Join us at the 22nd Annual Have-a-Heart Gala where we will be celebrating community and honoring partnerships with special guest host, Jim O'Heir!
Now in its 22nd year, the Housing Forward Have-a-Heart Gala is a celebration of the positive community support that has helped thousands of people transition from housing crisis to housing stability.
The 2020 gala, on February 29th, from 6pm to 11pm, will take place for the first time in the historic Aon Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier. Hundreds of guests in festive evening attire will gather to support Housing Forward programs while enjoying a cocktail reception, formal dinner, a program honoring special partners and a client speaker. The party continues into the evening with a dance floor and live music. Chicago actor and comedian Jim O’Heir will be our celebrity guest host. Mr. O’Heir is best known for his role as Jerry Gergich on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, and he plans to make it a fun night for all.
Our 2019 gala raised over $221,000 to help support agency programs. This year, with the help of generous sponsorships, a larger venue, an exciting silent auction and the traditional One Heart, One Night fundraising appeal that goal is higher—at $250,000. Additionally, we are adding a Queen of Hearts raffle for those who like to mix generosity with a little risk.
Since 1992, Housing Forward has transformed the lives of close to 17,000 people at-risk of, of currently experiencing homelessness. Today, we’re having long-term impact on the communities of west Cook County by preventing the loss of housing before it occurs; alleviating the need for long-term shelter; moving people into sustainable permanent housing solutions and improving housing retention.
CLICK HERE for photos taken during last year's gala.