FEBRUARY 2013 EVENTS
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s 6th Annual Be My Valentine Family Event: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago Hotel, 160 East Pearson St. Features family brunch buffet, Valentine’s activities for children, a performance by actors for th
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Gino’s East celebrates the true meaning of it this Valentine’s Day with “The Giving Heart” Through February. For every deep-dish, heart-shaped cheese pizza purchased, a portion of proceeds will go to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Heart-shaped pizzas are $10, and are packaged frozen for carry-out only. Participating Gino’s East restaurants are 162. E. Superior St, and 633 N. Wells St., both in Chicago; 352 Kelsey Rd, Lake Barrington, and 820 S. Milwaukee in Libertyville. GinosEast.com.
Horizons for Youth Fundraiser: “On Cloud Nine”, 7 p.m. Feb. 2, River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago. Event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live band, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets: $125-$140. Proceeds provide K-12 scholarships, mentoring and a unique community of support from low-resource areas of Chicago. horizons-for-youth.org.
The Junior Council of Lurie Children’s Fundraiser: “25th annual Snowball”, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Feb. 2, Union Station Great Hall, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Black tie gala for young professionals. Event includes tastings from several Chicago restaurant favorites, live music, open bar, a silent auction and much more! Tickets $135 per person. Benefits the pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS programs at Lurie Children’s Hospital. juniorcouncil.org/snowall.
Literature for All of Us Benefit: “Wordplay: A Night of Chance”, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Intercontinental Hotel, 505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Evening of work games, cocktails and gourmet eats has a casino-chic dress code and benefits, which brings the rewards of reading and writing to teen parents and young people in underserved neighborhoods through book group discussions. literatureforallofus.org.
Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation Fundraiser: “Crystal Heart Ball”, Feb. 2., Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Tickets: $300. See lcmhfoundatdion.org/events
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian annual benefit: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Feb. 2, Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. The “Native Dance Party” benefit will begin with a reception featuring Native American flute music; Oneida and Ojibwe powwow dancers from Wisconsin will perform. Admission, which is open to the public, includes a buffet dinner, beer, wine, and soft drinks, a silent auction and raffle. Individual tickets: $120; tables 8-10 guests, $100 per person. Members of the Mitchell Museum’s benefit committee are Will Linder, Pat Lischke, Glennis Lundberg, Kathleen McDonald, Sue Salisbury, Trimmy Stamell, and Cheryl Wollin of Evanston; Beth Lent of Glenview, Barbara Novick of Morton Grove Ivan Berk of Wilmette. Mitchell Museum at (847) 475-1030 or email email@example.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Annual Fundraising Benefit: Engineering artEdge, 7-11 p.m., Feb. 2. Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Warehouse, 1747 W. Hubbard St., Chicago. The evening will commence with a cocktail reception, followed by a unique food presentation. In line with the industrialized theme, dinner will be served via moving conveyor belts. Evening will feature surprise live performances curated by Peter Taub, Director of Performance Programs, at the MCA. Following dinner, guests will be escorted downstairs for a special concert performance by indie pop group Fitz and The Tantrums followed by a dessert bar and VIP Rubber Bar. Tickets: $1,000 individual (includes the cocktail reception, dinner, dessert reception and concert performance); table packages begin at $15,000; $150 (concert tickets and include the dessert reception, open bar and concert performance). mcachicago.org/artEdge, (312) 397.3868.
Thodos Dance Chicago 21st Anniversary Gala 21 Club and Benefit: 6 p.m. Feb. 2, Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph St., and Michigan Ave., Chicago. Honorary co-chairs are Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star and Thodos Dance Chicago guest artist Gary Chryst. Evening includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, a wine roulette wheel, plus dancing to the music of Swing Assembly. Also a performance by the Thodos Dance Chicago Youth Ensemble, and an exclusive sneak peek of Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos’ newest collaboration, A Light in the Dark, the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. Suggested dress is Black and White Cocktail. Tickets to 21 Club are $275. Tables of 10 are $2,500. thodosdancechicago.org, (312) 266-6255.
University OF Chicago Cancer Research Foundation (UCCRFAB) Gala Benefit: “Light The Way To A Cure”, Feb. 2, Michigan Shores, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette. Chairmen are Julie Sullivan, Wilmette and Magda Springuel, Kenilworth. Event features Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing to “Out of Control”, Silent Auction, Live Auction and 3 Raffle prizes (3 for $50 tickets). Tickets are $220. All proceeds will go toward supporting Drs. Jill deJong, Peter H. O’Donnell and Michael Spiotto who are working on research with speciailities in pediatric; bladder, prostate, kidney and testicular and head and neck cancers. uccrfab.org.
Clearbrook Celebrates Eight Divas of the Silverscreen Benefit: “Heart of Glenview”, 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 4, Regal Stadium Glen 10 Theater, 1850 Tower Road, Glenview. Guests will be treated to live entertainment, delicious tastings from 40 local restaurants and clips of stunning performances by the divas themselves. Tickets: $40; raffle $10. Sarah Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org, (847) 385-5009, clearbrook.org.
Goodman Theatre’s annual auction & fundraiser: “Fame, Fantasy, Food Adventure Auction”, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4, The Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior St., Chicago. Leslie Hindman and Robert Clifford host. Tickets: $100. Funds raised support Goodman productions and education programs. goodmantheatre.org
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 6. Party on the Parkway: A progressive dinner, silent auction, home and party show hosted by the businesses in Willow Festival Shopping Center, Northbrook. Registration at Sears Fitness Centers (840 Willow Rd #B). Stops include Ted’s Montana Grill, Relax the Back (840 Willow Rd #F), Mario’s Mondo Cafe, Wag’s On Willow (840 Willow Rd # J), Whole Foods Market Northbrook (840 Willow Rd #M) while listening to the NSO, Art Post Gallery (984 Willow Rd #G), Quintessence Fine Paper and Gifts , Pinstripes Bowling Bocce and Bistro, Suggested charity donation $25 - 100% of the monies raised will go to the NSO. Reservations recommended call or text 847-903-0793; TheNSO.org for updated information.
The Women’s Board of Catholic Charities of Lake County Kick Off Luncheon to the Art of Caring Gala: 11 a.m. Feb. 6, 300 North Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. Guest speaker will be Connie Duckworth, former Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs; Social Entrepreneur of ARZU. an organization to empower destitute women in rural Afghanistan. Tickets: $60.00 each with raffle ticket prices at $20.00 each or 3 for $50.00. Connie Evans, Catholic Charities of Lake County, at (847) 782-4119.
Adler Planetarium Women’s Board 10th Anniversary Celebration: 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception; 6:30 p.m. program, Feb. 7, Adler Planetarium, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, John Estey, chairman of the board and the Adler Planetarium’s new President, Dr. Michelle Larson, will host the special celebration. Dava Sobel, New York Times best-selling author of Galileo’s Daughter, will be the honored guest and featured speaker. Event co-chairs include Mihra Seta (Lincolnwood) and Linda Gerstman (Winnetka). Sara Rebmann at (312) 322-0523 or email@example.com; adlerplanetarium.org/about/womensboard.
Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. Charity Poker Championship: 8th annual, Feb. 7, River East Art Center. 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago (One block west of Lake Shore Drive). Dan Bernstein from WSCR “The Score” AM 670 and a board member of the nonprofit returns as emcee for this No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. Players of all skill levels will compete for more than $15,000 in prizes including the coveted grand prize to compete at 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas (a $10,000 value) and other prizes. So go “all-in” to help Children’s Oncology Services’ One Step At A Time programs, which offer camp experiences and educational programs that allow children with cancer to enjoy just being kids again. Not a card shark? Don’t worry! Enjoy the open bar and buffet provide by Marcello’s Father & Son Restaurant. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m.; tournament at 6 p.m. Tickets: $275 player; $75 spectator; buffet and premium bar included. onestepcamap.org, (312) 924-4220. 21 and older,, entry limited to first 300 players.
8th Annual Sweets for Sight Event: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 7, Delux Bar & Grill, 669 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Organized by the Young Philanthropists Board, the event will feature karaoke, sweets, sparkling wines, and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit the Lighthouse’s Birth-3 Early Intervention Program which provides home-based and center-based assistance to families with children, from birth to three years of age, who have been identified or diagnosed with visual impairments. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $45 each or 10 for $350 at chicagolighthouse.org/store/event-tickets or by calling Special Events at 312-997-3679; $50 at the door. 21 years and over.
Bailiwick Chicago Theater Collective Members “Hope for Joe” Benefit: 9:30-11 p.m. Feb. 8, Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave. Chicago. Event concert includes performances by Julie Bayer, Kevin Bishop, Christin Boulette, Danny Bernardo*, Kevin Bishop, Lili-Anne Brown*, Katherine Condit, Harmony France*, Kate Garassino*, Kathleen Gibson, Michael Harnichar*, Ryan Lanning*, Mark LeBeau*, Bethany Thomas and others. The evening will be emceed by Kate Garassino* and Christopher Pazdernik* with musical accompaniment by Aaron Benham* and Robert Ollis*. *Denotes Bailiwick Chicago Collective Member. Tickets: $20, available now online at bailiwickchicago.com. or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Joe Garassino Foundation, a fund that will be distributed to cancer research, The American Cancer Society and to help offset Joe Garassino’s medical costs.
The 22nd annual charity benefit of the Chicago Auto Show: 7-11 p.m. Feb. 8, “First Look for Charity”, McCormick Place, Lake Shore Drive at 23rd Street, Chicago. Benefits 18 vital area charities including 100 Club of Chicago, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Clearbrook, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Franciscan Community Benefit Services, Franciscan St. James Health, Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities, JDRF, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, March of Dimes, Misericordia, Respiratory Health Association, Special Olympics Illinois, Spina Bifida Association of Illinois and Jesse White Tumbling Team. Prize drawings at 8:30 p.m. Tuxedo attire mandatory. Tickets $250. Features entertainment by Million Dollar Quartet and American English; complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks. chicagoautoshow.com/first_look
District 31 Education Foundation Winter Benefit & Auction: “This Could Be Your Lucky Night”, 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Fields Infiniti, 2100 Frontage Road, Glencoe. All proceeds will benefit technology enhancements for District 31 schools including Field Middle School of Northbrook and Winkelman School of Glenview. The community is invited to attend. Tickets: $50 per person through the District 31 Administrative Office at 3131 Techny Road, Northbook. Activities include a fun night of “gaming,” a wide variety of culinary delights donated by local restaurants, a live auction, a silent auction, sports memorabilia auction, live entertainment and much more. Auction items include tickets to professional and college sporting events, restaurant gift certificates, spa packages, music lessons, personal training certificates, theater tickets, local business gift certificates, works of art and much more. district31.net or call the District 31 Administrative Office at (847) 272-6880.
Green Pup Shelter Adopt a Recycled Dog! Fundraiser: 6-11 p.m., Feb. 9. “Murder Mystery” Dinner Party, Mill Creek Inn, 345 W. Mills St., Wauconda, IL 60084. (located behind Transfiguration Parish and School). In addition to enjoying a delicous dinner (with a cash bar), you will also be able to participate in solving a murder mystery. Dress casually and bring your sleuthing skills; lots of auctions and raffles. Tickets: $40. (847) 946-1735 or (847) 624-8998, greenpupshelter.org. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sixth Annual Hearts for Huntington’s Dinner Dance & Benefit: 6 p.m., Feb. 9, Bristol Court, 828 E Rand Rd Mt Prospect. Event features cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, dancing, an auction of unique local items and several surprises. Tickets: $65. Proceeds provide support for Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s programs of research, care and education to improve the lives of illinois families battling Huntington’s Disease. hdsa.org/il or call Barry Kahn, at 847-975-2403.
Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research Gala/Fundraiser: Feb. 9, River East Center, Chicago. Hosted by K.I.S.S. (Kick in to Stop Sarcoidosis). Arabian Nights-themed evening features creative cocktails, strolling dinner catered by Entertaining Company, blackjack, roulette, music by DJ Peter Canellis, dancing, silent auction and other delights. Proceeds from the event fund FSR’s education and research initiatives including a nationwide awareness campaign and grant program which supports researchers working to find better treatment and ultimately a cure for the disease. Tickets: $175. (866) 358-KISS (5477). stopsarcoidosis.org.
Equestrian Connection Annual Wine and Scotch Tasting Event and Fundraiser: Feb. 10, 5-9 p.m., The Forge of Vernon Hills, 634 S Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Wine, Scotch and cheese tasting, dinner and dessert, live entertainment by singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor, fine art and jewelry sales, raffle and more, Tickets: $100. (847) 615-8696, equestrianconnection.org.
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s 6th Annual Be My Valentine Family Event: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 10, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago Hotel, 160 East Pearson St. Features family brunch buffet, Valentine’s activities for children, a performance by actors for the Zebra and Lion from the Emmy Award Winning Television Show Green Screen Adventures and a special concert by children’s musician Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players. Other activities will include sweet treat decorating and tips from Sweet Mandy B’s, ELTIF Designs bead bar for all jewelry making enthusiasts, make-overs from Sweet and Sassy, an ABT Electronics video arcade room, and family fun entertainment from Harris Kal Production. Guests will also have a chance to win fabulous prizes from the silent auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets: $85 adults; $65 children in advance; $100 adults, $80 children at door. Order online at lynnsage.org or (312) 926-7133.
Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, with the help of Glenview Fire Department and Northbrook Fire Department, will host their first Firefighter Chili Cook Off: 2-6 p.m., Feb. 10, Sunday, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, 3080 West Lake Ave, Glenview. The competition will be between the eight local fire departments. Event features chili tasting, games, face painting, a balloon twister, fire trucks, the Chicago Highlanders Pipe Band, Wireless Soul and a chance to vote for your favorite chili and see who is awarded first place along with the coveted People’s Choice award. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, Free for children 3 and under. Tickets include chili tasting, four refreshment tickets (2 tickets after Feb. 6), cornbread, chili fixins & entertainment. There will also be other food available for purchase. To buy tickets visit ysgn.org or call (847) 724.2620. The proceeds from this event will go directly to Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook and the services it provides.
The Antiques & Garden Fair Chicago Botanic Garden: April 18-21. Features works in antique garden furnishings, botanical art and home and garden design by more than 100 dealers from Europe and the United States to sell during the Fair. Indoor display gardens will interpret the theme, “Color in the Garden: An Artist’s View,” and will be donated and installed by premier landscape designers. Lectures/talks by Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, Michael S. Smith and Charles Stick. Tickets purchased on or before April 18 for either the Smith or Stick lecture are $65; $60 in advance for Garden members; after April 18, they are each $70; $65 for Garden members. A combination ticket for the Smith and Stick lectures is available for $105; $100 for Garden members. Lecture ticket purchase includes a three-day Fair pass. Fair hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are available starting Feb. 15 online at chicagobotanic.org/antiques or in person at the Visitor Center. Tickets purchased on or before April 18 are $15; $12 in advance for Garden members. Tickets purchased after April 18 are $18; $15 for Garden members. A three-day pass is $20 for all. Children under age 16 are free with an adult. For safety reasons, strollers are not permitted in the Fair. Parking at the Chicago Botanic Garden is $20 per car; free for Garden members. The Preview Evening, featuring priority shopping and elegant fare; tickets begin at $250 and are available online at chicagobotanic.org/antiques or by phone at (847) 835-6944. Proceeds from the Fair benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden’s conservation, education and research programs.
Chicago A Cappella partners with mental health and social service organizations to inspire community service: Acclaimed vocal ensemble uses upcoming “Spirit/Breath/Voice” concert performances as platform. 8 p.m.. Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Partner organization: Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center, an innovative and award-winning outpatient mental health center providing care and relief to residents throughout metropolitan Chicago. Tickets: $35, $28, $22 seniors; $12 students; group rates available; [Additional $2 each for tickets purchased at the door]. For additional concerts, see chicagoacappella.org or call (773) 281-7820.
The Chicago Lighthouse “Tot Rock” Family Concert and benefit: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Feb. 16, George W. Lutz Family Center, 800 Clavey Road, Highland Park. For Children (Birth - Age 6) Kool Kidz (Ages 6-13) Youth (Ages 6 - 22). Features Jodi’s Jiggle Jam. Purchase tickets online: $10/child $5/parent or grandparent Children under 1 year are free; tickets can be purchased at the door for cash or check only. http://chicagolighthouse.org/events
Chicago Master Singers annual benefit gala: Feb. 16, Wynstone Golf Club, North Barrington. 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a festive dinner and live entertainment by concert pianist Clara Campbell Christian. Socialize with the chorus members and music director Alan Heatherington, and to support great choral music. The theme of the evening is “America Through Music.” For dress, black tie is optional. Tickets: $140. To request an invitation, please send an email to email@example.com or call and leave a message with your name and address at (877) 825-5267. chicagomastersingers.org.
Congregation Beth Judea’s Purim Masquerade 2013: 8-11:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Beth Judea, IL Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. Costumes are optional, but masks are required. (free masks at the door.) Evening features fun, great food and drinks, live music, and silent and live auctions. 21 and older. Evening casual attire is suggested. Tickets: $65 per person; $125 special donor; $250 sponsor (reception at 7:30 p.m.) RSVP by Feb 3. Please make your check payable to Congregation Beth Judea. Michael Gluck and Andrew Bauman are the Co- Chairpersons of this event. Monies raised will help Beth Judea continue its commitment to fulfilling the spiritual, educational, cultural and social needs of the Jewish comunity of Chicago’s northwest suburbs. cbjpurimparty.org. or call (847) 634-0777.
Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois Benefit: 6-11 p.m. Feb. 16, “Dancing through the Decades for Hospice,” Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, 800 South IL Route 31, Crystal Lake. Dress in your 60’s, 70’s and 80’s attire and dance the night away with Libido Funk Circus. Tickets: $95 per person includes dinner and open bar. RSVP by Feb. 8. Enjoy photo booth, raffle, silent auction, and retro candy table and much more. Kelly Henry, (224) 770-2417, hospiceanswers.org/decadesdance.
Livingwell Cancer Resource Center Benefit: “8th Annual Winter Wine Festival”, Feb. 16, at the St. Charles home of Ed and Karen French. While the event itself is private, the auction is open to anyone interested in participating and supporting LivingWell. Absentee ballots may be obtained on the event website at LWWinterWineFestival.com or 630/262-1111. Invitation only, $250. Proceeds from the Festival, auction and Rolex raffle event will go to fund the 60+ programs and services offered through LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. The only comprehensive cancer care resource available in the western suburbs.
The Arts of Life 2013 Awards Show & Fundraiser: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 20, Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue Winnetka. This annual event recognizes every artist from both the Chicago and North Shore studios. At the Awards Show, each artist will be honored for their accomplishments in 2012. Tickets: Advance: $50 each; $90 for two; $42.50 for three; $40 each groups of four or more; all tickets $60 at the door. artsoflife.org/events/2013awards
Wilmette Hadassah luncheon meeting: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20, Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Marvin Dickman will present a program about the Age of Radio. Tickets are $20 with the proceeds to benefit the continuing research at Hadassah Hospital in AMD eye diseases. Program Chair is Marilyn Fox of Northfield. Co-Presidents are Brenda Lake of Morton Grove and Connie Grossman of Glenview. (847) 205-1900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or northshore.hadassah.org.
Eve of the Eve Follow-up Fundraiser: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 21, Benchmark, 1510 N. Wells, Chicago. Includes beer, wine, wells, light appetizers, sporty, fun atmosphere. silent auction items including Blackhawks Tickets, Bulls Tickets, WXRT Prize Package and more! Tickets: $40. Benefits HighSight. highsight.org.
Neiman Marcus Hosts Kick-Off Reception to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala: 6-8 p.m., Feb. 21, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., Gift Galleries, 4th fl, Chicago. Exclusive kick-off and shopping event to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association; in honor of the upcoming Rita Hayworth Gala, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association on May 11 at the Hilton Chicago. The event is hosted by Rita Hayworth Gala co-chairs Debbie Mendelson Ponn, Sharon & Scott Markman and Blythe & David Mendelson. Mary Beth Lantzy, 312.335.5768, email@example.com
Ballet Makkai Foundation “Raising the Barre” Fundraiser: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Art Center in Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road. Launched by The Irina Makkai Classical Ballet & Dance School that will offer programs, scholarships and classes to community members that may otherwise not be exposed to the art of dance. The public is invited. Tickets: $40 per person. www.eventbrite.com/event/5355781286.
20th annual Bear Tie Ball/Fundraiser: 6 p.m.-midnight, March 9, UIC Forum, Chicago. Passion for a Purpose - Black tie preferred, purple finery encouraged. 6 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. dinner. Tickets: $325; Bear Tie Ball Centerpiece Tribute $30; Bear Bow Tie $49. Benefits children and families battling pediatric cancer. RSVP by Feb. 22. bearnecessities.org, (312) 214-1200.
The Greek America Foundation Fundraiser: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., March 16, Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan Avenue at Balbo St., Chicago. Annual Blue Masque Ball, black tie, mask preferred. Features dinner, gambling for amazing prizes, raffle, silent auction and dancing with DJ John Grammatis. Mixes traditional Apokries celebrations and Casino Royale, the theme for this year’s ball. Tickets. $125 thru Feb. 20; $150 after, includes open premium bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Benefits Project Hope for Greece. greekamerica.ticketleap.com/bmb, (312) 733-4633.
Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) Benefit Gala: 6:30 p.m., reception and silent auction; 8 p.m. dinner, live auction, dancing and more, Feb. 22, Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. Honors Kerry andSara Wood and the Wood Family Foundation; Cara Conn, HOW Client. Cocktail attire. $250 per person. how-inc.org.
PAWS Chicago Animal Magnetism Fundraiser: 7 p.m., Feb. 22, Galleria Marchetti, 825 W Erie Street, Chicago. Money will be raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent and live auction, bid to save lives donations and raffle ticket sales. Tickets: $125 advance; $150 door; $25 per pet. Sponsorships start at $500. Funds raised by Animal Magnetism, a pet friendly benefit, supports PAWS Chicago??s mission to build a No Kill community – a place where pets are no longer destroyed because they are homeless. The event funds the PAWS Chicago Adoption Center and the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic. Alicea Miller, (773) 843-4887, pawschicago.org/animalmagnetism
Women of Concern Awards Luncheon/Fundraiser: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chiago. 2013 Women of Concern Awards will be presented to Mari Gallagher, Principal of Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting and Shirley Welsh Ryan, Co-Founder of Pathways Center. The funds raised by the luncheon will support Concern’s most needed programs in 25 developing countries. Tickets: $150; raffle tickets: $50 each or 3 for $100. (312) 431-8400, concernusa.org.
Aspire Children’s Services of Hinsdale Fundraiser: 6 p.m.-midnight Feb. 23, Hyatt Regency Chicago. Experience haute cuisine, the beauty of the Eiffel Tower, and the mesmerizing festivities of the world’s most famous cabaret. Partake in Aspire’s popular live and silent auctions while enjoying Parisian-inspired performances. NBC5 Chicago’s Lisa Parker is emcee. Tickets: $175. Aspire is a leading provider of services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. aspireofillinois.org/bigcitynight.
Clearbrook “A Grapevine of Friends Wine Tasting” and Fundraiser: 6:30-11 p.m., Feb. 23, The Chicago Marriott, 50 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg. Event features tastings of over 60 wines, delicious food, and dynamite music. Tikets: $100; raffle tickets: $50. Sarah Shaw, (847) 385-5009, clearbrook.org.
The Cove School Annual Benefit Gala: 6 p.m. Feb. 23, InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. Evening features cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction, life music and dancing. 2013 Prism Award to Dan and Gina Dickinson. Tickets start at $175 per person. Proceeds benefit Cove School. RSVP by Feb. 8. coveschool.org, (847) 62-2100.
Fleur de Lis Ball and Fundraiser: Feb. 23, 6 p.m. cocktails/auction; 7 p.m. dinner, Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Black tie optional. Hosted by The Daughters of Charity and Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. Music by The Gentlemen of Leisure. Honoring JoAnn & Bill Kunkel and Ken O’Keefe and Beecken, Petty O’Keefe & Company. Tickets: $350; raffle $25 or 5 for $100. svdpc.org.
7th Annual Maryville Guardian Medallion Award Gala: 6 p.m. Feb. 23, JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., Chicago. Black tie optional event features cocktails, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and entertainment. The 2013 Guardian Medallion Award, Maryville’s highest honor, will be awarded to Friends of the Crisis Nursery for their dedication, leadership, commitment and service to helping families in their times of need. Daily Herald Columnist, Burt Constable will also be honored with the Spirit of Maryville Award for his commitment to the children of Maryville. Cost is $300 per person; $3,000 table. All proceeds benefit the Maryville Crisis Nursery on Chicago’s northwest side, at 4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, Phone (773) 205-3600. maryvilleacademy.org.
The North Shore Illinois Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. annual Fundraiser: “Back to Our Soul Train Days”, 7 p.m., Feb. 23, Exmoor Country Club, 700 Vine Avenue, Highland Park. Tickets: $150; Club rates; chic upscale attire; no denim. North Shore Jack & Jill Chapter was organized in Highland Park, on Feb. 1, 1975 by Shirley G. Mines. Forty-six members from 21 North Shore and Northern Suburbs signed the charter. Current boundaries are Northern and Northwestern portions of Cook County as defined by Evanston as well all of Lake and McHenry Counties. Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African American organization of mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening their children ages 2-19 through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. This fun event is supported by Lead Sponsor, Ernst & Young, LLC. Platinum Sponsor is Walgreen’s. Gold Sponsors are Capri Capital Partners, Autohaus Mercedes, and WinTrust Bank. All proceeds from these companies go to support Jack and Jill of America Foundation. 501C3 based in Washington D.C. See jackandjillnorthshore.com. for tickets.
Riverside Foundation Benefit “Heart of Gold”: 6-12 p.m., Feb. 23, Marriott Lincolnshire Resort/Grand Marquee Pavilion, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Black tie option event includes dinner, dancing to the music of Maggie Speaks, live and silent auctions. Tickets: $200. Cathy Levinson. 847-634-3973.
“An Evening with the Stars” Benefiting Autism: Feb. 24, Intercontinental O’Hare, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. A red carpet spectacular, the only Oscar-themed party in Chicagoland to benefit children and families struggling with autism, a neurological disorder that affects 1 out of every 88 children. Features red carpet arrivals, pre-show interviews broadcast live on the big screen, and live and silent auctions with prizes ranging from dinner-theater packages to all-expense paid trips. 190 N’s Mark Nilsson, Chicago’s Best Ted Brunson, OWN’s Patti Vasquez and many other Chicago Stars Tickets: $200 person. Call the Autism Speaks office at (224) 567-8573, email Chicago@AutismSpeaks.org, eveningwiththestars.org.
Quay Red Carpet Party and Benefit: Quay Restaurant & Bar, 465 E. Illinois Ave., Chicago, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Illinois Young Leadership Committee hold their annual Red Carpet Party. at 6 p.m. until the last envelope is openen, on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24. Jane Monzures, host of Living Healthy Chicago on WGN and CLTV, will lead the festivities. The event will be held in Quay’s Atrium Lounge, which has one wall of floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the city and the Chicago River. Partygoers will be able to bid on upscale items in a silent auction (to benefit JDRF), while enjoying dinner-by-the-bite and sipping on themed cocktails. Menu items will be created by Executive Chef Dan Marquis. Ellie Weingardt, one of the top Joan Rivers impersonators in the country, will also be in attendance hosting a best-dressed contest for guests throughout the evening. TICKETS: $55 advance $65 after Feb. 8/ $70 door; Gold Level VIP tickets available; Receive 20% off dinner at Quay the night of the event with ticket purchase. jdrfillinois.org, quaychicago.com.
Variety Children’s Charity of Illinois Red Carpet Oscar Event and Benefit: 6 p.m. Feb. 24, Naperville’s Hollywood Pals Theatre, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville, On Oscar night, Hollywood Palms will be transformed into the Kodak Theatre of the Midwest! Dress to the nines, walk the red carpet, chat with gossip interviewers, get your photo snapped by the paparazzi, and watch the Academy Awards® in real time on the BIG screen. Advance tickets are now on-sale through hollywoodpalmscinema.com. 100% of all proceeds benefit Variety, the Children’s Charity of Illinois, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local children in need. Tickets: $40, includes all festivities. hollywoodpalmscinema.com. no age restriction.
Third Annual Vital Nights Oscar Viewing Party and Benefit: 6 p.m. Feb. 24, Chuck’s Manufacturing, 224 W. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Cocktail for a cause with event sponsors SVEDKA Vodka, brew selections by Goose Island Beer Co. and wine and champagne from Chuck’s Manufacturing. while rocking to the beats of DJ Megan Taylor. Guests will enjoy sweet treats throughout the evening by Garrett Popcorn Shops and can walk away with raffle prizes including personal styling session/closet purge with celebrity stylist Eric Himel, Trunk Club gift certificate and styling session with Kevin Ludden, one month membership and personal training session at Equinox, $100 gift certificate to Siena Tavern, 25 Degrees burger party and more. Tickets: $65. at heartlandalliance.org/vital/events. All proceeds will benefit Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care. Robert Crown Center for Health Education “Friend Raiser” Fundraiser
: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 26, CiNe, 29 E. First St., Hinsdale. Hosted by Dr. Ramsey Ellis. Event features guest bartenders from Hinsdale donating their time and tips. The community is invited to dine and socialize with each other in style while supporting a great cause. There will be some raffles. robertcrown.org.
The Art Center Soup & Art Night Benefit: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 1957 Sherican Road, Highland Park. This event includes dinner, art activities provided by TAC and music courtesy of The Music Institute of Chicago. Soup, donated by Sunset Foods will be used to provide an evening filled with art, nourishment and creativity. The empty soup cans will serve as a canvas for artists to create embellished art items for auction at the Spring 2013 Gala. Benefits the families of Family Network. theartcenterhp.org, (847) 432-1888.
Basement Jacks Fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, Little Ricky’s, 540 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka. Good fun, good music (we hope), good drinks, good food, Cover = Any Amount You Choose to Give to OCRF. Scott Rodgers, (847) 864-7322; srinsider.com/base_jacks.htm
Aid for Women Special Movie Screening “Crescendo” Benefit: 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 28, Regal Gardens Theater 7-13, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. With Dan Proft, WLS-AM 890 Morning Drive Talk Show Host. Chicago premier of Crescendo, a powerful short film that has been globally heralded and has won over eleven international awards. Based on a true story, Crescendo takes place in the 18th-century Holy Roman Empire where a series of events turns an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience that changes the life of one woman forever. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 ages 18 and younger. Reservations required; space limited; tickets NOT AVAILABLE at the door. Frances at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312/880-9280; helpaidforwomen.org/crescendo
The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE) 2nd annual Warm Your Palate fundraiser: Feb. 28, Now We’re Cookin’, 1601 Payne Street, Evanston. Local chefs will take guests on a culinary excursion to sample signature appetizers and desserts. All proceeds 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. Tickets: $100, and include Signature appetizers and desserts, whiskey sampling and wine tasting from 6-9 p.m.; live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Jennifer Riskind, (847) 491-9650, email@example.com.
James Tyree Foundation Benefit: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Mesirow Financial, 353 N. Clark St., Chicago. First annual fundraiser and cocktail reception to support educational endeavors that foster creativity and innovation to improve the lives of people in the Chicagoland area. The James Tyree Foundation honors Jim’s legacy of “Living Through Giving!” Features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, presentations from some of Jim’s closest friends and business colleagues, plus an exciting raffle. Tickets: $200. Scott Phillips, ()312) 943-9100, x28, jamestyreefoundation.org.
Third Annual Suited for Success Benefit: 5-8 p.m., Feb. 28, The Rookery, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago. Benefits One Million Degrees, (OMD) which announces its ground-breaking event designed to provide high-quality, interview-worthy clothing and footwear to low-income, highly motivated community college students who will soon be entering the professional world. Brooks Brothers is partnering with OMD and will facilitate wardrobe workshops for Scholars around dressing for success and caring for professional clothing. Brooks Brothers will be offering complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and guests can enjoy a 15% savings on Brooks Brothers purchases made during the event. 10% of the evening’s net sales will be donated to One Million Degrees. No entrance fee. onemilliondegrees.org.
Urban Gateways Art for All Gala and Fundraiser: 6 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. dinner, March 8, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Live entertainment by Chicago Improv Productions, 20th Century Players, live auction and much more. Dedicated to memory of former board member Charles Zeitlin. Tickets: $300. RSVP by March 1. urbangateways.org, (12) 445-2760.
Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council’s 10th Anniversary Red or White Ball: 8 p.m. April 5, Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St., Chicago. High-energy evening of music, dancing, cocktails, impressive local cuisine and a silent auction (7pm VIP Reception). Proceeds from the Red or White Ball benefit Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the theater’s nationally recognized arts education program, which annually impacts more than 15,000 students, teachers and families. Tickets for the 2013 Red or White Ball are on sale now. “Early Bird Special” tickets are available at a discounted rate of $125 through March 1 only; individual tickets are $150 in advance or $175 at the door (if available). A limited number of $250 VIP tickets are also available and include an exclusive cocktail reception at 7 p.m. chef tasting stations, whiskey tasting, VIP gift bags, special access to Steppenwolf artists and other perks. Tickets online at steppenwolf.org/rowb, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 654-5623.
Nina Rathi of Oak Brook, a sophomore at Morgan Park Academy, is the founder of Inspiration Couture (dedicated to raising money and awareness for various causes). Her first project is to raise awareness and funding for drug and alcohol addiction through selling Addiction Bracelets. Up to 50 percent of profits will be donated to SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). To purchase a bracelet, visit www.addicitonbracelets,com.
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