Tag: Donna LaPietra

Rocket Men: Meeting the brave crew of Apollo 8

The thrill of a lifetime, meeting the crew of Apollo 8, shown here with Major General Bill Anders.
To say it was thrilling is a vast understatement. I’ve been lucky to have many opportunities to meet high profile people and celebrities in my line of work, but I’m not sure I have the words to describe what it was like to meet these three American heroes, the crew of Apollo 8–Captain James Lovell,... Read more »

Michael Kutza to be honored at Chicago International Film Festival's Summer Gala

Michael Kutza to be honored at Chicago International Film Festival's Summer Gala
Michael Kutza, founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival,  announced that he will be retiring from his role at the end of 2018. The Governing Board of Directors will pay tribute to Kutza’s remarkable career at a special gala, “Celebrating Michael,” on Saturday, July 14 at Loews Chicago... Read more »

Eversight Illinois Gala was "Love at First Sight"

Eversight Illinois' past and present honorees.
Eversight Illinois, a non-profit dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research, celebrated the 18th Annual Gift of Sight Gala at The Peninsula Chicago on June 23. The special evening honored Dr. Marian Macsai as the “Gift of Sight” honoree and yours truly as the 2016 “Woman... Read more »
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Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts luncheon honors Laurie Metcalf

Martha Lavey, honoree Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Perry.
For the 6th annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts luncheon the honoree was Emmy and Obie Award-winning actress and original ensemble member Laurie Metcalf.   Following a VIP reception at the Standard Club on March 9, Steppenwolf Board Chair Nora Daley welcomed more than 300 guests, then fellow original ensemble member Jeff Perry introduced the... Read more »

Shedd Aquarium's Goldfish Ball: stingrays, a Broadway star and Ty the sea lion entertain

Broadway star Susan Egan performs with Ty the sea lion.
The Shedd Aquariam’s  annual learning themed gala, The Goldfish Ball, was coined in recognition of a child’s first introduction to aquatic life and attracted more than 800 guests on June 7.  Gala Chairman Sandi Simon and her committee of more than sixty volunteers planned an evening that was educational and entertaining, as well as a... Read more »

The School of the Art Institute Chicago's "The Walk" 2013: Cutting Edge Fashion in the Windy City (Video!)

It was a night filled with fashion, but not the kind you are used to seeing on a runway.  No my friend, this was the 79th annual School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) “The Walk”, arguably the most creative and innovative fashion show of its kind in the country!  More than 90 design... Read more »
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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 »

Stella Foster's BIG Retirement Party Leaves Fans With Hope (PICS!)

Stella Foster always signed off on her column with “yeah, I said it” and at her BIG retirement party August 28th, she did indeed say it to NBC president and general manager, Larry Wert, when he asked her point blank if she was really retiring.  Her hesitation and half-hearted “yeah” gave everyone in the room... Read more »

A Night of Firsts for the Joffrey Ballet's (Fun-Filled) 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala (PICS!)

It was a thrilling night in Chicago for The Joffrey Ballet’s grand 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala honoring its Women’s Board!  I was so excited to chair this event with Helen Hall Melchior (our 5th Joffrey event together!) along with our dynamic co-chairs Kate Bensen, Pamella Roland DeVos, Liz Sharp, Joan Colmar, Mary Pat Burns, Victoria... Read more »
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The Joffrey Ballet's Celebration Gala to Honor 10th Anniversary of Women's Board

The Joffrey Ballet's Celebration Gala to Honor 10th Anniversary of  Women's Board
I am so excited to share the news about this year’s Joffrey Ballet Celebration Gala on Sunday, May 6th at the historic Palmer House Hilton, located at17 E. Monroe. This year’s event will be a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the Joffrey’s dynamic Women’s Board who have raised a staggering $16 million, making them... Read more »