UI’s 15th Anniversary Halloween Bash

The 15th Anniversary Urban Initiatives Halloween Bash was another huge success. For the fourth straight year, Chop Shop and 1st Ward Events welcomed us back to not only have a ton of fun but to support UI’s sports-based youth development programming. 400 friends joined us for what some call, “The best Halloween party in Chicago” helping us raise $10,000.

The UI Associate Board led the charge in getting their friends excited for the one-of-a-kind event by selling a ton of tickets. Special shoutout to Dan Singer, Ashley Dobbins, and Mike Perconte for having a total 53 combined friends come out and support UI. Once the crowd began to swell, DJ Emilio dropped the beat and began spinning hit after hit until the dance floor spilled into the next room. The night also included a costume contest with over 30 entries that included the cast of Bob’s Burgers, Ash and Pikachu, and King Koopa. So many awesome costumes entered, our judges had a tough time voting for the best and most creative ones.

Congratulations to Greg & Mandy Friend, Beth Talentowski, Ashley Dobbins, Margot Mache, Liz Barnett and Lacy Wood on winning the costume contest! From the cast of the Magic School Bus to a very creative depiction of Millennium Park’s Crown Fountain, this was the best year for costumes.

Thanks a million Hannah Jones for securing a pizza donation (3 years in a row!!) from Lou Malnati’s. Everyone was fully fed and very happy!! 

Thanks so much to Michelle Baumann and Annika Clutch for securing amazing prizes for the costume contest.

Thanks for your careful consideration Jeremy Guterl, Philip Wadle, Alison Hung, Kaitlyn Klapperich, and Julie Chelovich as judges for the costume contest. It’s not an easy job since so many of the costumes are very creative and tough to decide. You all did an amazing job, thanks for all your help!

The UI team would like to thank everyone that came out and supported the 15th Anniversary Halloween Bash. A special thank you goes out to the UI Associate Board and the Executive Committee for spreading the word and making it the best UI Halloween Bash to date!

See everyone next year at the 16th Annual Halloween Bash!

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