Approximately 250 of DuPage County’s most dedicated philanthropists, business executives, and community leaders came together the evening of Saturday, November 16, for a festive celebration in support of the DuPage Foundation, our community’s catalyst for collective, coordinated impact. Held at the DoubleTree Oak Brook, the DuPage Foundation Masquerade was a night to remember, grossing nearly $385,000 to date for Foundation operations and programs aimed at raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County, with additional gifts expected through year-end.
Guests enjoyed a formal dinner, silent auction, first-rate entertainment by Felix And Fingers Dueling Pianos, and a mask contest, won by attendees Les and Mary Wiberg of Wheaton. Tables competed in the Foundation’s version of The Masked Singer game in order to recommend a $1,000 grant to a DuPage County not-for-profit of their choosing. The winning team, led by Naperville resident Katelyn Moon of The Driskill Foundation, selected the Career & Networking Center in Naperville as their grantee.
Among the mystique, music, and celebration, the Foundation unmasked our community’s most pressing areas of need and, during the evening’s paddle raise, invited attendees to join in funding impactful solutions to those needs by supporting the Foundation’s Community Needs grant program. Nearly $90,000 was generated through the paddle raise, thanks in part to a generous $25,000 matching grant from the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund, which is administered in partnership with the DuPage Foundation.
The DuPage Foundation Masquerade marked Northern Trust’s seventh year as the event’s Premier Sponsor. “Northern Trust values being a part of what goes on at the Foundation,” said Greg Jordan, Northern Trust’s senior vice president and senior managing director. “The great work the Foundation does is felt in every corner of our community. They are the bar by which all other efforts are measured.”
Success would not have been possible without the support of the Foundation’s many event sponsors. View them here.
For highlights of the evening’s festivities, see the following links:
- View event photos.
- Watch the Community Needs grant program video.
- Download photos and gifs from the photo booth.