2019 Spring Celebration

Up Close with Dr. Jane Goodall

Hyatt Regency Chicago - March 23, 2019


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Program Highlights • Meet Jane • Venue • Live Auction • Raffle • Sponsorships & Tickets • 
Morning Family Event

Nearly sixty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, started what has become the longest running wild primate study ever with the chimpanzees of what is now Gombe National Park. That pioneering research has grown into a global movement to protect and care for our closest living relative, all wildlife, other people and the environment we share. Though habitat destruction, disease and illegal trade still threaten chimpanzees and many other species of wildlife, Dr. Goodall maintains hope given the success of organizations like her namesake organization, the Jane Goodall Institute, and so many others. That success is due in large part to the generosity of supporters like you, the Institute’s dedicated staff on the ground in Africa and other wildlife advocates around the world. 

To celebrate our collective impact, join Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute for our 2019 Celebration on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Attendees will enjoy a live Q&A with Dr. Goodall and one of the Institute’s celebrity friends where they will discuss Dr. Goodall’s reasons for hope, stories from Dr. Goodall’s career and from the Institute’s program participants. Arrive early to participate in a fun and dynamic raffle and stay after for live music as well as a special photo and book signing opportunity with Dr. Goodall. 

Evening Event Program Highlights

Cocktail Reception while browsing JGI initiatives - "Fireside Chat" with Dr. Goodall
- Dinner - Entertainment - Raffle and Live Auction
Book signing and Photo Op with Jane 

Date:  Saturday, March 23, 2019 Time:  5:30pm

Cocktail Chic Attire - 18 And Over

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Meet Jane

At the event on March 23 in the evening all guests will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Goodall and enjoy a photo with her. 





Chicago Hyatt Regency
151 E Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

A dedicated room block for event guests will be available until March 1, 2019. More information for making a reservation is available upon ticket purchase.


Live Auction

Featuring a once-in-a-lifetime Tchimponga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center experience, Chicago Bulls VIP Game Experience for Four, Special Green Room Behind the Scenes Experience with Jimmy Kimmel Live, fine art offerings including paintings by wildlife artists Bruce Lawes and Becci Crowe.and more.

Event Raffle

For each additional donation of $100 made prior to the event, guests can choose from a complimentary set of 19 standard raffle tickets or five premium raffle tickets. Raffle tickets will be distributed at check-in. Guests may add their additional donation during the RSVP checkout process at the links above or via the additional donation form link below. On-site, additional sets of raffle tickets will be offered for a donation of $125.

View the premium raffle items. • View the standard raffle items.

Tickets & Sponsorship

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Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

$500 per adult ($200 tax-deductible donation)

Ticket Benefits Include:

One (1) Champion ticket for evening event including cocktail reception with other guests and JGI staff, standard seating for dinner, opportunity to browse JGI initiatives, and participate in raffle and live auction, meet Dr. Goodall and enjoy a photo with her

Includes complimentary admission for one (1) adult for the Morning Family Event on March 23 at 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

Other ticket options:

$550 - includes one additional youth (ages under 18) admission for Morning Family Event ($250 tax-deductible donation)

$600 - includes two additional youths (ages under 18) admission for Morning Family Event ($300 tax-deductible donation)

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$7,200 per table ($3,600 tax-deductible donation)

Sponsorship Includes:

Twelve (12) Champion tickets for evening event including cocktail reception with other guests and JGI staff, premium seating with sponsor recognition, opportunity to browse JGI initiatives, and participate in raffle, and live auction

Includes, complimentary admission for 12 adults and 24 youths (ages under 18) for the Morning Family Event on March 23 at 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

Contact Diana Kalaly at dkalaly@janegoodall.org to reserve your table.

Morning Family Event

March 23 at 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen — for our communities, for animals, and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects young people of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.

Honoring young people from the Chicagoland area, this family-friendly event will include live remarks from Dr. Goodall in person and project displays and presentations from area Roots & Shoots groups.

Admittance to the Morning Family Event is a benefit offered to guests with VIP and Champion tickets. 

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A variety of sponsorship options are available and offer benefits ranging from brand placement in event promotions, complimentary tickets for sponsors and guests, complimentary raffle tickets as well as exclusive event merchandise. 

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Contact Shawn Sweeney at ssweeney@janegoodall.org to inquire about opportunities and benefits.

Can't Join Us, But Still, Want to Contribute?

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Event Contact: Judy and Shelly Asher

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