Your ticket to this premier fundraiser will include:

PRE-SHOW PARTY • 5:30 - 7:15 PM

  • Unveiling of The Burke Colonnade
  • Delicious hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a variety of food stations by Lee John’s Catering


  • Exciting auction with one-of-a-kind items
  • Presentation of The EDDY Award, endowed by Murph and John Burke, to Claire & Glen Hackmann
  • Educational Excellence Award presented to Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • “The Shindig!” featuring Chester Gregory, star of the Broadway hit Motown the Musical


  • Music, dancing, late-night food, dessert, cocktails, and more!

Availability is limited, and The Big Event sells out every year. Reserve your tickets today!


"Mr. Gregory puts on a show of such physical and vocal dexterity that it's almost impossible to imagine that anyone else could do it." –The New York Times

Have your dancing shoes at the ready as award-winning Broadway veteran Chester Gregory channels the sounds that changed America in “The Shindig,” a tribute to some of the most influential artists in the history of Motown, soul, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, pop, and more. Born in Gary, Indiana, to a steel mill worker and a school teacher, Gregory drew inspiration from hometown hero Michael Jackson to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. His acclaimed performance in the Chicago and New York productions of The Jackie Wilson Story not only garnered Gregory rave reviews from The New York Times, but gave him the opportunity to sing for the legendary “King of Pop” in 2003. Michael Jackson gave Gregory a standing ovation for this performance, and a week later, Gregory booked his debut Broadway role in the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.  Gregory since has worked with such industry legends as Phil Collins, Marc Shaiman, Henry Krieger, PJ Morton, and Eric Roberson, and he has collaborated with the likes of Ledisi, Dot Da Genius, Dave Tozer, 88-Keys, and 9th Wonder. Broadway appearances have included Sister Act and the national tour of Dreamgirls. Gregory is currently starring in the national touring production of Motown The Musical.

Take a look at photos from The Big Event 2016!

The Big Event 2016