Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Peform at Steppenwolf's Million Dollar Fundraiser

Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosted over 500 guests for its annual star-studded gala on May 5th.  The event kicked off with a showcase of scenes inspired by the world-premiere production of The March, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, adapted for the stage and directed by ensemble member Frank Galati, and featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Ian Barford, Martha Lavey, Mariann Mayberry, James Vincent Meredith and Alan Wilder.

Following the performance, the party moved two blocks south to Blackhawk on Halsted, a 15,000’ foot space featuring theatrically-inspired décor by Event Creative and a breathtaking view of Chicago’s skyline.  There, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner prepared by Food for Thought Catering and the awesome, annual live auction (led by auctioneer Michael Davis of Hart Davis Wine Co.).  It featured once-in-a-lifetime adventures with Steppenwolf ensemble members and artists and included an on-set visit to the hit Starz original drama Boss, filmed here in Chicago starring Kelsey Grammer plus autographed scripts as a memento of the day; exclusive dinner with comedian Jeff Garlin, star and executive producer of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, with dinner prepared by 5-time James Beard Award nominee Chef Michael Kornick; four tickets to the NY opening of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (the 50th anniversary of the original Broadway production premiere) plus hotel and airfare; and an exclusive evening on the Steppenwolf stage with co-founder Gary Sinise and ensemble member Moira Harris with a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Charlie Trotter!

The evening, which raised more than $1 million,  wrapped up with dancing and live music by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.  Gala 2012 co-chairs included Richard and Margery Feitler, Rita and Scott George and Carol and John Walter.  Liz and Eric Lefkofsky were the Live Auction Sponsors.

(www.Steppenwolf.org) (Photos by Joan Hackett and Kyle Flubacker)

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