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Charity Register: November 2012

Opportunities to Give.

November 01, 2012

The Voice for the Cure

What: Friends United for Juvenile Diabetes Research hosts The Voice for the Cure with music by the Gold Coast All Stars, plus a painting event by Michael Israel followed by an auction of his original works. Funds raised will support The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center and The Faustman Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital.
When: November 3, 6:30 PM
Where: Resolution Digital Studios, 2226 West Walnut Street
Tickets: Visit, or call 847-831-5558.

What: The Jewish Community Center (JCC Chicago) hosts an evening of dinner and dancing to music from Jersey Boys as performed by TVK Orchestra and the show’s Chicago cast member John Michael Coppola. Proceeds raised from this annual benefit will support JCC Chicago’s efforts to foster Jewish culture.
When: November 3, 7:30 PM
Where: The Drake, 140 East Walton Place
Tickets: Visit

What: Enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and dancing to the Ken Arlen Orchestra at this black-tie-optional event hosted by The Misericordia Women’s Board. Proceeds will benefit the Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home, a local residence for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
When: November 9, 6 PM
Where: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive
Tickets: Visit

What: Little City hosts a dinner reception to honor Motorola Solutions Foundation’s community support and advocacy for employing individuals with special needs.
When: November 16, 6:30 PM
Where: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive
Tickets: Visit


Charity Register: October 2012

Opportunities to give.

October 05, 2012

Celebrity Chef Ball

Celebrity Chef Ball
What: Chicago’s most celebrated chefs and mixologists join forces to support Meals on Wheels Chicago at the 24th annual Celebrity Chef Ball. Tickets range from $150 for access to chef stations and entertainment to $350 for an interactive seated dining experience.
When: October 12, 6 PM
Where: Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St.

The Conservation Ball
What: Friends of Conservation’s 30th annual Conservation Ball, hosted by Reute Butler and Zoraida Sambolin, features fine dining, live and silent auctions, dancing, and a wildlife exposition with Jim Fowler of Wild Kingdom fame. Tickets start at $350.
When: October 12, 6:30 PM
Where: Harold Washington Library Winter Garden ballroom, 400 S. State St.

Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation Gala
What: The gala celebrates community diversity and invites guests to mix, mingle, and help support arts and cultural events, including Open Streets and Pop-Up Art Loop.
When: October 12, 6:30 PM
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr.

Find Your Cause
What: Hosted by the Chicago Associate Board Presidents’ Council (CABPC), Find Your Cause joins young professionals and the city’s many associate and auxiliary nonprofit boards.
When: October 17, 5:30 PM
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Columbian Ball
What: Mayor Rahm Emanuel serves as the honorary cochair for the 32nd annual Columbian Ball, themed “The Mystique and Innovation of the White City.” The ball revisits the 1893 Columbian Exposition, with proceeds benefiting the Museum of Science and Industry’s Annual Fund.
When: October 20, 6:30 PM
Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago Breast Symposium
What: Leading medical educators, practitioners, and community advocates will lead this event on October 13 and 14. Professionals will focus on important medical topics such as diversity in care and advances in technology.
Where: 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, 847-967-5122
Tickets: $50 or $100 tickets are available.

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Fall Benefit Luncheon
What: Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation hosts the Fall Benefit Luncheon with guest speaker Brooke Shields on October 17 at 11 AM. A silent purse auction from upscale boutiques and private collections will benefit research, education, and fellowships.
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., 312-926-6183
Tickets: Tickets are $250.

A Sterling Event Gala
What: On October 6, A Silver Lining Foundation hosts its annual A Sterling Event gala with NBCAM to support the foundation’s programs for uninsured individuals. One of Silver Lining’s programs provides free mammograms and diagnostic testing at several partner hospitals.
Where: 2233 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., 312-345-1322

—madeline skaggs


Charity Register: Fall 2012

Opportunities to give this fall.

August 27, 2012

Gold Coast Fashion Award Show

What: The Adler Planetarium Women’s Board hosts the 2012 Celestial Ball, themed “The Milky Way.” Enjoy cocktails, dining, dancing, an auction, and museum tours. Funds raised help to improve science literacy and education.
When: September 8, 6 PM
Where: Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Tickets: Call 312-553-2000.

What: The Green Tie Ball XXI, hosted by Chicago Gateway Green, funds large-scale tree planting and installation of public art on expressways. The ball features dining, music, a live auction at the VIP pre-party, and a silent auction.
When: September 15, 6:30 PM VIP admission; 8:30 PM general admission
Where: A. Finkl & Sons Co., 2011 N. Southport Ave.
Tickets: Visit

What: Bid our Ryder Cup teams farewell and good luck at the Bagpipes and Blues Pep Rally with food, drinks, and music. The evening will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
When: September 27, 8 PM
Where: The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Tickets: Visit

What: Join the Children’s Service Board for the Gold Coast Fashion Award Show, benefiting the Lurie Children’s Hospital. Enjoy luncheon and view a runway show highlighting new talents competing for this year’s award and the chance to have their designs sold at Chicago retailers.
When: September 28, 11 am
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: Contact Lauren Pedi at 773-880-8106 or

What: The Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents The Symphony Ball. Selections including The Flying Dutchman and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture are accompanied by light refreshments. After the concert, scoop up a Gala package and enjoy cocktails, dinner, and dancing at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.
When: September 29, 7 PM
Where: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: For concert tickets, visit; for Gala packages, call 312-294-3185.

—Clorissa Comer


Charity Register: Summer

Opportunities to give this summer.

June 01, 2012

What: Join the Women’s Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago as it hosts its annual black-tie gala. This year’s event, dubbed “The Aqua Ball,” will feature a surprise artistic performance, dancing courtesy of Orchestra 33, and a silent auction.
When: June 1, 6:30 PM
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Tickets: 312-235-8029 or

What: Get a taste of the season’s trendiest looks at Little City Foundation’s Runway Exclusive 2012, a fashion-show luncheon featuring designs from Neiman Marcus. All proceeds help support and maintain programs and services for children and adults with disabilities.
When: June 8, 11:30 AM
Where: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr. Tickets:

What: Enjoy decadent fare crafted by Girl & the Goat chef Stephanie Izard and many other talented chefs along with honorary chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The night benefits the scholar support programs of the Illinois Education Foundation. 
When: June 8, 6 PM
Where: Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph St.
Tickets: 312-920-9605 or

What: Rock the red carpet and enjoy a rooftop cocktail reception in support of the Columbia College Fashion Studies Department and the newly created Eunice W. Johnson scholarship. Chaired by Desiree Rogers, the evening’s fashion show will highlight 15 of the top designers from the class of 2012.
When: June 8, 6:30 PM
Where: Columbia’s Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St.

What: Don your bowling shoes and prepare to throw some strikes at this year’s Kerry Wood’s Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament. The fun-filled evening will include Cubs players and coaches, as well as other local celebrities competing in a friendly bowl-off. Proceeds from the evening will provide support to needy children in the Chicagoland area.
When: June 27, 7 PM
Where: 10pin Bowling Lounge, 330 N. State St.
Tickets: 212-784-6453 or

What: Join the cochairs Jean Antoniou, Tracey DiBuono, and Saira Mohan Cooper, along with honorary chair Hazel Barr, at the Peninsula Hotel for The Service Club of Chicago’s “A Day on the Terrace.” The annual fashion show will feature designs from top retailers in the area, modeled by Service Club members and local celebrities.
When: July 30, 11 AM
Where: The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St.
Tickets: 312-220-9600 or



Charity Register: April/May

Opportunities to Give.

April 09, 2012


What: Recognize Chicago's "men of excellence and courage" as the Common Ground Foundation holds its annual gala and fundraiser, hosted by Common. Honorees include legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte; retiring executive VP of The Boeing Company, James Bell; and many others. ABC-7 Chicago's Cheryl Burton emcees, and proceeds will benefit Common Ground Foundation's programming for youth.
When: April 14, 6:30-9:30 pm
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St.
Tickets: Call 773-295-1915.


What: E! News host Giuliana Rancic and Bright Pink host the ultimate girls' day out, helping young women across the Chicagoland area recommit to health and wellness. Guests will sample dozens of popular workout classes and exercise methods, and learn more about committing to a healthy, positive lifestyle. Proceeds benefit Bright Pink's mission of promoting breast cancer education and awareness.
When: April 15 9 am-4 pm
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl.
Tickets: Visit

What: Help the Stanley Paul Foundation celebrate the "One Magnificent Life" of Beverly Blettner and her countless contributions to many worthy causes. The Foundation will be awarding one special senior-level fashion student the new 2012 scholarship of $10,000 to further his or her education. When: April 25, 6 pm
Where: Private Venue
Tickets: Call 312-836-1041 or visit

What: Mingle with members of the 2012 Chicago Cubs at the Chicago Cubs Bricks and Ivy Ball. Also enjoy dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by the Alan Gresik Swing Trio. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Chicago Cubs Charities.
When: April 25, 6-10 pm
Where: The Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Tickets: Call 773-404-CUBS.


What: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on a grand scale at this 600-person event, Gala de Plata/ The Silver Ball, with honorary cochairs Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Consul General Eduardo Arnal Palomera of Mexico. Enjoy a festive dinner, dancing, and the presentation of a public-service award to Evans Food Group owner Alejandro Silva.
When: May 4, 6-11 pm
Where: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street
Tickets: Call 312-738-1503.

What: It's a once-in-a-decade celebration as the women's board fêtes its 10th anniversary at the Joffrey's annual spring gala. Chairs Candace Jordan and Helen Melchior helm a star-studded night that starts with a performance and culminates in a dinner and award presentation to Harold and Erica Ramis, Jay Alix, and Una Jackman.
When: May 6, 6:30 pm performance, 7:30 pm dinner
Where: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and Palmer House Hilton
Tickets: Call 312-386-8921 or email


By celeste piraino


Charity Register: March

Opportunities to give.

March 05, 2012



SUSAN G. KOMEN for the cure
What: Watch local celebs such as CBS-2’s Ryan Baker and WGN’s Erin McElroy strut their stuff for charity at the annual Dancing With Chicago Celebrities ball. Judges include chef Rick Bayless and Nick Kosovich, a competitor on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Proceeds benefit the Chicagoland-area affiliate of the organization.
When: March 9, 6 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 
151 E. Wacker Dr.
Tickets: Call 773-444-0061 
or visit


Join 700-plus revelers—including former and current Chicago Bears players—at the 19th Annual Bear Tie Ball. With a theme “Rhythm for a Reason,” expect a night of live music and dancing. Proceeds benefit the Foundation.
When: March 10, 6 pm
Where: The University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt St.
Tickets: Call 312-214-1200 or visit



This year’s Steppenwolf Women
in the Arts luncheon fundraiser honors Emmy winner Julianna Margulies. 
The theater’s artistic director, Martha Lavey, will interview Margulies, and the luncheon supports Steppenwolf’s Professional Leadership Program.
When: March 12, 11: 30 am
Where: JW Marriott Chicago, 
151 W. Adams St.
Tickets: Call 312-654-5632 
or visit



What: Hosted by Gail Simmons, the Bright Threads event will feature live entertainment and a four-course dinner prepared by a team 
of celebrity chefs. Proceeds benefit the Common Threads after-school programs, created by chef 
Art Smith.
When: March 11, 5 pm
Where: The James Chicago, 
55 E. Ontario St.
Tickets: Call 312-329-2501 or visit


What: One of the year’s most innovative events, Redmoon’s Spectacle Lunatique highlights its approach to community-driven art by hosting jaw-dropping performances supported by a collection of food trucks and VIP chefs from around Chicago and across the country. Proceeds support Redmoon’s work 
with community groups.
When: March 17, 6: 30 pm
Where: The Hudson Club, 
2223 S. Wabash Ave.
Tickets: Call 312-850-8440 or visit


What: For its 25th annual Hope Through Caring Award Dinner, the Les Turner ALS Foundation honors the Haarlow family for its dedication to the fight against ALS. Enjoy dinner, dancing, auctions, 
and awards while helping raise funds 
for research, provide services for patients, and increase public awareness.
When: March 17, 6: 30 pm
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 
120 E. Delaware Pl.
Tickets: Call 847-679-3311 
or visit

By Celeste Piraino


Charity Register: January/February

Six opportunities to give in the new year.

January 23, 2012

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
What: Chicago’s top toques will present signature dishes at this year’s Cubaninspired Grand Chefs Gala. In addition to drinks, dancing, top-tier cuisine, and auctions, there also will be the highly anticipated presentation of the Jean Banchet Awards, given for excellence in the food and beverage industries.
When: January 27 at 6 pm
Where: Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Dr.

Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity
What: Celebrating African-American achievements and the Museum of Science and Industry’s innovative Black Creativity program. Enjoy special exhibits, dinner, dancing, and the musical talents of soul singers Freddie Jackson and Maurice Mahon. Proceeds benefit the Black Creativity exhibitions and programs.
When: January 28 at 6:30 PM
Where: Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
What: ArtEdge 2012, the annual winter benefit for MCA Chicago and its various programs, gets funky this year with a live performance from George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. The event, cochaired by Liza and Marc Books, Anne and Don Edwards, Penny Pritzker, and Bryan Traubert, will also feature dinner and a cocktail reception.
When: February 4 at 6 PM
Where: MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
Tickets: 312-397-3868;

Art Institute of Chicago
What: The third annual Uncorked: A Case for Wine event, held by the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, brings together oenophiles and art aficionados for this high-end culinary event. A collection of wines from top purveyors will be paired with gourmet cuisine, and guests will also enjoy luxury travel-filled silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Art Institute.
When: February 25, 6 PM
Where: The Casino, 195 E. Delaware Pl.
Tickets: Call 312-443-3674

Equality Illinois
What: The annual black-tie Justice for All event is the largest LGBT gala in the Midwest, bringing together more than 1,000 attendees, including elected officials, community leaders, and VI Ps. Enjoy a luxurious evening with dinner, cocktails, dancing, and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Equality Illinois Education Project.
When: February 11 at 6 PM
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: 773-477-7173;

For the Love of Chocolate
What: A heavenly night of chocolate-centric cuisine from Chicago’s top chefs and confectioners. Also enjoy sweet-themed delights such as a Chocolate Spa and a Cocoa Candy Land, plus live music and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the For the Love of Chocolate Foundation.
When: February 25 at 7 PM
Where: Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza


-will mendelson


Charity Register: December/January

Six opportunities to give this holiday season.

December 05, 2011


The Doobie Brothers will perform the JDRF Chance of a Lifetime Gala


Catholic Charities
What: The Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball is a 22-year-old holiday tradition in Chicago. Join more than 1,000 other revelers for a night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing, with proceeds benefiting the nearly quarter of a million children who benefit from Catholic Charities family programming.
When: December 2, 6:30 PM
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: Call 312-948-6797 or visit

Metropolitan Family Services
What: For its 30th annual Holiday Celebration, Metropolitan Family Services honors the Kneupfer family, longtime supporters of the organization. Enjoy dinner, cocktails, silent and live auctions, and a wine raffle featuring rare and distinguished vintages. Proceeds benefit the wide range of programs from Metropolitan Family Services.
When: December 3, 6 PM
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St.
Tickets: Call 312-986-4046 or visit

JDRF international
What: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual Chance of a Lifetime Gala features extensive live and silent auctions, drinks, and dinner. The night tops off with a performance by Grammy-winning band the Doobie Brothers. Funds raised benefit the JDRF ’s Fund A Cure program.
When: December 10, 5:30 PM
Where: McCormick Place and Arie Crown Theater
Tickets: Call 312-670-0313 or visit

Medical Research Institute Council of Children's Memorial Hospital 
What: A staple of the holiday-event scene for more than a half-century, the Medical Research Institute Council of Children’s Memorial Hospital’s annual black-tie gala—this year themed “Diamond: 60 Years of Brilliance”—celebrates the successes of the MRIC with a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing. Proceeds benefit the MRIC ’s initiatives.
When: December 10, 6:30 PM
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: Call 773-880-6988.

Chicago Children's Charities 
What: The Holly Ball is an exclusive black-tie event that kicks off the holidays in style, with cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction of luxury items, and a performance by the quartet Spoken 4. Funds benefit Chicago Children’s Charities, which supports local youth-focused organizations.
When: December 17, 8 PM
Where: Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 N. Dearborn Pkwy.
Tickets: Visit

What: A precursor to the most celebratory event of the year, the 18th annual Eve of the Eve is one of Chicago’s most exciting and extravagant holiday parties, set in the Great Hall of Union Station. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, raffles, and live music. Proceeds benefit the HighSight scholarship program.
When: December 30, 8 PM
Where: Great Hall in Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd.
Tickets: Call 312-787-9824 or visit

—will mendelson


Charity Register: November

Six opportunities to give this month.

October 31, 2011

Service Club of Chicago
What: For its annual gala, themed El Morocco, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago transforms into a 1940s supper club. Helmed by cochairs Toni Canada, Laurie Davis, and Dusty Stemer, the evening also features dinner, cocktails, auctions, and live music from the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Proceeds benefit a range of nonprofit organizations for at-risk Chicagoans.
When: November 4, 6:30 PM
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl.
Tickets: Call 773-404-5858 or visit

  Former Mayor Richard Daley will deliver the keynote address at Little City’s Annual Dinner Gala

Columbia College
What: This year’s Open Doors Gala honors Linda Johnson Rice with the inaugural Chicago Legacy Award. Guests will enjoy cocktails and dinner, as well as music, dance, and spoken-word performances by the school’s talented students. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Chicago public school grads to attend Columbia College Chicago.
When: November 5, 6 PM
Where: Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St.
Tickets: Call 312-369-8188 or visit

PAWS Chicago
What: The pet-friendly black-tie Fur Ball is an annual favorite of Chicago’s gala goers. Humans will enjoy an evening of auctions, dinner, and dancing, while their canine friends will be treated to a doggie buffet, spa, and massages. Proceeds benefit PAWS Chicago.
When: November 11, 6 PM
Where: The Drake, 140 E. Walton Pl.
Tickets: Call 773-843-4884 or visit

JCC Chicago
What: This year’s event commemorates the 90th anniversary of JCC Camp Chi (it’s one of the largest Jewish camps in the Midwest) and the 100th anniversary of the JCC Women’s Auxiliary. Celebrate alongside distinguished honoree Larry Goodman at the elegant Navy Pier Grand Ballroom and enjoy a night of cocktails, dinner, live music, and entertainment, courtesy of performers from The Second City. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Community Center of Chicago.
When: November 12, 7:30 PM
Where: Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Tickets: Call 312-775-1834 or visit

Little City
What: Former Mayor Richard Daley delivers the keynote address at Little City’s Annual Dinner Gala, which also features drinks, dancing, and private access to the aquarium’s galleries. The event benefits Little City’s programs and services for people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
When: November 12, 7 PM
Where: John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Tickets: Visit

Girls on the Run Chicago
What: Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, a fan or a friend, come out to The Drake for the 12th annual Sparkle & Shine Gala. Savor specialty drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music from the Spoken Four, auctions, and raffle. Proceeds benefit scholarships for needy families and promote program expansion in low-income communities.
When: November 18, 8 PM
Where: The Drake, 140 E. Walton St.
Tickets: Call 773-342-1250 or visit

—Will Mendelson


Art Watch: Sofa Chicago

The city's longest, and largest, running art fair shakes things up on Navy Pier.

October 23, 2011

Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans set the art world on a whole new course, but Robert Indiana hit it big with the general public in an easy-to-read way when The U.S. Postal Service slapped his lopsided LOVE image on a stamp in 1973. Created in the ’60s in the fissure of the generation gap, the image was like a visual haiku whose graphic punch and utter legibility camouflaged the arty gesture it was. Since then, the artist—born Robert Clark in New Castle—has explored again and again the power of words, most notably with HOPE, a stainless steel sculpture that he fashioned for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Like LOVE, the work has been executed in various media, including the small-scale, painted-aluminum edition KM Fine Arts brings to the widely respected International Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) fair. The artist, who will attend the opening-night preview November 3 on Navy Pier, is famous for referring to himself as an “American painter of signs.” It sounds like aw-shucks modesty, but it captures the essence of what he does: taking the pithy, revenue-generating, message-driven template of commercial culture and selling us all a product called “thought.” The SOFA Chicago 2011 preview is November 3 from 7–9 pm. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance at or at the door.

By Thomas Connors

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