About Sugar Rush Chicago

Sugar Rush, Spark's dessert and wine fundraiser, is back at the elegant Hotel Allegro on March 20. You'll have a chance to outbid your friends in the silent auction and sample decadent confections with local beer and wine -- all in support of Chicago middle school youth!

Thank you for your great support of Spark and Sugar Rush.  We are thrilled that this is Spark's first sold out Sugar Rush benefit ever, and look forward to celebrating with our over 300 guests next week!  If you have questions, please contact Anna-Claire Whitehead at acwhitehead@sparkprogram.org

Participate in Sugar Rush Chicago!

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Participating Chefs and Restaurants

VIP Chefs 
Luca Corazzina, 312 Chicago
Derek Simcik, Atwood
Heather Terhune, Sable Kitchen
Roger Waysok, South Water Kitchen

VIP Lead Bartenders
Dan Andruss, 312 Chicago
Ray Anguiano, Atwood
Mike Ryan, Sable Kitchen
Dan Rook, South Water Kitchen

Main Reception Chefs
Luca Corazzina, 312 Chicago
Derek Simcik, Atwood
Dana Cree, Blackbird
Leigh Omilinsky, Café des Architectes
Chris Macchia, The Florentine
Greg Mosko, North Pond
Elissa Narow, Perennial Virant
Jove Hubbard, David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Chicago
Heather Terhune, Sable Kitchen
Roger Waysok, South Water Kitchen
More to come!


Event Details

3rd Annual Dessert Tasting Benefit

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:30 pm - VIP Reception, 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Main Reception

Hotel Allegro, Walnut Ballroom 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601


Email acwhitehead@sparkprogram.org to be added to the wait list

VIP Reception: $150 in advance, $200 at the door SOLD OUT!

Main Reception: $75 in advance, $100 at the door SOLD OUT!

Event Chairs

VIP Chair: Marta Stein, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

Co-Chairs: Ben Daverman, Vice President, GTCR
               Kristina Oderinde, HR Manager - Chicago Metro
               Tax, KPMG


Questions? Contact:

Anna-Claire Whitehead at 312.470.4300 ext. 4509 or email

Sugar Rush Chicago Sponsors

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Featured Chefs

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Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States. Spark, a national nonprofit with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia, offers a unique program that re-engages middle school students in their education through hands-on apprenticeships and leadership curriculum. Spark partners with schools and workplaces in cities coast-to-coast to match underserved 7th and 8th graders with mentors working in career fields aligned with the students’ strengths and interests. Spark’s parallel in-school curriculum reinforces the link between classrooms and careers while helping students build skills key to success in the 21st century. After 10 years and thousands of apprenticeships, the results are clear: Spark students consistently gain confidence, key skills, and positive relationships, and have a graduation rate far above the national average. Spark’s unique approach and positive outcomes have earned national attention.

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