updated 5/26/2011 6:48:47 PM ET 2011-05-26T22:48:47

Chicago, May 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Business Marketing Association Chicago (BMA), the largest chapter of BMA with 450 members, announced final details for the 2011 Windy City Biz Bash.  The annual fundraiser, which includes a media auction and gala, supports BMA Chicago operations, programming, and events.  The Biz Bash will take place on June 2, with an auction and gala event to be held at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois in Chicago.

Proceeds from the Windy City Biz Bash support BMA Chicago programs throughout the year, including educational seminars and training, to further the field of b2b marketing in Chicago. 

One of the key features of this year’s event is a BMA Chicago mobile app that allows anyone to bid on designated Biz Bash donations leading up to and following the event. The app is currently available for iPhone and iPad users and can be downloaded from the BMA Chicago website. 

Several months of fundraising and activities culminate at the Gala with a silent and live auction. Tickets to the 2011 gala are $75 and available at ( http://bmachicago.org/events/windy-city-biz-bash ).The Windy City Biz Bash also raised funds through sponsorships and program advertising, providing advertising firms and suppliers the opportunity to gain visibility with potential clients.

"The Windy City Biz Bash is an extremely important event for our organization," said Laurie Pasler, Windy City Biz Bash Committee Chair.  "The funds raised support BMA Chicago operations and helps make our high quality educational programming possible.  It is a great way for firms to engage with other b2b marketers.  We encourage everyone to get involved."

Silent auction items include: a Napa Valley getaway for two, a week at Pali Adventure Summer Camp for Kids, and various Chicago entertainment, sports and dining opportunities.

Some of this year’s featured elements include: a breathtaking glasses-free 3D demo, an augmented reality demonstration and a live artist painting.

The gala is taking place during BMA’s annual conference being held in Chicago June 1-3.  Many BMA members from all over the country attend the gala and participate in the auction - an added value to sponsors, advertisers and those donating.

For more information on the Windy City Biz Bash, please go to BMA Chicago’s website at http://bmachicago.org/events/windy-city-biz-bash

About BMA Chicago

BMA Chicago is the Business Marketing Association’s single largest chapter, serving nearly 450 business marketing professionals through professional development, networking events and programs.  BMA Chicago enhances critical thinking, communication and managerial skills by bringing its members face to face with the nation’s top b-to-b marketing thinkers and practitioners.  Go to www.bmachicago.org or contact Marla Schrager, executive director, at  marla.schrager@bmachicago.org or 312.943.8040 for more information.

CONTACT: Marla Schrager
         (312.943.8040)

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