I've been to some pretty thrilling parties in my day, but I can't remember many in recent memory that delivered as much excitement as this year's Gala fundraiser for the MCA! More than 460 guests paid $1000 a piece to enjoy this over-the-top party, artEdge, that included performances by renowned artist Nick Cave and the Soundsuits as well as a thrilling appearance by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic who even had our Mayor tapping his toes and enjoying this over-the-top blend of funk, rock and soul music.
Powerhouse co-chairs included Penny Pritzker, Liza and Marc Brooks, Anne and Don Edwards and Bryan Traubert. The Mayor and his lovely wife, Amy Rule, were Honorary Chairs.
After Nick Cave's performance and the cocktail reception, guests were seated in the main floor of the MCA at long communal tables with a frame of light above each that reminded me of a star’s dressing room. The delicious menu consisted of heirloom beets, roasted chicken, wild mushroom spoon bread pudding, caramelized yams, chestnuts and braised collard greens with cheesy corn bread and sweet potato biscuits.
This million dollar fundraiser was a highlight of the season and I can't wait to see what creativity the MCA brings to Chicago next year! (Check out these great pics by Mila Samokhina and you'll feel like you were there!)
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