Braving heavy rain and threatening thunderstorms, loyal fans ventured to Charter One Pavilion June 28 to kick off the Midwest leg of O.A.R.’s Sounds of Summer Tour. The ska-turned-pop-rock group is renowned for their explosive live shows and extensive summer touring, with their Friday night performance proving to be no exception.
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On June 21, nonprofit Orchard Village hosted its ninth annual Cocktails for a Cause event at Market Bar, a restaurant and sports bar located in Chicago's West Loop. Over 100 guests enjoyed drinks both inside and outside on the patio. The organization successfully raised over $20,000.
About 380 people attended the Night Ministry’s ninth annual Lighting Up the Night Benefit Dinner and Auction on the evening of June 20. This year, the number of attendees was greater than any of the previous eight years. When asked about the number of guests, President and CEO of The Night Ministry Paul Hamann said, “I was told 380 which for us is a record. So yes we’re really excited about that. We’re sold out!”
The Gary Sinise Foundation hosted its first-ever local Chicago event Saturday, June 15 at the Montgomery Club by Gibson’s. An “Inspiration to Action” dinner, the foundation partnered with sponsors Michigan Avenue Magazine, Josh Cellars, Reyes Holdings and Moet Hennessey USA to raise over $300,000 for the foundation, whose many programs provide assistance and support for our nation’s defenders.
On Friday, April 19, Sue Wong, fashion’s grand diva designer of Hollywood glamour, launched her “The Great Gatsby”-inspired Fall 2013 Collection with a rollicking Jazz Age soiree at her palatial home The Cedars.
The 26th annual Alzheimer’s Association Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala recognized the newer, younger face of early onset Alzheimer’s last Saturday, raising over $1.2 million for medical research and care giving programs. A record-breaking 900+ guests gathered at the Hilton Chicago for the event, enjoying cocktails, dinner, dancing, auctions and a special live performance by Grammy award-winning artist Richard Marx.
When Gabby Wild was 20 years old, she traveled to Thailand where she met a baby elephant “who fell madly in love with me.” The elephant, who had been stolen from his mother in the jungle, wouldn’t take milk from anyone and was expected to die until Wild arrived and got him to drink from a bottle. After Wild left Thailand to continue her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, the baby elephant passed away. “He stopped eating, became very depressed, broke one leg, broke the other, and then died. It was horrific.”
Many know Althea Harper as one of the two finalists on Project Runway Season 6, but now the 28-year-old is the creator of her own line and the style ambassador for the world’s finest high-performance iron and garment steamer brand, Rowenta. Her before-and-after the show story only proves the determination, confidence and optimism of this young designer.
For the first time ever, Chicago brides-to-be were able to experience Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party, an event that has been held annually in New York City for over a decade. About 365 soon-to-be brides, grooms, friends of engaged couples and wedding planners enjoyed cocktails, live music and a showcase by top Chicago wedding vendors in a ballroom at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on Sunday, March 10.
What does it take to be labeled one of Refinery 29’s Hottest 30 Under 30 in one of the biggest cities in the country? Ask Katie Jackson-Meara, who made this prestigious list this past year in Chicago for her entrepreneurialism and success within the event and bridal industries. Katie, who is a planner, stylist and founder of So Dressed Up, hit the ground running after graduating college.