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
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.
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