On Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Adler Planetarium Women’s Board hosted the Adler’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the 2018 Celestial Ball. The annual black-tie gala raised more than $2 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, Meg Sauer, and Event Co-Chairs of the 2018 Celestial Ball, Lisa H. Bertagna and Mihra Seta, along with Dinner Chairs Pradip Patiath and Jim O’Connor, Jr., welcomed a sold out crowd of more than 700 guests, including business, civic and philanthropic leaders in the Chicago community.
The Adler was honored to present American hero, Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2018 Corporate Partner Award was presented to Magellan Corporation represented by its President, Bob Arthur.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and contributors for your generous support!
2018 Evening Highlights
Lifetime Achievement Award: Captain James A. Lovell Jr.
Event and Dinner Co-Chairs
Pradip K. Patiath & James J. O’Connor, Jr.
Lisa H. Bertagna & Mihra Seta
Abbott | AbbVie | American Airlines | Aon | Susan & Bob Arthur | BMO Harris Bank | CNA Financial Corporation | Cressey & Company LP / Bryan Cressey | The Crown Family | Dover Foundation | Draper & Kramer, Incorporated / Forrest Bailey & Elisa Primavera-Bailey | Janet & Craig Duchossois | John & Cathie Estey | GCM Grosvenor | Horizon Pharma | JPMorgan Chase & Co. | Ray & Lisa Lewis | McKinsey & Company | Motorola Solutions | Dushan and Nancy A. Petrovich | Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / Seth & Trudy Jacobson | UL | Ulta Beauty | XL Catlin
As of September 6, 2018
Generous Support Provided By
Corporate Honorees 2003–Present
2018 Magellan Corporation
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