Fit, fab and fifty! Chef
At $1000 per person, this event raised $500,000 on this one night alone! Some wealthy friends chipped in to donate a surprise birthday gift of $85K while Oprah topped the birthday cake with her generous donation of $250K. When she asked Art what he wanted for his present, he replied, "A treadmill...."....She suggested he aim higher!
8 top chefs each contributed a course for this evening and they included Nigella Lawson, Stephanie Izard, David Burke, Ming Tsai, Alan Wong, Gavin Kaysen, Barbara Lynch and Rey Villalobos. There was entertainment by Michael Johns and Sara Wasserman. Executive Director, Linda O'Keefe, resplendent in Burberry, welcomed guests and Art's life partner, Jesus Salguiero, gave a heartfelt speech about him that brought tears to everyone's eyes. Chef Stephanie Izard put it this way, "Art keeps getting smaller and smaller in his waist and bigger and bigger in his heart." I'll say, with his 90 pound weight loss (325 down to 235), he is a shadow of his former self and now truly is the role model he's always hoped to be for the many children he mentors.
Seen in the crowd of A-listers were Mayor Daley arriving with Desiree Rogers, MK Pritzker, Julie and Fred Latsko, Steve Lombardo, Judd Malkin,
During the 2 day celebration (World Festival was Monday night) $1.2 million dollars was raised to support Common Thread's after-school cooking program which will allow funding for sixty 12-week sessions for low-income 8-12 year olds! The host committee included Lee Blackwell Baur,
(Photos by Caitlin Saville)
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