Posts tagged "Debi Lilly"

Chicago International Film Festival's Spring Gala was a lovefest for Dame Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

Film director Taylor Hackford and actress Dame Helen Mirren hold their Gold Hugos  with Michael Kutza, founder of Chicago International Film Festival.
Hollywood and, in this case, royalty, came to Chicago for the annual Chicago International Film Festival‘s Spring Gala presented by Cinema/Chicago on May 24. Academy Award-winning actress (Dame) Helen Mirren and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford (her husband) celebrated their film careers with Festival founder Michael Kutza and nearly 400 adoring fans at the Loews... Read more »

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 »

Joffrey Ballet luncheon celebrates opening of Romeo and Juliet

Ashley Wheater, Barbara Gaines and Chris Jones onstage.
The Joffrey Ballet hosted a cultural conversation with many of Chicago’s most powerful women and leaders in the arts on September 26 in honor of The Joffrey’s upcoming production of Romeo & Juliet, opening Thursday, October 13. Nearly 300 guests gathered at LondonHouse’s appropriately named Juliette Grand Ballroom to celebrate Krzysztof Pastor’s critically acclaimed reimagining... Read more »
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July 4th: Small town parades, lakefront fireworks and a Tuscan vineyard

Director Robert Zemeckis, his beautiful wife Leslie and family at their vineyard in Tuscany.
I just loved this patriotic weekend and all that it entails. Of course, I appreciate what it stands for (celebrating our independence) but I’m also moved by the charming, hometown feeling it evokes bringing to mind apple pie, red, white and blue decorations, veterans standing a little taller with medals pinned to their lapels, small... Read more »

Primo Classico 2015: High flying fundraising for Primo Center for Women and Children

Norma Rixter, Sylvia Perez, Kathleen Casey, Lori Allen, Jennifer Brieva and Cynthia Au.
Planes, exotic cars, helicopter rides, delicious food, fun fashions and more all created an atmosphere of the total luxe life for the 4th annual Primo Classico 2015, held this year in Hawthorne Global Aviation Services’ brand new 30,000′ ft. hangar in Wheeling, IL. Nearly 400 guests attended this year’s event hosted by Diane and Quintin... Read more »

Chef Charlie Trotter exhibit displays rare culinary artifacts at City Gallery

Chef Charlie Trotter was one of a kind.  His accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but a new exhibit at City Gallery (806 N. Michigan Ave.) will share some insights into his greatness. Culinary fans will feast in delight at the exhibition Charlie Trotter: Chef, Artist, Thinker presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs... Read more »
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Launch party kicks off Macy's Glamorama in style

Nearly 300 fun-loving guests attended the 6th annual Glamorama Launch Party at the chic new venue, Chez, 247 E. Ontario, on June 19.  This party kicked off the main event, Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, which will be at the Harris Theater on Friday, August 8,  and feature cool recording artist Jason Derulo along with fabulous... Read more »

The Stanley Paul Foundation Benefit: An Unforgettable Night with Friends (Video)

With Rhonda Sanderson, Helen Melchior, Joycelyn Winnecke, Leslie Hindman, Donna LaPietra and Bill Zwecker
I’ve never done this before so please forgive me, but I’m writing about the recent Stanley Paul- Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Benefit. Why you ask do I beg forgiveness? Because, this year, I was the evening’s honoree and it was such a wonderful night with so many friends who turned out that I would like to... Read more »

Love in Bloom at Engagement Party for Windy City Live's Val Warner and Jeff Cartwright

The happy couple, Val Warner and Jeff Cartwright (Smile Booth photo)
The penthouse at Hotel 71 was packed with friends and family who turned out to wish Windy City Live’s Val Warner, and her longtime love, handsome Jeff Cartwright,  a life filled with happiness at their recent engagement party.    A Perfect Event’s Debi Lilly had created, well, a perfect event!  A charming cupcake bar,  ice cream,... Read more »
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"Women Driving Excellence": An Inaugural Event for the Chicago Auto Show

Trailblazer Awards await the honorees.
The Chicago Auto Show was THE place to be this year for Women’s Day on February 12.  Hundreds of women came out to peruse the latest auto trends and attend this inaugural event,  “Women Driving Excellence”.  This first-time networking event was hosted by Debi Lilly, Elisa All, Jill Salzman, Barbara Rozgonyi, Saya Hillman, MJ Tam... Read more »