GiGi's Playhouse

Bringing Celebrity Power Raises Record Funds for Charity Gala


GiGi’s Playhouse approached Mekky Media to generate media attention, drive fundraising and sustain buzz around its continued growth.



Mekky Media secured Mario Lopez as a celebrity ambassador for the organization’s annual gala, resulting in a sold-out event and helping Gigi’s Playhouse raise more than $600K. 

The team also developed messaging and story angles to position founder and CNN Hero, Nancy Gianni, as a thought leader in the non-profit space as a thought leader in the non-profit space, which resulted in numerous media placements, including a feature story on the TODAY Show’s “Settle for More” segment.  We coordinated various stories across local and top-tier outlets, including Chicago Sun-Times, Michigan Avenue Magazine and a profile piece on A&E online, garnering more than 20 million media impressions

Notable placements include:

TODAY Show, ABC7 Chicago, Windy City Live, Thrive Global, Daily Herald, CBS Money Watch, Chicago Parent, Whitney Reynolds Show, The Connection, Chicago Parent, WGN-AM 

Michelle and her team worked with us on creating a PR Strategy, a press kit and other marketing materials for corporate partnerships, event promotion, branding and so much more. In the time we worked with Mekky Media we received over 140 million impressions through print, social media, radio and television.

– GiGi’s Playhouse


2020 Silver Trumpet Award Business to Consumer, Joe's Imports Opening
2020 Silver Trumpet Award Non-Profit, ​Komen Chicago ​Race for the Cure​ Campaign​

2020 Stevie® Award Winner for Agency of the Year

2020 Agency Elite Top 100

2020 National Bulldog PR Awards, Komen Chicago Race for the Cure Campaign

2020 Official Member of the Forbes Agency Council

2020 IPRN (International PR Network) Member

2020 Expertise, Best PR Firms in Chicago

2019 Golden Trumpet Award Winner for Media Relations (Abt Electronics)

2019 Golden Trumpet Award Winner for Advocacy (Komen Chicago)

2019 National Business Enterprise (WBENC) Certified 

2018 Stevie® Award Winner for Women in Business, Entrepreneur of the Year

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