No Ordinary Evening

The 9th Annual No Ordinary Evening will be held on April 25, 2020, at the Palmer House Hilton. Please visit our site in the coming months to purchase your tickets.

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.

Declan’s Class is a group of Horizons for Youth students, now 96 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.

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 28 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 263 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 2019 Sponsors!

Kirkland & Ellis
University of Notre Dame

Matthew and Christine Boler
OMI Industries – Fresh Wave
Sidley Austin
University of Notre Dame Athletic Dept

Greg and Julie Dingens
Mike and Christine Golic
Kelly Cares Foundation
McNamara Purcell Foundation
Patrick and Alyson Nash
Mike and Karen Streit

Alight Solutions
Pat and Ruth Boehmer
Mark and Cindy DeTrempe
Pat Doyle and Kathy Murdock
Bill and Martha Forsyth
Jeff and Cathy Grimes
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg
King & Spalding LLP
Denise Peterson
Jim and Julie Schwartz
William Blair

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at No Ordinary Evening please contact Barry Sullivan at