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This weekend is packed full of events and in Chicago both the Chicago Botanic Gardens and the Arthritis Foundation are hosting their big end of the year events.

harvest ball

Harvest Ball – The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden presents its Annual Harvest Ball on Saturday, September 19. The Chicago Botanic Garden in all its fall beauty serves as the backdrop for the Harvest Ball. With 385 acres of public gardens, 26 distinct gardens, four natural areas, and 80 acres of lakes, the Garden offers a unique location for an evening of dinner and dancing.

The black-tie garden party begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and live auction that features domestic and international packages.

arthritis foundFreedom of Movement Black Tie Gala – On Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at the Drake Hotel, the Arthritis Foundation will honor Aaron G Rosenberg M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and a senior partner with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush with their Annual Freedom of Movement Award, recognizing his career accomplishments and dedication addressing the needs of arthritis patients and caregivers.

The Freedom of Movement Award is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Arthritis Foundation. It is an event that acknowledges leaders in the advancement of research and awareness for the management, prevention, and cure of arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the United States. The Black Tie Gala, now in its twenty-sixth year, is established as a special evening of recognition, attracting business, corporate and medical professionals.

Also check out these other Chicago-based events:

Fighting for Families – Do it for Dew: http://www.fighting-for-families.org/

Sycamore Education Foundation – Take Root: http://sycamoreeducationfoundation.org/takeroot.html

Hockey Expo USA: http://www.cvent.com/events/hockey-expo-usa/event-summary-cacefec1898b4898adb732023b6c7b92.aspx

Trinity Services – Annual Dinner/Dance: https://www.trinity-services.org/home/events/event-detail/2015/09/19/default-calendar/dinner-dance

Team Podz – 2nd Annual Team Podz Memorial Golf Outing: http://teampodz.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago – Tailgate 2015: http://www.bbbschgo.org/site/c.bkLUKcOVLkK2E/b.6384901/k.4341/Great_Times_for_a_Great_Cause.htm