Black & White Ball -
Community support to find a cure

The Black & White Ball is one of the premier black-tie events in suburban Chicago with more than 400 attendees, including corporate sponsors, business and philanthropic leaders, and distinguished guests. The Black and White Ball helps save lives and allow for more birthdays facilitating wellness, finding cures, and fighting a disease that has taken too much from most people around the world.

The event has raised in excess of $350,000 per year. Members of the Scheck family and Scheck Industries dance the night away enjoying a wonderful dinner, guest speakers and an moving video about the Patient Navigation Services program which helps those diagnosed with cancer find support, wigs, rides to doctors visits and much more. Rick, as Co-chair of the Live Auction, has attracted and acquired unique items helping to raise funds. In the past The Live Auction items included Luxury trips to Turks & Caicos, Wente Vineyards, Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Residence, Auto Racing Experience, BMW Championship PGA event behind the scenes experience, Bears-Packers Rivalry suite passes, Mikimoto Hope Collection Necklace and the Chicago Sports Fan package. The party is testament the American Cancer Society which is working hard to save lives from cancer by helping people stay well, and empowering everybody to fight back.

For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every Cancer in every community. By taking what we’ve learned through research and turning it into what we do, we have contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. The net impact is avoiding approximately 650,000 cancer deaths. Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year. Now that’s a reason to party!

Together, we are making a difference.





“The Scheck family has been a distinguished partner in the battle to end cancer and a dear friend of the American Cancer Society. As community and business leaders, they have engaged the energies of thousands in the greater Chicago area, raising millions of dollars to fund cancer research, education and free patient services. We salute the Schecks for their tireless work in organizing the successful yearly event that honors the life of Betty Scheck – and for their extraordinary personal generosity in support of our cancer-fighting mission.”


Steven M. Derks
Chief Executive Officer
American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, Inc.



In 2009, Rick Scheck was asked to be involved with the inaugural Black & White Ball as its Mission Chair.

“After being a Co-Chair for an event named after my late mother for the past 11 years, I was honored to tell the story of our mother and how being involved with the American Cancer Society over the years has made a profound impact on my life and the live of my Dad and brothers and our children.”

“I was very excited to act as this year’s Live Auction Chair and was extremely grateful for those individuals and companies who donated amazing items which brought in a substantial amount to support our 2nd annual Ball,” said Rick Scheck.