Friday October 27, 2023

06:30 PM


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center


Friday October 27,2023

06:30 PM - 12:00 AM


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

About The Event

Bank The Blue’s Third Annual Fundraising Gala will take place on Friday October 27, 2023 from 6:30PM to 12:00AM at the
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center located at 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Bank The Blue’s Third Annual Fundraising Gala will take place on Friday October 27, 2023 from 6:30PM to 12:00AM at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center located at 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Join us for dinner, open bar, music, dancing, live auction, raffle and more!

Welcome address by Masters of Ceremonies FOX 32 Anchor Anita Padilla and Sports Anchor Lou Canellis.

The goal of this event is to build awareness surrounding the importance of officer wellness, to combat the stigma associated with officers and mental health, and to fundraise for this important cause. We anticipate 1000 attendees from both the law enforcement and civilian communities.

Fundraising proceeds will directly support Illinois Law Enforcement mental health treatment and training programs.

On behalf of Bank The Blue, we want to thank you for your support and look forward to celebrating with you!


Open Bar



Live Auction


Bank The Blue, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides funding and access for mental health services for Illinois law enforcement officers dealing with multiple psychosocial stressors both on and off the job. According to mental health experts, the rate for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among police officers is five times higher than that of the civilian population and often goes untreated. Local departments alone are unable to provide the mental health wellness services that their officers so desperately need. Bank The Blue was launched in March 2020 by a group of Chicago business professionals with close ties to the law enforcement community. Bank The Blue is governed by a diverse and distinguished board of law enforcement, business and community leaders.

Event Program

6:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

7:30 PM

Chicago Police Honor Guard, Chicago Police Department Pipes & Drums

7:45 PM

National Anthem sung by Wayne Messmer followed by prayer by Fr. Tom McCarthy

7:50 PM

Dinner is served!

7:50 PM

Welcome address by Masters of Ceremonies FOX 32 News Anchor Anita Padilla and FOX 32 Sports Anchor Lou Canellis

8:00 PM

Welcome address by Mayor Brad Stephens

8:30 PM

Introduction to Bank The Blue and Founders, honorable mention of Top Sponsors

8:35 PM

Impact Video

8:45 PM

Live Auction!

9:30 PM

Dancing begins!

10:00 PM

Late Night Pizza Sponsored by Giuseppe's Pizza

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Chief Presenting Sponsor

Commander Sponsor

Captain Sponsor



POLICE officer

Cambell Accounting LLC

2022 Gala Highlights

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers enable us to continue providing needed support services to local law enforcement officers. Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting Bank The Blue’s mission. Volunteers help make our fundraising events a huge success!

Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago
9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 696-1234

Group Rate for Bank The Blue Gala

Click here to book your room
Reservation Cut-off Date: 10/04/2023

Venue Parking Accommodations

Self Park

Parking is available at the William Street Parking Garage.
Use the William St entrance off of North River Rd, located across the Convention Center's main entrance, approximate address is 5500 N River Rd.
William Street is located between Embassy Suites and Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse.
Take the parking garage elevators to the floor labeled “SB” for Sky Bridge.
Upon exiting the elevators, follow the Sky Bridge and signage to the Convention Center’s 2nd floor.
The celebration will take place on the 1st floor.

Valet Parking
($30 cash only)

Valet service will be available for on-site parking, located at the main circular drive entrance at 5555 North River Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018

Ride Accommodations

Book your personal ride here and Ride in Bliss will donate a percentage of your ride when you mention Bank The Blue.

Ride in Bliss suggested if planning to consume alcohol.


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018, United States