Lux Gala

Saturday, November 18, 2023
6:00 p.m. to Midnight
The Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren St., Chicago, IL 60607

lux (luks), noun: a unit of illumination 

To celebrate the light that Mercy Home brings to young lives, Mercy Home is proud to introduce an exciting new event this fall—the Lux Gala. 

Held in the exquisitely restored art deco interior of Chicago’s Old Post Office, this upscale, black-tie-optional gala will thrill you as you journey through several rooms of the historic venue.  

Enjoy immersive, participatory, and engaging experiences including stage performances, free-roaming entertainment, a dinner program, auctions and raffles, VIP experiences and more. 

Best of all, by joining us for the Lux Gala, you’ll be part of a movement to bring light and hope to children and families throughout Chicago.  

For more than 136 years, Mercy Home has been a beacon for kids struggling with adversities like abuse, neglect, violence, and more.  


There is a general sense out there that our city is in crisis.

– Fortune 500 CEO

Crime, housing instability, struggling schools, and turbulent households are just a few of the challenges our city faces. These realities have the greatest impact on young people like those who turn to us for help.

Before coming to Mercy Home:

of our youth experience housing instability
of our youth experienced abuse
of our youth experienced neglect
of our youth came from a family affected by substance abuse

But we see in our children the brilliant possibility of a brighter future for all of Chicago.  

With your help, we can address traumas that often trap young people in cycles of anxiety, anger, joblessness, or Incarceration. And we can give them the tools they need to build success and independence—tools like life skills, education, career development, and more.  

At Mercy Home, young people not only gain resilience, but they also gain the confidence they need to go out and make a difference in our community. 

So, your participation in the Lux Gala helps young people at Mercy Home amplify the light for more people in Chicago.  

After coming to Mercy Home:

of our high school seniors graduated
of our youth advanced to the next grade
of our youth gained employment experience
of former youth surveyed said they would recommend Mercy Home to others


As you help build a brighter Chicago alongside leaders from the city’s business and civic arenas, be prepared to be dazzled and delighted by the array of amenities in store for you at the Lux Gala.  

You’ll be enchanted by music, magicians, mentalists, and more. You’ll play the night away with charitable gaming, pool, and a putting course. And you’ll experience a world of fine flavors on one incredible night through our high-end two course dinner and our interactive food and beverage stations.   

Want a taste of what you can expect? Check out our “trailer” video.


Your support of Mercy Home and the Lux Gala make it possible for our kids and families to build brighter futures.

And to make sure you don’t go home empty-handed, you can also bid on incredible live and silent auction items ranging from a trip to Paris to see Taylor Swift to fine jewelry, sports memorabilia, wines, spirits and many more hard-to-get items and experiences.  

Your generosity can pay off big, too—buy your ticket today for the Lux cash raffle and you could win our grand prize of $25,000!  

What to know more? Here’s just some of what’s on the line at Lux: 

Live Auction
  • Tickets to Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in Paris, France in May 2024 
  • Weeklong Stay at Hakuna Matata Villa in St. John, Virgin Islands 
  • Stay & Play Weekend for Four at Streamsong Golf Resort in Florida 
  • And more! 

For proxy bidding accommodations, please contact Rachel Twarog at

Silent Auction  
  • Golf Getaway Package at St. John’s Resort 
  • Traditional Irish Cottage stay in Glenbeigh, Ireland 
  • James & Sons Jewelry Auction 
  • Fine wine and rare spirits 
  • Autographed Memorabilia from Chicago Sports Legends 
  • Chicago Dining & Entertainment Experiences 
  • And MUCH more! 

Check back soon to access our silent auction page and start placing your bids.

  • 3rd Prize: $3,000  
  • 2nd Prize: $7,000  
  • Grand Prize: $25,000 
  • Tickets are $100 
  • Only 1,500 will be sold 
  • Winner to be drawn at the Lux Gala, November 18th 
  • Need not be present to win 

Can’t make it to Lux? We will miss you there and we hope you come next year. But the silver lining is that you can still take your chance to win a great prize in our silent auction or our raffle. 

You can also amplify the light by making a tax-deductible donation to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

A note about attire:
This is a formal event.  The attire is black-tie optional; however, fun colors, patterns, and textures are welcome and encouraged.  Guests should dress to impress!

For more information about Lux, please contact Rachel Twarog at

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