Third Annual Shake & Stir
6:00 PM18:00

Third Annual Shake & Stir

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Whether you like your cocktail shaken or stirred, you are sure to have a blast at the Third Annual Shake & Stir, Chicago's only James Bond-approved soiree!

Join the Chicago Youth Centers Auxiliary Board and presenting sponsor Epsilon Economics on Friday, February 23 at the elegant Wintrust Grand Banking Hall (231 S. LaSalle Street) for a night of live music, dancing, cocktails, food, an extensive silent auction, and more! 

All proceeds support CYC-Fellowship House in Bridgeport.

Tickets are $100 for General Admission and $175 for VIP!

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets will still be available for purchase at the door. 

All guests will enjoy...

VIP guests will also enjoy...

  • An exclusive cocktail hour with a special dance performance
  • Access to a dedicated VIP bar for the entire night
  • Two complimentary tickets for the Shake & Stir raffle—become an MI-6 operative for the day by winning our escape room package for six or score another exciting Bond-inspired experience
  • A gift certificate for a custom tailored shirt by award-winning menswear retailer Blank Label

Following the event, join us at the official Shake & Stir after-party at the Underground Chicago, 56 W. Illinois Street!

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See more pictures from last year's Shake & Stir here.


Diamonds are Forever Presenting Sponsor


Alumni Sponsor

Goldfinger Sponsors


Casino Royale Sponsors

Patricia L. Crumley & Eugene DeRamus
The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust
Richard & Jahna Lindsay-Jones
Charles & Lindsey McCaleb

Spectre Sponsor

Jay Beidler & Deborah Witzburg
The Cherep Family
Phil & Cindy Doherty
Sondra Berman Epstein
Stephanie Feeney
HUB International
Kathryn & Stephen Kneely
Judy Macior
National Data Research
Ross & Lauren Rocklin
Semper Fi Land Services
Staver Law Group, P.C.
Terri Race Educational Technology Fund
Amy Weiss Narea

Media Sponsor

After-Party Sponsor

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Believe in Kids Dinner: Igniting the Spark
6:00 PM18:00

Believe in Kids Dinner: Igniting the Spark

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The 2018 annual Believe in Kids Dinner celebrates and honors the spark, or possibility, within every child, and the advocates, supporters, staff, families, and mentors of Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) who help to ignite that spark.

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, join the Chicago Youth Centers Board of Directors and other changemakers at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. for a cocktail reception followed by an inspiring dinner and program.

When youth discover their unique potential, develop character, and build employable skills, they are prepared to be 21st century leaders. This event enables CYC to continue delivering its transformative programs that make this outcome possible for our youth. Nearly 90% of every dollar raised from the Believe in Kids Dinner directly benefits CYC's programs.

Keynote speaker will be noted poet and activist, Kevin Coval, author of A People's History of Chicago.

Individual tickets start at $500 and sponsorship packages are still available. 

At Chicago Youth Centers, we believe in our children. We don’t just get them through the day; we prepare them for life. Thank you for being a changemaker. We look forward to celebrating together on May 17.

For questions about sponsorship packages, please contact Lauren Robinson at or (312) 913-1700 ext. 450.


AS OF 2/8/2018

Event Chairs

Anne Doherty

Jeffrey Heh

Judy Macior

Vice Chairs

The Crown Family


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Barclays Capital
Credit Suisse
Jefferies LLC


Hub International
Latham & Watkins LLP
Northern Trust
Ray & Ann Rusnak
Schwartz Capital Group
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We are grateful for the support of donors like you which has enabled CYC to serve countless children and families for the last 60-plus years. But we can do more. As CYC looks forward to deepening our impact, we encourage you to contribute to our #GivingTuesday campaign on Nov. 28.

This year, we are participating in the Newman's Own Holiday Challenge and our campaign has officially begun. Every dollar counts toward paving the road to a bright future for children in Chicago's underserved neighborhoods. The best part? We could win prize money too! We hope you will join our team of fundraisers and tell your friends and family why you are #proudtobeCYC.

Then, join our #UNselfie campaign! Share what it is about CYC that makes it special to you by printing and filling out this template, taking a selfie with it, and posting it on your social media. Be sure to tag us — we have already gotten the party started on our Instagram page. 

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Shake & Stir
6:00 PM18:00

Shake & Stir

However you like your martini, we’ve got you covered at the second annual Shake & Stir. Join the Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) Auxiliary Board for music, dancing, James Bond-approved cocktails, local bites, and more! 

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