MAY 2013 EVENTS
Updated: May 23, 2013 8:13PM
The 17th annual Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon/Fundraiser: “Harmonious Healing”, May 1, Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave West, Highland Park, complimentary valet parking. Silent Auction begins at 10:30 a.m.; lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. This year’s event will honor NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) doctor, Janardan D. Khandekar, MD, Director, Center for Molecular Medicine, for the impact he has made in the field of oncology. Guests will also hear from Brent Bauer, MD, FACP, Director, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic, about the emergence of integrative medicine, which combines conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies. Tickets: $85 per person. For reservations, please call the NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation at (224) 364-7275 or visit foundation.northshore.org/events. Proceeds from the Luncheon will provide funding for Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program and diabetes education programming at NorthShore.
Connections for the Homeless annual Spring Gala and Benefit: 6:30-11 p.m. May 3, Michigan Shores Club, 911 Lake Street, Wilmette. “Home and Hope” features dinner, silent and live auctions, stories of Home and Hope, free valet parking and the music of the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Busness casual attire. Tickets: $200. Proceeds will help over 1,000 adults and children annually to find temporary shelter, permanent housing and help to those that are in process of loosing their homes due to a number of reasons. cfhinc.org.
The Puppy Mill Project Annual Fundraiser: “Mothers in the Mills”, 6:30 p.m. May 11, John Barleycorn River North, 149 W. Kinzie, Chicago. Buffet dinner, dancing, silent and live auction, raffle. “Out of Control Band” Tickets: $100 advance; $125 door. thepuppymillproject.org/the-puppy-mill-events
The Evanston Art Center 26th annual Spring Benefit “Party at the Clarke”: Exhibition dates through May 18, Gala Party and Live Auction, 6:30-11 p.m. May 18, 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Art Auction and party will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner. The live auction of approximately 10, items, including artwork and “Experience packages” will follow at 8 p.m. All proceeds from the sale of the work will benefit the EAC’s scholarship, exhibition, and outreach programs. Tickets: $100; $65 35 years old and under. (847) 475-5300 or evanstonartcenter.org.
Music Institute of Chicago 83rd Anniversary Gala: May 13, Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware, Chicago. 5:30 p.m. cocktails; 6:15 p.m. dinner; 9 p.m. adjournment. The 2013 Dushkin Award will be conferred upon acclaimed pianist, cultural ambassador and educator Lang Lang. Tickets: $550; sponsorships available. Proceeds from the annual Gala represent the single largest source of funding for merit scholarships, need-based financial aid, and underwriting support for the Music Institute of Chicago’s extensive outreach programs in the inner city. musicinst.org/2013-gala.
Glenkirk Benefit Brunch Committee Open Kick-off Meeting: 11:30 a.m. May 15. Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Road, Riverwoods. Kick-off for Glenkirk’s upcoming benefit, Oct. 20 at Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Road, Riverwoods. glenkirk.org
Chicago Lighthouse Annual Dinner and Fundraiser: 6-9 p.m. May 16, Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware, Chicago. “Seeing What’s Possible” features Mike Ditka as Guest Speaker. Business or cocktail attire recommended. Honorary Dinner Co-Chairs are Governor Pat Quinn and Congressman Danny Davis. The Harris Family Foundation will be honored for exceptional support of people who are blind or visually impaired. Retired Cook County Judge Nicholas T. Pomaro, who directs the Lighthouse’s Kane Legal Clinic, will receive the prestigious Jacob Bolotin Award for lifetime achievement. Tickets are $500 or $350 (price point determines seating). For more information about this event, purchasing a table and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ilene Green at (312) 997.3679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Opera Theater (COT) 39th Anniversary Gala: 6-10 p.m. May 16, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, Chicago. Guests will enjoy a behind the scenes look into the world of COT and an exclusive preview of the upcoming, unannounced 2014 opera season. Features a cocktail reception, a meal and wine tasting from the kitchen and cellars of City Winery, operatic performances, a live auction, and a grand raffle with prizes from Tiffany & Co. Special 2014 Season Preview Performances by Soprano Suzan Hanson, Baritone Nmon Ford and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Tickets $375; $250 for a Young Professional or non-profit ticket. Proceeds will support COT’s groundbreaking productions of rare and new operas, as well as their dynamic arts education and artist training programming. For more information, to purchase your ticket or to make a donation visit www.chicagooperatheatre.org
Make-A-Wish Wish Ball 2013: May 18, 6 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. seated dinner, University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago. Evening will include celebrity entertainment, live and silent auctions, a seated dinner and dancing. The event is expected to raise $1 million dollars to support the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets: $500 person, $5,000 table, $10,000 premium table. wishes.org, (312) 602-WISH.
ARKive GALA Benefit: “Fill the ARK in Illinois”, May 20, Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago. Dr. Sylvia Earle and Kathy Moran speakers. Profits benefit ARKive, a leader in the global conservancy effort. The organization also seeks to connect and create ARKive education programs which align with state and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics standards for use by the 6,539 public, private and charter schools in Illinois, free-of-charge. To purchase tickets to the event, email email@example.com; subject: “Fill the ARK in Illinois” or call (630) 752-9661.
Wilmette Group of North Shore Hadassah annual Fashion Show, Luncheon and Fundraiser: 11:30 a.m. May 22, Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave W., Highland Park, (847) 433-4000. Event features raffle and fashions by Pauline & Company, 3361 Dempster St, Skokie. Tickets are $40. Non-members interested in attending, please contact Nancy at North Shore Hadassah, (847) 205-1900. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merit School of Music annual Gala: “In Tune with the World: From Pilsen to Matsumoto,” 6 p.m. May 23, Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware, Chicago. Event features reception, dinner and program by Merit students. Chicago couple Carol Prins and John Hart honored with the 2013 Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts. Tickets: $500. Proceeds from the Gala will directly benefit students seeking high quality, accessible music education. meritmusic.org,
“Nicky’s Week” Fundraiser hosted by RA Sushi: May 26-June 1, for kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The restaurant and bar will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude. Since its inception, Nicky’s Week has raised more than $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The three Chicagoland locations participating are Chicago: 1139 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60610; 312.274.0011; Glenview: 2601 Aviator Ln., Glenview, IL 60026; 847.510.1100; Lombard: 310 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL 60148; 630.627.6800. Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, of Scottsdale, Ariz., a nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, who lost a long battle with brain cancer in February 2005 at the age of 13.
The West Town Pup Crawl: 6-9 p.m., weather permitting, every Tueesdeay evening beginning May 28 through Sept. 3. For the fourth year in a row, Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, home to a large, dog-friendly patio, will partner with three other West Town bars, also with dog-friendly outdoor areas: J. Patrick’s http://www.jpatricksirishpub.com/, Aberdeen Tap http://www.theaberdeentap.com/, and The Matchbox http://thesilverpalmrestaurant.com/TheMachBox.php to host a weekly “West Town Pup Crawl”. Returning as host will be Tracey Gold of Chicago Canine Concierge http://www.chicagocanineconcierge.com/. Gold will bring together a different dog rescue group every week, such as A Dog’s Day Rescue http://adogsday.org/ and A Safe Humane http://www.safehumanechicago.org/, along with dog-centric vendors such as Fetch Portraits http://www.fetchportraits.com/ and Chicago Party Animals http://chicagopartyanimals.com/, to provide dog-centric services and goodies during the Pup Crawl at Mahoney’s Pub & Grille. is free of charge to leashed, friendly dogs and their unleashed, friendly owners. All participating bars will feature a food and drink special and plenty of fresh water for the pups. From 6pm to 8pm, 15% of Mahoney’s Pub & Grille bar sales proceeds will benefit the featured rescue group of the week. The fun will continue with Mahoney’s Tuesday Trivia Night with a $100 cash prize and more, half-priced appetizers, $14 growlers of Batch 19 draft beer, $16 specialty cocktail pitchers, and more dog-friendly fun, too. For more information on each week’s charity and service provider, please visit www.ChicagoCanineConcierge.com. Mahoney’s Pub & Grille is located at 551 North Ogden Avenue in Chicago. The Aberdeen Tap is located at 440 North Aberdeen in Chicago. J. Patrick’s Irish Pub is located at 1367 West Erie in Chicago. The Matchbox is located at 770 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.
Big Shoulders Fund Dinner/Benefit: May 28, 6 and 8 p.m. seatings. The Happ Inn, 305 Happ Road, Northfield. “Evening with Tallgrass Beef” where guests can dine on a three-course prix fixe menu featuring dishes from Bill Kurtis’s Prairie Table Cookbook. Cost is $65, all-inclusive; Children’s and vegetarian menus will be available upon request. One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Science Enrichment Staddle Camp at Brush Creek Ranch. The Big Shoulders Fund is a non-profit organization that has been carrying the dreams of 24,000 students at 93 inner-city Chicago Catholic schools for over 26 years. Guests are encouraged to call (847) 784-9200 or email email@example.com for more information and reservations.
Step Up Women’s Network Fundraiser: “Women, Wine, Wear”, 6-9 p.m. May 29, Vertigo Sky Lounge, dana hotel & spa, 2 West Erie Street, Chicago. Evening of networking, philanthropy, shopping, fashion and wine. Guests will shop luxury retailers, savor hors d’oeuvres and sip fine wines. The event highlight will be a fashion show presented by Nicole Miller, emceed by Laura Schwartz, Former White House Director of Events and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed and local community leaders Bethany McLean, Gina Marotta, Michelle Molise, Tsi-tsi-ki Felix, Elise Hofer and Shalanda Holmes walking the runway showcasing the 2013 Spring/Summer collection. Tickets are $75-$95 online http://stepupwww.eventbrite.com. All proceeds benefit Step Up Women’s Network to help sponsor our goal of ten underserved teen girls in Chicago.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago annual Spotlight Ball: May 30, Fairmont Chicago Hotel and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park. Currently presenting its Landmark 35th Anniversary Season, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be honored with a Spotlight Award, Spotlight Award for Corporate Support will be presented to JPMorgan Chase & Co. 6 p.m.; special performance at the Harris Theater. Following the performance, attendees are invited to socialize with Chicago’s dance celebrities and prominent city figures, over dinner and cocktails at the Fairmont Hotel. Reservations begin at $600 per guest; four levels of sponsorship and table reservations start at $6,000. All proceeds support Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s education, community and artistic programs. To purchase tickets, please contact Jeanne T. Newman, Hubbard Street’s Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events, at (312) 850-9744 ext. 130, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Museum of Mexican Art “Latin Dance Party Celebration & Silent Auction”, 7-11 p.m. May 31, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago. Tickets: $55 (21 and over); $35 (under 21); includes: DJ playing Latin dance music, access to the National Museum of Mexican Art Gallery (until 8:30 p.m.), refreshments and open bar, Latin dance performance by Latin Rhythms Dance Company, dance instruction, access to silent auction and much more. Proceeds benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization serving and educating Illinois for the past 39 years. Mary at email@example.com or call (312) 648-6053.
The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Auxiliary Board Spring Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. May 31, Michigan Shores Country Club, 911 Michigan Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091. Speaker is Dr. Susan Hong, of The University, who will discuss a topic regarding Women’s Health Issues. Tickets: $45, includes light cocktails and lunch. http://cancer.uchicago.edu/, 1-773-702-6566.
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