‘Night of Dreams Gala’ raises $400,000+ for autism resource services

Have Dreams, a local autism resource nonprofit, hosted its sixth annual Night of Dreams Gala on May 2 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago to raise funds for Have Dreams’ renowned autism intervention services.

Over 300 attendees came to honor one of autism’s most prominent researchers and Have Dreams founders, Catherine Lord, Ph.D. This year’s gala, chaired by longtime Have Dreams supporters Mitch and Ingrid Basson of Glencoe, raised over $400,000 to help fund services for children, teens and young adults impacted by autism.

Funds raised will be used to support the organization’s signature Social, Communication and Independent Living Skills Program and the numerous Have Dreams autism resource services provided to Chicago area participants, families and professionals.

“When Have Dreams opened our doors in 1996, we served seven children in a donated space above an ice rink and the incidence of autism was 1 in 2,500. Now we serve over 150 families and the incidence is 1 in 68 — 1 in 42 for boys,” said Kris Johnsen, Have Dreams founder and executive director.

Mary Ann Ahern, political reporter at WMAQ-Channel 5, served as emcee. The event featured dinner and the signature Dreams of a Lifetime live auction.

For more information, visit havedreams.org.

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‘Night of Dreams Gala’

Benefiting: Have Dreams

Date: May 2

Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago

Attended: 300+

Raised: $400,000+

Website: havedreams.org

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