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Jackson Chance Foundation’s 6th Annual Ping Pong Ball
November 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Jackson Chance Foundation, in partnership with the table tennis pros at JOOLA USA, proudly presents the 6th Annual Playing It Forward Ping Pong Ball on Thursday, Nov. 8 with honorary event co-chairs Jackie and Charles “Peanut” Tillman. Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, hosts of ABC 7’s “Windy City Live,” will emcee the event.
The Ball is a fun, interactive party benefiting families with critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The event, which has raised more than $1.5 million and has sold out for the past four years, returns Nov. 8 at the brand-new St. Jane Hotel. A party and fundraiser all rolled up into one features everything from a table tennis tournament with celebrities and athletes who battle Chicago’s own top-ranked table tennis wizards, to exciting games like prosecco pong and culinary treats and cocktails provided by Mr. Brown’s Lounge and St. Jane Hotel’s Free Rein restaurant. According to Jackson Chance Foundation founder Carrie Meghie, “This year’s Ping Pong Ball promises to be one of the most memorable yet with our honorary co-chairs Jackie & Charles Tillman, a new venue, surprise guests, and fun twists to this very special event, all to support families with critically ill babies in our city.”
The nonprofit organization, founded by Carrie and Terry Meghie when their son Jackson Chance passed away after spending his entire life in the hospital, provides complimentary parking to all NICU families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital allowing for free, round-the-clock access to their babies. This gives families the freedom to stop by the NICU on their lunch break, to come before work to say “good morning” and make it back for a kiss goodnight, or to allow someone to be there 24/7 with their baby without having to think about the price tag. “It was heart-breaking to see so many NICU babies alone, and it became clear to us that the cost of getting to the hospital and parking was one of those reasons. We decided that our mission was going to make it so every baby could have somebody with them at all times,” added Meghie.
This year’s Ball is proud to honor Jackie and Charles Tillman as the event’s co-chairs. Charles, well-known for his time with the Chicago Bears and as the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year, and his wife, Jackie, have a deep commitment to providing opportunities and resources to children and their families who are in need. The Tillmans have been recognized for their philanthropic work throughout the Chicagoland area and are founders of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. Since 2005, their charitable efforts have impacted the lives of thousands of critically and chronically ill children and their families. “My wife and I are thrilled to be supporting such a wonderful organization, helping families in their time of need,” said Charles Tillman, Ping Pong Ball’s honorary co-chair. “Plus, the Ping Bong Ball is legendarily fun. I’m excited to compete.”
Guests will enjoy a fun evening with friends where they can mix and mingle with local Chicago celebrities, play a casual game of table tennis or pre-register to play in the tournament, or they can bid on unique silent auction items. In addition, an unforgettable game of table tennis will take place between crowd-favorite, top-ranked young pro and NICU alum Nandan Naresh and his brother Sid. Fans can learn tips and tricks from the Joola USA reps. The Foundation will also present the coveted Owl Give Award to one deserving NICU nurse. The nomination period runs from Sept. 1-30 at Jackson Chance Foundation’s website, where the public can nominate their favorite NICU nurse to win an all-expense paid vacation and four annual VIP tickets to the Ping Pong Ball for life!
The VIP portion of the evening begins at 4:30 p.m. and gives guests an intimate experience with the founders of the Jackson Chance Foundation and celebrities in attendance. In addition, they will enjoy watching the Naresh brothers and celebrities battle for Ping Pong Ball bragging rights.
The Ping Pong Ball is open to the public and tickets are available online at www.jacksonchance.org/