Your ticket to this premier fundraiser will include:

  • Valet parking
  • A pre-show party featuring open top-shelf bar, delicious hand-passed hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of food stations; exciting voice auctions with one-of–a-kind items; and, of course, an opportunity to mingle with other guests at this high-profile event.
  • The EDDY Award presentation honoring Milwaukee philanthropists Claire & Glen Hackmann.
  • The Educational Excellence Award, presented to the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra in recognition of their high-quality educational programs.
  • An exclusive concert with Chester Gregory, star of the Broadway hit Motown the Musical.
  • A post-performance party with additional music and dancing, late-night savory food, desserts, open bar, 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