Lunar Ball 2017 / March 25th / 7pm-11pm / Wintrust Grand Banking Hall / Chicago

About Lunar Ball

Happy New Year!

Lunar Ball, Chicago’s largest fundraiser for Asian American young professionals and friends, will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the elegant Wintrust Grand Banking Hall.

Lunar Ball attracts 800+ of Chicago’s most accomplished young professionals from over 30 organizations for an evening of drinks, food, entertainment, and networking. Come join us to have fun, celebrate the year of the Rooster, and support community charities! The event sells out every year, make sure to secure your spot soon!

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Please note: Tickets to Lunar Ball are transferable, and all sales are final.

Festivities Include

  • Top Restaurants
  • Photo Booth
  • Performances
  • KISS 103.5 DJ JayFunk
  • Silent Auction
  • Adult Beverages All Night
  • Exciting 50/50 Raffle
  • Dancing

What to wear

Dress code for the event is semi-formal, black tie optional, qi pao and tang zhuang welcome.

PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT, A LIMITED NUMBER OF EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

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Lunar Ball 2017 Launch Party

March 3, 2017, 6:00pm - March 3, 2017, 9:00pm

Lunar Ball is coming soon!! Join us for a Launch Party on Friday, March 3rd as the planning team, community partners, and beneficiaries celebrate the progress we’ve made and look forward to the big event on March 25th! The Launch Party is hosted @Godfrey Hotel Chicago. This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Chicago’s River North district. I|O Urban Rooftop bar and lounge features a retractable roof, offering an indoor bar and outdoor lounge with fire pits. Attendees will get a sneak peak into Lunar Ball 2017 highlights, the theme reveal, and have the opportunity to network with community partner and beneficiary members including A-Squared, Indo-American Center (IAC), Japanese American Service Committee (JASC), Metropolitan Family Services, Project Vision, CMAA, AAEN, Ascene Chicago, APALSA, Chihuo Chicago, Chinese American Service League Associate Board (CASL AB), TJCCC, Harvard Club, Greater Chicago Dragon Boat Club, Kollaboration, SASE, NU-A5, and UIAAAN. First drink is on us!! Event is free with registration (ends March 2) and $5 day of and at the door. Getting There Limited street parking, Self/Valet Parking, CTA Chicago Blue/Orange, many buses. More about Lunar Ball: Website: lunarball.org/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/LunarBallChicago Lunar Ball is Chicagoland’s biggest Asian American gala and fundraiser. Join 800+ of Chicago's most accomplished and Asian American professionals and friends from over 30 community organizations at the Chicago History Museum for an evening of fun, food, and dancing! The event will include tastings from some of Chicago's top restaurants, adult beverages all night, cultural performances, DJ, dancing, and an exciting raffle and silent auction. Come join us to have fun, celebrate the year of the Monkey, and support community charities!

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Over 260 tickets were sold already! There are only 25 early bird tickets left!! Make sure to purchase yours before they are sold out! #LunarBall17. During the event you have a chance to win an amazing Henri Bendel bag or Soul cycle-5 session package (worth $145!) at the Lunar Ball 2017 Silent Auction! ... See MoreSee Less

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Huge News: Double Whammy Today! Raffle and Promo Code!

So we're doing a raffle for a free gift of choice (myribbongift.com => Variety Collection) for everyone that posts in their status a pic of themselves in elegant attire. Oh and tag Lunar Ball or use hashtag #LunarBall2017 in your post. Winner announced tomorrow!

If you didn't buy a ticket yet, grab one now at lunarball2017.eventbrite.com ! In celebrating Valentine's day, Limited time (36hrs!) of 10% off the tickets price with promo code #VALENTINE. Sales ends midnight tmr! buff.ly/2l5rgQe
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Happy Lantern Festival!! The Spring Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth of the first month of Lunar New Year. On this day, people will go out with family or friends carrying paper lanterns, and also solve the riddles on the lantern. People will also eat 湯圓 (Tangyuan), which is a glutinous rice ball like the picture below shown. Have you had your 湯圓 today? ... See MoreSee Less

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Highlights

800+

Attendees, primarily young professionals and entrepreneurs

20,000+

Diverse audience reached through email and social media

30+

Community organizations collaborating to produce Lunar Ball

$50,000

Fundraising goal for local charities

Our Community Beneficiaries

Giving Back To The Community

All proceeds from Lunar Ball benefit local Chicago charities, with an emphasis on the Asian American community. Grants to our community beneficiaries help provide needed services to youth, elderly, and refugees, encourage leadership development, and promote cultural awareness.

One of these charities is Project: VISION, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing youth in Chicago’s Bridgeport and Chinatown communities with the tools for educational, personal, and civic development.

Founded in 2003 by a small group of volunteers, Project: VISION has reached over 500 youths, providing them with tutoring, service learning, and leadership programs. 85% of the students Project: VISION serve are from low income families and most will be the first in their families to attend college.

Learn more about the amazing community charities Lunar Ball supports by clicking on the logos below. 2017 beneficiaries are added as they are confirmed.

Performers

 2017 performers will be added as they are announced.

DJ JayFunk

DJ JayFunk

ON THE TURNTABLES

DJ JayFunk has been rocking events and tearing down walls since peanut butter met jelly. Representing Chicago, IL, he’s performed events in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Honolulu, Manila and Los Angeles to name a few. JayFunk showcases every weekend on the #1 station in Chicago, 103.5 Kiss FM and is the official Chicago Bulls In Game DJ. Jay Funk has opened for legendary acts such as The B-52’s, Rob Base and DJ Easy Roc, Grammy winner DJ Jazzy Jeff and was DJ for Snoop Dogg’s 2000 Birthday Bash. JayFunk has been nominated for Midwest DJ of the Year 5 years in a row by Sinternet.com.

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Hsin-Hsin Lee

GUZHENG PLAYER

Hsin-Hsin (Ivy) Lee is an overworked law student who de-stresses through piano, violin and guzheng. When not buried in mountains of books and papers, she can be found window shopping. During pre and post window shopping, Ivy is probably creating a soundtrack for her neighbors’ lives or perhaps performing guzheng at nursing homes or charity events. Her guzheng performances have been featured in the Kalamazoo Gazette and Encore Magazine.

Hsin-Hsin Lee will be performing during the VIP reception.

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Paul Kay

ACOUSTIC SINGER

Paul Kay is a soulful and passionate Korean American singer, songwriter, and a guitarist. Though he specializes in those areas, he learned to play other instruments so he can teach younger generations. He is the winner of Kollaboration Chicago’s 2014 Showcase and is excited to have performed at numerous events since, including Lunar Ball 2015! His music style is inspired by many old-school artists that hit home to his heart.

Paul will be performing with his close friend Phil as his accompanist during the VIP reception.

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Tsukasa Taiko

JAPANESE DRUMMING

Tsukasa Taiko, a community program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest, offers taiko drum instruction, education, and performances. Its mission is to preserve, develop, and pass on the traditional concepts of genuine Japanese art as a cultural legacy, and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko art form. As a community group dedicated to understanding and strengthening Japanese American, Asian American, and Japanese identity, it strives to respect tradition and develop artistic excellence and connoisseurship. Its director, teachers, and administrative staff are dedicated professionals, all recognized as world class, working artists. As an active performing group, Tsukasa presents over fifty shows a year, both locally and internationally. Tsukasa Taiko offers classes, workshops, lectures, and demonstrations designed to teach how to play taiko, as well as to advance the understanding of how the cultural arts are a reflection of a community’s heritage and legacy.

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Dollie Diaz

TRADITIONAL PEACOCK DANCE

Dollie Joy Diaz was born and raised in the Philippines. In 2011, she started her dance education abroad at Columbia College Chicago and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance May of 2015. She has training in many styles such as Filipino cultural dance, Chinese classical dance, ballet, modern, and hip-hop.

 

She is a part of Flying Fairies Dance Troupe and is affiliated with The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS). She performed Chinese dance at numerous events throughout the city hosted by CFAS. Performing at Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, among others for Chinese New Year.

In 2013, She was casted in visiting professor from Central China Normal University, Mr. Zhang Yi’s faculty concert piece named Walking (行). She was also a cast member for Trae Turner’s faculty piece, Alpha, in 2014. In addition, she was a part of Repertory Performance Workshop where guest choreographers Erika Randall, Kristina Isabelle and Viktor Alexander created works.
Aside from dancing, she is multilingual fluent in Tagalog, English, Mandarin and Fookien.

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4Chu

K-POP DANCE

4Chu is a K-Pop dance crew that has performed at various events all over Chicago including Chinatown Night Market, Chinatown 10/10 Parade, Chicago Korean Festival, and many Anime Conventions. They also have many YouTube dance videos. There are currently about 10 active members from all different cultures and backgrounds coming together for their love of music and dance.

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Alan & Ashlee

ACOUSTIC DUO

Alan and Ashlee have been writing and performing together since 2010. Their sets range from soulful pop-acoustic originals to a blend of covers of all different genres. They were also proud finalists of Kollaboration Chicago 2013 where they had the opportunity to perform on the CBS Morning Show.

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Typhoon Dance Troupe

TRADITIONAL DANCE

Typhoon Dance Troupe at Northwestern University seeks to explore China’s rich and diverse culture through the art of dance. The dance group is composed of college students with a variety of backgrounds, dance styles/levels, and interests.

 

In the past, we have arranged and performed dance pieces that highlight the classical, ethnic, and contemporary styles of Chinese performing arts. Through our projects and performances, we try to:

 

– unite dancers and reach out to the student body

– create an enjoyable and enriching environment centered around dancing

– successfully learn and artistically present different aspects of Chinese dance

– educate dancers as well as audience members on Chinese culture through dance

– build a community that shares our common interest and appreciation

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The Elecric Funketeers

POPPING DANCE

Originally established in 1980 as one of the first Popping groups in Chicago, the Electric Funketeers is now comprised of a new generation of dancers specializing in popping and animation styles. Striving to build bridges in the dance community and bring people together through the art form of freestyle dance, the Electric Funketeers’ motto is: In Dance We Are One.

Sponsors and Partners

Interested in supporting Lunar Ball?

There are many different ways to support Lunar Ball and the Asian American community. Download a packet below for additional information about the various ways to get involved.

Logo & Ad Specs

Special Thanks

We are grateful to all of the sponsors and partners who support Lunar Ball. 2017 sponsors will be added as they are announced.

Presenting

Hyatt

Jade

Ameristar Casino HotelMcDonald's AMOAWintrust Community Banks

Platinum

Country FinancialNielsenSmithAmundsenTrust Air CargoClarity Partners

Gold

Cathay PacificChina Airlines deloitteEva AirlineshobowinemandarinquarterlymomentzOverseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Silver

Charles Schwabtastytrade@propertiesfftDieselSales.com / Heavy Quip Inc.Jooj Blow DryJuliet Tan Floral DesignOne Minute WorkoutSingapore Airlines Cargoultimateairshuttle

Beverage

CH DistilleryhobowineLagunitas

Tastings

Bob Chinn'sGo 4 FoodGrace Young Lee Dessert ConsultingImperial LamianIsla Filipino CuisineKrung ThepLittle LambSimply ThaliaSundaTNS Pop ShopTodorokiwaobaoYum Dum

Community Partners

AABA - Asian American Bar Association ChicagoAACN - The Asian American Chicago NetworkAsian Coalition of EcolabAsian Human ServicesAsian Improv Arts MidwestAPALSAAsian American Professionals ConnectAscene ChicagoChicago Booth - Greater China ClubChinese American Bar Association of Greater ChicagocfaaChinese Mutual Aid AssociationColumbia University Club of ChicagoFilipino American NetworkFASCAlb15-org-hallyuconHarvard Club of ChicagoPCCKorean American Bar AssociationKorean American Coalition ChicagoKollaboration ChicagoMandarin QuarterlyAsian Leadership Business Resource CouncilNorthwestern University Asian American Alumni Association (NU-A5)NU APALSAprojectvisionSocial QuartersTAP Chicagolb16-org-TJCCUniversity of Illinois Asian American Alumni NetworkAALSA - University of Illinois College of LawYin He Dance Company

Interested in supporting Lunar Ball?

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Planning Committee

The Lunar Ball Planning Committee team collaborates to organize Chicago’s largest Asian American cultural awareness, networking, and fundraising event. To learn more or volunteer for the committee, please email team@lunarball.org.

Event Chair

  • Hauwei Lien

Event Design

  • Jessica Zhang, Director
  • Gigi Zhang, Associate Director
  • Jessica Cheng
  • Sue Lai

Creative

  • Eric Liao, Director
  • Bill Nordstrom, Associate Director
  • Athena Lo
  • Courtney Sit
  • Cristina Gonzalez
  • Jorge Doig

Food & Beverage

  • Diana Cole, Director
  • Peter Yang, Associate Director
  • Angela Mao
  • Ariel Yu
  • Eric Liu
  • James Lim
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Samantha Chiang

Marketing

  • June Zheng, Director
  • Patrick Wei, Associate Director
  • Adam Molon
  • David Yu
  • Fabio Hsu
  • J.P. Lamp
  • Richard Yang
  • Tina Zhao
  • Zaria Ma
  • Zi Lin

Operations

  • Trish Brauer, Director
  • Cece Tran, Finance Director
  • Kevin Chang, Associate Director
  • Matt Maa, Associate Director
  • Samar Barakat

Programming

  • Sally Moy, Director
  • Zaida Deguzman, Associate Director
  • Jeremy Johnson
  • Rauthany Ly

Silent Auction

  • Diane Chan, Director
  • Alicia Maikao Ly, Associate Director
  • Anisa Aesram
  • Annie Chin
  • Daphne Barin
  • Jamison Klassman
  • Shaun Zhang
  • Yara Mia

Sponsorship

  • Jeff Li, Director
  • Allison Wu, Associate Director
  • Amelie Liang
  • Christina Hecker
  • Eva Hsu
  • Grant Wu
  • Jessica Lee
  • Karen Hwang
  • Shuang Zhang
  • Stanley Tsao

Volunteer

  • Cassie Zhang, Director
  • Jun Tan

Host Committee

The host committee supports Lunar Ball by raising awareness of the event in their communities and networks. The 2017 committee is in formation, please contact hostcommittee@lunarball.org to join.

Silent Auction

Get ready to bid!

From airline tickets to fine art, there will be a variety of great silent auction items for Lunar Ball guests to compete for. Put your best price down and get that amazing deal while supporting charity! 2016 sample items are listed below, 2017 items will be added as they are announced.

  • 105 F Bikram Yoga – 2 one-week unlimited yoga passes
  • 900 Shops on North Michigan – $200 gift card
  • Balanced Flow Wellness, Palmer House Hilton – Massage & fitness package for 2
  • Bang Chop Thai Kitchen – Dinner for 4
  • Bloomingdale’s – $250 gift card
  • Broken Arrow – Round of golf for 4
  • Brooklyn Boulders Climbing – 4 Learn Ropes classes & 2 day passes
  • Brother – PocketJet7 portable printer
  • Cathay Pacific – 2 round trip tickets to Hong Kong
  • CH Distillery – Drink set
  • CHANEL – Full size CHANEL perfume & skincare treatment
  • Charles Webb – 5 course private meal for 10 people
  • Chicago School of Shoemaking & Leather Arts – Leather Work 101 class
  • China Airlines – 1 roundtrip economy ticket to Taipei or Hong Kong
  • Civello – $100 gift certificate
  • Clarin’s – Clarin’s gift basket
  • Colbert MD – Set of 9 skincare products
  • Core Power Yoga – 1 month membership
  • Crisp – $100 gift certificates
  • Deloitte – 8 day/7 night resort stay for 2 at the 5 Diamond Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta or Riviera Maya
  • EKF Martial Arts – 2 months of unlimited tier membership
  • Elements Massage – 2 – 60 minute massages
  • Elephant Room Gallery – artwork “Rabbit Hole”
  • Estee Lauder – cosmetics gift basket
  • Eva Airlines – 1 roundtrip Elite Class ticket to Taipei or Hong Kong
  • Facial Studio Magda – Custom facial
  • First Ascent Climbing & Fitness – 2 day climbing passes w/gear rental & water bottle
  • Get Phitt – Yoga session for 4 people
  • Grant Wu – 2 Chicago Cubs tickets
  • Grant Wu – Weber Genesis Gold grill w/grill cover and accessories
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown – One night stay
  • Henri Bendel – Handbag
  • iFlask – 4 iFlasks
  • Intro – $300 gift certificates
  • Jamison Klassman – 4 Chicago Cubs tickets for April 2016
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – Gift card and Jeni’s cookbook
  • Jo Malone – Basket w/full size cosmetic products and home party
  • JOOJ Blow Dry – Blowout service for 3 plus shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray
  • kate spade new york – Tote bag
  • Kiehl’s – Kiehl’s gift basket
  • Latino Fashion Week – 2 VIP tickets
  • Mandarin Quarterly – $100 Bloomingdale’s gift certificate
  • Marc Jacobs – Handbag
  • Marcus Sterling Alleyne – 2 artworks from City of Gold collection
  • Momotaro – $50 gift certificate
  • Noodles & Company – Noodles for a year
  • Old Town Social – One hour event w/complimentary appetizers & beer
  • Parachute – Chef’s dinner for two guests with beverage pairings
  • Pier 39 – Pier 39 family fun pack
  • Pure Barre River North – 2 week unlimited membership
  • Ramen-san – $100 gift certificates
  • Revolution Brewery – $50 gift certificate
  • Sakura KTV – Bottle service
  • Sluggers Sports Bar – $100 gift certificates
  • Suit Supply – 3 ties
  • The Ogden – Gift basket with $50 gift card, 2 t-Shirts, and 2 bottles of alcohol
  • Trunk Club – $200 gift certificate
  • UL International Crown – 4 weekly tickets to tournament w/luxury pavilion access
  • Ultimate Air Shuttle – 2 round trip tickets Chicago to Cincinnati
  • Victory MMA – 1 month free membership
  • Volare – $100 gift certificate
  • Wow Bao – Group bao party
  • Yeowoosai – $100 gift certificates

And even more coming soon!

Wintrust Grand Banking Hall

231 S LaSalle St, Chicago

This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Wintrust Grand Banking Hall in downtown Chicago.

Wintrust Grand Banking Hall

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After Party

Keep the party going at the Official Lunar Ball After Party, location to be announced. Enjoy great music from multiple DJs, dancing, and drink specials all night!

Lunar Ball attendees and guests show your wristband or use password “Lunar Ball” for Express Entry all night.

Cost: Lunar Ball attendees w/wristband get FREE entry Friends using password get $10 cover!

Don’t miss out on more fun all night long!

Contact

General Information

info@lunarball.org

Food and Beverage

foodbeverage@lunarball.org

Partnerships and Marketing

marketing@lunarball.org

Videos

Lunar Ball 2013 Highlights

Lunar Ball 2014 Highlights

Lunar Ball 2016 Preview Video