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The Family Institute at Northwestern University invites you to join us for the second annual Gratitude Gala on Wednesday, May 8, 2024


This fundraising event will feature a fireside chat with honoree Ben Zobrist, a silent auction, cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations, entertainment and more. All proceeds will benefit The Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic, which provides free mental and behavioral therapy services for individuals, couples and families that could not otherwise afford it.


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Event Information

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Doors Open: 5:30 p.m.
Program Begins: 6:30 p.m. 


Location: Galleria Marchetti | 825 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60642
On-site valet available 



Ben Zobrist | Mental Health Community Impact Award


Dress Code:

Cocktail Attire

No formal gowns or tuxedos necessary


This event is a cocktail style reception with an open bar, food stations and passed hors d'oeuvres

(not a sit-down dinner)


Event Sponsor:

Sachs Family Foundation

To purchase a ticket or to sign up as an event sponsor, please visit our Gratitude Gala registration page. To donate an auction item, please email
Mental Health Community Impact Honoree
Ben Zobrist | Former Chicago Cub and 2016 World Series MVP, Founder of Champion Forward

Ben ZobristSince his time as a major league baseball player, Ben has been a strong advocate for mental and emotional health as well as an avid youth and faith mentor. In 2017, Zobrist partnered with One Mind institute to raise funds for brain health. After retirement from baseball in 2019, he served on the board of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (present) and Refuge Center for Counseling in Franklin, TN. He recently launched Champion Forward in 2023 which addresses the mental and emotional health problems of burnout, isolation, and performance pressure for young competitors, their caretakers, and coaches. He enjoys bringing healthy awareness, balance, and connection into the high performance sports world through providing educational and inspiring tools and resources to young people.  He feels energized by speaking to groups, podcasting, and deep one on one conversations. Ben and his three children live on a farm in Franklin, TN. 

Gratitude Gala 2024 Program
Gratitude Gala 2024 Program
Thank You to our Sponsors


Sachs Family Foundation


The Harris Family Foundation | Katie Lamb-Heinz & Bill Heinz | Michael E. Murphy Foundation

Platinum SponsorS

Blue Owl | Amy & Jim Gray

Silver Sponsors

Susan & Michael Canmann | Michelle & Michael Episcope | Global Group Inc. | Jenner & Block | Kevin M. Gates & Microsoft | Sammons Financial Group | Debbie & Ethan Youderian

Mindfulness Sponsors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois | Byline Bank | Cubs Charities | Ronald & Esther Franklin | Libby & Larry Lucas | Savills | Dr. Horace & Mrs. Susan Smith | Sweeney, Scharkey & Blanchard LLC

Gratitude Sponsors

AdvancedMD | Blueprint | Julian & Lisa Coleman | Diana Cordova | James H. Feldman | Roxanne Hori | Jana L. Jones | Ed & Courtney Loeb | Michael Stelmacki | TIAA | Wipfli



2023 Event Photos
Contact Information

For questions regarding the Gratitude Gala or to learn more about event sponsorship, please contact