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The DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Chicago 22nd Annual Gala kicked off on Saturday, June 12 at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Gala’s theme, “Believe: 2010: See: 2020: Perfect Vision: An AIDS Free World” envisions a journey towards a future without AIDS. Through the stunning theatrics staged by Kehoe Designs, Total Event Resources and sparc, inc.,  attendees were whisked from the present to the feature in an array of lighting, lasers, media graphics and a swooping runway while enjoying cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a live auction and dancing. Check some glimpses of the event below:

Over 500 designers, industry leaders, architects and guests attended the event, including many from Harrington, such as Erik Parks, President of Harrington and past DIFFA Board Member, Dr. John Martin-Rutherford, Chairperson of the Interior Design Program and DIFFA Board Member, and several HCD alumni and students who attended or volunteered for the event.
As Dr. Martin-Rutherford said, “The DIFFA-Chicago Gala was one of the most memorable parties ever and the money collected will help tremendously in furthering the goals of AIDS eradication throughout the world and, particularly, through DIFFA-CHICAGO’s support of local agencies and non-profits engaged full-time in the struggle against this hideous disease.”
Proceeds from the event contribute to DIFFA/Chicago’s Excellence in Care grant program which has awarded over $2.5 million since 1987.  The Gala was co-chaired by Rick Gilman of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Lynn Fordon of Steelcase; and Richard Cassis of sparc, inc.  Serving as Legacy Sponsor was Herman Miller, Steelcase was the Presenting Sponsor and Contract magazine was the Gala’s National Media Sponsor.    

Founded in 1984, DIFFA/Chicago is a not-for-profit fundraising and grant-making foundation that distributes funds to Chicago area HIV/AIDS service agencies that provide direct service, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at risk for infection
Photos courtesy Brad Kisner and BizBash Chicago

Harrington College of Design was proud to be a Partner sponsor of the event.

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