No Ordinary Evening is an extraordinary celebration founded to remember the life of Declan Drumm Sullivan, who tragically died in an accident at the University of Notre Dame on October 27, 2010.
The Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund supports
organizations that demonstrate extraordinary local impact in the areas of education and community service. The primary beneficiary of the Fund and the event is Horizons for Youth.
Horizons for Youth is Chicago’s only kindergarten through college nonprofit organization committed to helping children from low-resource neighborhoods in Chicago recognize and achieve their full potential. Over 27 years, Horizons for Youth has partnered with Chicago’s public, charter, private, and faith-based schools, along with dedicated families, to provide tuition scholarships, one-on-one mentoring, individualized tutoring, a summer academic program, family support programs, monthly enrichment opportunities, high school and college preparation, and college
persistence support. Horizons for Youth currently serves 265 students. To date, 84% of Horizons for Youth high school program graduates have either graduated from college or are still on track to graduate. They are persisting at a rate nearly ten
times greater than their socioeconomic peers, demonstrating the effectiveness and life-changing impact of Horizons for Youth programming.