Posts tagged "Governor Pat Quinn"

After School Matters celebrates Gala 2014 and Chicago Bull Derrick Rose's $1 million donation

Tim Maloney (ASM board member), Mellody Hobson, George Lucas, Mary Ellen Caron (CEO After School Matters) with ASM teens.
After School Matters is $1 million richer!  Chicago Bulls point guard and three-time NBA All-Star, Derrick Rose donated this gift, his largest ever, to the non-profit that offers Chicago high school teens out-of-school activities.  E. Robbie Robinson, vice chairman of After School Matters, announced the surprise donation at the charity’s annual gala Tuesday, September 23.... Read more »

Puppy Love at PAWS Chicago's Animal Magnetism Party

Kat Olewinski and Molly.
Nearly 400 animal lovers and their canine companions came together to celebrate PAWS Chicago’s 8th annual Animal Magnetism event held recently at Galleria Marchetti.  Governor Pat Quinn, a noted animal lover, was guest of honor at the fundraiser and received an award for his leadership in animal welfare through his advocacy and legislative reform. This... Read more »

Gay Marriage the Focus at Equality Illinois Justice for All Gala Co-Chaired by Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro

Co-chairs Jesus Salgueiro and Chef Art Smith with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Governor Pat Quinn declared it “an historic week in Illinois” and on Valentine’s Day, it became just that when the Illinois Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on a vote of 34-21.  (If the bill becomes law, Illinois will become the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to marry).  At the recent... Read more »
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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 »

World's Largest Ronald McDonald House is Open and Filled with Love

Ronald McDonald House Ambassador Max Herrick cuts the ribbon!
It’s finally HERE!  After  much planning, hoping, wishing and fundraising, the World Largest Ronald McDonald House is OPEN!  I was honored to be there for this special celebration on a parking garage rooftop which was directly across from the House.   Throughout the impressive program, more than 600 attendees could plainly see the purpose for this... Read more »

Martin Sheen Calls Chicago a City of "Big Hearts" as he Receives Film Fest Honor

Sonya Magdevski (Emilio's girlfriend), honoree Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and producer David Alexanian.
Actor Martin Sheen came to town recently to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s Summer Gala.  He was accompanied by son, Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed and co-starred in their latest film , “The Way.“   Film Fest Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Kutza, presented the Silver Hugo to Sheen... Read more »
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Peninsula Hotel is BIG Winner at World of Chocolate!

The Peninsula Hotel won 3 of the 5 awards at this year’s World of Chocolate. There were 1700 people at this year’s 9th annual World of Chocolate benefitting the Aids Foundation of Chicago and 26 entries competing for five awards. Categories included tastiest chocolate treat (The Hot Chocolate Award), most creative use of chocolate (The Loco Cocoa Award), best presentation... Read more »

Governor Pat Quinn Signs Pet Bills at PAWS Record Breaking Beach Party 2010

Governor Quinn, with Bailey, signed 2 bills into law at the PAWS Beach Party this week. Looking on are founders Paula and Peter Fasseas. With over 500 guests and 200 pets, PAWS 8th annual Beach Party, “All Paws on Deck“, broke every record from years past.  Event co-chairs, Bonnie Spurlock and Christine Mallul, along with... Read more »