I am sad to say I had never been to the Friends of Prentice Gala but I am happy to say they didn't need me anyway since this event is a yearly sellout. For their 25th annual gala themed "Reflections", the one adjective that kept popping up with everyone I talked with was "this party is wild"! And you had to see it to believe it! First of all, it was the largest silent auction I had ever seen with over 750 items. There were trip giveaways, kid stuff, food and wine packages, beauty and fashion offerings, interior décor items and nights on the town that included Lollapalooza, Steppenwolf, the Joffrey, Lyle Lovett and Victory Gardens Theater among a zillion others.
Everywhere you looked guests were carrying big tote bags for the toy giveaways that were to come. Navy Pier is a gorgeous venue for big events and the décor by Taylor & Co. on this night was simply elegant. Long, willowy branches on the tables were dramatic yet still allowed guests to see each other. Their "Heads or Tails" game is a highly anticipated part of the evening and involved anyone who had purchased a day-glo necklace. I'm not giving this idea away. You need to go next year and see it for yourself!
Event co-chairs, Carol Bernick (Friends of Prentice founder), Erica Goldman, Joanne DeSanctis Kirk, Christopher Newton and Stanley Pillman, attracted over 700 guests to this event that raised $860,000 for Prentice Women's Hospital's programs. For info on this wonderful organization, please visit www.friendsofprentice.org .
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