pull - Dinner Buffet - Live Music - Coffee Bar - After Party - Dessert Bar - Open Bar all Evening

Date: September 23, 2021

Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm 

Venue: Galleria Marchetti 825 W Erie St., Chicago, IL 60642


As we are able to come back together, come join us to celebrate that even during the time of a pandemic, Back 2 School Illinois helped over 25,000 kids with the school supplies needed to continue their education.

At our Gala there will be a cocktail reception, silent auction, wine pull, dinner buffet, live music, coffee bar, after party, a dessert bar and open bar throughout the evening. The program will be emceed by Wayne Johnson. Wayne is the winner of the Today Show’s “Domestic Diva” contest and has been a contributor for NBC 5 Chicago, Good Morning America, and Windy City Live. His over 400 “Wayne’s Weekend” segments on TV and his YouTube channel have and continue to explore everything from cooking and party planning, to home decorating, crafts, new things happening in the city and more.


Evening Timeline: 

  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Cocktail Reception featuring open bar and dinner buffet; Silent Auction
  • 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm – Program 
  • 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm – After Party featuring live jazz music, open bar, dessert and coffee bar; Silent Auction (auction bidding ends at 9:00 pm)

Other Information: 

  • Business cocktail attire
  • Silent Auction mobile and online bidding will be available to all
  • Cash/card valet and street parking available
  • Questions please email


NOTE: There will be plenty of room to spread out and the Galleria Marchetti is an indoor/outdoor venue. Our event will take place in the Galleria Marchetti's Courtyard, Tented Pavilion, and Pergola, which are outdoor spaces.

We will follow all the precautions and rules as outlined by the CDC and Chicago officials.


All ticket sales are stopped at this time. You can still make a donation. Please contact the event organizers if you have any questions.
$200 General Admission Ticket (of 1)

Open Seating in the main area is first come, first serve.

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Event Offers

$25 Wine Pull

Here is your chance to win. One of our mysterious packaged wine bottles is worth over $100. Many other wine bottles are worth way over $25. Donate $25 and then head to the "Wine Pull" table. Be sure to show them you bought a pull:) Limited spots to pull available.

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Giving Levels

$19 1 School Kit
$114 6 School Kits
$190 10 School Kits
$475 25 School Kits
$1,900 100 School Kits


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Volunteer Opportunities


Back 2 School Illinois Steven Sartin Chicago, IL 847.268.3550
Nonprofit Organization Donations Tax Deductible