On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium hosted their biggest fundraising event of the year and most successful to date—2017 Celestial Ball, Solar Flare. The annual black-tie gala raised $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, welcomed approximately 600 guests, including business, civic and philanthropic leaders in the Chicago community. A highlight of the autumn gala season, guests at Celestial Ball enjoyed an elegant cocktail reception and silent auction, a seated dinner featuring hands-on demonstrations from the Adler’s teen Science Sommeliers, followed by dancing, all set under the Adler’s stars.
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 presented the 2017 Corporate Partner Award to Dover, represented by President & CEO Bob Livingston.
With Dover’s generous support, the Adler’s youth programs have reached thousands of Chicago’s young people over the last two years, including:
- 281 who took on engineering challenges in Operation Airlift
- 5,051 who explored space in their favorite pajamas at Astro-Overnights
- 6,195 who practiced valuable STEM and professional skills in Adler Teen Leaders Advancing STEM (ATLAS) programs
Abbott • AbbVie • Anonymous • BMO Harris Bank • Cressey & Company LP/Bryan Cressey and Cressey & Company • The Crown Family • Draper & Kramer/Forrest Bailey and Elisa Primavera-Bailey • Janet and Craig Duchossois • John and Cathie Estey • Horizon Pharma • JPMorgan Chase & Co. • Ray and Lisa Lewis • Littelfuse • Maclean-Fogg • McKinsey & Company • Motorola Solutions • Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation • Sidley Austin, LLP • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP/Seth and Trudy Jacobson •
UL • Ulta Beauty • United Airlines
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