Blue, green, and dressed to theme! With a vibrant twist on black-tie, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago held its premiere event, “An Evening to Imagine.” Embracing the power of play, the 33rd annual gala was truly a colorful night to remember.
Held Oct. 19 at Revel Fulton Market, the celebration raised over $380,000 in support of the museum’s beloved educational programming and services. Through 17 interactive exhibits, the museum fosters learning through self-directed complex play.
Complementing the museum’s latest access and inclusion program — Kohl Children’s Pop-Up Museum — over 300 guests arrived in their finest, creative black-tie attire for this year’s theme, “POP: The Art of the Possible.”
Piloting in 2018, the free pop-up museum has significantly expanded. This year alone, the exhibit has reached over 6,000 students and families in Waukegan, North Chicago, and Round Lake Beach.
Gala co-chairs John F. Ball, Jr., Sonia Esler, and Grith Funk were joined by local philanthropists, including the museum’s newly-appointed President and CEO Mike Delfini and Founder Dolores Kohl.
“Early childhood education experts worldwide agree on one critical fact: play is how a child learns,” said Delfini in his opening remarks. “While we provide a playful learning experience to tens of thousands of kids on-site at the museum, it is also our mission to provide that same experience to kids where the barriers to reach us are too great.”
Emily Stone earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work has been published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.