Thank you for making Top Hat Ball a Royal Success! Honoring Friend of the Year: Jackie & Frank Murnane Event Chairs: Sandy & Mike Herlihy

Oh, what a night! With net proceeds topping off at $880,000, YOU are the real Kings and Queens!

It was one to remember! Take a peek at all the photos & moments courtesy of Chris Guillen Photography

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Save the Date for #29TopHatBall February 8, 2025
Thank you to our proud sponsors! Aspen Lane Wine Company ATMI Precast: Building Precast Solutions FCL Builders Fire Control: Automatic Sprinkler Systems FT Cares Foundation GEneva Baking Company Globus LeGunter & Karen J. Golden Family Harrison LLP The Mike & Sandy Herlihy Foundation Kellenberger, Inc. Liftoff Crane Services Lily's Coffee: Ethiopia Lo Destro Construction Company Maverick Process Piping The Murnane Companies Olsson Roofing, Metal, Solutions Porter Family Companies Professional Medical, Inc. Razney Jewelers Refined by Razny S Mechanical, Inc. Schmidt Steel, Inc. SJ Mallein & Associates Stumm Insurance, LLC. Sun Mechanical Systems SWD, Inc. Team Stradale Racing Toback Family John Paul & Jennifer Turcich United Viking Travel Window World, Joliet Wintrust

Top Hat Ball Leadership

Event Chairs

Sandy & Mike Herlihy

Event Committee

Abbie Armbruster

Ana Armbruster

Jim Armbruster

Dr. Maleeha Basha

Lindsey Burnette

Carie Carney

Lauren Crittenden

Will Dale

Carol Donahue

Holly Francis

Erika Haneberg

Jackie Janega

Kimberly Jones

Laura Karlins

Tim Kueker

Natalie Miller

Kate Moore

Melissa Nilles

Binna Porter

Bud Porter

Marge Santo

Catie Schmidt

Max Schmidt

Cheryl Simoncelli

Dennis Szarzynski

Jen Turcich

Jeannine Zupo – Director of Signature Events

Auction Committee

Michelle Mattia

Peggy Szarzynski

Sue Wick

Marklund Ambassador

Heather D of Marklund Tommy Home

Please only use this space below to make payments on already committed tables and sponsorships. Contact Jeannine Zupo at 630.624.9874 for more information.

Friends of the Year

2023 — Catie and Max Schmidt
2022 — Sandy and Mike Herlihy
2021 — Peg and John Haskins
2020 — Becky and John Duffey
2019 — David Pierro
2018 — Jeanne and George Webster
2017 — Aon
2016 — Karen J. Golden
2015 — The Foglia Family Foundation
2014 — Bud and Jim Porter
2013 — Carol and Mike Donahue
2012 — Andrea Billhardt
2011 — Gary, Jean & Beth Lederer
2010 — George and Pam Rion
2009 — Greg Osko
2008 — Jim and Lynn Armbruster
2007 — Joel Thompson
2006 — Robert Paddock/Paddock Publications
2005 — Bruce Jensen and Gail Ludewig/Total Works
2004 — Kevin Acker/West Suburban Bank
2003 — Senator James “Pate” Philip
2002 — Everett Van Der Molen

2001 — Congressman Henry Hyde
2000 — Robert Bernard
1999 — Dennis Langley and Peter Cyrus
1999 — Senator Steven J. Rauschenberger
1998 — Robert Smetana
1998 — Gwendolyn S. Henry
1997 — Father John Guiney
1996 — James D. Anderson
1995 — Jean Jordan
1994 — Jim Ford
1993 — Dennis Zimmerman
1992 — Michael Brenan
1991 — Richard Theriault
1990 — Gale Sayers
1989 — John P. Frazee
1988 — Birger Nyborg
1987 — Paul Greening
1986 — Thomas O. Myers, Jr.
1985 — Doris Whitney
1984 — Erhardt Weidmann
1983 — Richard Rathman
1982 — Edwin Deicke
1981 — Hiriam Sibley

Top Hat History

The ball was established in 1997 when donors Jim Ford and Len Patyka chaired Marklund’s first-ever black tie gala. The event was held at the Shedd Aquarium and netted $50,000, a great accomplishment for a first-year event! The ball immediately outgrew the Shedd space the following year and has moved to many venues since then, including the Field Museum, Union Station, Navy Pier, and Marriott hotels.

Since its inception, the ball has raised more than $11,237,000 in net proceeds, which has supported Marklund’s general operating and endowment funds.

Looking back at Top Hat Ball

Top Hat Ball 2019

Top Hat Ball 2020

Top Hat Ball 2021

Top Hat Ball 2022

Top Hat Ball 2023