February 2019 Scene & Seen
THE MORTON ARBORETUM IN LISLE welcomed 400 guests to the Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party in support of the institution’s tree research, collections and education programs. Emceed by media personalities and tree champions Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra, the Arboretum’s annual fundraising event raised a record $500,000, enabling the Arboretum to further its mission to plant and conserve trees on-site, throughout the Chicago region and globally.
Mary Ann Anderson of Lisle and Sandy Becky of Wheaton
Photo courtesy of The Morton Arboretum
THE GREATEST GATEWAY, INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” raised $4.1 million at the annual CURES gala, recently held at Sheraton Grand Chicago. “Under the Big Top” actress and comedienne Melissa Peterman emceed, with a celebrity line-up that included Jonathan Cullen (“The Book of Mormon”), R & B music legend Brian McKnight and a five-piece acoustic party band, The London Essentials. The evening’s proceeds will support clinical trials across all cancer types. Photo: The London Essentials with Gateway Founder Richard J Stephenson and Board of Directors member Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson of Barrington
HINSDALE HUMANE SOCIETY’S GRAND OPENING in early November attracted 1,300 visitors who donated $120,000 to the pet rescue and resource center. Three dogs and 13 cats found new homes, too! Photo: A tiny pet lover visits with Shania the cat.
THE 6TH ANNUAL HEALTHY DRIVEN NAPERVILLE HALF MARATHON & 5K, sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Health, took over the streets of Naperville on a crisp fall morning in late October. About 3,200 runners completed the races, including 800 who ran for area charitable organizations. Colin Mickow of Naperville was the winner of the half marathon with a time of 1:07:50, while Erika Edmonson of Riverside took the women’s division, clocking 1:23:59. Bernard Henry of Aurora, crossed the finish line first in the 5K with a time of 19:03 and Isabella Orozco, age 14, of Aurora, was the women’s 5K winner with a time of 21:30. Photo: Colin Mickow, 28, of Naperville was the overall winner of the half marathon.Edit Module