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

2018 Shedd Gala
Co-Chairs Rick & Dixie Erwin
Saturday, June 9, 2018
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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.

On June 17, 2017, the Board of Trustees hosted “Voyages” Shedd’s Aquarium’s 2017 gala. Funds raised through “Voyages” supported Shedd’s conservation research, environmental stewardship and animal rescue and rehabilitation endeavors.

See a photo recap of Gala 2017

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

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Auxiliary Board annual fundraising event, BLU

2018 BLU
Saturday, July 28, 2018
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Thank you for joining us at BLU Goes Green! Hosted on July 29, 2017, this year's BLU raised more than $450,000 for conservation, sustainability and education initiatives.

See a photo recap of BLU 2017

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 social and business leaders to attend. Sponsorship benefits include 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.

Contact info

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

Sandy Marek
Senior Vice President, Development & Institutional Giving