Honors Gala™ Advisory Group

The Honors Gala is a tradition for Chicagoland associations and serves as Association Forum Foundation’s cornerstone fundraising event of the year. The evening brings together nearly 700 association professionals and supplier partners to celebrate and honor the achievements of industry colleagues. During this event, key industry leaders are presented with the Association Forum’s Honor’s Awards.  

The Advisory Group charge is to: 

  •  Raise awareness of the Honors Gala to the association community at large. 
  • Sell tables, tickets and sponsorships for Association Forum Foundation’s chief fundraising event of the year. 

 The Advisory Group is Recommended for: 

  •  Association Professional and Supplier Partner Members who have strong ties to the association community that they can leverage to support fundraising efforts for the Honors Gala. 

 The Advisory Group Time Commitment is: 

  •  Six to ten committee meetings beginning in January through July (combination of face-to-face meetings and conference calls).  
  • Dedicated time for out reach to colleagues and clients via email and phone for ticket and table sales.  


Kari Messenger, CMP, DES, Co-Chair
Mark Vaughan, FASAE, Co-Chair
Danielle Bauer, CAE
Katie Callahan-Giobbi
Norma Castrejon, CAE
Kim FitzSimmons, CAE
Lori Granich, MBA, RDN, CAE
Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE
Anthony Molino
Sheila Provenzano, MS, DES
Steve Smith, CAE

Board Liaison
Stephen Peeler, CFRE, FCEP

Staff Liaison
Phyllis Scott