New at SPARK: Golden Tickets & Live Auction Prizes

Every year before SPARK, we are so excited to announce the fabulous live auction packages available to our guests for bidding. Today, we are announcing the five prizes attendees will be able to bid on, plus a thrilling new way to experience SPARK!

Introducing the Golden Ticket

For the first time, we will be offering Golden Tickets to our community! Golden Tickets are a new way to participate in our favorite night of the year. There will only be 150 Golden Tickets sold, so you know what your chances of winning are! If you purchase a Golden Ticket, please make sure that you have selected your prize at the time of purchase. Winners need not be present to win. Each Golden Ticket is $100, and the prize is something special!

The winner of our Golden Ticket drawing will get to choose from the live auction prizes before any bidding even starts! If you win the raffle, you will receive the prize you choose at time of purchase, and that prize will be removed from the live auction. Are you ready to find out your options?

SPARK 2019 Live Auction Packages

From golfers to travelers to art lovers, we have a winning package for anyone’s interests. Don’t miss out on your chance to secure the package you know you want – get your Golden Ticket today! And if you don’t win, there’s still a chance to win your item in the live auction. Check out the live auction prizes today.

Golfing With A Pro

You and a friend will join Hans Larson, PGA head professional, at Westmoreland Country Club, accompanied by member Jim McClure. Your day on the course will include 18 holes of golf, caddies, tips & playing lessons from Hans, and lunch. Date to be mutually agreed upon among all parties.

Magnificent Views in Costa Rica

Enjoy a weeklong vacation at Villa Vista Magnifica in Costa Rica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and gorgeous beaches Playa Prieta and Playa Penca. Villa Vista Magnifica is a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath villa staffed with 2 full-time employees. You and 9 of your friends can relax in luxury with such features as an outdoor shower, a private patio, an infinity edge pool, and an upstairs terrace view. Airfare not included; average airfare to Costa Rica is $450 per person. High season is from May through July.

Dinner With Easter Seals Vice President
Please join our Executive Director Ann Sickon & 8 other guests for a four-course gourmet dinner with fine wines in a newly renovated 1882 row house in Little Italy on a Friday or Saturday night this summer. Our hosts Tom LeClair and Carlyn Berghoff will prepare an amazing evening that also includes lively conversation on trending topics in the world of disabilities.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Four seats to your choice of two 2019 games decided upon in conjunction with the donor. These seats offer an extraordinary opportunity to experience Wrigleyville’s favorite team from premium seats only 10 rows behind home plate.

Rob Larson’s Water Lilies

Inspired by Claude Monet’s use of color and expressive brushstrokes, our own Rob Larson has created his own rendition of Water Lilies. Using oil on canvas, the painting celebrates the beautiful relationships found in nature through reflections in the pond and the flowering water lilies.

What Are You Waiting For?

Group enjoying games at Evanston fundraising event, SPARKTickets are on sale now! Early bird prices are available until March 31st, and then all ticket prices will increase by $25. While you’re getting tickets to SPARK, you can also purchase your Golden Ticket and Heads or Tails glamour glasses. Don’t forget to indicate which prize you’d like if you bought a Golden Ticket, and let us know your dinner choices too!

We can’t wait to see you at SPARK and start igniting dreams together!

Preview Live Auction Items for SPARK 2018

Two women dancing at past SPARK after live auction.Each year, our community comes together for an evening of celebration. As our New Futures Initiative and Full Life Process are spreading across the country, we have a lot to be proud of this year. Join us in celebrating with an evening of live music, live auction, dancing, delicious food, and great friends on Friday, April 27th

Play Heads or Tails with Glamour Glasses

Just like in past years, we will kick off our evening with a game of Heads or Tails! If you haven’t played before, this game is an exciting group game where everyone tries to guess whether heads or tails will be flipped. If you guess wrong, you’re out! The game is played until all but one player has guessed wrong, leaving just one person standing. The winner will receive a night’s stay at the luxurious Fairmont, Chicago, dinner at Boeufhaus, and tickets to the Goodman Theater.  Glamour Glasses will be available for purchase during silent auction bidding at SPARK.

Win Silent Auction Items

There will be a wide selection of items available for bidding in our silent auction. From theatre tickets to brewery tours, there are exciting options for anyone. You will be able to preview the silent auction items on Gesture, an auction bidding app, starting on April 23rd. We are busy putting together awesome packages and can’t wait to share these with you!

5 Incredible Live Auction Items

We have five fresh and exciting live auction items available for you to bid on during the evening’s program. Whether you’re a big music buff or someone itching to experience iconic Chicago culture, you will find something for you.

First, we have a truly once in a lifetime experience to offer: visit South Africa for 6 days and 6 nights. During this trip, your lodging and meals will be paid for, as well as two chances to go on a photo safari.

Next, for music lovers, we have a three concert package. Win two tickets to Ed Sheeran, Elton John, and U2 throughout the coming year. Use these tickets for yourself and a friend or gift them to someone you love. What you do is up to you, but you won’t want to miss out on these three opportunities.

There are few holidays more legendary in Chicago than St. Paddie’s Day. That’s why we are offering you the opportunity to experience St. Paddie’s Day like you never have before with a ride on a boat as they dye the ChicagoPhoto depicting a live auction package for St. Patrick's Day. River green. You will also ride on a float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, complete with a VIP package to dinner at the Irish Fellowship Hall, a gift card to Lizzie McNeill’s, and a stay at the luxurious Swissotel.

 

Baseball fans, this one’s for you! Win two tickets on Southwest Airlines to Arizona for spring training. Included in this package is a four-night stay at a two bedroom condo in the warm southwest.

Finally, you have the chance to own an original reproduction of Monet’s “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge,” painted by Center for Independent Future’s very own Rob Larson. This priceless painting will look beautiful on any wall.

Get Tickets to SPARK Today!

Find tickets online and RSVP today! Be sure your seat is reserved for a starry night in beautiful downtown Evanston at the Hilton Orrington.

SPARK 2017 Live Auction Preview

SPARK 2017 is around the corner on April 28! Get a preview of one of the most exciting parts of the evening: the live auction. This year, the auction includes tickets to two of Chicago’s most-anticipated musical events, airfare for two and four nights in Orlando, Las Vegas, or Arizona, an incredible Evanston staycation, and a piece of original artwork.

CHOOSE YOUR GETAWAY
Four nights in Orlando, Las Vegas, or Arizona in a two-bedroom condominium that sleeps four
Airfare for two
Value: $2,100.00

JOSHUA TREE TOUR: U2 AND THE LUMINEERS
Two (2) tickets to see U2 and The Lumineers on June 4, 2017, at Soldier Field
With an overnight stay at the luxurious Fairmont Chicago and gift certificate to Boeufhaus
Value: $775.00

A NIGHT OUT WITH BRUNO MARS
Two (2) tickets to the Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour on August 16, 2017, at The United Center
With an overnight stay at the luxurious Fairmont Chicago and a gift certificate to Girl and the Goat
Value: $675.00

ORIGINAL PAINTING BY ROB LARSON
Storm Clouds Rolling Out At Dawn
Acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″
“There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen
From the artist: I woke up at 4 AM on my birthday to paint the sunrise over Lake Michigan, and when I got set up on the beach, a large storm was on the horizon. As the sun started to rise, the dark storm clouds were transformed into a full array of blues, purples, and pinks. Instead of rain, the sunrise brought the light. The sky was reflected in the water and the sunlight filled the space with color.

AN EVENING AT SPACE AND UNION
Enjoy a night out at one of Evanston’s best venues with a $100 gift certificate for tickets to any show at SPACE, a $100 gift certificate to Union Pizzeria, and an overnight stay at the Hilton Orrington.
Value: $550.00

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