PLUS CHICAGO LEGENDS CELEBRATE MILESTONES; JENNY RESCUES OUR ANGELS; ANDRE AND IKRAM'S SURPRISE GUEST; BOWLING WITH BENJAMIN; ZARADA, TCW AND RL'S FURRY FUNDRAISER; RUN HOME CHICAGO; STACIE'S TEA FOR TOTS; SCOUT GUIDE CHICAGO; GINNY AND CCC'S POOL PARTY; PAUL AND FRANCES CELEBRATE PRIMO CENTER IN STYLE; MICHI AND BRANDON GIVE BACK; NATE AND JEREMIAH'S WEDDING AND SO MUCH MORE!
Who wouldn't want to attend a gala where Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band were the featured entertainment? The annual Steppenwolf Gala is a sellout every year, no surprise here. Almost as soon as you receive your invite in the mail, it's already too late to buy a ticket. It's one of the hottest galas in town packed with star power and it has one of the most creative live auctions around. For this year's event, Artistic Director Martha Lavey and Executive Director David Hawkanson, along with Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s star-studded ensemble, were joined by 600 members of Chicago’s corporate, civic and cultural communities for the 2014 Gala on Saturday, May 3. The event took place in the Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St) and at a theatrically-designed tent on Steppenwolf’s North Halsted campus. The Gala offered guests the unique opportunity to connect with Steppenwolf artists while enjoying an exciting theatrical performance, cocktails, a gourmet dinner, a private rock concert featuring Steppenwolf co-founder Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band and the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime auction items. “We are grateful to our supporters for exceeding our expectations for Gala 2014 by raising $1.2 million to support our artistic, educational and community programming,” notes Steppenwolf Theatre Company Executive Director David Hawkanson. “We were joined at this incomparable event by our donors and family of artists to celebrate 38 seasons of creating exceptional, Chicago ensemble-based theatre.” This year's event kicked off at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre with a showcase of scenes from the world-premiere production of The Way West by Mona Mansour, directed by ensemble member Amy Morton. Following the performance, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner prepared by Limelight Catering and the annual live auction (led by auctioneer Michael Davis of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.) including once-in-a-lifetime adventures with Steppenwolf ensemble members and artists in a theatrically-inspired tent with décor by Event Creative. The evening concluded with dancing and live music, featuring Sinise and his awesome band as well as a late night DJ set. Steppenwolf ensemble members in attendance included Joan Allen, Alana Arenas, Kate Arrington, Ian Barford, Robert Brueler, Kathryn Erbe, Frank Galati, Francis Guinan, Jon Michael Hill, Tim Hopper, Tom Irwin, Ora Jones, co-founder Terry Kinney, Tina Landau, Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey, Mariann Mayberry, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Amy Morton, Bruce Norris, Yasen Peyankov, Molly Regan, co-founder Sinise, Lois Smith and Jim True-Frost. The Gala 2014 Co-Chairs were Christine Albright and Lawrence Gill, and Kathleen and Terry Jenkins. Other notable guests included Steppenwolf Board Chair Nora Daley, featured actors in The Way West Caroline Neff, Deirdre O’Connell and Zoe Perry, Karen and Michael Atwood, Kevin Boehm, Kathy Brock and Douglas Regan, Steppenwolf Trustee Ebs Burnough, Caroline Beak Crown and Steppenwolf Trustee Keating Crown, Joan and Terry Donnelly, Madeline Grynsztejn, David Herro and Jay Franke, Rob Katz, Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, Lee Newman, Melanie Madigan and Erik Nordby, Ann and Phil Ponce, Carol Prins and Steppenwolf Trustee John Hart, Bruce and Diana Rauner, Steppenwolf Trustee Merle Reskin, Estelle Walgreen, Melissa and Reeve Waud and Neal Zucker. This year’s live auction was led with a toast by ensemble members Joan Allen and Tina Landau. Packages included: On-set visit to the hit NBC comedy Parks and Recreation with actor Nick Offerman, including an intimate luncheon with Nick; Prime tickets to the Broadway opening night of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of This Is Our Youth, directed by ensemble member and Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro, and an exclusive invitation to the official post-show opening night party with Anna and cast members Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson; A luxurious day of Chicago baseball with “Shoeless Joe” D.B. Sweeney, including prime seats at a Chicago White Sox home game, a tour of the pubs around Wrigley Field with D.B. and Executive Club seats at a Chicago Cubs home game. The package also included a baseball signed by the cast of Eight Men Out as well as a private dinner with D.B. and World Series Champion Paul Konerko; Exclusive screening of Forrest Gump in a private IMAX theater with Steppenwolf co-founder Gary Sinise, and gourmet dinner with Gary at MK; Exclusive afternoon behind-the-scenes in rehearsal with ensemble member and director Tina Landau on a brand-new musical headed for Broadway in 2016, followed by post-rehearsal cocktails and a home-cooked meal at ensemble member Joan Allen’s New York apartment with Joan and Tina; A “Scandal”ous night in Los Angeles, including a private, gourmet dinner in the Hollywood Hills home of Steppenwolf co-founder and star of the ABC political drama, Scandal, Jeff Perry, and Emmy Award-winning casting director Linda Lowy, Scandal co-stars Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes and Darby Stanchfield. Dinner will be personally prepared by Chef Jeff Mahin of Stella Barra and M Street Kitchen. Aren't these amazing live auction prizes!? Wowza! Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre! Congrats to all! (www.Steppenwolf.org)
Beautiful co-host of “The View” Jenny McCarthy hosted the 7th Annual Rescue Our Angels event to toast her nonprofit Generation Rescue on Friday, May 9, at Venue One. The organization raises awareness of autism and generates funds to support families dealing with an autism diagnosis. McCarthy, whose son Evan, has recovered from autism, is president of Generation Rescue and an advocate for children with autism and their families. This fun-filled party featured remarks by McCarthy, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment and a live auction. Nearly 400 guests were in attendance including Jacqueline and Chris Laurita (The Real Housewives of New Jersey) and celebrity Chef Jaime Laurita. Windy City Live's Ryan Chiaverini and Catie Keogh, host and executive producer of 24/7 Secrets of the City, were event emcees. This annual event was founded by Chicago couple Michele and Pete Doyle, whose daughter Caelan was diagnosed with autism, to support Generation Rescue with funds raised going to its Rescue Family Grant Program which provides autism treatment to families in financial need. I covered this inspiring event for my award winning show, "Candid Candace Chicago" on Watch312.com so stay tuned! (Dedicated students from the Illinois Centers for Broadcasting joined me on the Red Carpet. They included Ashley Wilke, Tori Jones, Antwan Ward, Lauren Silinsky, Kayla Pouliot and Kerry Whiffin. Stay tuned for our video coverage from this exciting evening coming soon)! We LOVE you Jenny! (Photo Gallery)
For the past 50 years, Stanley Paul has been entertaining Chicago with his music. Recently, the tables were turned when he was the honoree at the event he founded, the prestigious Stanley Paul Foundation benefit on Wednesday, April 23. Surrounded by friends, Stanley was beaming and seemingly incredulous at the much deserved attention he was receiving. The elegant great room at the Casino was filled to bursting with people who came out to honor this man whose talents are as legendary as his friends. New York native Stanley opened the famed Pump Room in the Ambassador East on December 2, 1964. He and his orchestra played there for the next ten years, during which time, Stanley befriended the likes of Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Liberace, Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Swanson and Carol Channing to name a few. Longtime FOS (Friend of Stanley) Donna LaPietra, produced this fun-filled evening that included an exciting video presentation. The crowd oohed and ahhed as fabulous photos showed Stanley from childhood to present cavorting with various celebrities along with press clippings that were all set against a beautiful musical soundtrack of his music. LaPietra surprised Stanley with a proclamation from the Mayor declaring this day "Stanley Paul Day" in Chicago. A delicious cake, courtesy of Eli's Cheesecake, was presented following the program. A dinner buffet topped off the evening as friends continued to shower Stanley with congratulations. The evening benefitted the Stanley Paul Foundation which was created 25 years ago in honor of his beloved sister, Raelene Mittelman. She dearly loved the world of fashion and, fittingly, this event provides scholarship support to local college students interested in careers in fashion design. On this night, it was also announced that Stanley will bestow a very generous gift to the Chicago Public Library! Collecting since the age of 10, Stanley will share his vast collection of historical recordings, notes and artifacts with this venerable institution so generations to come can enjoy his remarkable memorabilia, too. The night was filled with heartfelt toasts by friends who included the beautiful, ageless Mamie Walton, Tribune columnist Rick Kogan and the Voice, Bill Kurtis. Hazel Barr, Mark Heister, Donna LaPietra, Beverly Blettner, Mary Ann Childers, Ann Gerber, Skip Grisham, Leslie Hindman, Nena Ivon, Tony Jones, Sherren Leigh, Victor Skrebneski, Dori Wilson, event emcee Bill Zwecker and moi are past honorees. Thanks for the memories Stanley! Here's to many, many, many more! (To donate to the Stanley Paul Foundation and for more info, click here!)
Beloved Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse celebrated its Silver Anniversary in delicious style and the gang was ALL there! The heavy hitters' table included both our Mayors, Rahm and Richie, along with Jerry Reinsdorf, Richie's son Patrick, Terry Newman, John Colletti, Steve Lombardo, Patrick Donnelly and Bob Judelson! It was a wild night and the Gibsons' Silver Oak Reserve Cabernet was flowing! Managing partner Colletti was sharing glasses with longtime customers all around the room Monday night, April 21, which was packed to overflowing with boldface names like Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Casey Urlacher, Terry Gabinski, Dori Wilson, Dan and Sharon Uslan, Michael Kutza, Jamie Gabala, owners Peg and Steve Lombardo, Laura and Howard Sims, Paul Iacono, Peter Chi Au, and so many more. The party continued Tuesday night when former Governor Jim Edgar, Fergie Jenkins, Taj Gibson, Denise Tomasello, Vonita Reescer, Mary Lasky, Tina Weller, Rhonda Sanderson, Jerry Matthews, Sherry Lea Holson, Marty Gutilla, Rob Morhaim and Ted Tetzlaff, among others, joined in the fun. Partner and Friend to ALL, Kathy O'Malley was beaming from ear to ear as she greeted friends and fans at this legendary Rush Street restaurant. A Red Carpet out front signaled that this was not an ordinary night at this extraordinary hotspot. I remember when Gibsons first opened. As a matter of fact, it's indelibly written in my mind since this was the night of our engagement 25 years ago! I asked Chuck to marry me (yes, you heard me right, I'm no fool!) and then our first stop was Gibsons Bar! A photo of us snapped on this very special evening hangs on the wall to this day and always makes us smile. As a way of thank you, at all Gibsons' locations (Chicago, Rosemont and Oak Brook) steaks on the menus were offered for only $25! A special steak was also introduced for the anniversary, the 42 Chop. Soon to become a permanent menu item priced at $99, this USDA Prime Angus steak is named in honor of one of Gibsons’ most cherished owners and long time patron, Chicago Bears’ 1943 NFL MVP Sid Luckman. The number 42 represents Luckman’s number. Awwwwww......:-) Congrats on your Silver Anniversary Gibsons! Can't wait to see the plans you have for your Golden!
In 1985, when Oprah Winfrey burst onto Chicago's consciousness on talk show AM Chicago, a local hairdresser was already thinking of ways to reach her. That stylist is Oprah's longtime hairdresser, Andre Walker, who had simply sent her a note reading, "I'm dying to get my hands in your hair." The rest, as they say, is history! Andre has shepherded Oprah through a variety of looks since that fateful day from straight to wavy, big to small, pulled back into a ponytail and more. After decades of styling, Oprah says Andre is "why I still have my hair." So who better to come out with a line of hair care products than the man himself, master stylist Andre Walker? Walker, along with his partner Dianne Hudson, have developed a new line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products called the Ultimate Gold System. To celebrate this product launch, taste-maker and couture star-maker, Ikram Goldman, hosted an exclusive party at her eponymous store recently where a surprise guest showed up. As Andre described his new product line to invited guests, I heard/felt a buzz spread throughout the room. I looked around and there she was, the global icon herself, Oprah! She looked better than ever wearing oversized glasses, a curly/kinky hairdo and a body skimming outfit that showed off her curves to perfection. She graciously posed for Iphone pics with guests and gave Andre a big congratulatory hug and kiss! The A-list crowd was awed! Each guest received a goody bag of Andre's products which he says, "are appropriate for all hair textures, all ethnicities." He noted that "everyone can use my keratin shampoo, conditioner and hair oil. As the line expands, I'll develop formulas that target specific needs, like volumizing." I can't wait to try The Ultimate Gold System.....It has to be one of Oprah's "Favorite things."
West Coast News! Actress Ginny Goodwin (aka Margene Heffman on Big Love, and Snow White in the ABC series Once Upon a Time), along with Andie Hecker (owner celeb fitness center Ballet Bodies), Maxine Hupy (lead dancer for CeeLo Green) and philanthropic consultant Christopher Clinton Conway will host a chic poolside soiree at The Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. on Thursday, May 22. Sponsored by the Hotel and LA Confidential, the event will benefit Barak Ballet, a contemporary, LA based ballet company founded by Melissa Barak. Barak is now one of America's most sought after choreographers. Her company combines traditional and progressive dance styles. (For more info, visit www.barakballet.org)
Fashion show producer Benjamin Cottrell (Benjamin Cottrell Designs) will host a unique and never-before-seen runway show at Diversey River Bowl (2211 W. Diversey Pkwy.) on May 17th. The event will feature the Michael Jackson inspired F/W Collection by Chicago designer Katherine Walker of Yhta'k Designs! The Runway will run down the middle of a bowling alley lane with an extraordinary music and light show! The setting is true to the history of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 as they used to perform in bowling alleys around Indiana and Chicago in the 1970's! Love this! Doors open at 7:00PM and online tickets are only $25! (For tix and more info, click here!)
RL Restaurant along with media sponsor TCW Magazine hosted its 4th charity concert, this time benefitting Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) in honor of longtime RL patron and CACC volunteer, Zarada Gowenlock. This intimate event was held April 22 in beautiful Anderson Hall at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in its new multi-million dollar Gensler-designed Gratz Center. The evening's extraordinary décor, which included mirrored tables, floral designs and bars were courtesy of Kehoe Designs. The event began with a cocktail reception that included delicious RL appetizers and a meet-and-greet with darling adoptable doggies from CACC. Guests included TCW Mag pres Sherren Leigh, PR maven Dori Wilson, Stanley Paul, Mamie Walton, private jeweler Peter Martino, Linda Heister, Donna and Mike Bell, Larry and Lynda Mayster, and Cynthia Olson. A short presentation followed describing the CACC's mission. RL’s GM Rich Varnes provided a warm introduction of the evening’s entertainment, flutist Mark Longo. By day, Mark is a popular server at RL, but his passion has always been in music. On this night, Longo played a few Spanish inspired tunes in honor of Zarada and her Peruvian heritage and began his concert by wowing the audience with a solo flute piece called Charanga. His fellow musicians included soprano Kristin Lelm, guitarist Ben McMunn, cellist Alexa Mulhy, and pianist Tim Lenihan. RL's next and final concert series will benefit the TCW Foundation and will be held Tuesday May 20 at 6 PM (again at The Fourth Presbyterian Church in the Buchanan Chapel, 126 E. Chestnut). For tickets ($100) and more info, click here!
Please Save-the-Date for RUN HOME CHICAGO 2014, a race to end homelessness benefitting the Primo Center for Women & Children, on Saturday, June 7th from 7am-Noon in Soldier Field. Steve Harvey is hosting once again and Mayor Emanuel and Amy Rule are Honorary Chairs. There are currently over 116,000 Chicagoans who are homeless and more than 18K Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. Over 2,000 of those CPS students are teens living without a parent or guardian. For more info, to register or donate, please visit www.runhomechicago.com ..
Dr. Stacie McClane and the Faces for Love Foundation, a non-profit she founded to support women and children in need, will present a fundraising event, Tea for Tots, on Saturday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior Street. Proceeds from the event will benefit Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC). All guests are asked to bring a new or gently used book or educational game which will be donated to the children in these shelters. Tickets for adults are $100; tickets for children 12 years and under are $40; both are available at www.teafortots.brownpapertickets.com. #LoveHer, #GreatEvent
I hope you've all downloaded the free Rivet News Radio app, available on your Iphones and Ipads! Described as "Pandora without the music", Rivet offers a totally customizable news program! I hope you'll add my new show, Candid Candace, to your interests! Rivet recently won Best Online Start-Up at the prestigious Lisagor Awards! #AwardWinningRadio
Congrats to The Scout Guide Chicago and Meredith Wood-Prince for yet another beautiful issue! I was thrilled to be included in an ad for the incredible Langham Hotel that also gave a special shout-out to PAWS Chicago! My little rescue Rooney was ready for his close-up alongside the Langham's iconic pink cab!
Our very own Michi Marshall has come out with a new OPI nail polish color in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month called "Crazy Stigma Green". Proceeds benefit the Brandon Marshall Foundation and its efforts to stamp out the stigma of mental illness. Recently, Michi and Brandon took their cause to Capitol Hill where they were keynote speakers! #DoingGoodintheWorld
Huge congrats to Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent who married on Saturday, May 3, at the New York Public Library. (They're the first same sex couple to be married there!) They became engaged a year ago in Machu Picchu, Peru. The ceremony was attended by Oprah Winfrey and Rachel Ray along with 220 friends. Gospel for Teens performed, Nate's favorite choir! Guests weren't allowed photos at the ceremony as the event was exclusively covered by People Magazine. Awwwwww......Congrats with love to them both!
Thanks to Primo Center for Women & Children Board members Paul Iacono and Frances Renk for co-hosting a fabulous and inspiring soiree at Paul's chic Gold Coast apartment on Wednesday, May 7. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d'oeurvres from Blue Plate Catering and craft cocktails from master mixologist Benjamin Newby. Shelly Cooper, Primo Center's chief development officer, spoke movingly about the organization's mission to a rapt crowd that included Jennifer Brieva, Margaret O'Connor, Rochelle Trotter, Andrea Schwartz, Beth Feiwell, Hazel Barr, Sonya Jackson, Dolly Patel, Lori Allen, Julianne Glatz and others. Save-the-Date for the Primo Classico d'Europa on Sept. 21 honoring legendary tennis star Jimmy Connors and Marsh VP and Primo Center board member Kate Gaynor! (For tickets and more info, click here!)
Special thanks to Michigan Avenue Magazine for including me in this month's issue! Written by JP Anderson, the magazine's editor-and-chief, the article includes a few of my favorite things! An oversight left out my favorite auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers! Thanks so much for this honor Mich Mag! LOVE your Joan Rivers cover, too!!! #AwesomeMag
And last but not least, I received an adorable request from (FOB), Friend of Blog, Robert George! He said his wife Eleni enjoys reading Candid Candace and would I please include her photo as a surprise. I happily obliged! I'm a sucker for a darling love story. Here's a pic of Eleni and George with Starlin Castro at the recent Bricks & Ivy Ball! Awwwwww......
Hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful weather! Thanks for reading and please send me any events you feel passionate about and I'll try to include them in an upcoming edition!
Love, as always,