MAY 2012 EVENTS
Music Institute of Chicago 82nd Anniversary Gala, 5:30 p.m. May 1, at the Four Seasons Hotel, honors American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. See calendar for complete details.
Updated: May 22, 2012 9:48PM
Facing History and Ourselves 21st annual Chicago Benefit Dinner: 5:30 p.m. May 1, Hyatt Regency Chicago, grand ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago. The dinner highlights Facing History and Ourselves’ work and honors the commitment of their supporters. This year’s dinner, which will serve as the kick-off event for Facing History’s interactive, multimedia exhibit, “Choosing to Participate”, is co-chaired by Greg Case of the Aon Corporation and Jim Reynolds of Loop Capital along with honorary chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Business attire. The event will begin with a reception and cocktails, followed by dinner and a presentation by author of “The Devil in the White City” and “In the Garden of Beasts”, Erik Larson. Tickets are $500; tables start at $5,000. Call (312) 345-3232 or see facinghistory.org.
Music Institute of Chicago 82nd Anniversary Gala: 5:30 p.m. May 1, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago. The Music Institute of Chicago’s annual gala honors composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Chicago arts philanthropist Marilynn Alsdorf. The evening features a reception, dinner and awards. Marilynn Alsdorf will receive the “Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago,” which recognizes individuals who have provided visionary philanthropic and civic leadership for the broad spectrum of arts in Chicago and Illinois, Chaired by Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols. Musical performances throughout the evening will include young musicians from both the Music Institute’s Community School, including the Musical Theater program, and the prestigious Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, many of whom receive financial aid or scholarship support. Ensemble in residence Axiom Brass also will perform. Tickets are $550. Proceeds from this main fundraiser provide the primary source of scholarship and financial aid programs that benefit more than 5,000 students annually at the Music Institute’s eight primary campuses, as well as through its extensive outreach programs in Chicago Public Schools and with community-based nonprofit organizations. Call (847) 448-8327 or visit musicinst.org.
Women’s Board of Adler Planetarium’s 10th annual Women in Space Science Award Celebration: 11 a.m. reception, 11:30 a.m. luncheon and presentaton to Dr. France A. Cordova, May 2, Union League Club, 65 W. Jacksosn Blvd., Chicago. Tickets: $125; RSVP by April 27. Call (312) 322-0523 or e-mail WISS@adlerplanetarium.org.
Glenkirk’s Kickoff Luncheon/Meeting for 15th Annual benefit brunch: 11 a.m. May 2, Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Road, Riverwoods. The committee will start its volunteer work in support of people with developmental disabilities. Thirty five committee members will meet to discuss fundraising opportunities and strategies to build on the continued success of helping people with developmental disabilities. Dan Protess, WTTW is guest speaker. 15th Annual benefit Brunch will take place Oct. 14, 2012 at Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods and will feature a live auction, delectable North Shore home-baked goods and a wide assortment of incredible raffle packages valued at $250-$2,500. Raffle tickets are $20.00 each, three for $50, or our “lucky seven” for $100. Brunch tickets will be $100 each. Monies raised at Glenkirk’s Benefit Brunch are also dedicated to providing economic support to Glenkirk’s financially needy. An Activity Fund has been created to help those without financial support enjoy and participate in community life with classes, sporting events, concerts and community dining. Join us in improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities. For more information about Glenkirk, its programs or the Benefit Brunch, please visit glenkirk.org or call (847) 272-5111.
Merit School of Music “Merit Makes Music Happen” Gala 2012: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner, May 2, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Pl., Chicago. Cocktail attired. Wilmette patron and violinist Howard Gottlieb will be awarded the Distinguished Service to the Arts award. Merit students and alumni will mingle among the nearly 500 Gala guests to share their success stories, and current Merit students will give special ensemble performances throughout the evening. Tickets: $500. Proceeds to directly benefit students enrolling in the 2012-2013 program year. Merit provides high-quality music instruction to nearly 6,000 Chicago students each year, a majority of whom qualify for need-based financial aid and instrument loans. Merit President Duffie Adelson at (312) 267-4460 or firstname.lastname@example.org, meritmusic.org.
Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation’s Chicago Medical Briefing Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. May 2. A panel of bipolar disorder experts will discuss the disorder and answer questions at the Casino, 195 E. Delaware, Chicago. Tickets: $150. Call (888) 944-4408 or visit www.ryanlichtsangbipolarfoundation.org.
NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation’s 16th Annual Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon Living Your Best Life: 10:30 a.m. May 2. This year’s event honors Dr. David P. Winchester at the Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West. Proceeds fund the Living in the Future Cancer Survivorship Program. Tickets are $75. Call (847) 926-5003 or visit northshore.org/mrw.
Kenilworth Union Church’s 12th Annual Outreach Benefit: 6:30 p.m. May 4. Held at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette, 100 percent of the event’s proceeds go directly to the 30+ Outreach programs KUC supports. This year’s benefit will highlight four local agencies: Sarah’s Circle, Casa Central, Youth Organization Umbrella and Family Matters. Tickets are $85. Contact Sarah Hepner with any questions at email@example.com.
A Silver Lining Foundation 3rd annual Benefit: 5:30-8 p.m. May 3, The Redhead Piano Bar, Chicago. At Cabaret for a Cause, enjoy the musical stylings of the legendary Frieda Lee while sipping on a cocktail from the open bar and savoring hors d’oeuvres graciously donated by Café Laguardia. Tickets: $45. Foundation head Dr. Sandy Goldberg has made it her mission to offer cost-free mammograms to every uninsured or underinsured individual affected by cancer. Cabaret for a Cause will fund those free mammograms. (312) 345-1322, asilverliningfoundation.org.
Keshet Benefit: May 3 and 4, Bett’s and B2, 678 Central Avenue,Highland Park. Three Generations Jewelry Show-- Jewelry designed and crafted by mother Elaine Fisher, daughters Marla Gilbert and Randi Heichman and granddaughter Madelyn Gilbert will all be featured. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Keshet. (847) 432-0338.
Wood Family Foundation “Art of Fashion”: May 3, Neiman Marcus Northbrook, 5000 Northbrook Court, Northbrook. Sarah Wood, wife of Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and Executive Director of the Wood Family Foundation (WFF), joins Neiman Marcus Northbrook in showcasing the “Art of Fashion” fashion breakfast to benefit the Wood Family Foundation (WFF). Special guest will be jewelry designer Lana, whose pieces have been worn by celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Chelsea Handler, Rihanna and Eva Longoria. In addition, Neiman Marcus will showcase a variety of looks from many designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Akris, Brunello Cucinelli, Gucci, Fendi, Etro , Michael Kors, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Lela Rose, Stella McCarthy, and Dolce & Gabanna. 9 a.m. breakfast in The Zodiac; 10:30 a.m. fashion show on Neiman Marcus upper floor. Tickets: $75; reservations are limited so please purchase tickets at woodfamilyfoundation.org. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will benefit the Wood Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children’s charities and the causes they support. woodfamilyfoundation.org, (847) 509-6704.
Hellenic Museum Ambrosia Ball/Benefit “From Mt. Olympus to Chicago”: 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner, 9 p.m. Ambrosia After Dark, May 4, Union Station’s Great Hall, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Guests will be transported to an ancient Greek temple surrounded by the gods and indulge in cocktail creations like the Zeustini and the Poseidon’s Punch, as well as decadent food. Guests at this elegant black-tie event can bid on unique travel opportunities, fine art and hand-crafted items, gift baskets and other one-of-a-kind items at the silent auction. Attendees can also take their chances with a raffle, featuring cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Following dinner, the event transforms into Ambrosia After Dark, where the lights dim and the night heats up. Guests will enjoy a special performance from Mihalis Hatzigiannis, one of the most successful Greek recording artists of the decade, and dance to the beats by DJ John Grammatis. Honorary Chair is The Honorable Vassilis Kaskarelis, Ambassador of Greece to the United States. NHM Ambrosia Ball Host Committee from the suburbs includes NHM Board of Trustees members Maria Lampros of Lake Forest and Georgia Mitchell of Northbrook, Chrissy Haralampopoulos of Park Ridge, Teddi Galanis of Glenview, Regina Valsamis of Northbrook, Kathy Kaporis of Skokie and NHM President Stephanie Vlahakis of Winnetka. Tickets are $350; $3,500 for table of ten (includes Ambrosia After Dark). Tickets for the Ambrosia After Dark party only: $150; $1500 per table with reserved premium bottle service for 10 and premium appetizers. See nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call (312)-655-1234. Valet parking is available. Privately managed parking lots are available across the street from Union Station.
The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore (JLE-NS) “Designer Kitchens of the North Shore” Tour/Fundraiser: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 4. A spectacular tour of seven residential kitchens in the villages of Kenilworth, Winnetka, Wilmette, Evanston, and Glencoe. In addition to being inspired by these beautiful spaces, guests will have the opportunity to meet prominent home builders Orren Pickell and Normandy Remodeling, leading kitchen designers Change Design Group and Mark Menna, renowned architect firms R. Scott Javore and Morgante•Wilson, and innovative interior designers Susan Fredman and Sarah Dippold. The tour is also sponsored by Luxe Home, Benvenuti and Stein, Whole Foods Market, and Dippold Real Estate. Tickets are $40 per person in advance or $50 per person the day of the tour. Another highlight of the day is an optional luncheon with guest speaker Karl Sponholtz, finalist on Season 6 of HGTV’s show “Design Star”, and an Associate with R. Scott Javore & Associates. The luncheon will be held at the Winnetka Community House. Luncheon reservations are $15. To purchase tickets or more information about the tour, please log on to , or contact the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore office at or (847)-441-0995.
Alexian Brothers Foundation’s 26th annual Alexian Ball de Fleur “Up, Up and Away”: 6 p.m. to midnight May 5, Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. 6-7:30 p.m. cocktails, silent auction; 8 p.m. opening program and gourmet four-course dinner; 9:30 p.m. Florence LaRue and The Fifth Dimension; 10:30-midnight, dancing with the Nightshift Orchestra. Tickets: $500. All proceeds benefit the opening of the Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence in Elk Grove Village as well as the existing Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health in Arlington Heights and Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry in Chicago and Waukegan. (847) 385-7304. alexianfoundaton.org.
Arthritis Foundation Walk/Fundraiser: May 5. 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. step-off, Adler Memorial Park, 1500 North Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Annual 5K walk (with a one-mile turn around option) to raise funds to fight arthritis and spread the message that regular movement can limit the impact of arthritis. Cost: $10. Gail Stephens, (312) 880-4737.
Barrington Children’s Charities “Run for the Roses Derby Party”: 3-7 p.m. May 5, Millrose Resaurant, 45 S. Barrington Road, South Barrington. Tickets are $85 and include an open bar, food buffet, silent auction and more. Proceeds raised will mostly go toward Blessings in a Backpack – a national program that provides weekend meals for students in a backpack. Barrington Children’s Charities’ donation will go directly toward that program serving District 220 students who qualify for the federal government’s free or reduced lunches. Engraved cocktail classes are available for an additional $80. barringtonchildrenscharities.com.
Les Turner ALS Foundation Tag Days Donation Drives: Weekends throughout May, in nearly 40 communities throughout Chicagoland area. Proceeds will be used to support medical research; the Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center; patient services such as support group meetings and respite grants and educational programs. Liz Melvin, (847) 679-3311, Lmelvin@lesturnerals.org, Lesturnerals.org.
Family Service of Glencoe’s annual benefit, “A Masked Ball Under the Stars”: May 5, Ravinia’s Park View Restaurant, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and dancing. Cocktail attire; masks will be optional! Tickets are $150 each; multiple sponsorship options available. Proceeds will support FSG programs and services. Contact (847) 835-5111 or see familyserviceofglencoe.org/events.html for more information.
Lexi Kazian Foundation Benefit “Horses, Hat & High Stakes”: 12:30-5 p.m., May 5, International Room, Arlington Park Race Course. Hosted by The Junior Woman’s Club of Libertyville. Afternoon features silent auction, high stakes and a lovely luncheon with bar that will include a charity bourbon tasting. Don’t forget to wear your Derby Day Hat! We will have a contest for those wonderful hats as well. The LJWC Chairpersons for this event are Lori Pressley, Sue Rudolphi and Heather Scheuneman. Tickets available through any of the chairpersons and will be sold at the price of $95 through April 30. All proceeds benefit LKF dedicated to improving the comfort and quality of life for children with special needs. Lori Pressley, (847) 816-1123.
Loyola Academy 43rd annual Ramble: 6 p.m. May 5. Tickets: $250. Julie Fischer, Director of Special Events at 847-920-2714 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pass With Flying Colors (PWFC) “College Dreams” Fundraiser: 7 p.m. May 5, Briarwood Country Club, 355 Deerfield Road, Deerfield. PWFC is a non-profit organization providing Chicago students from underserved communities with resources to succeed in college. Event features drinks, dining, desserts, silent auction, raffle and games. Pass With Flying Colors was founded in 2010 by Riverwoods residents, Kenny and Paula Goldman. Tickets: $75. All proceeds will support Chicago high school students in their journey to college success. Erin Drury, Executive Director, at (773) 202-7932 or email@example.com.
“A Toast to Ragdale Fundraiser Celebrating Re-Opening of Ragdale House”: 5:30 p.m. VIP preview; 6:30 p.m. docktials, dinenr, dancing, auction, May 5. Annual fundraising event with ragtime music, roaring 20’s décor, a silent auction and the grand re-opening of the Ragdale House, following a year-long $3 million restoration. Ragdale House, the summer residence of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s artistic family, has been restored to its 1926 condition. The evening benefits the Ragdale Foundation, the non-profit artist residency that has provided artists with time and space to pursue their creative work in an uninterrupted environment for over 30 years. Funds raised at the benefit will support the residencies of writers, visual artists, composers and interdisciplinary artists. Tickets: $275 VIP; $200 individual; valet parking included with VIP ticket; off-site parking with shuttle provided. Flapper and creative black tie dress. For further information, contact (847) 234-1063, firstname.lastname@example.org or see ragdale.org.
Steppenwolf Theatre’s 2012 Gala Benefit: 6:30 p.m. May 5. Featuring cocktails, dinner, a live auction and live entertainment with dancing, the event takes place at the theater, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago. Tickets are $1,000, $10,000-$25,000 for tables. The evening raises funds for the theater’s artistic, educational and community programs. Call (312) 654-5632 or visit steppenwolf.org/gala.
Willow House 10th annual Benefit: 6:30-10:30 p.m. May 5, Westmoreland Country Club, 2601 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette. The 2012 Benefit theme is Cinco de Mayo. Live and silent auctions, authentic Mexican dancers, food, beverages, and other fun events. Tickets: $125. Benefits Willow House, a local non-profit organization that provides support services to children, teens, and families who are grieving the death of a mom, dad, and spouse or a brother, sister and child. For more than 14 years Willow House has been the “go to” program in the greater Chicago area, called upon to help young grieving families, school communities, and others in crisis as they cope with death. Mary Delany, (847) 236-9300. willowhouse.org.
Chicago House 25th annual Spring Brunch/Fashion Show/Fundraiser: noon-3 p.m. May 6, Harold washington Library Center (Winter Garden Ballroom), 400 S. State St., Chicago. Event features a three-course brunchby Jewell Events Catering, 100-item silent auction, flowers for purchase provided by Jayson Home & Garden, Mark Shale fashion show. Tickets: $200 (Garden Seating); $250 (Runway table) Proceeds support the formerly homeless and HIV/AIDS affected men, women and children in Chicago House’s programs. Sharla Nolte, (773) 248-5200, ext. 303, chicagohouse.org.
Child Care Center of Evanston Spring Benefit & Silent Auction: “Reduce...Reuse...Recycle. It’s as easy as A-B-C and 1-2-3,” 5-8 p.m., May 6, Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. A reminder that protecting our environment is a lifetime learning process that can start at a very young age. Evening features good food, cocktails, great silent auction and raffle items, music and more. Grand Raffle Prize Apple IPad 3: $10 ea. or 5 for $40. Tickets: $125. All proceeds benefit the Child Care Center of Evanston. Candy Corr, (847) 864-6872, Ann Rappelt, (847) 869-2680, childcarecenterofevanston.org.
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6, “Beauty Without Boundaries, 1130 Laurel Ave., Winnetka. Explore yew garden rooms each create a different experience and microclimate; a honey locust allée contains tapestry-like plantings of tulips, daffodils, peonies, hosta, and astilbe; an amphitheater is formed by boxwood and crabapple trees; and strategically placed benches make the garden distance accessible. Rain or shine. $5; children 12 and under are free. Supports the expansion of the Open Days Program around the country and helps build awareness of the Garden Conservancy’s work of preserving exceptional American gardens such as the gardens of Alcatraz island in San Francisco, CA, as well as fifteen other preservation projects. opendaysprogram.org. or call (888) 842-2442. Additional Chicago region Open Days are May 20 in Barrington Hills, Bartlett, and Elburn; June 23 in Barrington Hills and Elburn; June 24 in Lake Bluff, Mettawa, and Winnetka; July 22 in Lake Forest and July 29 in West Chicago. These Open Days gardens are featured in the 2012 Open Days Directory; a soft-cover book that includes detailed driving directions and vivid descriptions written by their owners. The directory includes garden listings in nineteen states and costs $21.95 including shipping.
Hadassah Chicago Chapter Celebration Gala: May 6. This dinner raises funds for stem cell research at the Hadassah Medical Organization. Tickets are $125, $75 for those younger than 35. (847) 205-1900, email@example.com, northshore.hadassah.org,
Indo American Heritage Museum and Natya Dance Theatre performance: 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 6, Levy Senior Center, Maple Room, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Flute performance by GS Rajan, an acclaimed Indian flautist, accompanied by Athrey Nadhan, a young Chicago performer. The performance is part of the “Beats of Life, Rhythms of Heritage” series, which is funded by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust with the specific aim of acquainting the broader Chicagoland community with the diverse and ancient cultural heritage of India. FREE; donations welcome
The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE) seventh annual Hat Tea Fundraiser: 3-5 p.m. May 6, Hilton Orrington Hotel, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston. The Hat Tea invokes the roots of the 99 year old organization, which was founded by an all-woman board, and is a wonderful opportunity for multiple generations of daughters and mothers to spend the afternoon together. This year’s Hat Tea celebrates Fairy Princesses and features High Tea at Evanston’s historic Hilton Orrington Hotel, live music, entertainment and crafts, a Tiara decorating station, an on-site salon and more. The Hat Tea will conclude with a Tiara Procession around the Grand Ballroom. Tickets: $50 adult; $40 child and $500 for a reserved table of eight. All proceeds from the event will benefit IWSE’s programs providing high-quality early childhood education and family support services for teen parents and low-income families with young children in the city of Evanston and the surrounding communities. For more information or to register for the hat tea contact Jennifer Riskind at (847) 491-9650 or iwse.org.
The Joffrey Ballet 10th anniversary celebration gala: 6:30 p.m. May 6, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago. The Women’s Board hosts the annual black-tie event featuring a night of cocktails, dinner and dancing, a private program featuring selections from Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater. Along with Joffrey masterpieces of the season, the crowd-favorite Exelon Strobel Touring Troupe will return to the stage. After the performance, guests will make their way to Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago where they will enjoy cocktails and dinner. Following dinner, guests will enjoy an eclectic video of highlights from the past 10 years while the Arpino Angel Award presentation will recognize the producers behind the film, “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance.” For the first time ever, beginning at 9:30 p.m., the Women’s Board has partnered with The Joffrey Ballet’s Junior Auxiliary Board for the post event celebration in the Palmer House’s Empire Room where guests can dance the night away with The Joffrey company dancers. Tickets: $600. For those who would only like to attend the post event party in the Empire Room, tickets are available strictly for that portion of the evening as well. For more information and ticket or donation inquiries, please contact (312) 386-8921 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-chairs are Candace Collins Jordan and Helen Hall Melchior. In honor of the 10-year celebration, the gala has a talented team of co-chairs including Mary Jo Basler, Nancy Gottlieb Bauer, Kate Bensen, Mary Pat Burns, Joan Colmar, Pamella DeVos, Leslie Hindman, Victoria Holdren, Anne Kaplan, Donna LaPietra, Liz Sharp and Jan Melk.
National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter (GIC) Walk MS: May 6, at 11 official sites across Illinois including Glenview, Lake in the Hills and Palatine. Registration for Walk MS 2012 is free and open to individual walkers, teams, volunteers and virtual walkers. Visit walkMSillinois.org or call 1.888.343.1179.
The Wilmette Theatre Inaugural Fundraiser: May 6, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Two performances of the Actors Training Center’s “Spring Awakening: The Musical.” The actors came up with the idea of doing a performance, specifically to raise money for a charity that helps young people deal with the very difficult issues raised in the musical. The charity they chose to help is “To Write Love on her Arms”, or TWLOHA , a national charity for young people in crisis. The shows will also help raise funds for the Actors Training Center Scholarship Fund. A cast and audience talk-back with Chicago psychologist Dr. Steve Julius will begin immediately after the show. 7 p.m., Seats are being sold at tiered benefit levels, of $250, $200, $150, $100 and $50; 4 p.m. benefit performance strictly for those 21 years and younger, no exceptions, $25. wilmettetheatre.com
Community Renewal Society 130th Anniversary Luncheon/Fundraiser: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., May 8, Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., (Grand Ballroom), Chicago. Founded in 1882 to respond to the needs of impoverished communities in Chicago. Online Auction, ending May 7, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., at communityrenewalsociety.dojiggy.com. Winners can pick up their purchases at the luncheon or we can make other arrangements. Honoring retiring Executive Director Rev. Calvin S. Morris, PhD. Tickets: $130 individual; sponsorships available from $300 to $5000. (312) 427-4830, x2000, communityrenewalsociety.org.
North Boundary Hadassah Event: 8:30 p.m. May 8, private home in Northbrook. Musical look at “American Jewish Songwriters” at their final meeting of the season. Songwriters as Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein will be featured. “These men literally made the world sing,” says Joanne Stein, who will present the evening’s entertainment. No fee. (847)675-6790, hadassah.org.
North Shore Congregation Israel (NSCI) Event: 8 p.m. May 8, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. Award winning musical satire group, The Capitol Steps. Tickets at nsci.org or by calling the synagogue office at 847/835-0724. Tickets can be purchased for the performance alone or for an added donation enjoy the performance and stay for a Wine and Dessert reception and mingle with the performers.
St. Jude Four Stars of Chicago Restaurant Extravaganza: 5:45 p.m. May 8, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 East North Water St., Chicago. The Four Stars of Chicago Executive Committee hosts 18th annual benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring Honorary Chairs Jeff and Marianne Silver, founders of Coyote Logistics. Event features a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions of one-of-a-kind packages, and gourmet tastings from Chicago’s top restaurants and chefs for the area’s most prominent civic and corporate leaders in support of St. Jude. Participating restaurants include Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, Coco Pazzo, Lao Beijing Chinese Restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi, Prosecco Ristorante, RA Sushi, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Scoozi!, Shanahan’s, Shula’s Steak House, Trattoria No. 10, Wildfire and Wow Bao. Tickets: $350. Call (773) 784-6704, or visit sjude.org/fourstarschicago.
Chai Hadassah of the North Shore Chapter Fundraiser: 7 p.m., May 9, Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders, Riverwoods. An evening of great comedy with Aaron Freeman, story teller and popular commentator, raffles, silent auction and fabulous desserts. Minimum donation of $36. Proceeds to benefit Medical Research at Hadassah Hospitals. Fundraising Chair is Nola Penn of Skokie. Event Chairs are Myrna Tyson of Riverwoods and Susan Block of Northbrook. Raffle Chair is Lana Lake of Northbrook. Co-Presidents are Elayne Morgan of Northbrook and June Gold of Buffalo Grove. (847) 205-1900, email@example.com, northshore.hadassah.org.
WTTW/WFMT Celebration 2012: 6:30 p.m. (doors open ata 5:30 p.m.) May 9, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. The British Are Coming! One hour performance saluting all things British on WTTW and WFMT starring Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, rock legend Ray Davies from The Kinks, British actor Simon Callow, Chicago Children’s Choir, The Joffrey Ballet, Under the Streetlamp, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and more. Tickets are $50. Individuals, corporations, and foundations wishing to support WTTW and WFMT may reserve individual seats and/or full tables at the Celebration 2012 dinner after the stage performance in the Harris Theater. Contact WTTW/WFMT Development Office at (773) 509-5434, firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from this event will benefit WTTW11 and 98.7WFMT.
Chicago Academy for the Arts’ A Taste for the Arts/30th Anniversary Gala: 6:30 p.m. May 10. This evening of fine performances and cuisine at the Harris Theater and Millennium Park Terrace, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago, will be hosted by Rick and Deann Bayless and Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis, and chaired by Stephen Flach and Chris Fryson with honorary chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It will highlight student and alumni art and performance alongside cuisine from some of Chicago’s hottest chefs. Individual tickets start at $350; tables start at $5,000. Call (312) 421-0202 or visit chicagoartsacademy.org.
Hales Franciscan Donald Hubert Hall of Fame Gala: 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 10, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 E. Wacker Drive., Chicago. HF Alumni Association sponsors. 2012 Inductees are Dr. Marcus Ahmed (‘66) PH.D., Rev. Mario Di Ciccio, O.F.M., Samuel Hall (‘61), Corpus Christi High Scool and Rev. Christian Reuter, O.F.M. Business attire. Tickets: $100; parking $20. Proceeds will provide student scholarships and operational support for Hales Franciscan High School. (312) 859-1478, Halesfranciscan.org.
HIV Center at Northwestern Hospital’s Creating HOPE Art Auction/Fundraiser: 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 10. This fundraising event hosted by HOPE-Chicago supports the Women’s Program at the HIV Center through the silent auction of painted, whimsical ostrich eggs and mixed media art work. It will take place at the Floating Art Gallery, 1925 N. Halsted, Chicago. Contact Beth Rottman at email@example.com or (312) 926-0199 or visit Hope-Chicago.org.
Nehara Hadasah Pampered Chef Happy Hour: 7:30 p.m. May 10, at a member’s home in Kildeer. Taste new food items, learn new recipes, see new products for the kitchen while supporting Hadassah’s on-going projects and medical research at Hadassah Hospitals. Reservation Chair is Devida Braverman of Vernon Hills. Nehara President is Keeley Kossof of Vernon Hills. (847) 205-1900, firstname.lastname@example.org, northshore.hadassah.org
RFL of Barrington “Purple CAN Heal” canned food drive: May 10. Donate cans of food which will anchor our luminaria. Everyone can drop cans of food off at the ICE HOUSE in our village and also purchase a luminaria in honor of their loved ones online at relayforlife.org/barringtonil or at one of the stores. Please visit the stores and 111 Grille for a shopping & dining experience to benefit the RFL on May 10t. The Luminara Ceremony is one of the most meaningful events of the evening and is led by a bagpiper at 10 p.m. to fight back and remember & honor all those affected by cancer. The following day of our June 8th RFL event, the American Cancer Society will pass it forward donating all food to both Cuba & Barrington Food Pantries at a time of the year when food is needed the most.
WTTW Fundraising Luncheon: noon, May 10, The Summit of Uptown, 10 North Summit Avenue Park Ridge. Features WTTW’s Elizabeth Brackett correspondent and substitute host for WTTW 11’s nightly affairs program Chicago Tonight. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the luncheon or stay late for tours of the newly renovated retirement community. Parking is available in the City garage across the street. Tickets: $20; reservations required by May 7, call (847) 825-1161, x. 129. Proceeds of the luncheon will benefit WTTW Channel 11 Public Television.
Child Link’s 8th annual Women’s Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 11, Petterino’s Restaurant ner Randolph and Dearborn, Chicago. Anita Alvarez, Cook County States Atttorney will speak on Human Trafficking. Cost is $45 plate or $100 sponsorship which includes a VIP seating. Benefits the young women in Child Link’s Traditional and Adolescent Foster Care Program as well as those placed in Transitional Living Programs. Contact Amanda Kluszczynski at (312) 377-4735 or see childlink.org.
Goodman Theatre Gala Fundraiser “Le Cabaret Rouge”: 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception; 7:30 p.m. cabaret performance by Laura Benanti. May 11, The Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus, Chicago. Black-tie. The festivities continue with an elegant dinner and dancing to the music of The Bill Pollack Orchestra. Hosted by the Women’s Board. Tickets start at $600. All proceeds benefit the Goodman’s Education and Community Engagement programs. Call Katie Frient at (312) 443-3811 ext. 586. Goodman Women’s Board members Denise Stefan Ginascol and Renee Tyree are the Gala co-Chairs.
Alliance Francaise de Chicago Benefit: May 12: 6:30 p.m. cocktails/hors’doeuvres/silent auction; 8 p.m. dinner; 9 p.m. program hosted by Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra. Black tie. Live auction conducted by Leslie Hindman; dancing to the music of The Stu Hirsch Orchestra Guests of Honor His Excellency Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States; Honorable Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago; Princesse Marie-Blance de Broglie, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule. Tickets: $600 individual; sponsorships $1,000-$25,000. Valet parking. Proceeds benefit Alliance Francaise de Chicago, a not-for-profit French cultural and learning center dedicated to the study of French language, cultural exchange and more. af-chicago.org/gala2012
Friends of Prentice and 900 North Michigan Shops Present “Day For Her”: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 12. An all-day shopping event featuring exclusive offers. A special ticket price of $20 in advance and $30 at the door leads the way to fabulous discounts, activities, treats and raffle prizes. All proceeds from the ticket price will benefit Friends of Prentice, the fundraising board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. The first 75 ticket buyers to purchase their tickets in advance, and the first 25 people to purchase event tickets the day of, will each receive two complimentary passes to an advance screening of LIONSGATE’S “WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING,” on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. promptly at a downtown Chicago theater. Receive an all-day $10 Parking Validation Ticket at the Level 2 Registration Desk. Tickets are available for pre-purchase for $20, and day of event tickets can be purchased at Level 2 at the Registration Desk for $30. For more information, call (312) 915.3916 or see friendsofprentice.org/shop900.
Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care Circle of Care Benefit: 6 p.m. May 12, private club on the magnificent mile. Cocktail attire. Cocktails, dinner and jazz with the Elmhurst College Jazz Band. Tickets are $250; $150 for guests under 40 years of age. Benefits the children’s programs of Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care. (312) 733-2233, horizonhospice.org.
Lake County Haven 20th anniversary fundraiser “The Havenly Night”: 6:30 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. dinner, May 12, Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Road, Riverwoods. Hosted by Women’s Auxiliary. Black tie optional. Tickets are $175. All proceeds go to the Lake County Haven. Co-chairmen are Donna Barnett and Kathy Kilroy Event, both of Libertyville. Raffle, silent and live auction. Contact Jenn or Liz at Lake County Haven for info (847) 680-1703 or see lakecountyhaven.org.
The Women’s Network of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) 28th Annual Forget-Me-Not Brunch and Fashion Show: May 12, The Meadows Club, 2950 W. Golf Road, Rolling Meadows. Proceeds from the fashion show will benefit Bonding with Books, a family literacy program at LSSI’s five Chicago Head Start sites in Humboldt Park, North Austin, Rogers Park, Uptown and West Englewood. From October to May, the program provides one book a month free for approximately 264 preschool children, and during that month, classroom activities are linked to the theme of the book. The program encourages families to read together, and the books build a foundation for a home library. The fashion show will feature clothing from local designers, department stores and specialty shops. Attendees at the event will also have an opportunity to shop at special gift boutiques that feature designer and handcrafted accessories and jewelry. There will also be a raffle for exciting prizes, including an Apple iPad with Vera Bradley cover, $500 in cash and an American Girl Doll package. Tickets are $75 adults; $40 children ages 6-12; advance reservation only. Contact Ed Newton at 847/635-4656 or at Edward.Newton@LSSI.org, LSSI.org.
Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K: May 12, The Park at Lakeshore East (Field Drive and Randolph Streets, Chicago. Funds raised will benefit programs and brain tumor research at Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute. Participation in the race is not required to join or create a fundraising team. Those interested in running must register for the race atchicagospringhalf.com.
Make-A-Wish Illinois “Wish Ball” Fundraiser: 6 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. seated dinner, May 12, University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago. Catered by Blue Plate. Actor and comedian David Spade will be the special guest entertainer and television anchor and co-host Billy Bush will be the emcee. Evening will include celebrity entertainment, live and silent auctions, tastings from notable Chicago restaurants, a seated dinner and dancing. Guests at the event will also hear moving remarks from a local wish family and have the opportunity to meet a few children who will serve as Wish Ambassadors for the evening. Tickets: $500 person. wishes.org, (312) 602-WISH.
Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter “Care Affair” fundraiser: 6:30 p.m. May 12, Hotel Orrington in Evanston, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston. Organized by the Service Board of Midwest CareCenter, this celebratory event will feature entertainment from City Lights Orchestra, great food, live and silent auction items and awards. he night will include a special presentation of the Midwest CareCenter 2012 Community Service Awardees where long-time supporters Fran Reynolds and the Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation will be honored. Tickets are $225; cocktail attire. Proceeds support comprehensive palliative and hospice care and support the more than 3,500 patients and their families Midwest CareCenter cares for each year who are facing emotional and physical challenges at the end of life and CampCare, the organization’s grief support camp for children and teens. For more information, see carecenter.org/careaffair or contact Linda Rockwell at (847) 556-1778. Tickets: $225/each. Cocktail attire.
Ravinia Festival Music Matters 2012: 6:30 p.m. May 12. Sponsored by the Ravinia Associates, a volunteer group of young business professionals and community leaders, features dinner, a raffle, dancing, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions. All proceeds from Music Matters benefit Ravinia Festival and its Reach*Teach*Play education programs. This year the event will honor the Ravinia Festival Women’s Board in honor of its 50th anniversary. Music Matters will take place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus, Chicago. Tickets are $225 per person and an early bird table of 10 is $2,000. Call (847) 266-5089, e-mail email@example.com or visit ravinia.org/MusicMatters.aspx.
Victory Gardens Theater 22nd Annual Chicago Stories Benefit: 6 p.m. May 12, Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Honors Board of Directors President Jeffrey C. Rappin and Trustee Victor Fonseca. The evening will include unique performances by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune and WGN, the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Louder Than a Bomb Kevin Coval, playwright Luis Alfaro, the Victory Gardens Theater Conservatory Poets. The unique world premiere productions are performed as part of a gala evening, which includes live and silent auctions, cocktails and a three-course gourmet dinner. The co-chairs are Board member Stephanie Pendexter, Board member Anne Marie Peretz and Mark Yee. Tickets are $350; sposorships available. Individual tickets to Chicago Stories are $350 each. Individual sponsor tickets are available for $1000 and table sponsorships start at $5000. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Chicago Stories Gala allows Victory Gardens Theater to continue its mission of nurturing and producing dynamic new plays, engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools bringing art and culture to our city’s student population through arts education. Contact Victory Gardens Development Manager Brittany Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (773).328.2146.
Women’s Board of The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Medicine Ball “Return to Old Havana”: 6:30 p.m.-midnight May 12, Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior St., Chicago. Black tie event features a tequila tasting bar, gourmet dinner, music and dancing to the 911 Mambo Orchestra. Tickets: $600. After-dinner drinks, dessertand dancing starting at 10 p.m. on the 6th floor, $150. Call (312) 238-6023 or see ric.org.
Men’s Club of Congregation Beth Judea Annual Mother’s Day Lox Box Sale/Fundraiser for Mother’s Day: May 13. Start Mother’s Day off with a special breakfast or brunch that includes 1/2 pound of premium lox (Nova or Regular) and all the accoutrements: cream cheese, fresh produce, along with reshly baked kosher bagels. Orange juice will be the drink of choice and rounding off the meal will be a delicious breakfast cake. Your Lox Box will also contain multiple ‘chotchkies’. Lox Boxes may be picked up at Beth Judea on Sunday, May 13 between 8 and 11 a.m. or the Men’s Club will be happy to deliver them to locations within a reasonable distance. All orders need to be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 7. Pricing: Single Lox Box $27; Two Lox Boxes $50; One Lox Box for you and one for the ARK $44; One for the Ark $25. Payment may be made by check (payable to the Beth Judea Men’s Club) or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). The ARK is an organization which provides free social and medical services to help distressed members of our Chicagoland Jewish family return to self-sufficiency. Congregation Beth Judea is located on IL Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. For further information, please contact the synagogue office at (847) 634-0777 ext. 115, order by fax at (847) 634-8055, or order online at http://www/cbjcart.org. Chairman of the Lox Box Sale is David Granoff.
Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) Chicago Spring Luncheon: noon-2 p.m. May 14, Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. FAI will be presenting an award to noted chef Gale Gand and guests will enjoy a keynote address from writer Mark Bittman of the New York Times. Luncheon co-chairmen are Denise Bunning, Lake Forest; Linda Levinson Friend, Chicago and Cari Sacks, Highland Park. Tickets: $200. Proceeds will benefit FAI and provide information about their work and about the larger field of food allergies. Call (224) 544-5180, or email@example.com.
League of Chicago Theatres Gala/Benefit: 5:30 p.m. May 14, Burnham Ballroom, JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams. Black tie optional. Co-chairs Les Coney, Exec VP Mesirow Financial and Kate Lipuma, Exec. Dire. Writers’ Theatre. Event features a cocktail receptin, elegant seated dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment by “The Doyle and Debbie Show”. Honoring Nathan Lane, Brian Dennehy and Charles Newell. Tickets: $300. Raffle tickets are $25 each; 3 for $50, or 10 for $100. RSVP by May 7. (312) 554-9800. ChicagoPlays.com.
Henrietta Szold Hadassah Pasta Dinner and Installation of officers: 7 p.m. May 15, The Woodlands Club House on Willow Parkway in Buffalo Grove. Reservations required. Reservation Chair is Jan Mosoff of Buffalo Grove. President is Risa Kleban of Lake Zurich. Hadassah North Shore office (847) 205-1900, firstname.lastname@example.org, northshore.hadassah.org.
Business & Professional Hadassah annual Game Day Luncheon: noon, May 16, Coramandel Club House, 375 Kelburn Rd., Deerfield. Tickets are $20 benefiting the on going research in Juvenile Diabetes at Hadassah Hospital. Reservation Chair is Rose Wolf of Highland Park. President is Gwen Packard of Highland Park. Hadassah North Shore office, (847) 205-1900, email@example.com, northshore.hadassah.org.
Highland Park Hadassah Installation of Officers/Program: 11:30 a.m. May 16, Lovell’s of Lake Forest, 915 Waukegan Rd. Musical program by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Duo, raffle and more. Program Vice Presidents are Maxine Simon and Edith Turner of Highland Park. Reservations will be taken by Beverly Grossman of Northbrook. President is Sally Stiefel of Highland Park. Cost is $36. Hadassah North Shore at (847) 205-1900, firstname.lastname@example.org, northshore.hadassah.org.
Morton Grove Hadassah Installation of Officers/Lunch: 11:30 a.m. May 16, Chateau Ritz, 9100 N. Milwaukee, Niles, Vocalist Shirley Todd and pianist Gail Manurten will present a program of Jewish and popular American music blending the old world feel with the present day. Tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit Hadassah’s on-going projects and medical research at Hadassah Hospitals. Reservation Chair is Beverly Silverman. President is Mona Dubin of Northbrook. (847) 205-1900, email@example.com, northshore.hadassah.org.
The North Suburban YMCA’s 6th Annual Ken and Alta Thiel Strong Kids Fundraiser dinner: 5:30-9 p.m. May 16, Allgauers Restaurant at the Hilton Northbrook, 2855 North Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook. Event features cocktais, delicious food, live music, live and silent auctions, games and surprises. This year’s dinner will give special recognition to First Bank of Highland Park (“FBHP”), the recipient for this year’s Thiel Award for Leadership and Social Responsibility. FBHP was selected as this year’s honoree because of its long history of leadership and commitment to the Y as well as other vital community organizations within Lake and Cook counties. Tickets are $125. Proceeds support the Y’s Strong Kids Fund, enabling families in financial need to participate in the YMCA’s many programs and services. Contact Tara Bilsy, firstname.lastname@example.org or see nsymca.org.
Chicago a cappella Benefit Concert “Come Together”: 7 p.m. May 17, Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard St., Chicago. Music from the John Lennon and Paul McCartney songbook will be featured. Special guest emcee Terri Hemmert. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wines, and desserts, as well as a silent auction and raffle. Tribute Award to John Vorrasi, Artistic & Executive Director of the William Ferris Chorale and Friend of the Year Award to The Arts & Business Council of Chicago with special recognition to Joan Gunzberg, former Executive Director. Tickets are $100. All proceeds will benefit the educational and artistic work of Chicago a cappella. For reservations and information, see chicagoacappella.org or call 773) 281-7820.
Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Group of Hadassah North Shore Chapter closing luncheon: 11:30 a.m. May 17, Wildfire Restaurant, 1300 Patriot Drive in the Glen, Glenview. Honors Board Officers of 2012. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Lester Frazin, presenting the program “How the Jews Won the West”. Cost is $36. Reservation chair is Arlene Doblin of Winnetka. Co- Presidents are Leona Swirsky of Glencoe and Marcia Weiland of Northbrook. Hadassah North Shore office, (847) 205-1900, email@example.com, northshore.hadassah.org.
Mission Hills Hadassah Installation Brunch: 10:30 a.m. May 17, Mission Hills Country Club, 1677 Mission Hills Dr., Northbrook. Musical Variety Entertainer, Alex Talbott will present a program of popular music and medleys of Frank Sinatra songs. Cost is $35 benefiting Medical research at Hadassah Hospitals. Program Vice-Presidents are Ruth Arkiss, Fern Malinick and Elaine Samsky of Northbrook. President is Celia Lustig of Northbrook. (847) 205-1900, firstname.lastname@example.org, northshore.hadassah.org.
Preston Bradley Center Fundraiser: 8 p.m. May 17, Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago. Renee Baker, composer, conductor, violinist and her Chicago Modern Orchestra Project will headline. Free parking will be available at Uplift High School on the North side of the W. Eastwood cul de sac (entered from Sheridan Road). There is another lot which is entered directly from Wilson on the North side, west of Sheridan. After 10:30 p.m., tow trucks will be operating in the lots. In addition, unlimited discount parking ($5) will be available in the Weiss Hospital parking structure on Clarendon, 2 blocks south of Lawrence. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained at BrownPaperTickets.com/event/243034. Proceeds go toward renovationg the Preston Bradley Auditorium to include ADA lfits and restroom facilities on its main floor. (312) 735-2123.
Friends of Youth Services huge KIDZ rummage sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 and May 19, 1825 Glenview Road (vacant Glenview State Bank building east of Glenview House). Baby, kids and teen items, toys; clothes; baby equipment (strollers, exersaucers, swings, etc); furniture; sporting goods (bikes, skates,etc); games and books/CDs/DVDs will be available for purchase. Volunteers are needed during donation collection and sale – signup for shifts can be done at http://volunteersignup.org/HPRD8. All proceeds go to Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook. Donation drop-off collections are as follows: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-8 p.m. May 15 and May 16. Contact Anne Pillion at email@example.com or Beth Kirk Malecki at firstname.lastname@example.org, All proceeds go to Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.
Shaw Chicago 2012 Beneit Performance: 7 p.m. May 18, Ruth Page Theater. 1016 North Dearborn Street, Chicago.”Dear Liar” by Jerone Kilty, a comedy based on letters between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Richard Henzel will portray Bernard Shaw and Kate Young will portray Mrs. Patrick Campbell. The benefit evening supports the operations of ShawChicago, a not-for-profit theater company which presents the works of Shaw and his contemporaries. The evening includes a wine and… Show more hor d’oeuvers reception during intermission. $55 sponsor; $110 angel; tickets available at (312) 587-7390.
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Des Plaines Luncheon Fundraiser: May 19, Park Ridge Country Club, 636 North Prospect Avenue Park Ridge. Sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society Orthodox Church in Des Plaines. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Heifer International Project and to their many philanthropic charitable endeavors. Call Sophie Toulon at (847) 698-3396 for additional information.
SASI’s Celebrating Experience: A Gallery of Art by Older Adults: 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 18. This is a free reception for exhibit painters in Suite 200 at 1123 Emerson in Evanston. Twenty percent of art sales go to SASI, Services for Adults Staying in Their Home. Call (847) 864-7274 or visit sasiathome.org.
Women’s Board of Catholic Charities of Lake County’s annual Art of Caring - Changing Lives Benefit: 6:30 p.m. to midnight May 19, Knollwood Country Club, 1890 Knollwood Road, Lake Forest. Event featureslive music, appetizers, wine, dinner, live and silent auctions with featured packages, a wine pull and a grand raffle drawing for a chance to pick from three amazing prizes. The event is cocktail attire. Tickets are $165.00; raffle tickets are $100 or 3 for $250. Proceeds support the needy of Lake County through services offered by Catholic Charities such as housing, employment, food pantry, counseling, families of abuse/neglect and emergency assistance. Contact Mary Ellen Mason, Catholic Charities at (847) 782-4115.
Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. fifth annual Campfire Ball/Fundraiser: 7-11 p.m., May 19, Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St., Chicago. All ofyour favorite camp treats will be served with gourmet twists on ‘smores, grilled cheese and hot dogs created by Cork Catering with generous donations from Hub 51 and Theory; top shelf bar including spiked bug juice served up by local celebrity bartenders; DJ Phiction; Digital Photobooth, silent auction, wine raffle. The event is chaired by Rachel Drescher, Jordan Izsak and Michelle Weiler. Tickets: $85 advance; $100 door. Proceeds benefit the One Step At A Time programs, which provide camp experiences and educational opportunities that allow children with cancer to just be kids. See onestepcamp.org/events/campfire-ball-2012.php or call (312) 235-6836.
GLASA’s The Big “Parrothead” Night Annual Funraiser: 6-10 p.m. May 19. Held under at tent at the Lake Bluff Golf Club, 355 W. Washington, Lake Bluff. Evening features Jimmy Buffet-style music (musical stylings of the Parrot Troupers) dinner and silent and live auctions. Co-chairmen are Marilyn Wieland, Louise Brearton and Holly Kyle, all of Lake Forest. Tickets: $75 person; $600 for table of 8. Casual Caribbean attire. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, which provides sports and recreation for children and adults with physical or visual disabilities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Call (847) 283-0908 or visit glasa.org.
Trio Animal Foundation 2nd annual Rockin’ for Rescue: 7:30 p.m. May 19, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Event will feature live music by Dr. Bombay, and the tween all-girl rock group Purple Apple, currently recording a new EP; open bar and gourmet food by All on the Road Catering and local celebrity chef, Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s, raffle items “doggie” bags and more. Alpana Singh emcees. Tickets are $200 for VIP tickets; $100, includes gourmet appetizers, dinner, dessert and late night snacks and an open bar serving cocktails, beer and wine; specialty prices are available when bought in couples ($180) or tables of 10 ($900). All proceeds benefit TAF and its missions to provide medical care for homeless pets. Call Jill Cahr (312) 550-0092, email@example.com or trioanimalfoundation.org.
YouthBuild Lake County (YBLC) “A Night of Dessert Stars” Benefit: 7-10 p.m., May 19, Hyatt Deerfield (Lake Cook and 294). YBLC is bringing top Chicago area pastry chefs together with Food Network star Duff Goldman to benefit YouthBuild Lake County, a non-profit dedicated to helping young people achieve their dreams through education and job training. It promises to be a fantasy night of fun and desserts created by these super chefs and judged by the “Ace” himself. Tickets are $150. Attendees will meet the chefs and taste their creations; bid on some great Silent Auction items, enjoy appetizers and beverages and have their picture taken with Duff Goldman. Lexi Zerivitz at LZerivitz@youthbuildlakecounty.org or (847) 473-3483, youthbuildlakecounty.org.
Almost Home Foundation first annual “Best in Show” Fashion Show/Fundraiser: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 20, The Stonegate, 2401 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Afternoon includes lunch, champagne punch, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and the Almost Home Foundation’s First Annual “Best in Show” fashion show. The fashion show will feature models from our volunteers and members, along with some of our “Top Dogs,” strutting the catwalk in the latest spring fashion trends for women from local boutiques and Chicago designers. Guests can see the latest color palettes and on-trend styles from weekend casual to date night dressy. Tickets are $40; $350 for a table of 10; $50 at the door. All proceeds will benefit our dogs and cats that are in need of extra medical attention or surgery. AHF is dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and dogs from Elk Grove Village, Addison, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Barrington, Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Inverness, Wood Dale and it’s surrounding areas. RSVP to almosthomefoundation.org by May 6, 2012
Cancer Wellness Center Stepping Up to Wellness 5K Walk/Run: 8 a.m. May 20. This fun run/walk at Independence Grove in Libertyville raises funds for the Wellness Center also includes a one-mile family walk. Registration is $30 in advance, $35 day of the event; $10 in advance and $15 day of for the family walk. Call Breanne Finkelberg at (847) 509-9595, e-mail Bfinkelberg@cancerwellness.org or visit cancerwellness.org.
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 20. Explore four private gardens in Barrington Hills, Bartlett, and Elburn, open for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Special highlights in the gardens include a magnificent spiral staircase winding up an old hickory tree, European-style perennial gardens, elegant custom gates, landscaped ponds and waterfalls, as well as wind sculptures and other art objects complementing the plantings. Visitors may begin at any of the following locations: Garden of Thomas & Lisa Hirdes, 296 Donlea Road, Barrington Hills; A Park Place, 20 Braeburn Lane, Barrington Hills; Garden of Ted & Gidget Nyquist, 29W520 Schick Road, Bartlett; or Hummer Haven, 43W712 Willow Creek Drive, Elburn. Cost: $5 per garden; children 12 & under free. See opendaysprogram.org or call The Garden Conservancy toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.
The Music Theatre Company’s 2012 Gala “A Mod Musical Evening”: 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 20, Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Celebrates the Musical Evolution of the ‘60s. Features retro music theatre performances by local Chicago talent and a special appearance by Dr. Mark and the Sutures, a Beatles cover band that has been entertaining local audiences with 60’s-era tunes for the past 25 years. Highland Park resident Dr. Mark Nolan Hill will be honored with the 2012 TMTC Visionary Award for his commitment to The Arts in Highland Park. Highland Park Mayor Nancy R. Rotering will be serving as Honorary Chair and will also be honored for fostering The Arts in Highland Park. The evening will be catered by Whole Foods Market of Deerfield, with wines sponsored by Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Both a silent auction and a raffle including cash prizes will be featured. “Mod 1960’s cocktail attire is encouraged!” states Peggy Hayner, TMTC’s board president and gala co-chair, along with Roberta Seedman of Highland Park. Tickets are $75. See themusictheatrecompany.org or call (847) 579-4900.
The Preeclampsia Foundation eighth annual walk “The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia and 5K Run”: May 20, Busse Woods, Grove 5-16 (SW Corner of Arlington Heights Rd. and Higgins Rd.), Elk Grove Village. 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. walk and 5K run; 10-10:30 a.m. post-walk/run program; 11 a.m. Family Fun Feset with chilren’s activities. Cost: $25 adults; $10 children; registration includes a t-shirt. Online registration is available at www.promisewalk.org. Funds raised support innovative research, drive patient education, improve healthcare practices and raise crucial public awareness about this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy.
Wellness Place third annual Community Cancer 1 Mile Walk and 5KRun: May 20, The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 West Higgins Road South Barrington, 847) 426-6200. Event activities include a 1 Mile Walk and 5K Run followed by a balloon release celebration of survivors and those touched by cancer. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; opening ceremony at 9 a.m. For information about registration and sponsor opportunities please call LeeAnn Atwood at (847) 221-2400 or go see.
Buffalo Grove Afternoon Hadassah Installation of 2012-2013 Officers: noon, May 21, Buffalo Restaurant, 1180 Lake Cook Rd., Buffalo Grove. This meeting to meet and greet friends is $10. Reservations required. Event Chairperson is Evelyn Kamikow and Carol Schechter of Buffalo Grove For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at 847-205-1900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see us on the web at www.northshore.hadassah.org
Ravinia Festival Reach for the Stars Golf Outing: May 21. Ravinia’s Board of Trustees presents its 13th annual golf event benefiting the festival’s Rearch*Teach*Play education programs. The event includes lunch, a golf tournament and cocktail/dinner reception with a live auction at the Green Acres Country Club, 916 Dundee Road in Northbrook. Hole sponsorships begin at $5,000. For reservations, sponsorship or more information, call (847) 266-5020, e-mail email@example.com or visit ravinia.org/GolfOuting.aspx.
The Aviva / Lilah Hadassah of the North Shore Chapter Installation of Officers Dinner: 7 p.m. May 23 at the Valley Lo Club, 2200 Tanglewood Drive, Glenview. Cost is $24. Program Vice President is Elaine Silver of Deerfield. President is Deanna Jacobson of Glenview. Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, firstname.lastname@example.org, northshore.hadassah.org.
Wilmette Hadassah Annual Fashion Show/Installation of Officers: noon, May 23, Highland Park Country Club. Fashions by Foxes, modeled by members. Open to all. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: email@example.com or see northshore.hadassah.org.
GLASA’s 11th Annual Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23-24. Sales at the Gorton Community Center benefit the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association. Call (847) 283-0908 or visit glasa.org.
Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) Benefit Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. doors open, noon luncheon, May 23, The Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Honoring Bette Cerf Hill and Bruce Sagan. Tickets $175. Sponsorships from $750 to $25,000. All funds raised will help IHC create new opportunities for lifelong learning, civic reflection and community enrichment. prairie.org/pha, Monika Collins, (312) 422-5580.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Barrington “Ladies Night Out!” 4:30-8:30 p.m. May 24, Francesca’s Restaurant of Barrington, 100 East Station Street, Barrington. Informal Fashion Show of community residents modeling latest fashion clothing trend; Relay For Life Paper Dresses Made by Barrington High School Students on display and cakes entered for Relay For Life Cake Decorating Contest. Evening will consist of a cash bar and complimentary appetizers from Francesca’s. There will be a boutique assortment of jewelry, fashion accessories, beautiful clothing, and fine custom stationary and additional merchandise. A percentage of proceeds will be donated back to American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Barrington. No cover or ticket charge. For more information, call Fashion Event Coordinator Eleanor Sweet McDonnell at (847) 304-4500.
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired “Seeing What’s Possible” Annual Benefit Dinner: 5:30 p.m., May 24, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. Tickets: $350, $500 each; sponsorships from $1,000 to $25,000. Special appearance by Jeffrey Owen Hanson, an 18 year-old artist who is visually impaired and whose paintings will be featured in the live auction. Richard M. Daley,former Mayor of Chicago, keynote speaker. Proceeds will benefit the 28 programs and services of The Chicago Lighthouse that provide people who are blind or visually impaired with education, rehabilitation, employment and clinical care. (312) 997-3679, chicagolighthouse.org.
Glencoe/Northbrook/Winnetka Group of Hadassah North Shore Chapter Trip: 10 a.m. May 24. Meet at the Chicago Botanical Gardens to see the spring plantings. After touring the gardens the group will meet in the dinning area for lunch on your own at 11:45 am. On Thursday, October 4 they will return to see how the fall weather changes the colors of the season. Event Chairperson is Harriet Goldberg of Northbrook. Co-Presidents are Leona Swirsky of Glencoe and Marcia Weiland of Northbrook. Hadassah North Shore office, (847) 205-1900, firstname.lastname@example.org, northshore.hadassah.org.
North Shore Senior Center’s Super Senior Day: May 24. Takes place at the Arthur C. Nielsen Jr. Campus, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield. Call (847) 784-6000 or visit nssc.org.
“Swingtime at the Ponds” Free Community Event/Fundraiser: 6:30-8 p.m. May 24, The Ponds of Wealshire, 170 Jamestown Lane, Lincolnshire. A fun community event open to all ages with dancing to music through the ages provided by A-Z Entertainment, Ltd. and demonstrations from Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Jennifer Bebinger of Vernon Hills is the chairman. Attendees will also enjoy a catered buffet and participate in the chance to win raffle prizes from nearly 15 local establishments – including an overnight weekend stay at the Westin Hotel, a $100 gift certificate to Lovell’s’ of Lake Forest, accessories from Coach and Vera Bradley, and numerous others. Free admission. Raffle tickets available in advance for $1 tcket or $5 for 6. RSVP by May 17 to (224) 543-7070. This gala is created and hosted by The Ponds – a premier, family-owned assisted living residence located in the North Shore suburbs – and The Wealshire, which offers short-term rehabilitation and Medicare services, all levels of skilled nursing for Alzheimer’s, dementia and non-dementia residents, and special care programs for individuals with Parkinson’s. Proceeds Benefit the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge. For more information and/or directions, visit wealshireponds.com.
1st Annual Charity Ride and Fundraiser for the Melanoma Muskies: May 27 (rain or shine). Ride begins and ends at Lee Street Sports Bar, 1122 Lee Street, Des Plaines. Registration, 10 a.m., first bikes out 11 a.m.. $20 per bike or cage - 1 free drink ticket, hot dogs and chips (while they last), raffe prizes, 50/50, live music by Free Force. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer society in the names of the Melanoma Muskies on behalf of Sons of Armageddon-Arrow Knot Chapter. sonsofarmaggeddon.com.
Ballet Chicago “From Port to Pointe” 25th anniversary celebration/fundraiser cruise: 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 31, Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:30-9:30 p.m., Ft. Dearborn Private Charter, North Pier Docks at River East Center, 465 N. McClurg Court Chicago. Honorees are Daniel Duell & Patricia Blair. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, city lights. Tickets are $175; RSVP by May 14. See balletchicago.org. or call (312)251-8838.
Have a philanthropic cause or event? Send a notice to Trend’s Editorial Assistant, Deborah Hoppe. Her e-mail is email@example.com. She edits the information and includes it in our Save the Date calendar.
The full version appears online, while a heavily-edited calendar appears in print on the last Thursday of the month.
From calendar items and invitations (by mail or e-mail) I decide which events to cover. [Full disclosure: I like fashion, so I hit more fashion shows and shopping events than galas] Sometimes I assign Trend columnists to various events, but many times, they receive their own invitations.
Since there are more events on the social calendar than we can possibly attend, chairwomen need to provide a post-event press release and high-resolution photographs (with full names and hometowns) of guests. Please include your photographer’s name so we can give proper credit.
We no longer assign photographers to events we don’t cover. Many guests have cameras on their cell phones, and we’re happy to accept those images. — Meg Moore