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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy during a news conference on January 9, 2018, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest.

Only a few weeks after the Chicago Bears suffered their heart-wrenching, unbelievable first round playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Bears' head coach Matt Nagy looks forward to attend this year's American Red Cross Evening of Stars gala in Bloomington-Normal.

Announced Thursday, Nagy is set to be the featured speaker for this year's event located at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in uptown Normal at 6 p.m. April 18.

Garnering previous praise, Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers headlined last year's event as Nagy's appearance not only will be highly anticipated but charitable for the American Red Cross.

The organization raised a record $342,000 in last year's Evening of Stars. The proceeds from the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Red Cross in the Bloomington-Normal area, goes toward disaster relief, military family support as well as the collection of blood products.

Sponsorships are available beginning Friday as individual tickets are set to be sold at $200 apiece later this February. 

Guests also have the option to enjoy a "Red Carpet Experience," which includes two tickets and an invite to the event's sponsor reception beforehand.

As the Bears come off their most successful season since their 2006 Super Bowl run, Nagy reignited Chicago football's fire since joining the team in 2018.

The Bears achieved a 12-4 record, a NFC North Championship title as well as the team's first playoff appearance since 2011.

Nagy was also recently named NFL Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America in his first season as a head coach in the NFL. He was previously the offensive coordinator for Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs and played a huge role in NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes' development.

Following the Bears' 16-15 loss to the Eagles in early January, it is hard to forget the emotions Chicagoans felt in the aftermath of stained defeat. Nagy has repeatedly stated to the media that this is only just the beginning for a rebirth of the Bears' reign as "Kings of the North."

JONATHAN BARLAS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be reached at jgbarla@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas


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