Thursday, May 10, 2007

Pennsylvania and Chicago Social Diary

Charlie Baker and Louise Baker, Turk Thacher, Steve Zodtner, Tom Nerney, Brian McNeill, Rick Shaw, and Frank Fox
Three weeks ago 250 supporters gathered at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania to celebrate Baker Industries 26th Anniversary and enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and dancing.

The Co-Chairs of this year’s event were Polly Bell Alden, Francie Ingersoll, Karen Micheletti, and Diana Wilder. The Honoree was longtime Baker Board Member and supporter, Jeffrey B. Rotwitt, a Partner with Obermayer, Rebmann, Mawell and Hippel, LLP.

Founded in 1980 by Charlie and Weezie Baker, Baker Industries is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit work rehabilitation program employing and finding outside employment for the disabled, recovering substance abusers, parolees, and the homeless. Over the past three years some 200 individuals from Baker’s program have successfully joined the work force.
Karin Micheletti, Diana Wilder, Polly Bell Alden, and Francie Ingersoll
Dr. Jim O’Connell and Lisa O’Connell
Elizabeth Unger and John Irwin
Chuck Stein and Ranny Moran
Joan Murdoch and Betty Moran
Jeff and Dianne Rotwitt
Steve Zodtner and Ray Welsh
Karin Micheletti and Turk Thacher
Dr. Brien Murphy and Maggie Murphy, Carol Thacher, Dr. Tom Frazier, and Lisa O’Connell
Helen Morgan and Louise Baker
Matt Taylor, Weezie Baker, and Polly Bell Alden
Francie Ingersoll, Jeff and Dianne Rotwitt, Weezie Baker, Turk Thacher, Charlie Baker, and Karin Micheletti
Maryann Bailey, Betty Moran, and Don Bailey
Marge and Irwin Farbman, Suzy Hoffman, Jim and Pat McKeighan, and Bob Hoffman
Avie and Susan Wheeler with Jimmy Unger
Ed Pringle, Mary Tatnall, and Jock Wright
Charlie Baker, Turk Thacher, and Jeff and Dianne Rotwitt
Four Gala Co-Chairs, Polly Bell Alden, Diana Wilder, Karin Micheletti, and Francie Ingersoll
Helen Morgan, Louise Baker, Joan Murdoch, Betty Moran, and Diane Mather
Rick and Ginny Eisenstaedt, Tom Petro, Mary Anne and Frank Baldasarre, Kris Petro, and Liz and Jerry Holbrook
Joanne and Ray Welsh with Brit Murdoch
Ted Peters and Betty Moran
Rick Eisenstaedt and Tom Petro

Saturday evening, this past April 14, The Opera Company of Philadelphia held its second annual Viva la Diva Gala at Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Hotel honoring longtime member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Constantine Papadakis and his wifeMrs. Eliana Papakadis, the President and First Lady of Drexel University.

250 guests andGala Co-Chairs, Ellen Berman Lee and Georgette Ciukurescu enjoyedcocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction before dinner. Dinner was put on by Evantine Design with entertainment by Eddie Bruce Entertainment. After dinner artists from the Opera Company’s May production of Falstaff presented a brief vocal recital, followed by a live auction hosted by Freeman’s Auction.
Anthony and Antoinette Caneris with George and Niki Tsetsekos
Jack and Karen McMeekin with Alice and Alter Strine
Raphael Littauer and Renée Rolling
Maestro Corrado Rovaris, David Devan, Co-Chair Ellen Berman Lee, Co-Chair Georgette Ciukurescu, Robert Driver, and Chairman Stephen Madva
Nicholas and Kathleen Chimicles, Nicole and Christopher Chimicles, Denise Creedon, and Stephen Madva
Richard Davidson and Linda Golden
Pamela Levinson with Sam and Connie Katz
Gala co-chair Ellen Berman Lee with Jerry Lee and co-chair Georgette Ciukurescu
Mary Eleanor Pitcairn, Mario Mele, Carolyn Zawrotny, Daria Pew, and Karen Nagel
Constantine (Taki) and Eliana Papadakis, Gala Honorees being serenaded by opera singer Matthew Rose
Daria and R. Anderson Pew
Maestro Corrado Rovaris, Francine Sella, Anna Rovaris, and Roberto Sella
Chantal and George Westby
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro
Robert Driver, Matthew Rose, Roberto de Candia, H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, Maestro Corrado Rovaris, and Mark Stone
Dancing the night away
Co-chair Ellen Berman Lee and Jerry Lee
Sponsored by its Women’s Board, the Joffrey Ballet held its annual Gala at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, with an extraordinary one-hour performance of ballets including Light Rain and excerpts from Olympics, Birthday Variations and Remembrances.

Following the performance, guests boarded buses and proceeded to the Chicago Hilton and Towers for cocktails, dinner and dancing. The Hilton Ballroom was a breathtaking spring décor of red, orange, purple and yellow tulips and roses and the fragrance of jasmine. Dinner began with a shrimp salad, followed by a filet mignon and a lavish chocolate/coconut dessert.

A special film was shown during dinner that featured a tribute to the Ballet’s founders, Gerald Arpino and the late Robert Joffrey with a focus on the Joffrey’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.  A parade of Joffrey stars dressed in formal attire preceded the film. 

Comments by Arpino and Jon Teeuwissen, Executive Director, followed the film.  They  welcomed Mayor and Mrs. Daley to the Gala and remarked that the Mayor’s presence meant a great deal to the Joffrey and the guests present.  As the attendees knew, the evening’s performance opened with the Torch Bearer Solo from the ballet, Olympics, and Mr. Arpino and Mr.Teeuwissen emphasized the commitment of the Joffrey to Chicago’s hosting the Olympics in 2016!
Beth Kronfeld and Matt Means
Maria Smithburg and Beth Kronfeld
The orchestra was the Gentlemen of Leisure who kept the evening ‘truly on its feet’ and was a big part of the evening’s festivities.

Major sponsors of the party were Abbott Laboratories, Exelon, Andrea and Jim Gordon, Huron Consulting and the Pritzker Family Foundation. 

The evening was a ‘sell-out’ with 900 plus guests.  In 2006, $1.1 million was the net and it is anticipated that this amount or even more will be the expected 2007 revenue. 

Other guests joining Mayor and Mrs. Richard Daley at the party included Christina and Ronald Gidwitz, Victoria and Gary Holdren, Ellen and James O’Connor and Ann and Ronald Waters of Chicago.  From the north shore were MK and JB Pritzker of Evanston, Pam and Russell Strobel and Pam Phillips Weston of Winnetka, Sandy and Roger Deromedi and Maureen and E.B.Smith of Lake Forest.

Chairing the 2007 Gala were William Daley and Christine Long of Chicago. The president of the Women’s Board is Helen Melchior of Chicago.
JB and MK Pritzker with Bill Daley
Michael and Audrey Rubenstein with Welz Kauffman, CEO of Ravinia
Liz Stiffel
Christine Long, co-chair of the Gala
Maia Wilkins and Michael Levine
Gerald Arpino and Gret Stuart
Bill Daley and Christine Long, co-chairs of the Gala
Charles Gardner and his wife, Patti Eylar

Photographs by Mary Hunt Davis/Mary Hunt Davis Photography (Baker)
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