CONTACT

Discovery Ball Office
American Cancer Society, Inc.
225 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL  60601
ilacsdiscoveryball@cancer.org
Tel: 312-279-7213

Event Contacts
Brittany Johnson
brittany.johnson@cancer.org
Tel: 312-279-7214
Fax: 312-279-7225


Meghan Gauen
meghan.gauen@cancer.org
Tel: 312-279-7365
Fax: 312-279-7225

EVENT DETAILS

​Date

Saturday, April 18, 2020
 

Location

Hilton Chicago

720 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605
 

Complimentary valet parking for Discovery Ball is located off E. Balbo Avenue via the entrance on the north side of the Hilton Chicago. If you are taking a taxi or using a private car service, you should be dropped off at the main entrance of the hotel located on S. Michigan Avenue. 
 
Attire Black-Tie
Tuxedos for men and ball gowns for women.
 

Schedule:
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner & Live Auction
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM Late-Night Party Concert
 
Event registration begins at 5:30 p.m. After you register, you will be escorted to a reception that includes the silent auction. The doors to the ballroom will open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, program and live auction. After the program, guests will be invited to the late-night party concert for more food, fun and dancing. The event is scheduled to end at 12:00 a.m.

 

A room block for Discovery Ball has been reserved at the Hilton Chicago for a special rate of $159. Deadline to book is March 28. 

What is Discovery Ball?

The American Cancer Society’s 14th annual Discovery Ball will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Hilton Chicago. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-event reception which includes a silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, inspiring program, live auction and a late-night party concert.  

 

Who is Attending?

More than 800 guests are expected to attend including corporate sponsors, business owners and philanthropic leaders. 

 

Event Leadership

Chris Clark

CVP, Supply Chain

Motorola Solutions, Inc. 

Brenda Lombardo

CEO

NiKnack Marketing

Fred Karutz

SVP, Growth and Marketing

AIM Specialty Health

Andrea Marks

SVP, Chief Analytics Officer

OptumRX

Randy L. Nornes

Executive Vice President

Aon

Tyler Prince

Executive Vice President

Salesforce

Chad Schafer

Partner

Sidley Austin LLP

Erica Waller

Global Account Manager

Splunk

Event History

Since 2007, the annual Discovery Ball has raised over $36 million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and create a world with less cancer by helping people stay well and get well. Discovery Ball is one of Chicago’s premier cancer fundraising events with national notoriety. Over the years, guests have been entertained by Natalie Cole, Kevin Nealon, Billy Gardell, Keith Urban, Paul Reiser, Hunter Hayes, Colbie Caillat and the Barenaked Ladies. Celebrity emcees have included Katie Couric, Maria Bartiromo and James Corden. 

 

Payment Information

We do not accept cash at Discovery Ball. Only credit cards and checks will be accepted. 

 

Auction

Mobile bidding on cell phones will be used at Discovery Ball. Please be sure to bring your fully-charged cell phone with you.

How to Make a Donation
You may CLICK HERE to donate online, call or mail in your donation to the Discovery Ball office at 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200, Chicago, Illinois  60601. We do not accept cash for Discovery Ball donations. Only credit cards and checks are accepted.
 
If you mail in your donation, the American Cancer Society will send you a receipt for your tax records, approximately six weeks after payment is received. If you make a donation online using your credit card, you will be directed to a confirmation page that can be printed for your tax records. In addition, an email will be sent to you that includes a receipt that can be printed for your records.
 

Why Support
Discovery Ball donations will support the mission of the American Cancer Society as it works to save lives and create a world with less cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.
 
Over 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year, and more than 609,000 Americans will lose their battle. That’s more than 1,600 people a day. You can help us move one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer by celebrating with us at the Discovery Ball.
 

Public Recognition
The American Cancer Society brand awareness is 98% nationwide. No other health organization has a higher rating. Our brand helps to clearly identify our organization, set it apart from other organizations, and ultimately create relationships with our communities. Your participation in the Discovery Ball includes public recognition through our media partners.
 

Awards

In 2018, BizBash selected the Discovery Ball as the #1 charity event in Chicago, an honor also received four years in a row from 2012 to 2015, and again in 2017. In 2016, Discovery Ball was recognized in the top 100 events in United States by BizBash, the nation’s leading event trade publication.