Category: Citylife/charity

Blissful Wishes Ball turns dreams into reality for seriously ill

Chicago Wish Upon A Wedding board members with president Michelle Durpetti (2nd from L)
The Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding hosted their 7th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball on November 7 at Morgan Manufacturing. More than 425 guests gathered to celebrate Wish-Upon-A-Wedding’s mission to provide weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or life-altering circumstances in all 50 states and to celebrate the 100th wish granted... Read more »

Gary Sinise to honor nation's heroes at Inspiration to Action luncheon

Gary Sinise to honor nation's heroes at Inspiration to Action luncheon
Gary Sinise will honor our nation’s veterans,  defenders, first responders and their families with a special benefit luncheon, Inspiration to Action, at Arlington International Racecourse on Sunday, August 3. Proceeds from this day at the races will benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation which provides unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities... Read more »

Idonije, Toews and Marshall: A party with sports royalty for charity

Idonije, Toews and Marshall:  A party with sports royalty for charity
Who doesn’t love Israel Idonije?!  It will be a sports lover’s dream on Thursday, July 17, when Izzy and his friends host an evening benefiting the Israel Idonije Foundation at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago in the Grand Ballroom.  The evening will be emceed by Windy City Live’s Val Warner with honorary chair... Read more »

"Mothers in the Mills" benefit raises funds to banish puppy mills

Cari Meyers with Janet Davies.
The Puppy Mill Project continued its annual tradition of honoring mother dogs left behind in puppy mills with its “Mothers in the Mills” benefit. This year’s event, which took place on May 10th at John Barleycorn in River North honored Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, Bernie Berlin, founder of A... Read more »

"Big Mac Under Glass" Honors Ken Norgan and Raises Big Money for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Co-chair/honoree Ken Norgan with Ronald
The annual “Big Mac Under Glass” event is always a special night in Chicago.  Not only is it a fun-filled fundraiser but it also benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which recently built the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House on Grand Avenue.  On March 8th, the charity celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its largest fundraiser,... Read more »

"Women Driving Excellence" at Chicago Auto Show (Video!)

Honorees Elisa Camahort Page, Karyn Calabrese, Natalie Martinez, Susanna Jung and Mary Couzin.
I love looking at cars, sort of, but I do know that women are the most influential when it comes time to make the decision for a new car for the family. According to Forbes, women influence more than 85 percent of car sales. Additionally, Forbes states that women have full or partial say over a... Read more »

Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus Honored at Western Golf's Green Coat Gala

Jack Nicklaus with event co-chair Sharyl Mackey (left) and her sister Laura Foxman
The world’s greatest golf champion, Jack Nicklaus, headlined the 3rd Western Golf Association’s Green Coat Gala on November 6 at the Peninsula Chicago.  The winner of 18 major championships, two Western Open titles and the Western Amateur Championship, Nicklaus charmed the black-tie crowd of more than 400 fans with an intimate, all-encompassing interview of his... Read more »

Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan and Chef Curtis Duffy's Creative Gift for PAWS Chicago Fur Ball (Video!)

Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan and Chef Curtis Duffy's Creative Gift for PAWS Chicago Fur Ball (Video!)
Grammy award winning Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Grace restaurant’s Michelin Star Awarded Chef Curtis Duffy will join forces to create an exclusive evening of imaginative cuisine and innovative entertainment to benefit PAWS Chicago, an animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless cats and dogs. Together, they will curate and host “A Night of... Read more »

Global Latino Fest Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month

Milena Tous, Cheryl Pearson McNeil and Pat Pulido Sanchez
To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month,  leaders from across Chicago came together to celebrate, “Global Latino Fest,” a signature event that highlighted the significant contributions of Latinos to American culture. The 9th Annual “Global Latino Fest,”a marquee event that closed out Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-October 15)  showcased culture, cuisine, arts and entertainment from Argentina, Brazil,... Read more »

After School Matters Gala Celebrates Chicago Teens

George Lucas, Mellody Hobson Lucas and former Mayor Rich Daley.
The inspiration for After School Matters came about 20 years ago thanks to Maggie Daley,  the late, great former Chicago First Lady, and former Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg who wanted to develop cultural activities for the city’s teenagers.  And the rest, as they say, is history since this much needed program... Read more »