BLU: Behold the Beauty Fundraiser supporting Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium

About BLU

BLU: Behold the Beauty will celebrate the diversity of beauty worth saving found in Shedd’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. Come explore the shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm of the exquisite aquatic wildlife that call our oceans, lakes and rivers home.

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Shedd Aquarium has a vision to create a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. The Auxiliary Board’s annual fundraising event, BLU, is your chance to support this vision as well as our work celebrating beauty worth saving. Through BLU, we can do more for aquatic habitats around the globe and for the animals that call Shedd home, together.

About Shedd Aquarium

Every year Shedd Aquarium welcomes 2 million guests for unforgettable encounters with 32,000 animals from the world’s aquatic environments. But Shedd is more than a destination. Our scientists are saving endangered species and their habitats. Our animal care experts rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in need, across the country and around the world.

We are recognized within our profession with accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, formal affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and certification by American Humane. And all our efforts have been directed toward achieving a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it.


Thank you to our Sponsors

Beluga Sponsor

Lauran and Myrna Bromley

Otter Sponsor

Arcelor Mittal

Sea Turtle Sponsor

Jessica Morris and Michael Valitchka

Penguin Sponsor

Nathaniel P. Clapp

Jeffrey Ollada

Jake, Brooke, and Madeline Morris

Sheridan Capital Partners

The Auxiliary Board of Shedd Aquarium is looking forward to welcoming you to the

12th annual BLU on Saturday, August 18th.

We are inviting all board members and supporters to help us raise awareness and funds leading up to BLU this year by joining this virtual fundraiser. For those who may not be able to join us for BLU, joining this fundraiser is a great way to show your support and help us reach our goals.

You can also show your support by using the hashtag #SheddBLU on a Twitter or Instagram post and your photo will be streamed on this site!

In addition to this virtual fundraiser, we hope you will consider other ways to support BLU on-site at the event:

  • Paddle Raise: immediately following our aquatic presentation, we will ask our guests to show their support and raise a paddle!​
  • Fund a Friend: Adopt your favorite plush animal!

We have an exciting evening of food, music and dancing planned—we hope you will eat, drink and enjoy a memorable evening! Learn more about BLU or purchase tickets here.