Fundraising Events

Shedd Aquarium’s annual fundraising events include our Board of Trustees gala, BLU, hosted by our Auxiliary Board and our annual “Fore! the Animals” golf tournament. A variety of opportunities are available to support the community’s most talked-about events. Sponsorship benefits may include exposure on event marketing collateral, on-site recognition, event tickets and more. All event proceeds benefit Shedd Aquarium’s education and conservation initiatives.

Board of Trustees gala

Shedd Aquarium’s annual black-tie gala is attended by approximately 850 of Chicago’s philanthropic and business leaders for a night of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing.

Our 2015 event was entitled "Metamorphosis" and was held on Saturday, June 20. The grand affair featured a whimsical, upbeat evening full of gilt and elegance where we shined a light on some of Shedd’s most enchanting creatures. 

Sponsorship benefits included on-site naming areas, prominent logo and/or text recognition on event collateral, tables for up to 10 total guests and more. 

For information about Gala 2015, please contact Katie Law at 312-692-2713 or by email.

Auxiliary Board annual fundraising event, BLU

Held at the aquarium and on Shedd’s north and lakeside terraces, BLU invites guests to celebrate a favorite Chicago institution while enjoying dazzling city skyline views, tastings from many of Chicago’s best restaurants and beverage vendors, and exciting performances.

BLU is hosted by Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board and attracts more than 1,000 of Chicago’s up-and-coming philanthropists and business leaders to attend. Sponsorship benefits included on-site naming areas, on-site activation and sampling, prominent logo and/or text recognition on event collateral, VIP event tickets and more.

FORE! the Animals, Shedd’s annual golf tournament

FORE! the Animals is Shedd Aquarium’s annual golf tournament held at one of the Chicago area’s most prestigious golf courses, Shoreacres Country Club, in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

The golf tournament upholds Shedd’s mission to connect people to the living world by providing players with the opportunity to interact closely with animals such as penguins, sharks, turtles, seahorses and birds of prey. Sponsorship benefits may include sampling opportunities, logo and/or text recognition on event collateral and foursomes. 

Shedd Aquarium’s FORE! the Animals event was held on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Contact info

For more information on fundraising events or corporate giving opportunities, contact:

Sandy Marek
Senior Vice President, Development & Institutional Giving

Katie Law
Director of Donor Relations & Special Events