Each year the Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee hosts its VIP reception on the Friday evening before the Saturday Christmas Ship Event. Invited guests include - Captain and Executive Officers of USCGC MACKINAW, Honored Military Brass, Regional Celebrities and Local Dignitaries, our highly respected Partners, generous Sponsors and Donors along with other Major Contributors. Invited guests also include representative from our Member and Participating Organizations and Friends Groups.
We also feature our Community organizations who present stories of wonderful life changing occurrences by families and individuals who have received Christmas Trees and accompanying spiritual and other forms of support in their time of need.
On occasion, clips from our many films and documentaries are shown together with compilations of TV special featuring our events. Urban music groups and choirs add to the gentle spirit of the season.
Special awards are presented to our local heroes who contribute so much for the benefit of others that they have never met.
This event is sponsored by in-kind donors and underwriters, in keeping with our mission of '100% of receipts from donations for trees are spent only for trees'.
It is a wonderful evening that is unique and moving!