Joffrey makes 'Merry' at luncheon fundraiser

February 17, 2011
Evanston Review
LEE A. LITAS

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The Event: Looking to capture the magic of Ronald Hynd's "The Merry Widow," Chicago's Joffrey Ballet hosted a glamorous luncheon Feb. 11, choosing for the occasion the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

The affair featured exciting raffle prizes, indulgent Parisian-style pampering courtesy of the Mario Tricoci salon and a menu brimming with inventive cuisine, all in an effort to raise funds for the Joffrey's Boeing Bridge Program. The program introduces at-risk Chicago Public School students to the basics of ballet.

The Players: Guests were treated to pampering and free makeovers during the cocktail portion of the event; later 11 members of the South Shore Fine Arts Academy, a beneficiary of the Boeing Bridge Program, put on a lively performance featuring various selections from the Joffrey Ballet's repertoire. Enjoying the festivities were Verna Bousis of Highland Park, Eleni Bousis of Northbrook, Joyce Wippman of Wilmette, Melissa Babcock of Kenilworth and Yolanda Tyler of River Forest.

The Bottom Line: More than $50,000 was raised in ticket sales and raffle prizes to support the Joffrey Ballet's programs and performances. "The Merry Widow" runs Feb. 16 to 27at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

The Merry Widow,' Feb. 16-27, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago; (312) 386-8905 or joffrey.org/merry. Tickets: $25-$145.