New Year’s EVE of the EVE Black Tie Fundraiser Gives Children a Better Chicago Education

New Year’s EVE of the EVE Black Tie Fundraiser Gives Children a Better Chicago Education

New Year’s Eve is prom post high school. It’s a time to celebrate all that this year, 2015, was, while also putting our best step forward among friends, soon so be new friends, and our community.

This year start with a precursor to your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Slide into that Vera Wang dress, put on a dab of lipstick and start the new year in style—fashionably and charitably—at EVE of the EVE.

For the 22nd year, join 2,000 urban and young professionals in shutting down Union Station downtown (500 West Jackson Street) on the day BEFORE New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 30, 2015, for a night of black ties, premium spirits including Tito’s cocktails, and most importantly, a silent auction for one of Chicago’s non-profit organizations centered-on education, HighSight (315 West Walton Street).

Eve of the Eve: South of 80 plays for nearly 2,500 guest at Union Station.

HighSight was started with a mission to give exceptional eighth grade students in poorer Chicago neighborhoods a chance to attend some of the best private 4-year high schools in Chicago through a scholarship program.

The program started in 1992 with five graduating students from Cabrini Green, and still has its offices in that Chicago neighborhood, though the program has expanded to numerous children coming from 35 Chicago elementary schools in the southside, westside and even northside.

Qualified students meet income requirements, and also contribute financially to the private school education. For a family of four, the income requirement is under $48,500, for instance.

Becoming a HighSight student also requires additional time commitment both in traveling and additional learning. Students travel between 30 minutes and an hour to attend Chicago private schools, once they are in the program. Then, they travel to the HighSight offices for additional tutoring, which includes Academic Study Sessions Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings during the school year.

“It takes a special kid to be a HighSight student,”the founding director of HighSight, Mark Duhon, tells me, “95 percent are the first generation going to college.”

Volunteers include past graduates from the HighSight program, who  empower and teach 100 students to graduate Chicago high school and attend 4-year universities on scholarship.

Duhon notes that students receive between $25,000 and $60,000 in scholarships to 4-year colleges. This year, the greatest scholarship was $63,000 to a $61,000 4-year college.

All proceeds from EVE of the EVE will benefit HighSight’s scholarship. It is one of HighSight’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

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EVE of the EVE will start at 8:00 pm and last until 1:00 am at the Great Hall of Union Station on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.


  • Open Bar
  • Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Buffet
  • Silent Auction
  • Cash Raffle
  • Live Music: Verzitile Band
  • DJ: Clik Entertainment
  • Dancing

                                                                                                                         $160 VIP TICKETS


  • Exclusive VIP Reception from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Premium Spirits Bar
  • Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Buffet
  • Silent Auction
  • Cash Raffle
  • Live Music: Verzitile Band and Dairy Pill
  • DJ: Clik Enertainment
  • Dancing

Attire:  Black tie optional

The VIP ticket ($160) includes a pre-party at 7:00 pm with  hour d’oeuvres and premium spirits. In addition to the pre-party, VIP guests will enjoy a private balcony bar with continued premium spirits, a VIP hors d’oeuvres, buffet and access to additional restrooms.

Tickets are available for $125 or $160 for VIP in advance and may be purchased online at

Ticket prices will increase the day of at the door.

A group of HighSight supporters, Andrew Landon, James Feeley, Jon Jesse, Kate Fundarek, and Job Landon celebrate at EVE of the EVE.

ShowBiz Shelly VIP Tickets Giveaway:

Chicago entertainment news reporter for B96 Radio (96.3 FM), Showbiz Shelly, is offering a special giveaway for two VIP tickets to EVE of the EVE to benefit HighSight.

Hurry! The last day to enter is Wednesday, December 23, 2015. All of the details for the VIP Ticket EVE of the EVE giveaway are here.

Send a Shout Out on Social Media:

I can’t wait for you to join the New Year’s EVE of the EVE celebration for 2016.  Let me know you are going on Instagram or Twitter.

Tag #EveoftheEve and include HighSight (@HighSightChi) and Windy City Cosmo (@WindyCityCosmo) in your shout outs!

Cheers to another year of parties, good business and philanthropy with great people in a beautiful city, Chicago.

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