World Sport Chicago, an independent non-profit organization, supports resiliency and strengthens community by increasing access to youth sport. Formed in 2007 as the non-profit legacy organization of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Sport Chicago has a deeply rooted understanding of the power of sport. World Sport Chicago takes action to connect children to the caring mentors, safe spaces, and supportive networks that help them thrive. One of the non-profit’s main events is Chicago Paints the World, a high-end fundraiser that brings together sports, celebrities and philanthropy.
Chicago Paints the World, which occurred on Thursday, November 2nd, paired some of Chicago's most renowned celebrities with P. Scott Sinclair of NYCH Art Gallery to create one-of-a-kind artwork that was showcased and auctioned off during a night to remember. This high-end cocktail style event brought together celebrities, business leaders and supporters as they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and an open bar while browsing the artwork and taking part in the auction.
This event was successful for a few reasons: First, this event stood out because it felt like a high-end gala. Everything from the event space, DJ, hors d’oeuvres and alcohol were top notch, yet much of the alcohol and auction items were donated. As a result, the overhead expenses were minimal, without compromising the look and feel of the event. The DJ had a playlist that kept the excitement high and everyone buzzing throughout the night. Second, each art piece was unique and held special meaning to each artist. Next to each piece of art stood the artist, which helped increase bids on the mobile auction site. As guests would walk around and peruse the art, the celebrity artist would be there to engage with the individual and persuade him or her to bid on the artwork. Finally, the key to any great live auction is the auctioneer. He or she needs to be able to work a room and get guests excited to bid on the artwork. The auctioneer was successful in all of these regards, which helped increase bids and raise more money for World Sport Chicago. When you add all of these characteristics together, you have a recipe that made Chicago Paints the World a rousing success.