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Our thanks to the remarkable staff, partners, donors, and volunteers who are helping us meet the needs of those least able to navigate these unprecedented circumstances. We are in your debt.

Service Update:

  • For urgent needs, please call 312-655-7700
  • Meals to go are available at Congregate Meal sites and Senior Centers. Catholic Charities has suspended all senior group activities and adult day care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our home care services continue, and are following a more sophisticated protocol as there are seniors who have no one to drop off groceries and provide basic hygiene assistance.
  • Food pantries and evening meal programs will continue to provide food depending on supplies and safe distribution protocols. Please check under Our Services/Emergency Services for locations and phone numbers.
  • Counseling, case management, and other services that can be provided remotely are being delivered accordingly. Please call your case worker or program contact if you need assistance.

How You Can Help:
Due to COVID-19 exposure risks, we are unable to take donations of clothing or food from individuals or groups at this time.  

  • Please consider a contribution. The need for financial assistance and program support for those who were only just making ends meet will grow significantly with lost wages and other impact from the pandemic.
  • Masks, hand sanitizer, paper towels, or bleach wipes are needed and can be dropped at any Catholic Charities location. 
  • When shopping on Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and choose Catholic Charities so we might benefit from your purchase. 
  • Volunteers needed to pack food at pantries.  If you are not in a high risk category and are willing to help, please email Andrew McKernin at Protective gear provided. Health protocols enforced. 
  • Thank the human service workers, first responders, and grocery/gas station/coffee vendors in your life and when you see them in action.

For more information on COVID19, visit the CDC website.

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Sponsorship opportunities for the 31st Annual Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball are available. Please contact Annie Scully Tumpis at 312-948-6797 or for details.

 Underwriting Opportunities

Underwriting opportunities for the 30th Annual Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball are available. Please contact Annie Scully at 312-948-6797 or for details.

 Children's Program


Thank you to each of our Chaircouples from the past 31 years of the Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball. Nearly $13 million in net proceeds has been raised for children thanks to the leadership, vision and generosity of these individuals.

1990 Maryjeanne and Richard W. Burke, Sr.
1991 Ellen and Charles W. Mulaney, Jr.
1992 Lavinia † and Richard † M. Carrigan, Sr.
1993 Suzanne and Phillip B. Rooney
1994 Margery and Homer † J. Livingston, Jr.
1995 John J. Lynch, Jr. & Family
1996 Anne and J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.
1997 Charles R. Walgreen & Family
1998 Eleanor and Charles F. Clarke, Jr.
1999 Mona † and Thomas F. Meagher, Sr.
2000 Mary Jane and James R. Boris
2001 Joanne and Arthur R. Velasquez
2002 Catherine and Richard E. Terry
2003 Jeanne and William L. Hardy
2004 Nancy and Lester H. McKeever, Jr.
2005 Thomas D. Grusecki & Family
2006 Dawn and J.R. Davis
2007 Diana and George Moser
2008 Mary and Mark Hoppe
2009 Peg and Steve Lombardo
2010 Dorothy and Ed Wehmer
2011 Roberta and Kevin Cleary
2012 Molly and Jim Perry
2013 Cheryl and Len Wiatr
2014 Janie and Chuck † Walsh
2015 Al and Mary Ann Moschner
2016 Mary Beth and Richard Murphy
2017 Claire and Michael O’Grady
2018 Rhonda and Scott Swanson
2019 Judy and Jerry Castellini


Online reservations for the St. Nicholas Ball are now closed. If you wish to purchase tickets, please call (312) 948-6797.


Friday, December 11, 2020
Hilton Chicago
6:30 p.m. – Reception
8 p.m. – Dinner & Dancing
10 p.m. – Late Night Café

Join more than 1,300 guests as we celebrate the 30th Annual Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball with a reception, gourmet dinner and wine, live entertainment, cocktails, dancing and late night “sweets and treats” at this black-tie celebration of the Christmas season. All proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Children’s Programs which serve more than 115,000 children in Cook and Lake counties each year.

Honorary Chairmen
Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago

2020 Chaircouple
Mr. & Mrs. Steve King

Past Media Coverage

Fox Chicago, ABC 7 Chicago, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Modern Luxury Magazine, SPLASH SunTimes, CS Magazine, TCW Magazine, Chicago SunTimes, Men’s Book, West Suburban Living, Pioneer Press, WGN, CBS 2 Chicago, Sheridan Road Magazine, Make It Better Magazine, Windy City Live

Live Entertainment

Ken Arlen Orchestra

Back by Popular Demand!
All guests of the Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball are invited to participate in our newly added Celebration of Giving Toy Drive! Donations of new, unwrapped children’s toys and gifts will be accepted at the entrance of the Ball. All the toys collected will be distributed to the children that Catholic Charities serves this Christmas season. Participation in the Toy Drive is entirely optional for any Ball guest.
For gift ideas or more information about the Celebration of Giving, please visit:

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available. 

Individual reservations are $550.

For information or to reserve your table or sponsorship, please contact Annie Scully, Special Events Manager, at 312-948-6797 or

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