Our biggest fundraising event is our annual Gala. Each year we host a gala, historically in November but recently moved to February for 2019, a “feel good” evening to celebrate the accomplishments of our program and to continue raising funds for our Capital Campaign, supporting the $1.7M renovation costs of the building. We relocated our program from Burr Ridge to Lombard in January of 2016. Our 25,240 square foot building affords us the ability to create space for more students, provide an optimal learning environment that supports our students’ individual learning needs and more. We absolutely love our new home in Lombard and hope to stay here and grow for a long time!

We are proud to come together each year to raise funds for this wonderful space and celebrate our amazing students and families and SEA staff. Each year at the gala we host both a live and silent auction with items from many generous donors and sponsors as well as some of our students and families! Dinner, dancing and games are included in the night as well as speeches and videos from our students and staff.

Our 2017 Gala was held on November 18, 2017 at the Oakbrook Marriott. Our “Once Upon A Time” theme reminded us all of the fairytale it has been from the start of SEA many years ago to now! We feel so fortunate that our story continues to be told in so many wonderful ways, especially thanks to the continued support of families, staff, sponsors, donors and our community. We had a wonderful night celebrating SEA. It was a dream come true!

A very large thank you to our sponsors and donors this year! You help us soar!




Sally and Milton Awe
Mary Lu Bilek & Aaron Marcu
Eleanor Fox
Fran Four Club (1899) – Knights of Columbus
Integrated Project Management Company
Moran-Havansek Financial Group
Diane and Neil Selinger
Bill and Judee Setterstrom
Ritu and Sam Shah
Ray Swapa
Joe and Marina Tokash
Deanna Tyrpak
Rachel and Jeff Wapner
Sean and Gwen Reilly
Moran-Havansek Financial Group
Castello Wellness
Agar Shirani and Mitra Biglari
Invesco LTD
The Eisner family
CPT Networks
The St. John Council Knights of Columbia #3738
Eric & Dana Vasquez


Thousand Waves
Chicago White Sox
XSport Fitness
Ray Swapa
Kane County Cougars
Harlem Irving Companies
Chicago Wolves
Stampin’ Up
Hinsdale Nurseries
Cards Against Humanity
Kendra Scott
Philip’s Florist
Fringe Boutique Salon
Runco Office Supply
Deanna Tyrpak
Dominique Tyrpak, first SEA graduate
Sally Winter
Shamrock Garden Florist
Kathy Kadet, It’s More Than A Dream Productions
Lush Cosmetics
Seeing You Through The Seasons
Paparazzi Accesories
Fairfield Inn, St. Charles
Marriott Oak Brook
Pheasant Run
Holiday Inn, River North
Cory Robertson
Rotatori Family
Courtyard Marriott, River North
Friends of SEA
VIE, Western Springs
Lou Malnati’s
Kramer Foods
Northlight Theatre
Black Ensemble Theatre
Court Theatre
Theatre of Western Springs
Ricardo Santiago Salon
Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting
The Ions
Republic Bank, Whitney Cimaglia, VP
Daniel Jaconetti DDS
Lynfred Winery
Tasting de Vine
Glessner House
Lucky Strike Bowl
Tin Fish, Tinley Park
Elmhurst Art Museum
Chicago Zoological Society
Morton Arboretum
Ziegield Troy Golf & Lost Mountain
The Room Lisle
Gage Marine
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Arlington International Racecourse
Walt Disney World
Museum of Science and Industry
Skydeck Chicago
Kingston Mines
Medieval Times
Enchanted Castle
Haunted Trails
Diversey River Bowl
Comedy Sportz
Chicago Sinfonietta
American Theatre Company
Lifeline Theatre
Chicago Opera Theatre
Redtwist Theatre
Improv Woodfield
Paramount Theatre
Chicago A Cappella
Classic Cinemas
Piven Theatre Workshop
City Lit Theatre
Theatre School at DePaul University
Riverside Food Store
D.O.A. Escape Room, Villa Park
Pristine Pets By Gretchen LLC
Cheesecake Factory
Inspiring Wellness
West Suburban Wellness
Tavoos Skin and Halotherapy
Salon Hype
Thomas Clark Law LLC
Right Fit, Burr Ridge
Brennan Massage & Spa
Jevitz Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
Judge Family Chiropractic
Stacey De and Company
Lombard Roller Rink
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Flying High
Safari Land
DuPage Children’s Museum
Sky Centers Martial Arts
Jack Clark
Three Tarts Bakers
Dairy Queen, Lombard
Fannie May, Lombard
Aunt Diana’s Old Fashion Candy Makers
The Chew Chew
Connie’s Family Restuarant
Jelly Belly
Anyways Bar
Lilac Bakery
Ener G Foods
Patio Restaurants
Zia’s Trattoria
Pinstripes Oak Brook
101.9 FM
100.3 FM
Art Life Gallery & Studio
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Students of SEA
Northwestern University School of Music
Browns Canyon Adventure Park
Ace Hardwarde
Pinwheel Toys Wheaton
Now Serving Cafe & Catering

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