I posted quite a few pictures on my Instagram stories and personal Instagram about a black-tie event I went to last weekend at the Field Museum called Snowball. This is an event I discovered last year, and wanted to write a little more about the cause it supports and why I continue to go.
My dad brought this event to my attention during the summer of 2017 and suggested I get a group of friends to attend. At the time, I was just excited to get a long formal dress, cute heels, get my makeup done, curl my hair and have some drinks at the Field Museum with my closest friends. I was naïve as to what the event was really for and what it was supporting.
Snowball is an event put on by Junior Council that benefits the Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The hospital is a top-ranked children’s hospital that works to prevent and treat childhood illnesses. Junior Council was founded after the HIV/AIDS program at the hospital and works to provide aid and finical support to children in need.
The great thing about Junior Council is that it’s led and consists of a ton of Chicago young professionals that have come together to support the cause. A few of my friends and I joined the council after our first Snowball event in 2018. I know it can be difficult to join another group or put something else on your plate when you’re 20-something and working on your career, but Junior Council is an organization where you get out what you can put in. You can be involved in just one event a year, attend the monthly meetings, join committees or apply to be on the board. I have the linked the website here if you want to learn more!
When I first joined, I did a tour of the hospital that I will never forget. My parents are both doctors, so growing up I sat at a lot of nurse’s stations and roamed hospitals while they worked. They were all grey and uneventful for a child, so I was not expecting what I saw at Lurie Children’s Hospital. This hospital was completely made for children. It was colorful and interactive at every step. There was a rain forest, a fire truck house, the elevators had buttons you could click to make noises or turn off the lights, there was a tree house made to overlook the main floor all inside the hospital. There were volunteers that would come in to teach the children, read to them and play with them. It was incredible. It was made to make children feel like they weren’t missing out on their lives and looking at grey hospital walls all day. It was an overwhelming feeling being in there and seeing what all the support of donating can achieve.
Snowball is a wonderful and fun event to go to, but there is so much more behind it. I love to get dressed up, do my hair, get my makeup done at Nordstrom with friends and explore the Field Museum! You enjoy time with friends and dance to live bands, but you also donate to a cause and on big auction items. It’s a great way to start out the year and make January a little less cold and dreary. I hope this post inspires everyone to donate to a great cause and attend some Junior Council events soon!
Outfit details are below!
I always love a black-tie event, any excuse to dress up!! I was looking for a dress that was fun, but elegant and that I could re-wear one day. I came across this dress from Lulus; it was only $84 and came in a ton of colors! I am wearing a size small and I highly recommend it. It has a deep V in the front and back and a leg slit on the left side. Plus, you really cant beat the price! My shoes are Vince Camuto (I love him if you can't tell by now) and my faux fur jacket is from Nordstrom as well! I got my clutch purse on major sale at Rebecca Minkoff.