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Thursday, May 11
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Galleria Marchetti
825 W Erie in Chicago

Event Co-Chairs
LaVon Green
Pete Petersen

2017 Trailblazer Award Honorees
the zen of slow cooking

Please join us on Thursday, May 11th for SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2017: Innovation Celebration! at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. This exciting evening will celebrate the organization’s recent accomplishments and innovative employment strategies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guests will enjoy cocktails, fun foods, delicious desserts, awards, and a silent auction. A hidden gem in the heart of the city, Galleria Marchetti blends authentic European charm with magnificent spaces for a truly distinguished experience.

We are thrilled to announce that Search, Inc. will honor ComEd, Hewn, and the zen of slow cooking with the 2017 Trailblazer Award. These three businesses have been instrumental partners in blazing pathways to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through on-the-job training, work skills development, and competitive employment, these companies have created new opportunities for people with disabilities in the workplace.Together, the 2017 Trailblazer honorees exemplify the power and promise of innovative employment strategies.

All proceeds from SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2017 will support the essential services of Search, Inc. Search is a community-based non-profit that empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, accept a valued role in their community and lead rich, rewarding lives. We provide high-quality, person-centered services including supported living arrangements, adult learning programs and career services, as well as medical, behavioral, therapeutic and home-based services. Our programs serve more than 600 people and their families annually at locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

For more information about SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2017, please contact Audrey Landale at (773) 305-5000 x55 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Thank you to our lead sponsors!

Innovation Sponsors
ComEd PoweringLogo NEW


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Visionary Sponsors

Alan Nadolna and Suzanne Averill of The Associates Group
Tony Valukas and Cathy Beres
Superior Logo 3172016

Groundbreaking Sponsors

John Friedland and Berta Shapiro
BCG logo
Hoogendoorn Logo for Search 3.22.16
INTREN Hi Res Color wBrandline

MillerCooper AC Logo
R Best LLC Logo

Cutting Edge Sponsors
Siri and Mark Gadbois
Brett and Kymberly Johnson
John Lipscomb and Sally Gregory
Paul Murphy and Marian Haney

AE Logo

Alper Services Logo

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Garrett Blue Black Logo

Non Profit Risk Logo

New COLOR Green Twos Logo Final
WD Workplace Solutions Red 3000W

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Thank you to our silent auction donors!

ABT Appliances

Blue Man Group

Capital Geneology

Cards Against Humanity

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Design Museum

Chicago White Sox

Color Me Mine


Comedy Sportz

Corepower Yoga

Depaul Athletics

Dinkel's Bakery


Douglas J Aveda Institute

DreamDry Hair Salon

Emerald City Theater

Flexible Benefit Service Corporation

Fogo De Chao

Harbor Shores Hotel



iO Theater


Lagunitas Brewery

Lake Geneva Cruise Line

Lettuce Entertain You

Liv Dean Photography

Lookingglass Theater

Lou Malnati's

Lynfred Winery

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Mary and Chuck Fredericks

Matt Conzen

Michael's Restaurant

Morton Aboretum

Museum of Contemporary Art

Northwestern Athletics

One Strange Bird

Orangetheory Fitness

Planet Access Co. Store

Range Chicago

Revolution Brewery

Santiago and Sofia Dino

Shedd Aquarium

SPI Entertainment- The Venitian

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Superdawg Drive In

Teddie Kossof Salon

Terry Viebach Gaston

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Brookfield Zoo

The Field Museum

The Joffrey Ballet

The Tie Bar

Timeline Theatre Company


Trattoria D.O.C.

Turtle Wax


Wilderness Inquiry

Wisconsin State Fair

Writers Theater

Zanie's Comedy Club