The Aidan Shea Foundation organizes one fundraising event each December, which was chosen deliberately to coincide with the month 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 philosophy. 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 2017 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.
On December 2, 2017, the Aidan Shea Foundation second event, Greek Gods in the Gutter, was held at Fitz’s Spare Keys in Elmhurst. Over 100 children and 200 adults attended. This party featured 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 a Shea family friend, and many laughs in Aidan’s honor. Over $40,000 was raised to benefit Jackson Library, Lurie’s PICU Project IGNITE and Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network of Illinois.
The 2017 Greek Gods in the Gutter event was supported by the following gold, silver and bronze level individuals and business sponsors:
Gold Level: Angel Fancy Design Studio, Charlie Cohen Custom 3D Designs, Elmhurst Photo Boutique, Fitz’s Spare Keys, The Gallagher Family, The Gambill Family, The Georgas Family, Lyons Law Group, Jenn Martzholf of Stella & Dot, Prairie Path Foot & Ankle Clinic, Diane and Bill Shea, Training for Warriors, the Yagoda Family.
Silver Level: Assurance Agency, Madds Buckley, Cary Devore, Doshi Orthodontics, Elmhurst Dentistry for Kids, Marlene and Mike Gaffney, Gibbons Family Funeral Home, The Passarelli Family, Andrew Pelletier, Pots with Purpose, Dan Shea of Baird and Warner Glen Ellyn, South Haven, MI Properties, Suburban Welding & Steel, Top Driver, Cara Wilkins of d’Aprile Properties.
Bronze Level: The Bialecki Family, Chicago Street Pub, Elmhurst Brewing Company, The Franchi Family, The Hagemaster Family, Kevin Hegarty, JP’s Landscaping, The Bart Kemp Family, The Inman Family, Loras College All Sports Camp, the Mackay Family, Bob Odenkirk, The Parker Family, The Pepsnik Family, Roberto’s Pizzeria, The Matt and Bee Robbins Families, School of Rock, Al Schwartz, Seyfarth Shaw, The Mary and Bill Shea Family, Snap That Photos, Dawn Spivey, The Sullivan Family, The Wahr Family, The Woitel Family, The Wylie Family.
The third Aidan Shea Foundation event, Greek Gods in the Gutter 2018, is scheduled to occur on December 1, 2018 at Fitz’s Spare Keys in Elmhurst. Save the date!