Better Makers: 64th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Show Raises $1 Million for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

The Children’s Service Board, an affiliate of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, consists of women committed to supporting vital programs at Lurie Children’s through service and fundraising. As a nonprofit hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital relies on such philanthropic support to care for nearly 213,000 patients a year and remain the top pediatric hospital in Illinois.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the CSB hosted their signature fundraising event, the 64th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Show, to benefit the Lurie Children’s Department of Family Services. The show was held at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago’s West Loop and raised more than $1 million.

Better Makers 64th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Show at Revel Fulton Market
64th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Show

The Department of Family Services, funded entirely through philanthropy, addresses the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the hospital’s patients and their families with personnel such as child life specialists, social workers, art and music therapists, teachers, activity coordinators, and more.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception and favorites from many of Chicago’s restaurants. It was followed by a fashion show from the event’s long-time partner and sole retail sponsor, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue. The festivities concluded with a paddle raise and live auction, featuring items such as a 10 person in-home dinner with Avec.

The 64th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Show was hosted by the Children’s Service Board executive committee, led by President Megan Hodes. Members include Emily Flaherty, Melissa Kearney, Danielle Hogg, Susan Flosi, Casey Ray, Julie Simon, Melissa Wolf, and Alison Heyman.

The Presenting Sponsor was Clune Construction Company. Lead sponsors also included CIBC, Kirkland & Ellis, Park Chicago, and Reed Smith.

Libations were provided by Almighty Spirits, Revolution Brewing, Rivers Restaurant, Gris Gris, Lakeshore Beverage, Vital Proteins, and BonAnno Wine. Food was provided by Amy Beck Cake Designs, Bar Ramone, The Bandit, Big Bowl, Bub City, Eli’s Cheesecake, Francesca’s Restaurant Group, Four Corners, Happy Camper, Homeslice, Paradise Park, Le Colonial, Lou Malnati’s, Maple & Ash, Pretzilla, Steak 48, Sweet Mandy B’s, and Wildfire.

64th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Show President and Co-President of Children's Service Board
Children’s Service Board Vice President Emily Flaherty and Children’s Service Board President Megan Hodes
Gold Coast Fashion Show 2019 for Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Alison Heyman, Children’s Service Board Executive Committee

Gold Coast Fashion Show 2019 with Neiman Marcus

Gold Coast Fashion Show with Neiman Marcus

Madison Muller is a senior at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, learning to navigate the contemporary media environment with compassion and candor. She enjoys writing about health, travel, and humanity. You can always find her with a coffee in hand. Madison is a proud supporter of the National Eating Disorders Association.