On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium will host their biggest fundraising event of the year: 2017 Celestial Ball, Solar Flare. The annual black-tie gala raises $1.7 million for educational programming that engages people in doing science and inspires young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
President of the Women’s Board, Linda Gerstman and Co-Chairs of the 2017 Celestial Ball, Erika Lautman Bartelstein and Elisa Primavera-Bailey, will welcome approximately 700 guests, including business, civic and philanthropic leaders in the Chicago community. A highlight of the autumn gala season, guests at Celestial Ball will enjoy an elegant cocktail reception and silent auction, a seated dinner featuring hands-on demonstrations from the Adler’s Science Sommeliers, followed by dancing, all set under the Adler’s stars.
Ticket information coming soon.
Event Dinner Chairs
Scott C. Swanson
Pradip K. Patiath
Women's Board Co-Chairs
Erika Lautman Bartelstein
Date & Time
Saturday, September 9, 2017
6:30 pm Cocktails and silent auction
8:00 pm Dinner followed by dancing
1300 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
2017 Corporate Partner Award
During the gala, the Adler Planetarium will present the 2017 Corporate Partner Award to Dover, represented by President & CEO Bob Livingston. The Adler is grateful for Dover’s generous support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming.
Anonymous • AbbVie • BMO Harris Bank • Cressey & Company LP / Bryan & Christy Cressey
The Crown Family • Draper & Kramer, Inc. / Forrest Bailey & Elisa Primavera-Bailey
Janet & Craig Duchossois • John & Cathie Estey • J.P. Morgan Chase
Ray & Lisa Lewis • Littelfuse • McKinsey & Company • Motorola Solutions
Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation • Sidley Austin, LLP • UL • Ulta Beauty
As of May 8, 2017
Corporate Honorees 2003–Present
2016 S&C Electric
2015 BMO Harris Bank
2014 PNC Bank
2013 JPMorgan Chase
2012 Motorola Solutions
2011 PNC Bank as “Science Education Partner Awardee” (with “Special Recognition Awards” to Gensler and to McKinsey & Company)
2010 Charter One Bank
2009 Motorola/Motorola Foundation
2008 Illinois Tool Works
2006 (none – Adler’s 75th Anniversary)
2005 S&C Electric