FAQ

General & Ticket Information

Who puts this event on and what does it raise money for?
The Comer Children’s Bright Night Benefit is hosted by the Comer Development Board and raises money for life-changing pediatric care programs at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

How is the Bright Night Benefit different from the Comer Children’s Kids’ Fashion Show?
The Comer Children’s Kids’ Fashion Show is now the Bright Night Benefit. The event will be in the evening for more attendees to enjoy. By switching up the format, we are able to accommodate more attendees in support of the mission of Comer Children’s. This year, we will be hosting a kids’ fashion show, cocktail hour, dinner, silent, and live auction. We will also offer children’s activities during the cocktail hour including crafts, games, and hair & makeup styling for the models. The Comer Development Board will also recognize a supporter of Comer Children’s with the inaugural Comer Children’s Bright Star Award. This year's award will be given to The Thrall Family on behalf of their commitment to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.

Will there still be a Fashion Show component?
Yes! This is a favorite part of the event. To accommodate the new evening schedule and activities, we are shortening the Fashion Show component, and will be capping the number of participants to 75 ticketed models and 25 sponsored patient models. Ticketed models will also be required to raise a minimum of $100 to walk in the show in the spirit of “kids helping kids.”

When does the event start?
Cocktail hour and kids’ activities will start at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Guests will be asked to take their seats at 5:30 p.m. for the Fashion Show portion. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

When does the event end?
The event will end by 8:00 p.m. since we know that Sunday, April 26 is a school night.

What types of tickets are available for purchase?

Model Ticket (Ages 5–13) - $75
Models will walk in the Fashion Show and receive a kids’ meal with their party following the Fashion Show. In addition to their ticket, models are also asked to raise a minimum of $100 through their peer-to-peer fundraising page. All models that reach their $100 goal will receive a goodie bag.

Non-Model Child Ticket (Ages 2–13) - $75
Children will receive a kids’ meal and will be seated with their party. Children purchasing this ticket option will not participate in the Fashion Show and will not receive a goodie bag.

Teen Ticket (Ages 13–20) - $125
Teenagers will receive an adult meal and will be seated with their party.

Adult Ticket - $275
Adult tickets will include drinks and dinner.

Table of 12 - $3,300
The table of 12 can be made up of adults, teens, children, and/or models.

Runway Table of 12 - $5,000
We have a limited number of tables that are placed next to the runway to get the best view of the Fashion Show and speaking program. Runway tickets will not be sold individually. A table of 12 can be made up of adults, teens, children, and/or models.

Can I purchase tickets the day of the event?
Due to capacity, we are unable to sell tickets the day of the event. All tickets must be purchased no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20.

What is the dress code for the event?
We encourage non-model attendees to dress semi-formal. Models should arrive at the Four Seasons dressed in their modeling outfit purchased from our fashion sponsors Frankie’s on the Park or Guys & Co.

How can my company become an event sponsor?
Sponsorship participation is a valuable marketing opportunity to further promote your brand while supporting Comer Children's Hospital. For more information on the benefits of corporate sponsorship, please contact Lexi Fiedler at comerbenefit@bsd.uchicago.edu.

What is the Patient Model Program?
Your gift to support the Patient Model Program will allow one Comer Children’s patient to walk in the show, and enjoy an afternoon away from treatment. Your gift will also allow the child to invite two adult guests to attend and watch them walk the runway! Donors who support the Patient Model Program at the $750 level and above will receive recognition in our program book. 

How do I volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer, please email comerbenefit@bsd.uchicago.edu.  All volunteers will receive specific volunteer information the week leading up to the event via email.

I can no longer attend or participate. Can I receive a refund?
Your advance registration allows us to plan accordingly for event needs. Because of this, we are unable to offer registration refunds and will convert your registration into a donation so please let us know if you will be unable to attend. Your registration will fund important patient care programs at Comer Children’s.

I am unable to attend but want to show my support. How do I make a donation?
Thank you for your support. You are welcome to make a donation to our patient care programs or to the Patient Model Program through this website. 

Models & Fundraising

How many models will be in the Fashion Show?
Model registration will be capped at 75 ticketed models and 25 sponsored patient models.

What should my model wear?
Models should arrive at the Four Seasons dressed in their modeling outfit purchased from our fashion sponsors Frankie’s on the Park or Guys & Co. Please note, some models may walk the runway with similar outfits, and children are encouraged to accessorize with jewelry and/or other fun items. The trunk shows for boys’ clothing provider Guys & Co. will take place on Mondays March 30th and April 20th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Frankie’s on the Park. As a reminder, you can purchase girls’ clothing at Frankie’s on the Park at any time, and boys clothing can be purchased at the Highland Park Guys & Co location at any time.

How does my child get their hair and makeup done at the Fashion Show?
Your child should arrive at the Four Seasons with washed, dried, and brushed hair. Optional mini make-overs will be provided for the models before the show. If your model would like to have his or her hair or makeup done, please arrive promptly by 4:30 p.m. If you prefer more extensive hair styling and make-up application, please have your model’s hair and makeup done before you arrive. Please note that models will be given priority to get their hair and makeup done over children and teens that are not modeling in the show.

What activities will be provided for the children?
When models arrive, they will be checked-in to the children’s activity room and then placed in their modeling groups. Children and teens who are not modeling are also welcome to join in on the fun! Activities will be provided, but children may also bring a book or other quiet activity. Please note that we cannot be responsible for lost items. 

What food will be provided for the children?
Following the Fashion Show, models will sit with their adult chaperones in the ballroom and will enjoy a plated kids’ meal. Following the speaking program, all attendees will enjoy a dessert buffet. You can take your desserts back to your table, or take them to go. If you or your children have dietary restrictions, please let us know. We will ensure all food and desserts are nut-free.

How will my child find me at my table after the Fashion Show?
We will have capable volunteers bring them to your table following the Fashion Show program.

How do I get photos of my children’s walk on the runway?
A photographer will be stationed at the runway during the event to get that perfect shot of your model, and all photos will be available online, free of charge, the week after the event. Please feel free to bring your camera to snap photos from your seat, but please do not get up to block the view for other attendees.

How do models raise their minimum of $100?
After registering your model, our office will reach out within 48 hours with a link to a peer-to-peer fundraising page that your model can personalize. In the spirit of “kids helping kids,” we encourage your model to fundraise by reaching out to their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends asking for a donation to support patient care are Comer Children’s. 

Are there any incentives to raising the $100?
By raising $100, your model will get to walk in the show and will also receive a goodie bag. 

Will there be any fundraising awards for models that raise more than $100?
We will recognize the top models in the following categories during the speaking program:

o Top fundraising participant.
o Participant who receives the largest quantity donations from different donors.
o Participant who receives donation(s) from the farthest away.


My child or teen is not modeling but would like to fundraise. How do they set up a page?
We would love to have your child fundraise even if they aren’t modeling. To get a page set up, please email comerbenefit@bsd.uchicago.edu


How can my supporters make a donation? 
The fastest and easiest way for your supporters to make a donation on your behalf is to refer them to your personal fundraising page. If they prefer, they can mail a check to “The University of Chicago” with your name and “Comer Children’s Bright Night Benefit” in the memo line and mail it to:

The University of Chicago
Attn: Lexi Fiedler
130 East Randolph, Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60601

How can I find out if my company offers a matching gift? 
Contact your Human Resources department to see if your company has a matching gift program for health organizations. If available, complete your company’s matching gift form and send it in with your donation.

More Event Logistics

Where can I park?
To book convenient and affordable parking for the event, we recommend using SpotHero. You can reserve your parking spot today, by visiting the Four Seasons SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Guests may also use the Four Seasons valet parking ($33-$36, excludes gratuity), or 900 N Michigan Self-Park ($30-$34).  Prices vary depending on length of stay. 

How can I make on-site purchase?
All purchases can be made with credit card, cash, or check. All adult attendees will receive a bidder number.

What programs has the Fashion Show supported in the past?
Since its inception by the Comer Development Board ten years ago, the Comer Children’s Kids’ Fashion Show has supported a variety of programs dedicated to advancing pediatric care. These programs are essential to making a hospital stay more comfortable for a family, and would not exist without our supporters. To date, 19 programs have been supported with more than $700,000 raised.

For more information, please contact
Lexi Fiedler at (773) 702-4873 or comerbenefit@bsd.uchicago.edu

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