May 2019 Scene & Seen
Friday Night Fight Night was recently back in Chicago! Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted the 4th annual Patrick J. Ryan Main Event at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The ballroom was transformed into a boxing ring and mini-casino for the entertainment of more than 800 guests.
Friday Night Fight Night at the4th annual Patrick J. Ryan Main Event at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, organized by Catholic Charities of America
Photos by John Reilly Photography
Proceeds directly benefit Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS), created for children and youth who have endured the loss of a loved one to suicide. The program provides individual, family and group counseling, as well as consultation for caregivers and key family members. The program has supported 288 children since 2010. The event was established by former Attorney General of Illinois Jim Ryan and his wife Marie and their family, after the loss of their son, Patrick J. Ryan, to suicide. Jim and Marie Ryan acted as co-chairs for the event. Photographed below are Jim and Jennifer Ryan of Naperville (top photo) and Marina Galassi and Caitlyn Ryan of Villa Park and Erica Parrilli (bottom photo(.
DuPage Children's Museum Benefit Ball
DuPage Pads 13th Annual Taste of Hope recently welcomed 600 guests to dine at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Guests sampled signature dishes from 25 of the area’s fine dining restaurants, with wine pairings from Wente Vineyards. Music, auctions and raffles rounded out an evening of delicious dining. The event raised $275,000. DuPage Pads, based in Wheaton, is the largest provider of housing, support services and career solutions to those who are homeless in DuPage County. Photographed below are Marina Galassi and Caitlyn Ryan of Villa Park and Erica Parrilli (top photo) and Taste of Hope Board (from left): Mary Ann Kosinski of Plainfield, Kathi Moore of Wheaton, Kathy Birkett of Geneva and Steve Rosenblum of Lemont (bottom photo)
DuPage Children's Museum Benefit Ball
DuPage Children’s Museum hosted its annual Benefit Ball on April 6, attracting 350 hicagoland philanthropists to Esplanade Lakes in Downers Grove. This year’s event, themed “Play Soirée,” celebrated the power of play and emphasized the child-adult learning partnership that is at the core of the Museum’s mission.
At the event, the 2019 Great Friend to Kids Award was granted to the museum’s President and CEO, Sarah Orleans, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
The ball, which raised a record $656,000, was emceed by Emmy award-winning ABC 7 news anchor, Judy Hsu. A highlight was a Cher impersonation by singer-songwriter Lisa McClowry, who recruited Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico to play the role of Sonny during her rendition of ”I Got You Babe.”
Photographed below are DuPage Children’s Museum Board Chair Mark Trembacki with emcee Judy Hsu (top photo) and Lisa McClowry as Cher, with Naperville Mayor Stephen Chirico (bottom photo)
2019 Women Build for Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity
Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity broke ground in March at 823 Gillette Ave. in Aurora for the housing ministry’s 2019 Women Build, a Habitat house built by women volunteers. Future homeowner Elsa Macias and her daughters Vivian and Minerva helped break ground for the build, which will take place on May 9 – 11. Women age 16 and older are invited to participate in Women Build. Volunteers are asked to donate $250 per day for building materials and other expenses. This will be the 63rd home built or upgraded by Habitat in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery since the Habitat since the nonprofit housing ministry’s founding in 1988. Photographed below, breaking ground were friends and Macias family members. (From far right): Minerva, Vivian and Elsa Macias of Aurora. Fourth from left, Sixth Ward Aurora Alderman Michael Saville who spoke at the groundbreaking.