WMG 22nd Anniversary Gala: A Great Success
WMG's 22nd Anniversary Gala, “Reflections” celebrated 22 years of support for women artists and honored Beate Minkovski, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Gallery, who will retire this year.
This spirited and fun-filled event was held on Friday, April 25th, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, at Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N Armour Street, Chicago IL 60642.
The evening opened with musical improvisations by Bill Harrison and Marc Perlish. Musical performance by Patty Elvis announced the live auction. Hailed by BarFly Magazine as “one of the best Elvis impersonators,” Patty Elvis enlightened the audience with hits.
Alexa Piszczatowski welcomed each Gala guest with a glass of champagne generously donated by Barefoot Wine The Gala hosted an open bar and offered delicious appetizers and an assortment of gourmet cheeses provided by our favorite catering company, Amazing Edibles and Cabot Creamery.
Led by performing artist Patty Elvis, the live auction featured three fabulous artworks, a Dinner Party for Eight by Cali Bergold, an Instant Wine Collection donated by WMG Board and Advisors, a Rainbow Get-away donated by Marcia Grubb and Pamela Barnet, and a Cooking Class for Eight donated by Amazing Edibles. The silent auction offered photographs, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, gift certificates to theaters, restaurants, and various interesting services.
Throughout the evening Ignite Glass Studio’s Artistic Director Pearl Dick created a glass vase that was donated to the art raffle. In addition and as a gift by the WMG Board to WMG’s Executive Director, she also fashioned a glass portrait of Beate Minkovski.
The lucky winners of the three art prizes are Jenny Gibbs who won a painting by Suzanne Keith Loechl, Brian Heard who won a b/w photograph by Pete O’Connell, and the glass vessel created during the event was won by Patty and David Kovacs.
THANKS TO ALL FRIENDS OF THE EVENT
Thank You Gala Committee and Volunteers Honorary Chairs, Ann Regan and Amy Stoeffler. Committee Chair Cali Bergold, Mary Ann Anthony, Marcia Grubb, Susan Ifergan, Margo Jeanchild, Beate Minkovski, Sydney Stoudmire, Ruby Thorkelson, and all Gala Volunteers: Emanuel Aguilar, Cara Boldarini, Monica Brown, Carrie Byington-Oei, Nina Corwin, Sheila Donovan, Betty Heredia, Claire Kissinger, Anne Leuck Feldhaus, Laura Lopez, Elaine Luther, Danielle Marchewka, Lyndsey Marko, Susan Mazzeri, Jen Mooses, Michelle-Renee Perkins, Vanja Prokic, Leila Rahravan, Alma Shoaf, and the crew from Aeoflex: George von Huene, Sonny Huynh, and Bogumil Sciazko.
Thank You Sponsors and Contributors: Polly Allen, John Anthony, Carol Augustine, Ulla Barr, Marty + Jim Bash, Ellen Wade Beals, Andrea Bempong, Kathy Bergold, Marie Bergstedt, Janet Bloch, Annie Byrne - BFF Bikes, Patricia Callahan, Mary + Keith Campbell, Elaine Collina, Vicki Curtis + Bill Siavelis, Karen Deighan, Kathryn Deane, Alicia Derrah, Fred D'Escoto, Joann Dinneen, Marcia Fensin, Tom Ferguson, Lynn Fesenmyer, Tammi Franke - Fitzgerald, Franke & Hewes LLP, Marcia Grubb + Pamela Barnet, Andrea + Dick Ginsburg, Mary Kay Heffernan, Linda + John Hillman, Susan + Charles Ifergan, Jelena Jankovic, Margo Jeanchild, Mary Keefe + Bob Scales, Jeannette Lewis, Bobbi + Steven Meier, Julie Myers, Jenny Kendler - OtherPeoplesPixels, Ann Regan, Alyce Ritti, Jeanne Rogers Sainati, Julie Schauer, Janet Schumacher, Sheri and Ron Spielman, Amy Stoeffler + Ralph Lauterbach, Pamela Stoeffler, Susan Straus, David B. Sykes Family Foundation, Ginny Sykes, Mike Wilson - Trimac Masonry & Restoration, Anton Waser, Erin Waser + Brian Foote, and Deborah Weber.
Thank You to Live and Silent Auction Donors: 4 Elements Salon, Andrea Herrera and Amazing Edibles, April 7th Custom Framing, Lynn Arnold, Julie Proudfoot and Artemisisa - A Chicago Theatre, Allen Baker, Pamela Barnet, Marty Bash, Bebeka Design, Cali Bergold, Colby Beutel, Big Shoulders Coffee, Black Ensemble Theater, Cabot Creamery, Pamela Callahan, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cindy Trim Photography, Mary Ruth Coffey, Sylvia Cook, Nina Corwin, Barbara Dermody, Duran European Sandwiches, John Ebert Studio, Ruth Eckstein, Janice Elkins, Energy Work, Deb Flagel, Foiled Cupcakes, Tom Ferguson, Indira Freitas Johnson, Kathryn Gauthier, Maia Gillet, Goodman Theatre, Marcia Grubb, Kimberly Gust, H&K The Poppet Company, Kurt Heintz, Lori Ann Hess, Candice Hickman, Linda Hillman, Gail Holmberg, Ellen Holtzblatt, Dorothy Hughes, Charles Ifergan, Susan Ifergan, Ignite Glass Studios, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Margo Jeanchild, Mary Keefe, Suzanne Keith Loechl, Lisa Knoop, Virginia Kondziolka, Mie Kongo, Jill Krieg, La Sardine, Jason Lawfer, Jenny Learner, Andrea Leets, Lillstreet, L'Occitane, Siboan Lombardi, Elaine Luther, Marilyn Madden, Mario Tricocci, Hildy Maze, Susan Mazzeri, Bobbi Meier, Vessy Minkovski, Moksha Yoga Center, Nick Mozak, Nature Yoga Center, Pete O'Connell, Old Town School of Folk Music, Carmen M. Perez, Julie Pitzen, Playmakers Theatre, Pocket Poppet, Poetry Foundation, R&F Handmade Paints, Robin Riggs, Carol Rizzolo, Shedd Aquarium, Kim Shimkus and Manouche Boutique, Janet Snow-Godfrey, Monica Staco, Mary Stoppert, Surya Chandra Yoga - Jenny Bergold, Allison Svoboda, Ginny Sykes, Rhona Taylor and Playmakers Theater, Patricia Terrell-O'Neal, The Chicago Mosaic School, Uncommon Ground, Nancy VanKanegan, John and Dorianne Venator, Elizabeth Wallace, John F. Walté, Erin Waser, Becca Waterloo, Kathleen Waterloo, Kathy Weaver, Georgia Lang Weithe, Rhonda Wheatley, Windy City Café, WMG Board and Advisors, Wright Vision Coaching.
Thank You to all who placed ads in our Gala Program: Andrea Herrera and Amazing Edibles, Stephanie Rose Bird, Jan Brown Checco, Dr. Patricia Gilleran and Choices in Dentistry,
Nina Corwin, Gen Furla and Delux Bar & Grill, Tom Ferguson, Audrey Godwin, Ralph Lauterbach, Jon Goldsmith and Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, and Dr. Amy Stoeffler. The Gala Program, designed by Susan Mazzeri, can be viewed Here.
Thanks to Erin Waser and Susan Mazzeri for invite and program brochure design. Thanks to Vanja Prokic for editing. Thanks to Bill Harrison and Marc Perlish for musical entertainment. Thanks to Patty Elvis for her musical performance and for being WMG's Auctioneer. Thanks to Hannah Fehrman for documentation and to Elliot Dicks for sound provision. Thank you George von Huene and his crew from Aeoflex: Sonny Huynhfor, Pete O’Connell, Bogumil Sciazko, incorporating Salesforce into WMG’s check-in and check-out procedures. We are grateful to Paul McKenna, owner of Starship Subs for donating delicious sandwich trays for our hard-working volunteers.
Top Banner: Flautist Marc Perlish (left); bottom banner: Patty Elvis performing (left); Pearl Dick creating glass vessel (right). Photos by Hannah Fehrman.
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