Blue Tie Gala

Presented by: Be Like Bennett

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Crisis Nursery has been hosting a Dinner & Auction for 30 years and we want to celebrate this milestone year with you. You can make the children of Champaign County a personal priority by participating in Crisis Nursery's Blue Tie Gala!

The Details
: Friday, June 2, 2023, doors open at 5:30pm
Where: Heritage Hall at I Hotel and Conference Center
What: Dinner, Drinks, Live & Silent Auctions, plus a Grand Raffle
Cost: $150 per person before May 12 - $200 per person between May 13 - May 21
Grand Raffle: Win a trip to Cabo, Tuscany, or Las Vegas! $100 per chance with only 100 chances sold. Winner chooses their destination. Airfare not included. Travel dates subject to availability. Must be booked within 24 months.
BYOW: Bring Your Own Wine! Have a special bottle you've been waiting to open or a favorite wine you'd like to enjoy with your meal? Add this on to your ticket for $100, and bring up to 4 bottles of your own wine to the gala! I Hotel staff must be the ones to open your wine. Open bottles cannot leave the hotel.

Spotlighting this year's Presenting Sponsor:
Be Like Bennett


About the Be Like Bennett Organization:
Scott Bennett is a former Illinois State Senator who served from 2015 to 2021. Prior to the senate, Scott worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney where he sought justice for child victims of crime. During his tenure, he was known for his tireless dedication to serving and advocating for the most vulnerable in our state and county: children, families, older adults and individuals with disabilities and mental-health challenges.

Scott was a fierce advocate and was well-known for his humor and wit, an innate talent he used as a tool to heal and unite. He treasured relationships with everyone; from his constituents and colleagues to his family and friends. No matter the relationship, Scott showed up as himself and genuinely cared. With empathy and sincere compassion, Scott listened to countless stories of hard times and always tried to help.

Scott Bennett had a huge heart for helping others, especially children. Scott could always be found at the Crisis Nursery Holiday Shop, Dinner & Auction, and even our community open houses.

The Be Like Bennett organization will continue Scott’s legacy of public service, integrity, and dedication to improving the lives of those in need. He leaves a lasting impact on the state of Illinois and serves as an inspiration to others who seek to make a positive difference in their communities.

Thank You Mission Partners

These businesses support the Nursery and it's mission to prevent child abuse and neglect throughout the year!
Check out our current Mission Partners and learn more about all the ways you can get your company involved through our Corporate Partner Program.

OSF HealthCare
Insurance Risk Managers
Christie Clinic
Sterling Wealth Management
Applied Pavement Technology
Broeren Russo
Hickory Point Bank
Illinois American Water
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Thank You Event Sponsors

Grand Raffle Sponsor


Mobile Bidding Sponsor

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Cocktail Hour Sponsor

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Dessert Sponsor


Blue Tie Sponsors

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Iroquois Federal new
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Cozad Asset Management

Health Alliance

Robeson Fam Guardian
24-Hour Crisis Line