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Stories from the past

Take a walk down Magellan's Memory Lane with these stories and photos from events we've participated in, opportunities we've had, people we have had the pleasure to meet.


A pre-season Chicago Sky game in Queen City

When it was announced that the Chicago Sky would play the Minnesota Lynx in a pre-season game in Toronto – a city with no WNBA presence, and certainly not hometown to either team -- a legitimate question might be, “But who will attend?” As it turns out, about 24,000 eager fans who crowded the sold-out arena to cheer on two amazing teams. Young girls held signs with, “Canada needs the WNBA” and “I’ll be your first season ticket holder!” An electric atmosphere provided just the right motivation for the Sky to bank a win. Magellan’s Canadian clients and friends joined us for a private reception at the stadium before enjoying a delicious – and raucous! – dinner with the team.


Returning to the office

On May 4th, 2022, Magellan employees gathered to celebrate our first day together in 2 years. As is true for many corporations, the pandemic brought radical change to our office routine, with work-from-home as the norm. As a little surprise to celebrate our (partial) return, each staff member (Jedi, every last one!) received a delicious Yoda warrior cake emblazoned with “May the 4th Be With You.”  We all enjoyed much missed camaraderie – almost as delicious as our welcome back treat. 


Chicago Bulls Legends Dinner

Magellan has had A LOT of fun events over the years, but none more enjoyable than when our clients, staff and friends gathered for our 2023 Bulls Legends Dinner. Attendees enjoyed plenty of stories and laughs with some of the greats from the Chicago Bulls, including Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Toni Kukoc and Joakim Noah.

Sportscasting great Meghan McKeown led a lively Chalk Talk while guests feasted on a scrumptious Steak 48 dinner. Such a treat to enjoy these warm, happy gatherings again!


Magellan signs sponsorship deal

The combination of Magellan’s commitment to sponsorship of women’s athletics and our robust business in Houston impelled us to begin an exciting new partnership with the Houston Dash, a National Women’s Soccer League club. From the field boards to the Jumbotron to the sleeve patches to the LED signs, there is little doubt that Magellan is a major sponsor of this great group of athletes. Clients have enjoyed VIP experiences from skybox game viewing to high-fiving players in the tunnels, mascot photo ops and team meet and greets. The 2023 season has positioned us well for a meaningful, multi-year partnership.


Chicago Bulls in Paris

When the Chicago Bulls headed to Paris, so did a group from Magellan Corporation. Joined by clients, suppliers and more friends, the trip wasn’t all about basketball. A sightseeing tour included L’Arch de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tour and other Parisian hotspots. Group dinners with Bulls players as special guests gave all a chance to connect. Here Bulls great Joakim Noah pals around with Voice of the Bulls Chuck Swirsky. A 126-108 win over the Detroit Pistons was butter on the croissant.


BJK Cup 2022 in Scotland

Magellan friends from both sides of the Atlantic gathered in Glasgow for a few fantastic days of camaraderie and world-class women's tennis -- including time with the woman of the hour herself-- at the Billie Jean King Cup. Magellan has long fostered a commitment to initiatives (not just athletic!) promoting gender equality, and there has been no fiercer advocate than Billie Jean. We’re proud of this connection, and to be able to share the experience with dear colleagues and friends. 


Puttin’ on the ritz at Navy Pier

Magellan has been a longtime supporter of and the remarkable work they do to serve those who serve all of us. Our own Matthew Bell and his wife Monica enjoyed a well-deserved night on the town at the Salute Gala on Navy Pier on September 10, 2023, for which Magellan was a sponsor. Matt served in the Army Reserves for 9 years, has been Magellan's IT Manager for 5 years, and has been an active USO Illinois Board member for three years. We’re proud of our team.


Blue Jean Gala | Roseanne Cash and Mavis Staples

What happens when you mix American music royalty with great friends? A perfect evening at Old Town School of Folk Music. Country star Roseanne Cash already dazzled, but when joined on stage by R&B / Gospel queen and civil rights dynamo Mavis Staples, the evening cemented itself as a musical experience of a lifetime for Magellan attendees.  The OTSFM is a true gem in Chicago’s cultural scene, providing a wide range of music, dance, theater and visual arts courses to people of all ages and abilities.


Magellan's Lunch & Learn

Abby Bruggeman and Becky Reiter channeled their inner Ditka during a company outing to Hallas Hall in November 2022. Staff members enjoyed a buffet lunch in a viewing suite overlooking the practice field. After watching the team work their drills, play-by-play announcer and voice of the Chicago Bears Jeff Joniak held a Q&A for diehard fans. Lynn Tanis, Bob Arthur and Amy Ford each flexed a little sporty knowledge to win Bears gnomes. A great day!


Chicago Sky wraps their 2022 season

It didn't go the way we all had hoped, but Magellan was proud to sponsor the women athletes of Chicago Sky WNBA always, and these powerhouses in particular. After winning the 2021 WNBA Championship, the true-blue fans at Magellan had of course hoped for another trophy for our favorite ball players. Magellan’s commitment to gender equality goes beyond athletic, with a history of civic, educational, and scientific initiatives supported over the years, and we have been longtime sponsors of the Sky.



Fall, football, friends, a visit from Chicago Bears legend and hometown favorite Dick Butkus AND a 23-20 win over the Texans! No better way to spend a Sunday than with our friends from USO Illinois in a beautiful suite at Chicago’s iconic Soldier Field. The USO offers enriching programs to military service members and their families, Magellan is a proud partner of their important work and the alliance has led to true friendship.


Military kid joins WNBA

Just one game under her belt, and military kid Tatiana is already our MVP. As part of our sponsorship with Chicago Sky, Magellan works with our nonprofit partners to identify a young girl for a truly unique opportunity – to sign a one day contract as a Chicago Sky player! Our friends at USO Illinois thought Tatiana, who is the daughter of two military parents, was just the kid for the job. After a presser, practice round with her new teammates, and primo seat on the court, Tatiana got to feel like the star that she is!