MORGAN FREEMAN AT THE GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER GALA (VIDEO!); PEANUT'S PRO-BOWL; SHEDD'S GOLDFISH BALL; "YOU & ME THIS MORNING'S" BIG NEWS; NINA'S 70'S THEMED 50TH; KALLA COMES TO CHICAGO; CHICAGO INTL. FILM FEST'S 50TH HONORS KEVIN KLINE; RUSH WB'S SPRING THING; NEIMAN'S AND BADGLEY MISCHKA FOR SERVICE CLUB; MAX'S STORY (VIDEO!); DINA MANZO'S PROJECT LADYBUG; ALLIANCE FRANCAISE' NIGHT IN MONTE CARLO; RITA HAYWORTH GALA; ELDA AND RICORSO'S FASHIONABLE FUNDRAISER; FABRICE: HERE COME'S 'DA JUDGE AND SOOOO MUCH MORE!
Nearly 300 fun-loving guests attended the 6th annual Glamorama Launch Party at the chic new venue, Chez, 247 E. Ontario, on June 19. This party kicked off the main event, Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama, which will be at the Harris Theater on Friday, August 8, and feature cool recording artist Jason Derulo along with fabulous fashions from Macy's State Street. The party was filled with longtime supporters including fashion designer Elda de la Rosa. She presented her designs on leggy models who strolled languidly throughout the venue as guests oohed and ahhed over her chic creations. Food for Thought Catering's Chef Markus Ford prepared a special treat, customizable s'mores, as well as other tasty hors d'oeuvres like "pop rock truffles." And DJ Sye Young returned to spin beats and had guests dancing their hearts out on the dance floor as Ronald McDonald greeted guests on the Red Carpet. Beautiful floral displays in shades of hot pink and purple dotted the tables courtesy of another long-time sponsor, Debi Lilly of Debi Lilly Lifestyle. Upon arrival, every guest was given a free raffle ticket with the winners chosen at the end of the evening. Fabulous prizes included a $1000 gift certificate to The Container Store (a new supporter of Ronald McDonald House Chicago), a Leah Chavie skincare experience, four tickets to "Seussical the Musical" (courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater), VIP table service at Cuvee and many more. There was also a "Fashion on the Rocks" whiskey tasting courtesy of Koval Distillery and ActionBooth.com returned to provide partygoers with lasting photo memories from the event. This year's host committee included Paul Iacono, Leah Chavie, Lori Allen, Jennifer Brieva, Fabrice Calmels, Kathleen Henson, Stephanie Krol, Andrea Schwartz, Katie McLenaghan, Frances Renk, Laura Schwartz, Gayle Anthony, Carmen Rivera, Joan Colmar, Jena Gambaccini, Marco Foster, Mary Haggerty, Nikki Lynette and Ken Norgan. Others guests included Rhonda Sanderson, Samantha Amato, Julia Jacobs-Sanford, Julee White, Beth Silverman, Debbie Jagel, Dr. Joaquin Brieva and Matt Olaveson among many others. Glamorama's "Fashion Rocks" returns to the Harris Theater on August 8 and, besides headliner Jason Derulo, the event will feature over 100 new looks from Calvin Klein, Diesel, I-N-C International Concepts, Tommy Hilfiger and others. For the 8th year, Glam benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and, to date, has raised more than $1 million for the charity! An after-party will follow on the Rooftop of the Harris. For tickets and more info to Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama, please click here. Special thanks to the charity's Christina Thomas and Jaimee Holway, who always make magic happen. (Stay tuned for exciting event coverage coming on "Candid Candace Chicago" on Watch312.com with special thanks to students from the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Lauren Silinsky, Danny Jackson and Alexander Fridge and Wendall Ray, ICB Education Director). (Photos by Amie Hana Photography). More Photos Here
"Is that necklace real? Because if it is, let's get out of here!" This was Morgan Freeman's first comment to me at the annual Gene Siskel Film Center Gala at the Ritz-Carlton recently. He was a sheer delight, not only to me, but to all of the reporters on the Red Carpet. Sadly, this isn't always the case, these kinds of interviews are always nerve wracking as you never know what to expect. Academy Award-winning actor Freeman was the deserved recipient of the annual Renaissance Award from the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute on June 7. Past honorees have included Robert Downey, Jr. (incredibly generous to reporters, especially with pics until his wife stepped in), Gwyneth Paltrow (nice), Reese Witherspoon (my least favorite because her handlers were so strict) and many others. You're usually allowed only 3 questions, but some reporters definitely cheat on this request from the organizers which makes it tough on everyone else. A lot of times, the stars are tired of answering questions by the time they get to you. The trick is to always try to say something to make them laugh first. This usually changes the mood and helps you get some good answers. Freeman was very generous with his time and always tried to come up with a good sound bite for each reporter. What he loves best about Chicago--its food; his favorite film--Glory because of its little known historical aspect and when asked about creating the off-Broadway role of the chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, in Driving Miss Daisy he said the film role was first offered to Sidney Poitier, but he turned it down. He also said, his first take is always the best and he sees no need to "pump it" as some actors like Robert De Niro likes to do. His favorite director is Clint Eastwood, because "he's quick and knows what he wants." When asked where his confidence comes from as a child growing up in Mississippi, he said he's "always had it." He's been acting since he was eight. A highlight of the evening, which was called A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman, was an hour long Q & A led by the actor's Last Vegas director Jon Turteltaub. The crowd of nearly 350 enjoyed a retrospective of Freeman's career that included clips from Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Seven, The Shawshank Redemption, Batman Begins and Bruce Almighty. For the film Invictus, Freeman was handpicked by Nelson Mandela for his portrayal. This always exciting event generated more than $350,000 to support programming and educational initiatives for the Gene Siskel Film Center. (Come to this party with me on Watch312.com below!) More Pics by Mila Samokhina Here!
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 fundraising success. Prominent philanthropic leaders, including Shedd Board Chairman Tyrone C. Fahner, along with Shedd trustees and government officials, came out to celebrate in style and show their support of the aquarium’s mission-based community access initiative. Harpist Penny Currier filled the air with soothing sounds as tuxedoed and glamorous guests arrived at the event. Sipping on specialty cocktails and sampling hors d’oeuvres that included a selection of Right Bite approved sustainable sushi, smoked herb crusted lamb lollipops and lobster mac and cheese catered and donated by Sodexo, guests were offered the unique opportunity to meet a stingray, encounter a beluga whale and get up-close to several different aquatic animals. The Chicago skyline offered a breathtaking backdrop as partygoers mingled on the north terrace and were serenaded by the sultry jazz sounds of the Paul Marinaro Duo. The evening entertainment continued as guests took their seats for Shedd’s aquatic show emceed by famed journalist, television presenter and longtime Shedd supporter Bill Kurtis, and co-produced by Shedd Trustee Donna LaPietra. Broadway performer Susan Egan, best known for originating the role of Belle in the Broadway musical adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, provided three unforgettable vocal arrangements accompanied by Christopher McGovern and the Simone Vitale Orchestra. Guests were surprised and delighted when Shedd’s lovable sea lion Ty made a guest appearance during a show-stopping medley from the classic Disney animated film, and the aquarium’s rescue dogs dazzled as they closed out the performance in their finest formalwear. During the aquatic show, guests also participated in a paddle raise to support Shedd’s community access program for school children, first-responders, military personnel and veterans, teachers and others, in addition to keeping aquatic science as a highlight in children’s lives. (The paddle raise generated $282,000 to benefit this key initiative). Guests dove deeper into the evening as they surveyed Shedd’s colorful animals while dining in the aquarium’s vibrant galleries, Caribbean Reef rotunda and Kovler Family Hall decorated to perfection by HMR Designs. After enjoying dinner, guests shimmied and sashayed onto the Sick Family Lakefront Terrace to the eclectic beat of the Simone Vitale Orchestra. “We are thrilled by the generosity of our guests attending this year’s gala,” said Shedd President & CEO Ted A. Beattie. “Attendees of The Goldfish Ball came out to endorse the important need for our children to learn about science and aquatic life at an early age. We are grateful to our many supporters who help Shedd inspire the next generation of environmental stewards to make a difference.” The event raised more than $1.67 million for Shedd Aquarium’s programs and outreach initiatives. Stay tuned for the Shedd's next big event, its signature summer Auxiliary Board soiree BLU, set for July 26. For tickets and more info, click here!) (Photos by Brenna Hernandez, Heidi Zeiger, Eva Ho and Johnny Ford.)
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman partnered with Kings Bowl for the third annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament held June 12 to benefit his charity, the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. The fundraiser combined bowling, dining and celebrities for an unforgettable evening. Team sponsors included Capgemini, Choose Chicago, Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation, Hilton Chicago, Kings Bowl, Knauz Auto, Live Action Foundation, Miller Coors Town and Country, P&G, Ruwaldt Packing Company, Seven Eleven, Stephen Political Action Committee, and the Village of Rosemont. Each team was composed of six people and a celebrity guest. The Seven Eleven team, led by Isiah Frey won the tournament. Celebrity guests in attendance included current and former Chicago Bears Charles Tillman, Rashied Davis, Isiah Frey, Kelvin Hayden, Lamarr Houston, Demontre Hurst, Tim Jennings, Johnny Knox, Shea McClellin, Ray McElroy, Jim McMahon, Sherrick McManis, Craig Steltz and C.J. Wilson. All of the players and guests enjoyed a sampling of Kings' event menu including their signature loaded potato pizzas and fried mac & cheese bites (how sinful does this sound?!). Established in 2005, the foundation works to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children. So far, more than one million children in the Chicagoland area have benefited from The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. All of the money raised from the Pro BOWLer event will be used to continue to care for these children. The event raised more than $118,000 through the Pro BOWLer tournament. (Photos by Sonja Martin).
LOVE THIS SHOW! WCIU, The U, recently announced that ‘You & Me Morning’ will expand to include the 8 a.m. hour beginning this September. The additional 60 minutes will give Chicago morning television viewers a total of three hours of local, live entertainment from 6 to 9 am. The highly rated show is hosted by beloved Melissa Forman and Jeanne Sparrow and executive produced by Rob Morhaim. The show’s growth to three hours is in response to the successful ratings and dedicated, enthusiastic fan base (like me!) in the Chicago area. “I always say ‘You & Me This Morning’ is the show that ‘zags’ when everyone else in the market is ‘zigging’,” said Senior Executive Producer Rob Morhaim. “We are the show for people who are tired of waking up to the same news about what terrible thing happened the night before. (Amen, Rob!) We’re the show for people searching for a lighter and more fun way to start their day and viewers are responding." ‘You & Me This Morning’ launched in October 2009 and covers topics ranging from local news, weather, entertainment, beauty and fashion, community features and events, home and family, health and fitness, as well as celebrity guests. Tune in!!! (I was thrilled to return to the show on 6/26 to talk GALA fashion! To see what's chic for the Lincoln Park Zoo Ball, Shedd Aquarium's BLU and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago's Lawn Ball , click HERE!
Kathleen Henson, founder and CEO of Chicago PR agency Henson Consulting, Inc., was named PR Professional of the Year in front of a sold-out crowd of Chicago’s best and brightest PR practitioners at the 2014 PRSA Chicago Skyline Awards Gala on June 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center. In front of 300 attendees, Henson was recognized at the event as an unparalleled force in Chicago public relations, demonstrated by a variety of achievements including her success in integrating three clients into a single hour of The TODAY Show in 2013 (Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza, restaurant RPM Italian and nightclub Studio Paris), her creativity and brand advocacy, and her natural savvy in building and maintaining relationships. “There is truly no better city in this country to be a PR professional, and I consider myself quite lucky and very grateful to work in this dynamic and fun industry for the past 21 years,” said Henson. Congrats Kathleen!
One of the best birthday parties was one held recently in honor of Nina Mariano's 50th. For this 70's themed disco party, guests donned attire ranging from a pimp with platform shoes to Andy Warhol complete with white wig and a camera. The Peninsula's Greg Hyder arrived unrecognizable as porn star Ron Jeremy while Gibson's own Kathy O'Malley came dressed as Twiggy, false eyelashes and all! Sexy birthday girl Nina stole the show though dressed all in black with flared pants and a low-cut sequined top and was thrilled that the partygoer's took her theme to heart. Sugar Hills Bakery's Jacob Neminarz provided the elegant three-tiered cake that was covered in tiny glittering disco balls for the occasion. A Red Carpet led attendees to the party tent that was set up outside Mariano's Fresh Market in Lakeshore. Champagne flowed as the disco beat beckoned guests onto the dance floor. Nina's best friend from kindergarten, Donna Rotunno, welcomed partygoers and offered a loving toast to her longtime friend. Invitees included Paul Iacono, Monika Dixon, Dusty Stemer, Rochelle Trotter, Tina Weller, Dede Lubeznik, Kristina McGrath, Jan Flanagan, Gayle Anthony, Lynn McMahan, Sherry Lea Holson, Tom Kehoe, Ikram Goldman, Tony Abruscato, Michaela Parrillo, Gale Gottlieb, Lesley Prizant Goodman, Laurie Davis and Mary Lasky among many, many others. For the goody bags, in true Nina style, she had thought of everything....a split of Moet Champagne, Visine and Alka-Seltzer! LOL! It was a fabulous night filled with friends and fun! Happy, happy birthday Nina!
The 27th annual Alzheimer's Association Chicago's Rita Hayworth Gala raised a record-breaking $1.7 million at the Hilton Chicago recently. Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer, Jim Cornelison, kicked off the event with his iconic rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner and received a standing O. Mike Ditka served as guest emcee for the evening and introduced co-chairs Karen Segal and Fifi Levin. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of the legendary film star, established the Rita Hayworth Gala to pay tribute to her mother, who lived with Alzheimer's for many years before succumbing to the disease in 1987. Maggie and Michael Murzanski were honored by the Association for their ongoing support. (Photos by Bill Richert)
Recently, Kalla celebrated its launch in Chicago with an event at IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel. Kalla is a new luxury floral delivery service transforming the way Chicagoans give and receive flowers. Senders choose from limited edition artisan bouquets and vases, have the option to pair indulgent chocolates and expertly chosen wines which arrive via white glove delivery in a beautiful box and can create a real-time experience by sending a video that accompanies each delivery. To celebrate, Kalla invited Chicagoans for an evening at IO with signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, wine and chocolate tastings with Christopher Elbow chocolates and Hill Family Estate wines, a photo booth, surprise flower deliveries and of course, a gallery featuring all of Kalla’s bouquets. Guests walked away with a mini bouquet to take home. Love this unique, new floral service and you will, too! Try it!
The Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation (GIRF) held its annual fundraising gala, GIRF Runs Deep, recently at the Radisson Blue Aqua Chicago. The event celebrated 53 years of supporting clinical research in digestive diseases and raised more than $950,000! The crowd of nearly 500 gathered to raise their paddles, bid on exciting live auction items and laugh with Jeff Garlin all in an effort to help prevent, treat and ultimately find cures for these diseases. The auction raised more than $318,000 and featured a Seabourn Mediterranean Cruise, a stay at the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek, a luxury stay in Tuscany, and exciting Chicago Sports and concerts packages. The crowd favorite was a once-in-a-lifetime 17 day adventure in Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia and Koh Kood. Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce, kept up the pace as the evening’s emcee and welcomed hometown favorite comedian Jeff Garlin. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel showed his support mingling with guests during the evening’s reception. The event's fundraising efforts will support the dedicated GI doctors at The University of Chicago Medicine and the new Digestive Health Center at Northwestern Medicine reach their goals of discovering the best treatments and cures for gastrointestinal illnesses. (Photos by David Christopher).
I had the good fortune to meet one of the most remarkable families a few years ago. I was covering Glamorama when I met the Herricks. Max Herrick, then 5, was the Ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and a real charmer who loved action characters, hats and dancing. As I got to know him and his family, I learned their remarkable story. Max had a heart transplant when he was very, very young that was followed by too many more surgeries. It was because of his multiple health issues that the family came to stay at a Ronald McDonald House in Chicago. I created this video on Watch312.com in honor of Max, his family and the unparalleled love that they share through life's hardships. They are one-of-a-kind and the most inspiring people I know. (Please watch video below edited by Kes Akalaonu with co-interviewer Steve Weiss, photos by Weiss Studio).
Double Cross Vodka sponsored a stunning fundraising event for one of Chicago's most exclusive private grade schools on a 2000 square foot terrace owned by Pam Stamataky. Nearly 70 guests shared cocktails overlooking Millennium Park with sweeping views of Chicago's skyline. As DJ Dani Deahl played hot tunes, local socialites and sports celebrities mixed and mingled making this night an unforgettable evening of luxury and philanthropy. Partygoers included host Mary Lasky, Patrick Scorsone, Ken and Mary Claire Moll, Maura Fitch, Brandon Marshall, Matt Kuebler, Jim Lasky, Alexis Kertsikoff, Jim Karas, Alexis Stamataky, Kim Jones and Jerry Riccioni among others. Rock ON!
Chicago Opera Theater’s (COT) Gala honoring its 40th anniversary and 2014 season took place recently in the vineyard-inspired cocktail and dining hall of City Winery. The evening’s entertainment featured exhilarating performances from COT’s Young Artists program in a 40th anniversary retrospective as well as a group performance by participants in the COT for Teens program from Solorio Academy High School and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. Guests raised $175,000 through the live auction, raffle and paddle raise in support of the continuing groundbreaking artistry, dynamism, education and dedication to high-quality productions of rare and new opera that COT has upheld for 40 years. The gala was co-chaired by COT Board of Directors Vice-President Dale Connelly and Donna Van Eekeren. The centerpiece of the event was the raffle featuring a stunning five carat diamond cluster ring from Tiffany & Co. (won by Linden Christ). The party began in the winery’s dining room and concert venue with chateau-inspired decor that evoked a vineyard in Bordeaux. In attendance were COT General Director Andreas Mitisek and General Manager Jerry Tietz alongside notable guests Les Coney, Charles and Sharon Angell, Roger and Julie Baskes, Peter and Lucy Ascoli, Howard Conant Jr., Henry Fogel, Jim and Joan Shapiro, Paul and Sue Freehling and Ken Norgan.
Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue hosted an event to benefit the Service Club of Chicago recently that featured a fashion show and personal appearance by the glam evening wear design duo of Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Co-chaired by SC members Tina Weller and Mary Lasky, the event featured a fashion show that showcased designs from Badgley Mischka Couture's Spring 2014 Collection. Harpist, Penny Currier added ambience as guests enjoyed champagne, wine and delectable hors d'oeuvres from Food for Thought. Neiman Marcus General Manager Wendy Krimins welcomed friends and supporters of Service Club and kicked off the exciting show that was presented in the store's newly remodeled Platinum Evening Dress Dept. on the 3rd floor. More than $12,000 was raised for the non-profit that provides grants to worthy organizations that support those in need. (Photos by John Reilly Photography).
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival will present distinguished actor Kevin Kline with a Career Achievement Award at its Summer Gala on Saturday, June 28, celebrating the organization's 50th anniversary. Co-chaired by Jeanne Malkin and Penelope Steiner, the gala will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago beginning with a Red Carpet reception at 6 pm. Chicago treasure Bill Kurtis will emcee and conduct a Q & A with the accomplished actor. A live auction will feature one-of-a-kind items including an extraordinary piece of Star Wars memorabilia from The Empire Strikes Back signed by George Lucas! (See video below!) For tickets and more info, click here! I hope to see you there!
Congrats to hot fashion designer Pamella Roland who, along with husband Dan, broke ground on June 24 for their Fox Ford Lincoln of Chicago dealership at 2501 N. Elston. Maybe this means we'll be seeing more of them around town! I hope so! Congrats Pamella and Dan!
The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center hosted its 20th Annual Spring Luncheon with Emmy Award-winning political commentator Cokie Roberts at the Ritz-Carlton recently. Co-chaired by Melissa Iserloth and Carolyn McHugh, the event attracted more than 650 of Chicago’s most civic and philanthropically minded women who support the mission and programs of Rush University Medical Center. As the second largest fundraiser held annually by the Woman’s Board, the luncheon event helped contribute to the $1 million funds raised annually for the Center and the $25 million total contributed to the hospital to date. The highlight of the event was a presentation from ABC News' Cokie Roberts, who offered thought provoking insight on current affairs. She was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. Congrats to all!
Chicago’s chapter of Project Ladybug, Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund (APLF), hosted its premier fundraiser on Thursday, June 12, at the Drake Hotel. Dina Manzo, founder of Project Ladybug, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and host of HGTV’s Dina’s Party, recently announced her return to BRAVO’s hit reality series the RHONJ and was thrilled to return to Chicago to host the event along with Meg Caswell (host and designer of HGTV’s Meg’s Great Rooms and winner of Season 6 Design Star) and Catie Keogh (Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and creator of 24/7 City Secrets on NBC5). Other special guests included Matt Forte (Chicago Bears running back), Tommie Harris (former NFL Chicago Bears defensive tackle), Rebecca Ortiz (3-time Pro Bowler, B96 Chicago On-Air Personality and Host of CBS Radio’s Chicago Connection) and Nancy To (Miss Illinois United States 2012). The evening also featured Ladybug cocktails, dinner, dancing, raffles and live and silent auctions. The mission of APLF is to ease the struggles of childhood cancer by providing financial and emotional assistance to patients and their families at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. (Photos by Lucianne Photography and Karen Wade).
Nearly 600 guests attended the sold-out biennial Chicago Alliance Française Woman’s Board Red Carpet at the Monte Carlo Casino for an evening of luxury and Monte Carlo glamour at the Ritz-Carlton. Co-chairs Lisa Bailey and Véronique Bushala, along with honorary co-chair Betsey Pinkert, ensured guests felt like celebrities as they walked the glamorous red carpet lined with LANVIN and Carolina Herrera-clad fashion models to enter the "casino." There partygoers could challenge the croupier at Roulette, Baccarat and more. A sneak peek of the upcoming film “Grace of Monaco”, that debuted recently at the Cannes Film Festival, was also presented. A French Mediterranean-inspired dinner was prepared by Guest Chef Didier Elena, formerly of Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV in Monaco. The stylish guests danced the night away to the music of the Stanley Paul Orchestra and enjoyed a live auction led by Steven Zick of Christie’s that included a stay in a Riviera cliff-top villa, a Monte Carlo visit with helicopter transfer from Nice, a private dinner in Buccellati’s Oak Street store with jewels to adorn, LALIQUE stemware, access to LANVIN's fall fashion show in Paris, trips to the Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley and a palace in Marrakech! VIP guests included the French Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency François Delattre, the Principality of Monaco Ambassador Maguy Maccario-Doyle, Consul General of France Graham Paul and Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco Claire Koeneman. The event raised more than $700,000 for one of Chicago’s cultural treasures, the Alliance Française.
Beloved designer Elda de la Rosa presented a fashion show themed "Age of Opulence" at the elegant Montgomery Club. The show featured everything from ready-to-wear to bridal and also showcased the chic designs of Ricorso. The show was expertly produced by Tracey Tarantino's ZZAZZ Productions. I was honored to welcome guests along with NBC5's Zoraida Sambolin. The event benefited the Edgewater Development Corp. Congrats Elda and Ricorso!!
If you were watching the Chicago auditions for "So You Think You Can Dance" a couple of weeks ago, then you might've seen a familiar face! Fabrice Calmels, Chicago's own Joffrey Ballet principal dancer, was tapped as a judge on the 3-person panel! From the applause, I don't think this will be his last appearance! Congrats Fabrice! GREAT JOB!
Thanks to TouchVision TV for this fun interview conducted by Dave Logan. He was curious about my Playboy history so I obliged in this 60 second clip.
Thanks so much for checking in! I hope you enjoyed this week's post and are having a great summer in the city! As our lives get busier and busier, don't forget to stop and smell the roses. It will make you happy just like the baby in this video! (Thanks for this feel-good clip Mary Pat Burns!)
Love, as always,
P.S. Mark your calendars now for the city's hottest vintage market (and my favorite!), Randolph Street Market, coming to Plumber's Hall (1350 W. Randolph), on June 28 and 29 with food, live music, DJ and the coolest treasures! I'll see YOU there!