March 2019 Scene & Seen
FROM SURPRISE GOLDEN TICKETS to scrumdiddlyumptious cocktails and entrées, plus an everlasting supply of candy, music and fun, the DuPage Foundation’s Imagination Ball was a night to remember. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the event was held at the Westin at Yorktown Center in Lombard and was attended by 250 guests. It raised an estimated of $435,000 for the Foundation’s operations, programs and grants aimed at raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County.
Bill and Natalie Perry of Elmhurst; and Lauri Riggen, Peter Paolilli, and Mike and Toni Havala, all of Naperville
Photo courtesy of DuPage Foundation
Attending the DuPage Foundation Imagination Ball arendia Alexis Ehobia, June Barnard and Alex Ehobia, all of Naperville. Photo courtesy of DuPage Foundation.
FRIENDS OF PRENTICE recently held its 33rd annual Gala, Casablanca, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. More than 400 Chicago-area philanthropic leaders raised over $700,000 for emerging technologies and ground-breaking research that will help change the future of women’s healthcare. As a nod to the Casablanca theme, the black-tie event was punctuated with guests in white coats and glamorous gowns enjoying a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, music and dancing. Since 1983, Friends of Prentice has raised over $20 million and has awarded grants to more than 80 researchers and clinical programs.
Photographed are: (top) Kelly and Brian Burgess, Joe Girardi, and Melanie and Matt Andrews, all of Glen Ellyn; (bottom) Wendy Adcock of Woodridge and Camille Baxter of Chicago; and (above right) Cathy Wicklund of Oak Park and Frank Adcock of Woodridge. Photos by Mike Kelly Photography.
THE AUTISM HERO PROJECT, a not-for-profit organization that helps families with children on the autism spectrum, raised over $14,000 at its inaugural fundraising dinner. The event, held at Brazil Express Churrasco Grill in Schaumburg, welcomed 130 guests, many dressed in blue to signify autism awareness and others sporting superhero capes.
Photographed are (top) Daniel Blank of Oak Park, Angelica Monroy of Villa Park, Elizabeth Colon-Rivera of Frankfort, Yaneth Medina of Hoffman Estates, Tamika Morales of Algonquin, Luz Canino-Baker of Clarendon Hills, Daisy Jimenez of Westmont and Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz of Aurora; and (bottom) Andrea Hernandez of Elgin and Maximillian Morales of Algonquin.Photos by Mike Cataura.
PILLARS COMMUNITY HEALTH HOSTED ITS ANNUAL BALL at the Oak Brook Hills Hilton Resort on Jan. 9. The Ball brought together 400 area residents as well as 45 volunteers, 110 auction and raffle donors and 37 sponsors, including local businesses and community leaders. Together they raised $287,000 to support programs ranging from medical and dental care, to mental health, early education and social services.
Photographed above is Anne Mudd of Western Springs won the Wine Raffle, which included 50 bottles of premium wine donated by members of the community.
SWING FORE EXCELLENCE AT TOP GOLF was hosted by the Student Excellence Foundation of Wheaton School District 200 on February 9 at Top Golf in Naperville. The evening included golf, a silent auction and a raffle. All proceeds went to supporting coding initiatives in computer programming throughout the entire district, at 13 elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. Cadillac of Naperville, Legat Architects, and Nicholas & Associates were major sponsors of the event.
Photographed are: (top) Mike Benard, executive director of the Wheaton Park District, and Jennifer Benard; Diane and John Wilt; and Susan Shorney and Scott Shorney, president of the Cosley Zoo Foundation board, all of Wheaton; and (bottom)From left: Brad Paulsen, president of the D200 School Board; Rob Kroehnke, Wheaton Warrenville South High School girls basketball coach; and Mike Barbier Wheaton City councilman, all of Wheaton.
GIVE STORES LIFE was the theme of a recent “friendraiser” benefit for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the professional equity company in residence at McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. The event was an opportunity for the community to meet the theatre company’s board and ensemble members and to acknowledge the enduring support of patron Dr. Donald G. Westlake of Wheaton. The event included refreshments, a presentation by Dr. Westlake and a look back at some of the company’s past productions. More than 150 guests attended the event.
Photographed are (from left): Ensemble members Laura Leonardo Ownby of La Grange; Nick DuFloth and Rebecca Cox, both of Chicago; Dr. Don Westlake of Wheaton; Associate Artistic Director Amelia Barrett of Glen Ellyn; Artistic Director Connie Canada Howard of Downers Grove; and ensemble members Lisa Dawn of Lisle; and Bryan Burke of Glen Ellyn.Photo by Emergence See Photography.Edit Module