Celestial Ball

Celestial Ball | Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 6:30 pm - Midnight | Black Tie

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!

Make It Possible

2018 Evening Highlights

Additional Information

Lifetime Achievement Award: Captain James A. Lovell Jr.

Event and Dinner Co-Chairs

Dinner Co-Chairs
Pradip K. Patiath & James J. O’Connor, Jr.

Event Co-Chairs
Lisa H. Bertagna & Mihra Seta

Galaxy Sponsors

Special Thanks to Our Celestial Ball 2018 Galaxy Sponsors

Quasar Sponsors

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

Celestial Ball Special Thanks

Corporate Honorees 2003–Present

2018    Magellan Corporation

2017    Dover

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

2007    ComEd

2006    (none – Adler’s 75th Anniversary)

2005    S&C Electric

2004    Boeing

2003    Household