Archive for August 2013

Green Tie Ball features Willy Wonka theme for 22nd annual bash (Video!)

Green Tie Ball features Willy Wonka theme for 22nd annual bash (Video!)
One of Chicago’s most celebrated charity events, the Green Tie Ball, returns this year with a whimsical ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ theme. Hosted by nonprofit organization Chicago Gateway Green, which is dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities, Green Tie Ball presented by A. Finkl & Sons will be... Read more »

What Mary and Jim Johnson taught me about racial (in)equality

What Mary and Jim Johnson taught me about racial (in)equality
Mary Johnson was like a mother to me.  She took care of my grandmother before she passed away so I never knew a time without her until the day she passed away at age 93.   She was born in Cotton Plant, Mississippi, on September 30, 1903.  It wasn’t an easy time or place to grow... Read more »

Dwyane Wade's "Live to Dream" 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Dwyane Wade's "Live to Dream" 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala
Basketball great Dwyane Wade and Wade’s World Foundation (WWF) will celebrate dual 10th anniversaries with a benefit gala on Friday, September 6, at the Peninsula Chicago.  Dwyane will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of his foundation and his 10th year in the NBA with the Miami Heat.   The evening will also honor comedian/talk show host... Read more »
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Kerry and Sarah Wood Host Star Studded "Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic" in Wrigley

Jenny McCarthy at bat.
Former Cubs pitcher, Kerry Wood, and wife Sarah hosted their first annual Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic tournament in Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 10,  benefitting the Wood Family Foundation.  Celebrities, sports stars and media personalities participated in this afternoon sporting event that brought Woody back to the mound.  It also featured a Home Run Derby,... Read more »

Sing Live Onstage with Legendary Rock Band Chicago Benefitting American Cancer Society

Sing Live Onstage with Legendary Rock Band Chicago Benefitting American Cancer Society
Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-Winning band, Chicago, is partnering again with American Cancer Society to raise funds and awareness in the fight to end breast cancer. Sing With Chicago, an online charity auction, gives music lovers the chance to win the ultimate VIP fan experience and sing the hit song “If You Leave Me Now” live... Read more »

Service Club of Chicago celebrates 123rd year with fashion show and luncheon (VIDEO and PICS!)

The Service Club of Chicago hosted its annual “Day on the Terrace” Fashion Show and luncheon recently at the Peninsula Chicago with a record breaking crowd of over 300.  This charitable organization, founded in 1890, is one of the oldest in Chicago now celebrating it’s 123rd year.   The 45 minute show featured more than... Read more »
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Smokey Robinson concert to raise funds for Chicago State University Foundation

Smokey Robinson concert to raise funds for Chicago State University Foundation
The Chicago State University Foundation (CSUF) Board of Directors will host its 19th Annual Circle of Friends event, “Circle of Friends presents An Evening with Smokey Robinson,”on Thursday, September 19.  This Scholarship Fundraising Concert will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. beginning with a Strolling Supper at the CSU Academic Library (9502 S.... Read more »

Marco Foster's White Party Benefits One Hope United

Chicago philanthropist and man-about-town Marco Foster  hosted his Third Annual White Party recently at American Junkie (15 W. Illinois).   The evening, which benefitted One Hope United, a not-for-profit organization that protects vulnerable children from child abuse or neglect and prepares them for a brighter future, was Marco’s biggest party to date and one of the... Read more »

Mythical Proportions: Nora Dunn's One Woman Show Comes to Chicago

Mythical Proportions:  Nora Dunn's One Woman Show Comes to Chicago
An Asian pig with a penchant for liquor, a wooden leg discovered in the corner of a dank cellar and the deadly rampage of a desperate middle-aged bookkeeper becomes the stuff of legend in Nora Dunn’s “Mythical Proportions.”   Written and performed by Dunn, this one-woman show that has been two years in the making, will... Read more »
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Diary of a Downsize Plus Tips for First Time Homeowners

Diary of a Downsize Plus Tips for First Time Homeowners
We had been talking about it for a year.  Six months ago we put our house up for sale and it sold this week.  For a while, I had mixed emotions since this house has held nothing but happy memories for Chuck and me.  But as the years progressed and we became busier and busier,... Read more »