FAQ

Who puts this event on and what does it raise money for?
The Comer Children’s Bright Night Benefit @Home is hosted by the Comer Children’s Development Board and raises money for life-changing patient 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 Comer Children’s Bright Night Benefit. This year the event will be virtual, but we hope to join together in person in 2022 when it is safe to do so. The virtual gala will support patient care programs at Comer Children’s. Watch the online program and learn how the hospital is serving patients during COVID-19 and making a lasting impact on kids’ lives. The program will also include a silent and live auction, a raffle, and other opportunities to make an impact on the lives of our patients.

During the program, the Comer Children’s Development Board will also recognize one of our supporters with the inaugural Comer Children’s Bright Star Award.

When does the event start?
7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at comerbenefit.org

When does the event end?
The event will end by 8 p.m.

What types of tickets are available for purchase?
General admission is free, but upgraded ticket options are available.

Can I purchase upgraded tickets the day of the event?
Upgraded ticket options will need to be purchased in advance so our restaurant partners can plan accordingly.

How can I purchase raffle tickets?
You can purchase raffle tickets through our site. You can enter to win a Peloton Bike+ Essentials Package. Tickets are one for $50, and three for $100. Package includes Bike+, 1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of 1, 2, or 3 lb dumbbells, and bike mat. Winner is responsible for $39/month Peloton subscription. Standard delivery is currently running 7-8 weeks. Winner many opt to purchase additional accessories separately. Per Illinois law, raffles are a game of chance and raffle ticket purchases are not tax deductible.

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, visit our sponsorship page or contact Lexi Fiedler at comerbenefit@bsd.uchicago.edu.

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 refunds for any ticket purchases, raffle tickets, or donations.  Your gift will fund important patient care programs at Comer Children’s and we thank you for your understanding.

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 through this website. You may also 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

What is in the Comer Children's Swag Bag?

Donations of $250 or more qualify for a Comer Children's branded Lands' End Swag Bag, full of amazing goodies from:

  • Robert Reffkin, CEO of Compass
    • 1 copy of his new book, No One Succeeds Alone: Learn Everything You Can From Everyone You Can
  •  Tesla:
    • One overnight test drive
  • Thomas West Hair Salon:
    • Kevin Murphy Travel Product
    • $25 to service with Dayna or Anthony
  • JoanneSellsChicago @ Compass
    • Tape measure
    • Compass t-shirt
    • Crayons
    • Trader Joe's Chocolate Almonds
    • Garrett’s Popcorn 
  • The Alden Network:
    • Water Bottle
    • Hand Sanitizer
  • CIBC:
    • Hand sanitzer
    • Phone charger
  • Entertainment Co:
    • Individually wrapped cookies
  • Chicago Magazine:
    • Monthly magazine
  • Vanille Patisserie:
    • Individually wrapped pack of macaroons
  • Prism Home Health:
    • Hand Sanitizer
  • Every Body Eating:
    • Individual bags of chips
  • Comer Children’s branded sunglasses
  • Trader Joe's 

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.

What programs has the Fashion Show supported in the past?
Since its inception more than 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, almost 20 programs have been supported with more than $700,000 raised. Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board hosted a fundraiser for COVID-19 response and raised more than $100,000. Thank you for helping us make this possible!

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

 

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