The above date is a placeholder for our 2021 Gala. COVID is changing the way we are thinking about our events. We are looking at new and exciting ways of hosting this event next year. Stay tuned for more details! 


Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2021
Time: 6:00PM
Cost: $250
See you next year! Thank you!

The 2020 Have-a-Heart Gala took place February 29 at the beautiful Aon Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier.

This year, with the help of a larger guest list, historic venue, generous sponsorships, and the traditional One Heart, One Night fundraising appeal, we raised $265,000 to support agency programs.

Jim O-Heir, Chicago actor and comedian best known for his role as Jerry/Larry, Garry/Terry Gergich on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, entertained over 460 guests gathered to support Housing Forward. The crowd enjoyed a cocktail reception, delicious formal dinner, learned more about the agency, honored partnerships, and a heard from one of our inspiring clients. The party continued on the dance floor with live music by Fantasia. 

We thank all our sponsors, guests, Board of Directors, Associate Board members, Friend of Housing Forward, volunteers and staff who joined together to make this a very special way to celebrate our mission of ending homelessness on Leap Year Night!

To watch our 2020 Have-a-Heart Gala video please click here.
                 Jake Preedin
                    Marcela Rafea

We were fortunate to have two professional photographers capturing the event.

Click here to view, download or order images taken by Jake Preedin

Click here to view images taken by Marcela Rafea. Use PIN 8861 to download.

Scroll down to browse a gallery of highlights! 


2020 Sponsors

Keystone Sponsors

Pillar Sponsors

Cornerstone Sponsors

Foundation Sponsors

Mainstay Sponsors