March 2020 Scene & Seen

7th Annual DuPage Foundation Masquerade Ball. From left:Don & Tamara Ortegel of Naperville, Juliana Maller of St. Charles, Jim Atten of West Chicago, and Carol Adams & Randy Olson of St. Charles

7th Annual DuPage Foundation Masquerade Ball

Masked philanthropists and community leaders recently gathered for the 7th annual DuPage Foundation Masquerade Ball. The festive celebration, held at the DoubleTree Oak Brook and attended by 250 guests, raised close to $450,000 for operations and programs aimed at raising the quality of life in DuPage County. Guests enjoyed a formal dinner, silent auction, live music and a mask contest, won by Les and Mary Wiberg of Wheaton.

     "Despite being one of our nation’s most prosperous counties, we still have needs in DuPage," said Dave McGowan, DuPage Foundation president & CEO. "Beneath our mask of prosperity, many of our friends and neighbors struggle daily with myriad challenges: Poverty, mental illness, substance abuse, affordable housing, access to quality, early childhood education, and affordable healthcare, to name a few. These challenges are real, and they need our attention."

March 2020 Scene & Seen

Above: Graham & Laura Scott, Katelyn & Devon Moon, Tim & Jenny Pabich, Nathan Biggs, and Ted & Michele Marko, all of Naperville. Photo by Ron Hume.

March 2020 Scene & Seen

Above: Katie & Dorothy O’Reilly of Wheaton. Photo by Ron Hume.

March 2020 Scene & Seen

Above:Susana & Robert Kaiser of Glen Ellyn. Photo by Ron Hume. 

The 34th Annual Gift of Life Gala

The 34th annual Gift of Life Gala, held recently by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, raised nearly $255,000 from 239 guests in attendance. The proceeds will benefit the health and wellness of those at risk or affected by kidney disease through free screening programs and community health initiatives. The evening, emceed by Chicago’s NBC5 Investigative Reporter Regina Waldroup, was inspired by the spirit of "Old Chicago" and featured classic Chicago flavors, including dishes from Greektown, Little Italy and Pilsen. A roulette wheel, a World’s Fair Wine Toss, and Chicago sports trivia tests amused the guests, who were entertained by music from Famos! DJ. 

March 2020 Scene & Seen

Above:  Emcee Regina Waldroup with Melana Delaney of Chicago. 

March 2020 Scene & Seen

Above: Shehnila Mahkri and Shawn Finnan of Oak Brook.​

March 2020 Scene & Seen

Above: Barri Maaske and  Eric Maaske of Glen Ellyn.

March 2020 Scene & Seen

Above:Dr. Bryan Becker and Dr. Yolanda Becker of Hinsdale.

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