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Wish Ball Welcomes Jon Hamm


April 02, 2018



Make-A-Wish® Illinois Gala Set for May 19, 2018

Make-A-Wish Illinois is pleased to announce that Jon Hamm, Emmy Award winning actor and two-time Golden Globe winner, will appear as the host along with talented wish alumni at Wish Ball on Saturday evening May 19, 2018 at Navy Pier.

For children with critical illnesses, the journey back to hope and strength begins with a life-changing wish experience. In addition to an engaging program featuring Hamm, nearly 1,000 guests will share in inspiring moments found throughout the wish experience and hear first-hand how wishes change lives.

Guests at the event will experience an elegant evening packed with touching moments including meeting several wish children serving as Wish Ambassadors. Tickets are $675 per person or $6,750 per table of ten. Premium tables can be reserved for $13,500. Tickets are available online at or by calling 312.602.WISH (9474).

Presented by GATX Corporation, this magnificent night generates revenue to support the Make-A-Wish mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The event includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, a raffle, and spirited live and silent auctions. The night is also supported by Star Sponsors, Paul and Joan Rubschlager, Platinum Sponsors: CDW, Gallagher, the Goldfine Family, MARC USA, David and Teryl Schawk Family Foundation, UGN, Inc., and Unum and media sponsor Michigan Avenue Magazine.

Jon Hamm’s nuanced portrayal of the high-powered, advertising executive Don Draper on AMC’s award-winning drama series “Mad Men” has firmly established him as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors. He has earned numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Awards in 2016 and 2008, Television Critics Association Awards in 2011 and 2015, a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2011, as well as multiple Screen Actors Guild nominations. Hamm can next be seen in Warner Brothers’ Tag with Ed Helms and Isla Fisher out this June.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Hamm received his Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia and currently resides in Los Angeles.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Since being founded locally in 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 14,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with children in all areas of the state.

Press Contact

Jessica Miller
Communications Manager
640 North LaSalle Drive Suite 280
Chicago, IL  60654

Phone : (312) 602-9412
Fax : (312) 602-9498

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Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474