JANUARY 2013 EVENTS
TDC founder/artistic director Melissa Thodos and Tony Award-winning Broadway star Ann Reinking will preview their latest creative collaboration, A Light in the Dark, the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, for guests at 21 Club on Feb. 2. See calendar for complete details. | Photo by Cheryl Mann.
Updated: February 25, 2013 6:05AM
Wilmette Hadassah Afternoon of Laughter and Fundraiser: Jan. 16, Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah. Wilmette’s own Joanne Stein, noted lecturer and educator, will present the “Story of Jewish Comedians in America”. Tickets: $20 to benefit the many ongoing medical research projects at Hadassah Hospital. Program Chair is Marilyn Fox of Northfield. Co-Presidents are Brenda Lake of Northfield and Connie Grossman of Glenview. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: email@example.com or northshore.hadassah.org.
Warming House Shopping Benefit: 8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 16, 1640 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Five percent of the day’s net sales will be donated to the Warming House Youth Center. (847) 256-5288, warminghouse.org.
“Strike a Pose” Fundraiser: 7 p.m. Jan. 17, River East Arts Center, Chicago. Kicks off Cubs Convention Weekend.“Strike a Pose” will feature Cubs players past and present and their wives walking the runway in a variety of fashions from the 900 North Michigan Shops. Participants include David & Kim DeJesus, Kerry & Sarah Wood, Darwin & Lindsay Barney, Shawn Camp, Tony Campana, Starlin Castro, Steve Clevenger, Scott Feldman, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, James Russell, Ian Stewart, and Travis & Brittany Wood. Benefits The David DeJesus Family Foundation who, for this event, will be donating monies raised to ALS research. In addition, the evening will include cocktails and food from some of Chicago restaurants. Dance music by DJ, Kasper K. Tickets: $250 per person and $2500 per table (includes 4 tickets with reserved seating and table service). (773) 404.CUBS orcubs.com/fashion.
The Warming House Youth Center Comedy Benefit: 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue Wilmette. Derick Lengwenus performs stand-up comedy. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students (18 and younger). Benefits Warming House Youth Center.
Chai Hadassah Total Body Workout and Fundraiser: noon-1 p.m. Jan. 23, Equinox, 799 Central Ave., Highland Park. Couvert for burning a few calories is $10. Donations will support Breast Cancer Research at Hadassah Hospital. The group will end up at Michael’s in Highland Park for a light lunch on your own. Space is limited. Reservations required. Chair is Haley Hacker of Northbrook. Co-Presidents are June Gold of Buffalo Grove and Lana Lake of Northbrook. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or northshore.hadassah.org.
Metropolitan Chicago Region of ORT America’s 22nd Annual Party Planning Showcase: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jan. 27, Lincolnshire Marriott. Everything you need for mitzvahs and weddings – caterers, DJ’s, invitations, photographers, party facilities, décor and many more. Free admission and parking. All monies raised benefit the programs of ORT America one of the largest educational non-governmental organizations serving more than 300,000 students yearly with programs in 61 countries. Barb Statland, (847) 291-0475, email@example.com
Thodos Dance Chicago 21st Anniversary Gala 21 Club and Benefit: 6 p.m. Feb. 2, Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph St., and Michigan Ave., Chicago. Honorary co-chairs are Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star and Thodos Dance Chicago guest artist Gary Chryst. Evening includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, a wine roulette wheel, plus dancing to the music of Swing Assembly. Also a performance by the Thodos Dance Chicago Youth Ensemble, and an exclusive sneak peek of Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos’ newest collaboration, A Light in the Dark, the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. Suggested dress is Black and White Cocktail. Tickets to 21 Club are $275. Tables of 10 are $2,500. thodosdancechicago.org, (312) 266-6255.
Catholic Charities 12th Annual D’Vine Affair, a Tasting of Fine Wines and Benefit: Jan. 27, Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Select from more than 250 wines offered by over 90 vintners from around the world during the tasting, scheduled from 2-6 p.m., many of which will be poured by the vintners themselves. Local expert Bob Bansberg, Chicago sommelier, presents wine appreciation seminars at 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Pat Fegan leads a seminar at 2:30 p.m. The event features a silent auction where guests can shop for special wine offerings, wine accessories and gift certificates for fine dining. Tickets for a “stock you wine cellar” raffle will also be available. For an additional cost, there will be an exclusive pre-tasting guided tour at 1 p.m. During the pre-tasting, guests can learn more about the vintners and the wines available for tasting from leading experts in the industry, including members of the Glunz family. Proceeds directly support Catholic Charities’ Self-Sufficiency Programs in Cook and Lake Counties. Tickets for the tasting and seminar are $125 per person; additional cost for the pre-tasting guided tour is $50 per person. A three-course dinner will be held at the Union League Club at 5 p.m. for an additional $80 per person; wine is included compliments of Louis Glunz Wines, Inc. Business casual attire is recommended. Hillary Fash, Catholic Charities’ Event Coordinator, (312) 948-6797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Master Singers annual benefit gala: Feb. 16, Wynstone Golf Club, North Barrington. 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a festive dinner and live entertainment by concert pianist Clara Campbell Christian. Socialize with the chorus members and music director Alan Heatherington, and to support great choral music. The theme of the evening is “America Through Music.” For dress, black tie is optional. Tickets: $125 per person through Feb. 4, or $140 after that date. Reservations with payment are required by Feb. 11. To request an invitation, please send an email to email@example.com or call and leave a message with your name and address at (877) 825-5267. chicagomastersingers.org.