Tag: Mila Samokhina

The Chicago Lighthouse--A FLAIR for fashion with a touching twist

Co-chairs Sheree Valukas (center), Sherrill Bodine and Lighthouse president Dr. Janet Szlyk.
It was the most successful fundraiser yet, raising over $100,000, for The Chicago Lighthouse! FLAIR 2019 was held at the Drake Chicago on September 13 and honored Cheryl Coleman and Ron Katz. The afternoon fashion show, “Visions of Elegance“, was expertly co-chaired for the third year by Sheree Valukas and Sherrill Bodine. The record crowd,... Read more »

Eversight Illinois hosts "Seeing Stars," a party to support sight restoration

Jean Antoniou, Rudy Zavala, Rebecca Smith, Craig Hogan, Andrea Antoniou and Julie McMahon.
Eversight Illinois hosted its 70th anniversary celebration, “Seeing Stars”, at The Peninsula Chicago on July 26. The event supported the non-profit’s mission of restoring sight and preventing blindness through donation, transplantation and research. With themes of silver, black and white, the dramatic decor, by both Tamar Productions and Kehoe Designs, featured an illuminated, freestanding 8-foot... Read more »

We Dream in Color Awards honor notable Chicagoans

We Dream in Color Foundation/Creativity United founder Quinton d'Alexander with honorees Mila Samokhina and Suzanne LeMignot.
The We Dream in Color Foundation hosted it’s annual Humanitarian Celebration at the DuSable Museum of African American History on Saturday, July 15. The evening included a Red Carpet meet-and-greet and a reception before the program began in the auditorium theatre. The purpose of the evening was summed up in founder Quinton d’ Alexander’s comments.... Read more »

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 »

Cast of Chicago Fire and many other celebs celebrate 100th episode with epic red carpet party in Chicago

Chicago Fire stars Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer.
It was an epic red carpet, one eligible for the Guinness Book of World Records, when TV legend Dick Wolf and NBC hosted a party in Chicago on October 24 that included cast members from all of his One Chicago franchise: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and the upcoming Chicago Justice. Oh, and yes,... Read more »

This is what happened at Woody Allen's premiere of "Cafe Society" in Chicago

"Cafe Society" executive producer Ron Chez, writer/director Woody Allen and Soon-Yi.
Director/writer/actor Woody Allen made a rare Chicago appearance at the premiere of his latest film, “Cafe Society,” hosted by Metropolitan Capital at the Chicago History Museum on July 21. It was the second time I had the honor of interviewing Woody and he was even nicer than the first time when he was here on... 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 »

Scarlett Johansson reveals her favorite film role, what she loves about Chicago and working with Woody Allen

Interviewing ScarJo...omg. (Photo by Mila Samokhina)
I’ve been very fortunate to interview quite a few impressive celebs in the course of my career, people like Al Pacino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Walken, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Arkin, Woody Allen, Morgan Freeman, Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg, Aretha, Colin Farrel, Kristin Chenoweth, Robert Downey, Jr., and so many more.... Read more »

Mariano's NewCity opening, girls in cocktail glasses and an After School Matters donation

Nina Mariano and ZZAZZ Production's Tracey Tarantino with opening night showgirls.
We attended a kick-ass opening party for Mariano’s NewCity at 1500 N. Clybourn hosted by Nina and Bob (Mariano) and Roundy’s Supermarkets! With dramatic decor by Tom Kehoe Designs and showgirls in martini glasses provided by ZZAZZ Productions, this by-invite-only party was a happening! The store is now open and features a patisserie, specialty cheese... 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 »