SOURCE: Jackson Chance Foundation

Jackson Chance Foundation

SOURCE: The Trotter Project

The Trotter Project

September 22, 2015 13:30 ET

Jackson Chance Foundation Hosts Third Annual Ping Pong Ball at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Proceeds Support Families with Critically Ill Babies at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - September 22, 2015) - Jackson Chance Foundation and Becker Ventures, in partnership with Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and Killerspin Table Tennis, present the Third Annual Ping Pong Ball, a fun and interactive fundraising event benefiting families with critically ill babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The Ping Pong Ball will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Hosted at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, the event will take place in the hotel's spacious Fender Ballroom and Gibson Room with culinary treats provided by Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen and Mr. Brown's Lounge.

The Third Annual Ping Pong Ball will include four hours of table tennis fun. Professional talent from Killerspin Table Tennis will demonstrate tips and tricks. Along with the ping pong tournament, the event will also feature more than 100 silent auction packages, including a grand event package valued at $26,000. Whether a potential bidder desires their dream wedding, birthday celebration, anniversary party or Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this highly desired package is complete with the venue and food and beverage included. Additionally, vacations spanning the globe will also be on the silent auction block among many others.

New this year, The Trotter Project will host a private VIP Chef's Reception & Tournament where VIP guests will meet and mingle with four celebrity chefs, enjoy a dish they have prepared and watch an exclusive Battle of the Chefs Ping Pong Tournament. Some of the participating chefs include Top Chef Alum Richie Farina of the Michelin starred Moto restaurant and award-winning chef Bill Kim of bellyQ, Urban Belly and Belly Shack restaurants. The VIP Reception begins at 4:30 p.m. VIP ticket holders will gain access to the main event and receive a one-year complimentary membership to Table 8, a reservation service that allows its members to book last-minute reservations at top restaurants and the exclusive sponsor of the VIP Chef's Reception. $10,000 level sponsors and above will receive access to the VIP Reception. Proceeds from the VIP ticket will support both the Jackson Chance Foundation and The Trotter Project.

The Ping Pong Ball is open to the public and tickets are available online at Advance tickets are available for $100 or for $200 guests can purchase access to the VIP Chef's Reception & Tournament. Tickets will be an additional $25 at the door and tournament entry costs $50. Only 36 spots are available in the tournament.

Unique sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $500 to $50,000. Jackson Chance Foundation puts a new spin on buying a table where guests can purchase a $5,000 Table Sponsorship, a full size ping pong table, that will be branded and also for the sponsor to keep. All sponsors receive event tickets and recognition.

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago will offer discounted valet parking for $11, as well as a special room rate of $111.11 per night.

Jackson Chance Foundation and the Third Annual Playing It Forward Ping Pong Ball’s sponsors include: Becker Ventures, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, HeaveHo Productions, Art Van Furniture, Becker Entertainment, The John Buck Company, Baker Tilly, Gatorade, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Bulow Group, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Mr. Brown’s Lounge, Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, TravelClick, Inc., Jones Lang Lasalle, bKL Architecture LLC, SP+/Standard Parking, SpotHero, PSAV, Killerspin, Make It Better, Luxe Valet, Baker Tilly Chicago, Brown & Brown of Detroit, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Baum Realty Group, Expedia, IRON Financial, North Clybourn Group/Biazar Group, PMPC Architects, Sweet Dreams Infant Care, Mista Brown’s Authentic Jamaican Jerk Sauce, Wirtz Beverage Group, Chicago Beverage Systems, Stoller Beverage, American XXX Born Moonshine, and Southern Wine & Spirits.

Proceeds from tickets to the VIP Chef's Reception & Tournament will be shared with The Trotter Project. All other proceeds benefit Jackson Chance Foundation's NICU Transportation Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital.

About Jackson Chance Foundation

Jackson Chance Foundation's (JCF) mission is to enrich the lives of families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by allowing them to spend more time with their critically ill baby. JCF created the NICU Transportation Program to partner with hospitals and alleviate the transportation expenses of all families while their child is in the NICU by providing parking and CTA/Metra vouchers to every family, each and every day. The programs are fully funded by JCF. Currently, the foundation’s program benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with the goal to expand to additional hospitals in the near future. Jackson Chance Foundation is an Illinois nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more visit

About The Trotter Project

The Trotter Project, an alumni-driven initiative, seeks to unite those interested in the culinary arts, along with the hospitality and service industries, through a variety of events and programs designed to educate and inspire. The Trotter Project engages youth in mentorship and internship programs that help open doors and inspire minds through the culinary arts. Learn more at

Sponsorship Support:

Sponsorship packages are still available from $500. For additional information, please contact:
Lizzy Sternberg/Jackson Chance Foundation

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