Bubble Ball 2014 / by Jeff Johnson

Just what is the "Bubble Ball," you must be thinking? With a name so lighthearted, the last thing to come to mind is domestic violence. However, that's just the issue this event is designed to fight (for lack of a better word). You see, the Bubble Ball is an annual fundraising event put on by Between Friends Chicago, a local nonprofit "dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse." The organization has been providing life-saving and life-changing programs and services since 1986, so I was honored to help HGTV Design Star Kevin Grace (of Kevin Grace Design) cover the event for Chicago 3 Media.

Since appearing on the HGTV hit show, Kevin has grown his following with frequent appearances on Windy City LIVE! He partners with retailers like Crate and Barrel or West Elm to make over homes for deserving guests in a segment called, "Save My Space." Somehow between balancing a successful design business with a growing TV career, he manages to contribute to other great causes like the Bubble Ball. He co-chaired last year's event, and this year he returned to bring much-needed attention to the fundraiser.

There was an extensive silent auction and raffle, delicious food, fun music, and a special award presented to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. If you missed it, consider attending next year. In the meantime, you can support the great work of Between Friends with a tax-deductible donation. Anything you can spare is appreciated, and will surely make a difference. NBC Chicago anchor Marion Brooks put it best when she said, "Every little bit helps!" Check out this video and the photos below to see what you missed!