50th Anniversary Gala Featured Entertainment
Comedian - Pat McGann
Pat McGann is a stand up comedian and television host from Chicago. In 2015, he made his second appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman”
Pat created and hosted the Emmy nominated television show “The Chicago Stand Up Project”. He has been invited to The Great American Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest, The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and has been heard on the nationally syndicated “The Bob & Tom Show” as well as seen on AXS-TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live”. His debut comedy album “Sounds Good” can be heard on Sirius/XM radio.
He is also the host of “The Cycle” a podcast distributed & produced by Major League Baseball & the Chicago White Sox.
Mentalist - Jym Elders
For over 20 years, the award-winning mentalism of Jym Elders has been amazing corporate and college audiences from New York to Los Angeles to Calgary and everywhere in between. Having a life-long fascination with the paranormal and all things mysterious, Jym Elders utilizes his background in psychology, theater and magic to create a show that is both mesmerizing and memorable.
Considered to be one of the more comedic mentalists working today, clients often remark of Jym that it was like having both a mentalist AND a comedian all in one! With a minimal set-up, Jym’s show is equally effective for audiences ranging in size from 12 to 1,200. In this interactive mind reading spectacular, it’s the audience who become the real stars of the show.
Bring the mental artistry of Jym Elders to your next special event and witness how his dynamic performing style will captivate your audience, leaving them amazed, laughing, and most importantly, talking about the show long after it’s over!
Crooner - John Vincent
John Vincent - our crooner, has been performing at Ditka's, doing Sinatra impressions and wowing fans at Wrigley Field with his National Anthem. This year he not only got to sing, he got a ring! Vincent, who has been singing at Wrigley since 2003, performed the anthem at four of eight playoff games at the Friendly Confines last year -- Game 2 of the Division Series, Games 1 and 6 of the National League Championship Series and Game 4 of the World Series. The Chicago Cubs honored Vincent with a World Series Championship ring!
John Vincent makes it look easy, even in front of 40,000 fans at Wrigley Field and millions more watching on television. But he has no formal training as a singer, and 15 years ago h was working as an accounting recruiter and singing only for his family.
"My sister goes, 'Johnny, you sound like Sinatra when you're singing in the car, why don't you try it? How am I going to do that? I'm 29 years old, what am I going to do? So I sent out cassettes back then," Vincent said.
One of those cassettes went to Mike Ditka and his wife, who hired them on the spot to sing at their namesake restaurant.
"When I first started singing I only knew six songs! I was singing the same six songs over and over again. It drove people crazy! The waitstaff hated me! People were like, 'Do you know any more songs?' I'm like, 'Nope!'" he said.
Artist - Katherine Gressel
Katherine will be capturing our 50th Anniversary live as it happens on canvas! Watch as she creates a living piece of art through the night. This ASA Chicago masterpiece will be auctioned off at the end of the evening!
Award-winning painter Katherine Gressel travels worldwide to weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, family reunions, and corporate events, and captures the action in a live painting. Past events have ranged from intimate family picnics to elaborate celebrity weddings. Each painting serves as both entertainment for guests and a lasting memento of your special day.
Katherine strives to capture the energy and emotion of the happiest day of your life in a dynamic, impressionistic composition. She spotlights a special moment--a dance, vow exchange, speech, etc--between two or more key people while preserving the looseness and freshness of live action painting in the background and supporting characters. Katherine also views each painting as a collaboration, as she takes care to incorporate the colors, decor details, and special guests that make your wedding unique.
The Golden Ticket is for sale now and could win you a luxiurious night out, a huge travel voucher or even a thousand big ones in a tiny Visa Gift card. The big price is a fantastic night downtown including dinner for two at the award-winning Chicago Cut Steakhouse and a stay at the posh Virgin Hotel. Other winners on the 50th Gala night will take home a $2,500 travel voucher and yet another prize winner will celebrate ASA Chicago's 50th by winning a $1,000 Visa gift card. To get your winning Golden Ticket - you need to purchase a few at an upcoming ASA Chicago event. You can also buy one the night of the 50th Gala (or give them out as gifts to clients and co-workers). Golden Tickets are $10 or 6 Tickets for $50.