‘SNL’ inspired gala benefits Special Olympics

Join Special Olympics Illinois for a night of laughter from your couch. The Saturday Night In Virtual Gala will bring “Saturday Night Live” inspired humor to Special Olympics Illinois.

Usually, hundreds of attendees gather in Chicago for an extravagant black-tie event to support the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. This year, the gala will take place virtually Saturday, Oct. 17.



The night will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a live program. Viewers can watch the program online at www.soill.org. The night includes special appearances by The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper, NBC Chicago’s Patrick Fazio, WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, Olympic Medalist Apolo Ohno and Special Olympics Illinois featured athlete David Harlan.

Join early at 7 p.m. and enjoy musical entertainment from the Bono Bros Band with members of Freddy Jones Band, Tributosaurus, Mr. Blotto and special guest guitarist Fran Banish.

The virtual gala will also include a live auction, where viewers can preregister and bid on various items the night of the virtual gala (Oct. 17). Preregistration and auction bidding will take place at www.inspiregreatnessgala.org.

Joe Antunovich, president of Antunovich Associates, chairs the virtual gala alongside Executive Vice-Chair Michael L. Scudder, chairman and chief executive officer, First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.



The Saturday Night In Virtual Gala is a night for all to come together to celebrate the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

The Saturday Night In Virtual Gala sponsors include Antunovich Associates, First Midwest Bank, MAKE Corporation, Advocate Aurora Health, BCBSIL, Union Carpenters, Gelber Group, ITW, TransUnion, KMPG, Coupa, Piper Sandler, and Wintrust, NBC 5 Chicago, The Chicago Sun-Times, and WXRT and Entercom.

Learn more and donate at www.inspiregreatnessgala.com or text Nightin to 243725.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 17,000 young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region at (800) 394-0562 or visit www.soill.org.

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