The 2023 Red Tie Gala will be held on March 4th, 6-10 pm at the Cantigny in Winfield, IL. Featuring live music, private museum access, silent auctions and more! It is sure to be a fantastic evening!! We hope to see you all there!    

Join us as we put the “FUN” back in Fundraising! This is our major fundraiser.  It is a semi-formal, exclusive night and always includes amazing music, food, and auction items. The proceeds from this event go towards funding our yearly Performing Arts Awards.  Currently, we offer these awards at 5 area high schools. Each is a $1000 cash-award given to a graduating senior who has participated in the Performing Arts.  For more information about these awards and how to apply visit our Awards Page

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual SPC Chris Patterson Motorcycle Ride on August 13th, 2022.

Always guaranteed to be a fun event, this year we are starting at Fox River Harley Davidson, and finishing at Pollyanna Brewing in St. Charles after a 50 mile ride through the countryside. Following the ride we will be holding a 2 hour after-party with music from Tin Fiddle, food from Mission BBQ, and of course beer from Pollyanna. Come out for the ride (cars are welcome) or just the after party and join us as we raise funds for the Foundation, Immanuel Lutheran Arts Program, and Gold Star Siblings.

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Interested in becoming a sponsor?

We are currently looking for additional sponsors for our annual Red Tie Gala event. The proceeds generated by this fundraiser go towards funding our yearly Performing Arts Awards, a $1,000 cash award given to a graduating senior who has participated in the performing arts at one of each of 5 area high schools.

What’s in it for you?

Glad you asked, we have the following sponsorship levels available.

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2 Free Tickets to Gala  
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 developments, our venue has chosen to close after today and has canceled our event. We are looking to reschedule with a tentative date in early May. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support as we work to reschedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any member of the Board of Directors through either email or the form below. You can also reach out to the Chairman of the Board directly via email

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The 3rd Annual Spc Christopher Patterson Memorial Motorcycle Ride is quickly approaching!

Christopher had talked about wanting to get a motorcycle when he returned home from his deployment. This event was started by the foundation at the suggestion of his father, Bob Patterson, who thought that a memorial motorcycle ride would be a great way to honor his son.

“Chris loved the performing arts! The reason we started the foundation was so that we could support those students who participate in drama, choir, and band. Currently, we give $1000 cash awards annually to an eligible senior at West Aurora High School, East Aurora High School, and Batavia High School. This year we hope to add 2 additional local high schools to this program and to expand this opportunity to the surrounding communities. We started this fundraiser, the Motorcycle Ride, as a way of connecting Chris’s love of the arts with his love for the military. Every year, 2 organizations are selected to be the recipients of the money raised through this event with a focus on organizations that support those causes. It will be a fun day for everyone and we hope to see you there,” stated Robert Patterson, Chair of the Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation.

“I believe that this is exactly what Christopher would be doing. He would have disliked the spotlight of an event honoring him, but he would be riding in other memorial rides as a way to honor the fallen,” stated Social Media Director for the foundation, Rachel Bailey. “It is through events like this ride that the foundation supports programs that are meaningful to who Christopher was and his legacy.”

A portion of the proceeds of this year’s motorcycle ride will be going to Freedom Farms for Veterans in Wadsworth and Immanuel Lutheran School music program in Batavia.

The day of the event, registration will begin at 8:00 am with kickstands up (KSU) at 10:30. The ride will be traveling SPC Patterson’s last ride. It will be an approximately 50 mile, fully police escorted ride. Traveling past the funeral home on RT 31 to Oak Street to Randall Road where it will pass through his home town, North Aurora, to Plum St in Aurora where it will pass West Aurora High School (WAHS) along Commonwealth. The WAHS Blackhawk Marching Band will be playing “Roll On” as the ride passes. The ride will return to Batavia where it will pass by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hart Road, around 11:30 before heading to River Hills Cemetery to pay respects then returning to the Batavia VFW. Cars are welcome to join the ride!

There will be a post-ride party at the Batavia VFW starting about noon with music, raffles, Two Brothers beer pull and VeteransQ BBQ! The party is included in the cost of the ride, but tickets are available for those wishing to join the party but not the ride itself. The event will wrap up at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are available now:

Tickets are $30/Rider and $25/Passenger and include breakfast, t-shirt, and a commemorative patch in addition to the ride and post-ride party.

Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the ride.

Post Party only tickets are $15 and include a ride t-shirt.

Join us for the second annual Red Tie Gala, as we travel back in time to a 1920’s speak-easy.

Hosted at the Club Arcada, located above the historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles IL, your ticket includes 2 free drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Entertainment for the evening includes live music performed by Pipes Vocal Magic, Silent Auction, and the ever popular Wine Pull.

Very limited seating is available, so get your tickets today!

Event page is here.

2018 marks the Foundation’s second year of supporting the performing arts and our first semi-formal fundraiser-the Red Tie Gala.  As our major fundraiser, the gala is not only a way for the Foundation to further spread our mission, it also presents a chance for us to interact with our most ardent supporters.
In 2012, we heard numerous stories of Chris helping people to find faith, bringing a smile to their face when they were having a rough go at it, or brightening someone’s day through music.  While listening to these stories, and bearing witness to all the lives Chris had touched, we came up with a saying that we have since used to describe his life.  “For God, For Country, For Music”.  Those three ideals truly describe how he lived his life.
The Red Tie Gala allows the Foundation to spread the Chris Patterson Performing Arts award to more local area high schools “For Music’ though the support of our donors and sponsors.  In 2017 we were able to present our first Performing Arts Award to Abby Risner at West Aurora High School.  As a result of the overwhelming support we received, this year we will be presenting an award at both West Aurora High School and Batavia High School.  We hope to be able to add another two schools in 2019 as well as explore other ways in which we can honor Chris’ legacy by supporting the arts.
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