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Marklund to host 19th annual Top Hat Ball fundraiser in Chicago

With the majesty and mysteries of King Tut and Cleopatra leading the way, Marklund’s 19th annual Top Hat Ball is expected to follow its tradition of being one of Chicagoland’s premier fundraising events of the season, the nonprofit announced.

Marklund serves infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special health care needs at campuses in the Mill Creek subdivision near Geneva and in Bloomingdale.

This year’s theme is “An Evening Along the Nile,” and the event will take place from 6 p.m. Jan. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan Ave. Individual tickets are $350 and include dinner, an open bar, entertainment, live and silent auctions and raffle opportunities. Sponsorship packages are available and are listed on Marklund’s website at www.marklund.org/tophatball.

The theme will allow guests to celebrate the history and culture of ancient Egypt while helping Marklund raise funds.

As in past years, Marklund will embrace the event’s motif with décor, performances, special guests and unique foods and beverages.

It is anticipated that women in attendance will add flair to the night with fashions inspired by the Egyptian theme. Trips and items that will be included in the live and silent auctions during the evening will be featured online.

Marklund Director of Special Events Jeannine Zupo said the fundraiser is important to Marklund because it helps with the agency’s day-to-day operating costs, and it helps in other ways as well.

“The Top Hat Ball is our largest premier fundraising event,” Zupo said. “Last year, we netted $360,000 [from the event], but it also helps us raise friends, too. Our table sponsors bring in people who are potentially new donors for us. It helps us expand our donor network. We show an extensive video on what Marklund does and how people get more involved.”

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