AIBI HONORS DONNA LAPIETRA

 

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Bill Kurtis with honoree Donna LaPietra

Local icon and all around incredible woman, Donna LaPietra, was honored Thursday night by the Apparel Industry Board, May 28th, at the Casino.  The event benefited the Stanley Paul-Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to college students from Greater Chicago and/or Illinois who are studying in a fashion design program.  The evening's master of ceremonies, Bill Zwecker, called Donna "Chicago's treasure" and Leslie Hindman called her "the Mrs. Potter Palmer of our time."  I agree wholeheartedly on both counts.  Her list of philanthropic endeavors are too numerous to even mention but suffice it to say Chicago would be lost without her.  Her significant other, Bill Kurtis, recounted their lives together in a humorous video presentation that included testimonials from Maggie Daley, Gary Sinise, John Bryan, Rick Bayless, Paul Sereno, Victor Skrebneski and Walter Jacobson.  Over 250 friends attended this joyous celebration of Donna's amazingly full life and they included Alderman Ed Burke and Judge Ann Burke, Shelley Farley, Grace Barry, Ginger and Dell Hall (who produced the wonderful video), Michael Kutza, Lynne Jordan (who performed), Peggy Lombardo, Dennis Minkel, Carol Prins, Abra and Tom Wilkin, Dori Wilson, Helen Melchior, Amelia Silva, Myra and John Reilly, Mamie Walton, Hazel Barr, Zarada Gowenlock, Susan Ellefson, Greg Hyder, Jim Smith, Skip Grisham, Andrea Schwartz and many more.  May it never end!  Congrats Donna!  We love you and thank you for making our world a better place!  J  

 

To see more great event photos,  

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MC Bill Zwecker, Leslie Hindman, Michael Kutza and Judy Niedermaier

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Lydia and Francois Alouf

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Bob Zentner, Lynn McMahan and Dennis Minkel

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Casino venue

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Zarada Gowenlock, Greg Hyder and Hazel Barr

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Grace Barry, Alderman Ed Burke and Judge Ann Burke

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Shelley MacArthur Farley and Dennis Minke

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Me and Lynn McMahan

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Marci and Ron Holzer

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Abra and Tom Wilkin with Stanley Paul

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Michelle and Richard Klarcheck

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Lynne Jordan, Donna LaPietra, Boots Nathan and Victor Skrebneski

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Jim Smith, Susan Ellefson and Greg Hyder

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Andrea Schwartz

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Bill Kurtis and Donna Lapietra with piano prodigy, Emily Bear

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