Part 7; MIB Top Fundraisers in Art, Antiques and Home Decor

With just two categories to go, this Part 7 post highlights MIB Supported fundraisers in that host art, antique and home decor galas. Don’t miss these- support the arts and attend!


1. Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show Opening Night Party (4/30-5/4/15) We are a proud sponsor of this event and it’s one to be remembered.

2. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Art in Motion (2/2015) We’re moving onto the 13th Annual Art in Motion fundraiser support the cause of Art Therapy. James Rondeau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, selects exhibition participants and awards the most outstanding works submitted by hundreds of artists from around the country. Watch a clip on WTTW of this years event.

3. The Chicago Lighthouse Associate Board’s House and Garden Walk (6/2015)  The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the country’s most comprehensive social service agencies serving people who are blind or visually impaired. What a way to support them with this lovely spring garden walk.

4. Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Showhouse & Gardens Event (Spring 2015) Held by the Lake Forest Chapter, this is an amazing way to welcome the warmer weather and see amazing homes and gardens on the North Shore.

5. Junior League of Evanston-North Shore Designer Kitchens of the North Shore (5/2015) What a great cause to support and an amazing view of spectacular kitchens in homes across the North Shore with this Designer Kitchen event.

CooksTour26. The Winnetka Auxiliary of the Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Cooks’ Tour (9/2015) We at Make It Better covered this event a few years back and it was a huge success. Read more about it.

7. The Auxiliary Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem American Craft Exposition (8/2015)

Please also take a look at the other MIB supported Galas in the past several blog posts;



If you missed my other Blog posts highlighting more MIB supported fundraisers by category, please click on links below.

Part 6; Top MIB Supported Fundraiser Galas

Part 5; Top MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 5; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Why not get the entire family involved while helping to support a great cause. Here are some of our favorite fundraiser events FOR FAMILIES:

1.  Chicago Botanic Garden HallowFest (10/25-26/14)

Chicago Botanic Garden Hallow FestIt’s always fun to bring the kids to the festivities at Chicago Botanic Garden’s HallowFest. Register now.

2. Field Museum Women’s Board Children’s Holiday Celebration (12/2014)

The Women’s Board is an amazing group of nearly 300 of Chicago’s most active and civic-minded citizens that share an interest in promoting awareness of The Field Museum’s exhibitions, collections, research and public programs. This family event is a holiday favorite.

3. Lyric Opera’s The Magic Victrola (1/17/15)Chicago Lyric Opera's Magic Victrola

This is a family-friendly introduction to opera and always a pleasure to attend.

4. Joffrey Ballets The Nutcracker Opening Night (12/5/14)This is a Chicago Tradition with with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by The Chicago Philharmonic.

5. Kohl Children’s Museum Touch A Truck Family Festival (5/2015)

Forget ordering the fire truck to drive up to your house; here at the Touch a Truck event, children can get a close up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment.

Please also take a look at the other Blog posts to find more MIB supported fundraisers by category.

Part 5; Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas

If you love your fashion and want to support the best causes in the area, take a look at these Make It Better supported organizations.


1. Joffrey Ballet Swan Lake Luncheon (10/1/14)

The Joffrey’s Swan Lake Luncheon is not to be missed. It’s right around the corner so put in on the calendar soon.
2. Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center Annual Fashion Show (10/2/14)

This will be the 88th Annual Fashion Show for the Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center, Imagine held at the brand new Morgan Manufactoring event space located at 401 N. Morgan St. in Chicago. Proceeds from this year’s event will support state-of-the-art intraoperative imaging technology for Rush’s nationally recognized neurosurgeons, led by Drs. Lorenzo Munoz and Richard Byrne.

3. Northwestern University Settlement Houses Style Under the Stars (Spring/Fall 2015)

Northwestern University Settlement HouseThis November of 2014 will bring the NUSH Style Under the Stars so mark your calendars for the Winnetka Board’s annual evening of fashion for your and your home!  All proceeds benefit Northwestern Settlement’s programs. The event will be held at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette.

4. Autohaus on Edens LAUNCH Fashion Show (3/2015)

Mercedes Benz and Fashion come together for a fashion show to be remembered. Watch the video from this years event and join for next years.

5. Costume Council of Chicago History Museums Costume Ball (11/14/14)

Chicago History Museum Costume BallThe Chicago History Museum celebrates the latest exhibit with this bash.

Please help us in congratulating these fantastic events. Show your support by participating and attending the next event.

 Be sure to also see the other posts in this series;

Part 1; Best Annual MIB Supported Chicago Fundraisers

2013 MIB Philanthropy Awards

North Shore philanthropists use their love of big ideas, unique experiences, family fun, great home design, fashion, drop-dead glamour and ladies lunches to support a plethora of excellent causes. Over the next eight days, I’ll give you a sneak peak at Make It Better’s list of top annual fundraisers supported by our audience.  Of course, we’re starting with the annual events for the nonprofits who won our 2013 Philanthropy Awards.

See the full list of winners here. Please click on each organization to view their fantastic work and see the video we awarded each organization, within each links;

(Watch our Video of the 2013 MIB Philanthropy Awards Here)

If you are looking for a special experience tied to a good cause to support, we recommend any of them to you too. Stay tuned over for the next seven posts to cover fabulous NFP organizations in the following categories;

Service & Schools

Ladies Luncheons

Top25 Galas Supported by the North Shore

For Fashionistas

For Families

Art, Antiques & Home Decor

Fabulous Experience Auctions

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Live Blogging our Awards Today – Please Follow And Celebrate With Us

Please Follow Our Awards Delivery Today – National Philanthropy Day

“If you have the chance to help someone, and you don’t do it, then you are wasting your time on this earth.” – Roberto Clemente (and Mark George of the Music Institute Of Chicago)

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, Make It Better Media and its Foundation recognize its 2013 Philanthropy Award winners with an all-day awards delivery tour and evening celebration, which will be live blogged here and Tweeted at

Please follow and celebrate with us.

View the video from last year to see just how fun this is:

Last year, eight organizations benefited from the awards, using the videos prominently for marketing on the web and at fundraising events.

“With the help of that video, we were able to increase our fundraising by 64 percent,” says Tom Daily, Program Director of Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, a 2012 Philanthropy Award winner.

“I can’t think of a better gift to give a young nonprofit than a way to effectively communicate their mission,” says Robin Lavin, Executive Board Director of SPARK Chicago, Philanthropy Award 2012 winner. “With these fabulous videos, we’ve done exactly that.”

Last year’s winners joined the judges panel which included judges from sponsors Walgreens, JPMorgan. Wintrust, and Autohaus and venture philanthropy experts Liam Krehbiel, Founder of A Better Chicago, and Ben Kovlar and Ron Levin, of Invest For Kids, as well as Make It Better staff.

A full list of last year’s winners and their organization videos are available on Make It Better’s site:

WineHopScotch Tonight In Support Of Early Detection For Ovarian Cancer


Our mission: do for ovarian cancer what has already been done for breast cancer in memory of one of its’ victims, Julie Wine Schaffner. That’s Julie in the poster below surrounded by her girlfriends and husband, Tom.

Ovarian cancer is almost impossible to detect before it is to late. That’s what happened to Julie. But this group is determined to make a difference by growing awareness is this issue and raising money to fund research for better early detection methods.

Please join us. Learn more in this Tribune article.

You’re Invited—Tech Mamma Lounge Ribbon Cutting!

Please come as my guest to the opening of Make It Better’s new entrepreneurial community space–the Tech Mamma Lounge–Wednesday, September 25.

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Photos: Best of 2013 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Make It Better Best of 2013 awards!

And The Winners of Best of 2013 Are:

Congratulations to the Make It Better Best Of 2013 winners.  These winners were selected by over 50,000 audience votes – no small accomplishment. Make It Better is proud to celebrate them in our August magazine and online at

A. Perry Homes

Anthony’s Tailoring

The Art Institute Of Chicago

Audrey Gordon

Baha’i Temple

Baker Boys Bakery

The Barking Lot

Big Blue Swim School

Bikram Yoga North


Bonnie Lecal Designers

The Book Stall

The Brothers K


Chicago Botanic Garden

Children’s Gift Shop

Classic Kids



Dr. David Center

Edzo’s Burger Shop

Egea Spa





Forest Park Beach

Get A Grip Cycles

Good Grapes

Hester Painting & Decorating

Jeweled Elephant

Massage Therapy Center Of Winnetka

John Plunkett Design


Kohl Children’s Museum

Kohler Waters Spa

La De Da

Lake Forest Beach

Lake Shore Travel

Lewis Floor & Home

Lori Neuschel, @Properties



Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony

Dr. Michael Byun

Millenium Park


Mollie Milano, Style Spies

The Noodle Cafe

Orren Pickell Maintenance Group

Peet’s Coffee & Tea


The Pit Shop

Peachtree Place

Principessa Children’s Boutique

Raven & Dove


Red Mango

Red Door Spa

Running Away Multisport

Ruth’s Chris

Schwartz’s Intimate


Teddie Kossof Salon & Spa

Trifecta Grill

Two Buds Boutique

Vintage Nest