Our annual event looked a little different this year, see the recording of the virtual gala below.

The current health crisis has sent a ripple through our community, but mental health services remain needed–now more than ever. As an essential resource to our community, we are the only agency in the area for kids that have nowhere to go. We know that young people need us and we will continue our commitment to helping them through this difficult time by providing our counseling therapy sessions, crisis intervention services, and mentoring program.

Virtual is the New Black Tie

Annual Gala

Online event: May 30, 2020 at 7pm (CST)

Every year, The Bridge hosts our annual Spring Gala–our largest fundraiser of the year and a decades-long tradition for our donors, staff and volunteers. This year we were planning to host the event at the renowned Sanfilippo Estates. Unfortunately, our event was impacted by the state’s directive to cancel all “nonessential” community events, jeopardizing over $80,000 in funds for the mission-critical mental health programs that allow us to help hundreds of kids in our community. We need your support to help The Bridge to continue to provide counseling and crisis interventions to help young people and their families in our community and ensure that this public health crisis affects our programs as little as possible.

For questions, contact Janet at

The event’s over, but you can still help:

Donate anytime by texting “bridgeyouth” to 76278.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

In-kind donations provided by the following sponsors:

Andaz Napa
Arlington International Racecourse
Arnold Uhlig
Arthur Murray Dance Studio-Schaumburg
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
Boka Restaurant Group
Burger Antics
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Improv Club
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Wolves
Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Deerfield Park District
Douglas J. Aveda Institute
Drury Hotels
East Bank Club
Elements Massage

Goo Goo Dolls
Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva
James D. and Judith L. Brenner
John Sullivan
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago
KOVAL Distillery
La Colombe Coffee Roasters
Lake Geneva Cruise Line/Gage Marine Corp.
Lakefront Brewery
Laugh Factory
Lifeline Theatre
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Napa Valley Bike Tours
Northlight Theatre
Northwestern Atheltics
Nueske’s Smoked Meat
O’Connell Family Wines
Oak Park Festival Theatre
Portillo’s Hot Dogs, LLC

Randy Klingner
Remington’s Restaurant
Rep’s Place
Rockford IceHogs Hockey
Salon Lorrene
Sam & Harry’s Steakhouse
Shedd Aquarium
Skydeck Chicago
Tasting deVine
The Joffrey Ballet
The Morton Arboretum
The Second City
The Theatre Schol at DePaul University
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Todd Gilchrist/Preferred Planning Concepts, LLC
Trapeze School New York in Chicago
Uniquely Sweet
Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design
Wines for Humanity
Zanies Comedy Club