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The 2019 Discovery Ball raised more than $2.1 million this year. An after-party in the elegant Grand Ballroom in the Chicago Hilton featured a performance by the award-winning Canadian rock band, Barenaked Ladies. The 13th annual gala, Where Hope Grows, featured UL as presenting sponsor and boasted nearly 800 guests and volunteers on Saturday, April 27. An inspiring survivor speaker led guests to a paddle raise of more than $600,000 for ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer.
Next year, the Discovery Ball will be held at the Hilton Chicago on April 18, 2020. Since 2007, the Discovery Ball has raised more than $36 million!