Art enthusiasts gathered at Pines Village in Valparaiso for the exhibit opening featuring works of the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs. A prominent African American cultural figure, Dr. Burroughs, along with her husband, Charles, founded the internationally recognized DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago. The exhibit will run through February 28, 2013 to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month celebrations.
Bistro 157 in Valparaiso hosted a New Year’s Eve party with delectable delights prepared by renowned chef, Nicole Bissonnette. Guests ate, mingled and celebrated throughout the evening while awaiting the big toast for 2013.
The Inaugural Double M Gala was held at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago to benefit The Chicago International Music & Movies Festival. House music fans, filmmakers, musicians, and other artists joined Chicago’s vibrant creative community for an evening of cocktails and conversation, over finely-crafted, tasty beats.
Star Plaza New Year’s Eve Bash in Merrillville rocked into 2013 with a variety of dance parties, comedy shows, and live bands. Special guests included DJ Gordo, Julian from the B96 Morning Show, Dick Diamond and the Dusters, New Element, The Crawpuppies, and other great local entertainment.
The Waterbird Banquet Center in Chesterton held a 1957-style sock hop and New Year’s Eve party with 115 guests. The evening featured a murder mystery dinner show, dessert and dancing to 1950s and 60s era jukebox songs. Everyone toasted in the New Year with a glass of champagne and party favors.
The Emerge South Shore Holiday Party was held at Station 21 in Crown Point. Guests donated toys for Geminus Head Start children and enjoyed drinks, appetizers and networking.
The Crown Point Community Foundation’s 9th annual gala celebration was held at the Old Historic Court House with over 200 guests in attendance. The black tie affair included hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and musical entertainment.
Post-movie attendees gathered at the "Searching for Venice" wrap party at the Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Chicago. The movie, filmed in Southwest Michigan, is a tragic, comedic, and romantic narrative that explores what it means to live, love, and be a family in contemporary society.
Hundreds gathered to celebrate at the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World Gala in Grand Rapids, which featured horse-drawn carriage rides through the Sculpture Park, more than forty dazzling trees and displays representing holiday cultures from around the world, the Railway Garden, globally inspired cuisine and holiday entertainment.
The Miller Beach Chapter of the International Order of Four O'Clock on Friday Club welcomed approximately 53 guests, including Chicago and Northwest Indiana writers and authors, to speak on the different aspects and symbolisms of 12-12-12. Chef George Koziol provided scrumptious appetizers while Waz played on piano.
The Methodist Hospital Foundations coronated the King and Queen for 2013 Mardi Gras Court at Innsbrook Country Club. Guests enjoyed appetizers and drinks while listening to the delightful sounds of a harpist. The Court has raised over $15,000 and plans to reach their goal of $100,000 by the Mardi Gras Ball on February 9th.
The Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation welcomed more than 425 guests, including prominent business and civic leaders, for its 8th Annual Gala at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with live music, a lavish dinner, and dancing. The event raised more than $175,000 in support of the Foundation’s efforts to develop and promote artistic, cultural, and public events within the Loop.
The Crown Point chapter of Tri Kappa hosted their 2012 Kitchen Tour & Tasting in eight homes in Crown Point. Over 350 attendees met with chefs from 11 fine restaurants from the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area and sampled boutique wines in the garden vineyard of a featured home.
The Women’s Association of the Northwest Indiana Symphony held its 24th Annual Festival of Trees at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster. Over 300 guests celebrated the winning of three beautifully decorated trees, enjoyed a delicious lunch and were entertained by coloratura soprano Holly Flack.
A capacity crowd of 300 guests at the Columbia College Chicago Open Doors Gala helped set a record $800,000 raised to support Chicago Public Schools graduates with scholarships. The annual Gala, held at the college’s Media Production Center in Chicago, was a showcase of art, fashion and entertainment by Columbia College students.
In celebration of their 14-year relationship, partners Richard Soria and Scott Fech hosted a Commitment Ceremony for 80 guests at the Memorial Opera House, followed by a reception at the Venue by Bistro 157, both in Valparaiso. With the theme “An American in Paris,” the event kept its attendees in awe as the couple transitioned from walking down the aisle to Andrea Bocelli’s “Con Te Partiro,” to dancing down the aisle to “Raise Your Glass” by Pink.
Bunny Fisher performed at the Acorn Theatre with pianist David Lahm, bassist Rich Schneider and drummer David Hilliker. The concert encompassed memorable songs including the shows title number, “Big Spender” and music by Stevie Wonder, Lennon and McCartney, Peggy Lee, Dorothy Fields, and others.
Producer Dawn Yarborough hosted a VIP preview party at Celebration Cinema and showed a portion of the first episode of “Harbor Lights TV”. The television show will feature positive stories about the people, places and culture of Southwest Michigan communities.
Over 175 people walked around the grounds of Marquette Park Pavilion and viewed nature-themed items and art displays by local artist during Dunes Learning Center’s annual fundraiser, which honored excellence in environmental education. The evening featured a silent auction, dinner, and entertainment by cellist Josh McClain.
A record 1,200 guests attended the lakeside soirée at Shedd Aquarium for the sixth annual Auxiliary Board fundraiser. Raising more than $266,000 to support Shedd’s conservation and education initiatives, the benefit was filled with the sounds of tinkling cocktail glasses and local performers against a backdrop of the Chicago skyline and fireworks over Lake Michigan.
Over 450 guests gathered to commemorate the opening of the Porter Regional Hospital and its recognition as a landmark in Northwest Indiana. The event featured food, entertainment, tours, equipment demonstrations, and the unveiling of a commissioned South Shore poster of the new facility.
More than 30 top Chicago chefs donated their culinary skills for the 8th annual event at the Ritz-Carlton to benefit Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care. Honorary chairs Rich Varnes, Amanda Puck and Jason Dohmann welcomed 325 guests to the Grand Ballroom for tastings from popular local restaurants
Fernwood’s annual fundraiser, attended by more than 200 people, included harp music by Anna Hagen, live and silent auctions, and delectable dinner and desserts prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan.
Over 200 guests enjoyed a silent auction, charity games, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing during this fundraiser. Musical entertainment was provided by the Bartlett Trio and the Jeff Brown Quartet. Over $6,000 was raised to provide engaging educational experiences, restoration of natural areas, and sustainability for Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) celebrated its Grand Reopening as well as its 25th Anniversary with a sold-out gala. TV icons Betty White, Hugh Downs and John Mahoney joined guests in enjoying hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music at the renovated 62,000-square-foot facility.
Fairway Hall at Whittaker Woods Golf Course was transformed into a tropical destination for attendees at Lubeznik’s fundraiser. The evening featured silent and live auctions and a dinner party with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson. Musical entertainment was provided by The Disorderlies.
The spotlight shined on local casino employees who put on an unforgettable night of entertainment during Lake Area United Way's (LAUW) Casino Talent Competition & Campaign Finale. Held at Horseshoe Casino, the benefit talent show featured 90 minutes of entertainment for more than 750 attendees.
More than 200 guests attended Columbia College Chicago’s annual student fashion show held at the Media Production Center. The evening included a rooftop reception, tented VIP lounge and post-show party. The event raised approximately $130,000 for the newly established Eunice W. Johnson Scholarship in Fashion Studies.
The capacity-filled grand opening for The Clubhouse of Harbor Shores was sponsored by the golf course at Harbor Shores and Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. The event included a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the 7,500 square foot clubhouse that houses "The Grille at Harbor Shores" and private dining areas.
850 viewers attended the premier of the family-friendly adventure, “Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy,” shown at Celebration! Cinema. Directors and producers, Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") and Benton Harbor native, Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters") walked the red carpet and greeted the public.