Save the Date for SPARK 2016

January 18, 2016

Save the date for a starlit evening in Evanston on April 29! Join the celebration as Center for Independent Futures hosts the tenth annual SPARK, our signature gala. SPARK 2016 will feature a new venue that’s elegant and close to home, the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston.

The event includes a dinner, an open bar, exciting live and silent auctions, and dancing to live music. Collaboraction Theatre Company will return to provide entertainment. Event invitations and online ticket purchasing will be available in March, including a new discounted rate for young professionals. For more updates, join the Facebook event here.

SPARK is planned by our Auxiliary Board, a group of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Center for Independent Futures. The board is supported by the Advisory Council, a group of participants who contribute to SPARK and other events. All proceeds from this event, our largest fundraiser of the year, directly contribute to programming, services, and sustainability.

If you’re interested in supporting this incredible event, contact Niki Moe Horrell at (847) 328-2044 or Opportunities are available for sponsorship, auction item donation, volunteering, and more.

Plan to join us on April 29 for a starlit evening in Evanston!


SPARK 2018 is on Friday, April 27!

Since 2007, Center for Independent Futures’ SPARK gala has showcased and supported our community in style.  This spring fundraiser is hosted at the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston, providing a beautiful setting for cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, live music, and dancing. 

The evening is ignited by the SPARK of the Center for Independent Futures community. Guests don’t just hear about our impact but also witness it in action, from the lively dinner conversation to the packed dance floor at the end of the night. At SPARK, participants celebrate their own independence and the connections of their community alongside friends, family members, and other supporters. All proceeds from this event, our largest fundraiser of the year, directly contribute to programming, services, and sustainability to support individuals with disabilities and their families to access the skills and opportunities of a full life.

SPARK 2018 is this Friday! This year's live auction items include:
  • 2 Tickets to Ed Sheeran, U2, and Elton John's Farewell Tour
  • A spectacular St. Patrick's Day weekend Chicago style
  • An exciting 6 day and night stay in the Zulu Nyala province of South Africa with two game viewing drives daily

 You will want to be there to bid on these and other fantastic live and silent auction items! Purchase your tickets today!


  • Hilton Orrington
  • 1710 Orrington Avenue 
    Evanston IL 60201


6:30p – 11p, 04/27/2018


Niki Moe


Center for Independent Futures is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Contact Niki Moe for more information.