2017 Annual Gala “The Disco Ball”


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Saturday, March 25th, 2017
The Disco Ball!
Benefiting The Craniofacial Center at UIC College of Medicine
Four Seasons Hotel – Chicago
Cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing.

Co-Chairs: Isabell and Gustavo Abello

Master of Ceremonies: Lourdes Durate, WGN Television Anchor/Reporter
*President Award Recipient: Michelle Krage
Tickets: $400 each: Table and other sponsorships available
Black Tie or Elegant Theme Attire

For more information please:
Email: info@facethefuturefoundation.org 
Phone: 312.280.1370

Website: http://facethefuturefoundation.org
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President’s Award Recipient Michelle Krage

Michelle Krage has served on the Face The Future Foundation (FFF) board for the past eight years. She developed the concept behind the annual UIC Craniofacial Center Patient Holiday Party and is its driving force. Each year Michelle manages the underwriting, production and execution of the party with the FFF Teen Board. In December 2016 the Patient Holiday Party was attended by over 700 patients and family members and is one of FFF’s signature events. The highly anticipated party provides entertainment, food and gifts for hundreds of kids and their families each year. She is a Teen Board mentor and also works on the summer Patient Picnic.

Giving back motivates Michelle in both her personal and her professional life. She is the president of Star Events where she helps curate and produce some of Chicago’s best-known festivals such as Taste of Randolph and Retro on Roscoe. Each festival benefits a neighborhood non-profit organization and over the past 20 years, Star Events has raised more than $10 million for local causes.

Michelle credits her mother, Marilyn Passarelli and the late Adrienne Green – a mentor and FFF board member – for fostering her in a spirit of giving, strength and independence. Her desire is to set a similar example for her three daughters.

The President’s Award recognizes the outstanding contributions and commitment given by an individual or organization that assists the Face the Future Foundation in carrying out its mission and purpose.

Master of Ceremonies – Lourdes Duarte

Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of the top-rated WGN Morning News from 4-6 am and is one of WGN’s lead investigative reporters.

After getting her start as a freelance reporter for Telemundo-Chicago, Duar​te’s early career took her to Peoria, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Indianapolis, Indiana before resettling in Chicago at WGN.

In addition to several other awards, Duarte has won four Emmys for general assignment and investigative reporting. Along with serving as co-anchor of the WGN morning show, Duarte hosts WGN’s “Adelante Chicago” which highlights the city’s growing Latino community. She has been recognized for her community work and was selected as one of DePaul University’s “14 Under 40.” In 2010, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus awarded her with a Service Award.

Proceeds from 2016 have, to date, provided the following:
· Remodeling of the conference room giving clinicians a place to review the care plans for patients and for patient/parent support groups and patient education.
· A grant for a part-time social worker.
· Funds for patient care for speech, orthodontics, psychology and prosthetics when patients do not have insurance or their insurance denies needed patient care from the CFC multidisciplinary team.
A portion of the 2015 proceeds created the Center’s state-of-the-art Clinical Colour Science Laboratory (CCSL), a world first in clinical technological advancements in craniofacial rehabilitation.

About the Face the Future Foundation:
The Face the Future Foundation was established to raise funds and public awareness to support the care and treatment of children born with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial differences by facilitating access to state-of-the-art medical care and by supporting research and education. The Foundation is dedicated to expanding healthcare access to underserved children, in the Chicago area, who suffer from these conditions. It remains steadfast and true in its mission: to help local children build brighter futures. The beneficiary of the annual Face the Future Foundation gala is the Craniofacial Center at UIC College of Medicine.

About the UIC Craniofacial Center:
For over 65 years, the Craniofacial Center at UIC College of Medicine has been renowned for excellence in its multidisciplinary management for children born with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial differences. The Center, one of the oldest and largest facilities of its kind in the USA, provides comprehensive care for craniofacial patients who are treated by dentists, audiologists, speech pathologists and other specialists. Today, it provides this care for more economically disadvantaged children than any other teaching hospital in Illinois by providing access to the highest quality care irrespective of financial circumstance. More than 5,000 Chicago-area kids are helped annually.


Since earning 501(c)3 nonprofit status in November, 2006, the Face the Future Foundation has raised over $2 million dollars for the Craniofacial Center at UIC College of Medicine where children born with craniofacial conditions receive the highest quality care irrespective of financial circumstance.

2017 Annual Gala “The Disco Ball” News

“When you look in the mirror, what do you see?”

Screened during the annual gala, this touching video depicts the life-changing work of the Craniofacial Center at the UIC College of Medicine.

See the video here

2017 Disco Ball Event Photos!

Many thanks to the smiling faces that met us at the Four Seasons Hotel to boogie down for a great cause!

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