The theme for the event was The Haven Hop and featured live music by rock-a-billy artist Nick Willett.
This lively evening, which was sponsored by Discover Financial Services, raised $100,000 for the agency, which services local teens and their families.
New Trier father Ashton Chase, of Winnetka, acted as the evening's auctioneer for the live auction, in which a private parking space for a New Trier student, a day of sailing on a luxury yacht, a White Sox skybox, Blackhawks playoff tickets and a basketball signed by the full roster of the Chicago Bulls were auctioned off.
Haven has full-time social workers who provide counseling services and arrange emergency housing for New Trier township teenagers in crisis. Three outreach workers have a daily presence at New Trier High School and Washburne Junior High, and provide wellness workshops for many schools in the North Shore community.
The annual benefit provides nearly 25 percent of Haven's annual operating budget and allows Haven to continue to provide all of its services free of charge to the community.
The money generated at this event will go toward additional staffing for outreach workers and increased programming at local schools.
The Haven Hop, which was sponsored by the Haven Board of Directors, was led by co-chairwomen Marcia Greening and Roselynn Don, both of Wilmette.
The entire Haven staff – led by Bonnie Ryan, Haven's communications director and youth counselor; and Amy O'Leary, Haven's executive director – made invaluable contributions to the organization, production and success of this event.