No Ordinary Evening

Horizons for Youth Logo

Thank you to all who attended and supported the 007th Annual No Ordinary Evening on April 28, 2018, honoring the legacy of Declan Drumm Sullivan. Your generosity helped raise over $700,000 for the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund and Declan’s Class students.

Declan’s Class is a group of Horizons for Youth students, now 90 strong, whose tuition and programming are supported exclusively from funds raised at No Ordinary Evening. The number of students in Declan’s Class grows every year, a testament to the commitment of the Drumm-Sullivan family and the entire Horizons for Youth community to the education and future of our students.

Declan S90 Yearbook Photo April25

Event Origins

No Ordinary Evening was founded to remember and celebrate the life of Declan Drumm Sullivan, who was tragically killed in an accident at the University of Notre Dame on October 27, 2010. His family created the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund to memorialize Declan’s life. The Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund supports organizations that demonstrate substantial local impact in the areas of education and community service.

Benefiting Horizons for Youth

The primary beneficiary of the event is Horizons for Youth, Chicago’s only kindergarten through college nonprofit organization committed to helping children from low-resource neighborhoods recognize and achieve their full potential. Over 27 years, Horizons for Youth has partnered with Chicago’s public, charter, private, and faith-based schools, along with dedicated families, to provide tuition scholarships, one-on-one mentoring, individualized tutoring, a summer academic program, family support programs, monthly enrichment opportunities, high school and college preparation, and college persistence support.

Horizons for Youth currently serves 265 students. To date, 84% of Horizons for Youth high school program graduates have either graduated from college or are still on track to graduate. They are persisting at a rate nearly ten times greater than their socioeconomic peers, demonstrating the effectiveness and life-changing impact of Horizons for Youth programming.

Contribute to the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund

The Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supports Chicago-area organizations that demonstrate substantial impact in the areas of education and community service.

Celebrate Declan’s life and help deserving children benefit from opportunities that allow them to meet their greatest potential. Please donate to the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund. Thank you for your support.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

On behalf of the Sullivan Family, Horizons for Youth, and the children who will benefit from your generous contribution to their education, we offer our most sincere thanks.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Diamond Level
Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame

Spectre Level
Matthew and Christine Boler
OMI Industries/Fresh Wave
University of Notre Dame Athletic Department

Royale Level
Greg & Julie Dingens
Mike and Christine Golic
Kelly Cares Foundation
McDonough Family
McNamara Purcell Foundation
Patrick & Alyson Nash
Wynnchurch Capital
XMS Capital Partners

Quantum Level
Dennis & Marsha Belcastro
Patrick and Ruth Boehmer
Mark & Cindy DeTrempe
Pat Doyle & Kathy Murdock
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg
King & Spalding LLP
Notre Dame Club of Lake County
Karen & Mike Streit
Denise Peterson
William Blair

Moonraker Level
JLT Specialty USA
Lockton Companies
McHugh Construction
Ken & Roberta McQuade

The Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund's 8th Annual No Ordinary Evening will be held on April 27, 2019 at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. Please stay tuned for more details.


No Ordinary Evening Tickets will be available in late 2018.