Lurie Children's Hospital grand opening

Fundraising Campaign & Grand Opening Events

EA supported Lurie Children’s Hospital in all event strategy and execution since 2008 when the foundation announced its ambitious Heroes For Life campaign and set out to open a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in downtown Chicago.

Fundraising event for Lurie Children's Hospital grand opening

Created a variety of moving, engaging experiences for the capital campaign including the new hospital’s groundbreaking ceremony, campaign launch, and its topping-off ceremony.

New patient room unveiled at Lurie grand opening
Sarah Jessica Parker and Rahm Emanuel at Lurie grand opening
Sarah Jessica Parker speaks at Lurie Children's Hospital grand opening

Selected to handle production, design and management for the new building’s opening events, which included public and private tours, dedications, a ribbon cutting, and a 5K run/walk.

A community open house at the new building, preceded by a formal gala featuring headliners Sarah Jessica Parker and Harry Connick Jr., opened Lurie’s doors to the public and welcomed its new neighbors into the facility for the first time.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Stage rendering for Lurie grand opening

“Not only does EA excel in event design and creativity, but their amazing attention to detail and event execution is absolutely superb! They take the time to really get to know our organization and mission while successfully weaving our goals and objectives into the overall event plans. Our events have been executed flawlessly, and that has everything to do with the amazing partnership we’ve cultivated with agencyEA.”

Vice President of Annual Programs & Events 
Lurie Children’s Hospital


  • Return on Investment

    The celebrity-packed benefit raised $5.2 million toward the hospital’s $600 million fundraising goal.