Chicago's Second Annual Wish Upon a Wedding Gala

The Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding held their second annual Blissful Wishes Ball and Gala on November 1, 2011 at the historic Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel. This year, the theme was MOD, and the stunning Crystal Ballroom was transformed into a black and white extravaganza by The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc., complete with black feathers, light boxes, elegant white chairs, and an amazing illuminated dance floor.

The black and white lounge and beautiful cake by Sarah’s Pastries & Candies.

Thanks to dozens of generous sponsors, the Silent Auction offered gala attendees a fabulous array of offerings, from restaurant gift certificates to overnight stays at some of Chicago’s most luxurious hotels, sports memorabilia, and home appliances!

 Heather Vickery with past wish recipient, Bahar.

Live wedding and event illustrator, Rosemary Fanti

Our Co-Hosts for the evening: local CBS reporter, Dana Kozlov, and sports radio personality, Dan Bernstein.

Chicago Board Members, Ali Phillips, Michelle Durpetti and Alexandra Jusino, pose with hosts Dan Bernstein and Dana Kozlov.

The amazing Becca Kaufman Orchestra kept the dance floor packed all night.

Our wonderful 11/11/11 wish recipients, Monica & Deshawn attended the event and

practiced their dance moves for their upcoming wedding (seen below)

A great time was had by all complete with a 200 person horah to celebrate


Guests stopped for a gourmet slider to-go from awesome food truck,  The Slide Ride, on their way home…

The Chicago Board of Wish Upon a Wedding would like to thank all of the amazing sponsors as well as the volunteers, who made this night possible. We couldn’t have done this without you!

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago
The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc.
Becca Kaufman Orchestra
Frost Lighting
Classic Party Rentals
Gerber Scarpelli Weddings
I Do Films
Erickson Design
Shutterbooth Chicago
CS Brides
Sarah’s Pastries & Candies
Windy City Linens
The Bull & Bear
The Slide Ride
Rosemary Fanti
Leap Weddings
Record a Hit Entertainment
Sears Outlet
Viceroy Hotels & Resorts
W Vieques Island
Jordan’s Food of Distinction
Here’s Chicago




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