The Aidan Shea Foundation organizes one fundraising event each November/December, which was chosen deliberately to coincide with the time of year Aidan passed away. The goal is to celebrate Aidan during the time of year in which his loss is felt most severely.
The inaugural event – Greek God Gala - occurred on December 3, 2016 at the Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst. Nearly 200 people came together to celebrate Aidan, many in Greek God costumes in honor of Aidan’s love of Greek mythology. The event featured a silent auction, kid party with a DJ and crafts, sale of handmade Aidan Shea Foundation ornaments, speeches from Aidan’s parents, doctors and teachers, a special musical performance by Andrew’s beloved music teacher and much Aidan love shared all around. Over $25,000 was raised in that single evening and was used to benefit the Jackson Library Renovation Project and Lurie Children’s Hospital PICU Project IGNITE.
The 2016 Greek God Gala was supported by the following business sponsors: Armand’s Pizzeria, Bizar Entertainment, Chow, Elmhurst Photo Boutique, Andrew Pelletier of Minor Characters, Party Favorites, and Tiger Sharks Swim Club.
The 2017 and 2018 events occurred in early December each year and were themed as “Greek Gods in the Gutter.” The events were held at Fitz’s Spare Keys in Elmhurst. Hundreds of adults and children attended and enjoyed a silent and live auction, kid party with bowling, karaoke, crafts and a kid prize room, a gift card grab bag, musical performances by Aidan’s music teacher and many Shea family friends, and many laughs in Aidan’s honor. Combined with the 2016 event, over $100,000 has been raised in Aidan’s honor to benefit the Jackson and Bryan Libraries, Lurie’s PICU Project IGNITE and Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network of Illinois.
The 2017 and 2018 Greek Gods in the Gutter events was supported by the following gold, silver and bronze level individuals and business sponsors:
Gold Level: Angel Fancy Design Studio, the Casazza Family, Charlie Cohen Custom 3D Designs, Pat Doyle, Elmhurst Photo Boutique, Fitz’s Spare Keys, Flavah, Marlene and Mike Gaffney, the Gallagher Family, the Gambill Family, the Georgas Family, the Larma Family, the Lukas Family, Lyons Law Group, Jenn Martzholf of Stella & Dot, the Passarelli Family, Prairie Path Foot & Ankle Clinic, Bee Robbins, the Becky and Matt Robbins Family, Diane and Bill Shea, the Mary and Bill Shea Family, the Shearer Family, Training for Warriors, Winston & Strawn, the Wylie Family, the Yagoda Family.
Silver Level: 4String, Assurance Agency, the Bialecki Family, the Buckley Family, Cary Devore, Casey Braun Creative, the Cohen Family, Gail Collier, Rich Cordova, Doshi Orthodontics, Elmhurst Dentistry for Kids, Marlene and Mike Gaffney, Gibbons Family Funeral Home, Terri Gregory, the McNeill Family, One Hand Creations, the Parker Family, the Passarelli Family, Andrew Pelletier, the Piskorski Family, Pots with Purpose, Jenny Ratcliffe, Dan Shea of Baird and Warner Glen Ellyn, Patricia Shea, South Haven, MI Properties, Suburban Welding & Steel, Top Driver, the Wahr Family, Cara Wilkins of d’Aprile Properties.
Bronze Level: Bizar Entertainment, Chicago Street Pub, Devries Animal Hospital, Elmhurst Brewing Company, Elmhurst FFC, The Franchi Family, The Hagemaster Family, Kevin Hegarty, JP’s Landscaping, the Kasella Family, the Bart Kemp Family, the Inman Family, Loras College All Sports Camp, the Mackay Family, Bob Odenkirk, the Pepsnik Family, Roberto’s Pizzeria, School of Rock Elmhurst, the Roche Family, Donna Rolf, Al Schwartz, Seyfarth Shaw, Snap That Photos, Dawn Spivey, the Sullivan Family, the Tincu Family, the Tobin Family, the Wargin Family, the Woitel Family, the Wylie Family, Ed Zurek.
The fourth Aidan Shea Foundation event, Greek Gods in the Gutter 2019, is scheduled to occur on November 23, 2019 at Fitz’s Spare Keys in Elmhurst. Save the date!