Special Olympics Illinois held its 7th Annual Inspire Greatness Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, dancing to the sweet sounds of the City Lights Orchestra and a live and silent auction. Vinnie Zaffarano doubled as the event’s emcee and auctioneer, and a few lucky bidders went home with fabulous prize packages like tickets to the 2015 Emmy Awards and an African Safari Trip.

The 2014 Inspire Greatness Gala raised more than $820,000 for the nearly 21,500 traditional athletes with intellectual disabilities and 18,500 Young Athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. These funds will allow Special Olympics Illinois to transform the lives of current and aspiring athletes through the gift of sport.

To learn more about this incredible event go Special Olympics Illinois.