The Wood Family Foundation’s 5th Annual Storybook Gala


This year, we are thrilled to bring to life the childhood classic Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, and explore how we can all empower more students to write their own stories and forge their own paths. Read on for more information about our event sponsorship opportunities and a limited number of individual guest tickets. Your support will help us continue expanding our premiere Pitch In program, which serves Chicago’s 4th–8th graders through a school partnership and after-school mentorship model. 

Sponsorship Opportunities 

 For more information or to secure your event table, please contact Brynne Mancuso Krein, Development Director, at We kindly request that you please confirm your event sponsorship by August 15, 2019. 

click here to secure your event sponsorship

Event Leadership


Sarah & Kerry Wood

Laura Ferris Anderson & Matthew Anderson

Host Committee

Jill & Andy Blackburn

Colleen & Brendan Carroll

Jessica Dunne & Brian Reshefsky

Stephanie & Dave Free

Rachel Haley

Bonnie Hunt

Sarah & Alex Pearsall

Daisie & Michael Siska

Lorraine Swiatly

Kendra & Matthew Thornton

Rosemary & Paul Wormley

Board of Directors

Kerry Wood

Sarah Wood

Graham Allen

Laura Ferris Anderson

Adam Damerow

Matthew Dillig

Tony Hoban

Abigayil Joseph

Tom Ricketts

John Ver Bockel

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors

Chicago Cubs

Tom & Cece Ricketts

William Blair, Daisie & Michael Siska, and Tony & Cammie Hoban


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors

CDW Corporation


The Dillig Family

Sloan Valve

John Ver Bockel and Merrill Lynch

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors


William Barry


Erin & David Donaldson

The Free & Pearsall Families



Rebecca & Steve Gerstung and Jessica Dunne & Brian Reshefsky

H. Kramer & Co.

Jena Radnay

J.P. Morgan

Skender Foundation

Kendra & Matthew Thornton

Winston & Strawn LLP


Thank you to our Event Partners

Aloha Print Group

Beam Suntory

Binny’s Beverage Depot

Bittersweet Bakery

Boka Restaurant Group

Cream Wine Company

Jeremy Moss Photography

Justin Rolls

Kenny Kim Photography

Lakeshore Beverage

Luc Belaire

Media House LLC


Paramount Events Chicago

Sarah & Alex Pearsall

Pivot Design

Swirlz Cupcakes

Vertiport Chicago