Children’s Museum champions kids and honorees
Judy Hsu of Hinsdale, Emcee and ABC-Channel 7 News This Morning co-anchor; Amy Louis of Hinsdale, 2012 Honorary Chairperson; and Sue Broad of Naperville, DCM President and CEO
Event: Champions for Children Benefit Ball | Benefiting: DuPage Children’s Museum | Attending: 300 | Raised: $233,000
Updated: May 22, 2012 1:59PM
DuPage Children’s Museum took its mission to heart at the annual Champions for Children Benefit Ball on April 14 at Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre in Naperville. The event drew 300 people and raised nearly $233,000 for the support of the museum’s many educational programs.
The setting, adorned with sparkling stars, gave a glamorous vibe to the black-tie optional evening. Led by emcee Judy Hsu, co-anchor of WLS-Channel 7’s “News This Morning,” the evening included live entertainment, unique auction items and special honorees.
In addition to raising funds for the organization, the event was an opportunity to honor those who’ve made a large impact in early learning through the museum. Dorothy Carpenter, who passed away last April and co-founded DCM with Louise Beem, was honored with a special video that celebrated her vision for the museum and early learning. Sue Broad, the museum’s president and CEO, was presented with a custom-designed Borris Powell handbag in honor of her 20 years of service to the organization.
Last year’s honorary chairmen, Tom and Brenda Harter, introduced Amy Louis, 2012 benefit ball honorary chairman. She was recognized for her many years of support, philanthropic contributions and volunteer efforts on behalf of DuPage Children’s Museum and throughout the community.
“Amy is the champion of champions for the museum,” said Brenda Harter. “The passion and commitment she puts forth is incredible. She is a large part of the reason the museum is where it is at today.”
In her remarks, Louis reflected on a question that Dorothy Carpenter once posed to her regarding the difference between educating and learning in young children.
“She was really concerned with children having an open-ended framework to learn, experiment and explore things for themselves — I think this idea is still heavily relevant today and we must encourage it,” said Louis.
For more information, visit dupagechildrensmuseum.org or call (630) 637-8000.