Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Chicago, Miami, and Houston Social Diary

The Harvard banner hangs high at the Annual Award Dinner of the Harvard Club of Chicago.
The Annual Award Dinner of the Harvard Club of Chicago was held on Saturday, April 12th at the Mid-America Club, 200 East Randolph Street, Chicago. The Dinner, the Club’s only yearly fund raiser, is the principal source of scholarship and community service funds for Chicago area students.

Since 1967, the Club has given awards annually to Chicagoans who have rendered extraordinary service to the community in fields other than his/her professional endeavors. The 2008 honoree was Ann Lurie, one of Chicago’s most prominent philanthropists.

Margaret McCurry, president of the Harvard Club of Chicago with architect Stanley Tigerman
Ms. Lurie concentrates her giving on the world’s biggest problems including hunger, cancer and inadequate health care. Among her many gifts are major donations to Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital, Millennium Park, an endowment to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, funds for a rural school in Ethiopia, a medical facility in Kenya and archeological digs in Egypt.

Ms. Lurie’s response to her introduction by Award Chair, Suzanne McCullagh, was inspiring to the audience of 250- all of whom rose to their feet at the end of her talk.

The evening’s topic was “Chicago Metropolis 2020: Preparing Metropolitan Chicago for the 21st Century.” Four Harvard alumni, all of whom are executives with this project spoke. King Harris, Donald Lubin, George Ranney, Jr., and Adele Smith Simmons.

The discussion was moderated by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Faculty of Design, Harvard University and Stanley Tigerman, FAIA. Housing, planning, the environment and transportation was a major focus of the discussion. Two receptions preceded the dinner.

The President of the Harvard Club of Chicago is Margaret McCurry of Chicago. Nancy Berman was Dinner Chairman. Members of the Dinner Committee included Danielle Cupps, Steven Lucado and Kellogg Fairbank of Chicago. From the north shore were Marshall Field V of Lake Forest, Julie Palmer of Deerfield, Suzanne McCullagh and James Stone of Winnetka and Clare Golla of Oak Park.
John and Judy McCarter
Torey Malatia, head of Chicago Public Radio
Architect John Holabird, Jr. of Holabird and Root, with wife, Janet
Honoree Ann Lurie and Dian Ella
Ross Wimer and Peter Ruggiero, architects from SOM
John and Alexandra Nichols
Danielle and Andrew Cupps
Ann Lurie, Margaret Mc Curry, and GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of Harvard University
Alison Ranney and Robert Han
Elizabeth Foster and Hannah Peters
Christopher and Cindy Galvin (Galvin is former CEO of Motorola)
Miami, FL — In support of the importance of art for children, Christine and Martin Taplin and Jennifer and Neil Sazant hosted “The Art of Education” on April 10th at the Sagamore, the Art Hotel, benefiting the Lehrman Community Day School (LCDS).

“The Art of Education” celebrated the first annual LCDS community-wide art contest, “Think Outside the Box,” with cocktails, featuring signature drinks from Snow Queen Vodka and Oronoco Rum, dinner and both silent and live auctions raising more than $350,000 for the school.

Guest speakers included Tom Lollar, Director of Visual Arts for New York’s Lincoln Center, who announced the nine winners, Martin Z. Marguiles, a leading collector of Contemporary Art, and Dahlia Morgan, former Museum Director at Florida International University.

Of more than 40 entries, there was a first, second and third place winner in three education levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School and Middle School. All first place winners received a weekend stay with their parents at the Sagamore. All winners received Toys R Us gift certificates. “Think Outside the Box” invited children throughout Miami in Preschool through Middle School to submit their own artistic expression using their creative minds and a simple shoebox by Monday, March 31st to LCDS.
Marty and Constance Marguiles, and Cricket Taplin
Marty Taplin, Tom Lollar, and Cricket Taplin
Arlyn Cypen and Staci Kanter
Jennifer Sazant, Nikki and Randy Weisburd, and Neil Sazant
Jill and Harold Gaffin with Marty Marguiles
Lauren Fuerst, Orit Osman, and friend
Marni Loed, Jennifer Reiz, Amy Siana, Hollen Rosenberg, and Janet Rapp
Dahlia and Andrew Morgan
Dawn and Daniel Feinberg
Jenny Ogur and Eric Jassin
Jennifer Sazant and Cricket Taplin
Neil and Jennifer Sazant with Tina and Seth Lindfeld
Tom Lollar and Cricket Taplin
Staci Kanter, Stefanie Karasik, and Danielle Goodman
Marty and Cricket Taplin with Neil and Jennifer Sazant
Houston, TX — This year’s gala for Society for the Performing Arts (S.P.A.) -- bringing the world’s best to Houston -- raised over $400,000 for their education and outreach programs.

This year’s theme was The Dream Girls. It made for a rocking evening filled with the music of Motown as presented by DJ SUN and Memphis Train Revue. S.P.A. supporters were also treated to a toe-tapping presentation of 3 Mo’ Divas, a theatrically staged concert from Broadway writer/director Marion J. Caffrey

Priscilla Larson with Georgia and Mike Foulard
Susan Plank, Debbie Festari, and Ericka Bagwell
The wonderful extravaganza was fittingly held on the stage of Jones Hall on March 29, 2008. This year’s chairs were Jana Fant, Debra Grierson and Laura Spalding.

The Auction Chair was Margo Berry. Guests enjoyed a lavish three-course dinner orchestrated by Jackson Hicks of Jackson & Company and marveled at the transformation of the stage with floor to ceiling mylar draping and thousands of Tivoli lights all designed by Rebekah Johnson of Bergner and Johnson.

Other glamorous Houstonians seen in the crowd included, SPA Executive Director June Christensen, Liz and Tom Glanville, Margaret Williams with Bill Daniel, Mike and Karen Mayell, Beth and Bryan Muecke, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, and Becca and John Thrash.

Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (S.P.A.) is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, S.P.A. has sponsored more than 700 performances of the world’s greatest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community.

In addition to presenting artists, S.P.A. seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.

S.P.A.’s mission is to bring the very best performers from around the world to Houston for the enjoyment, enlightenment, and education of all Houstonians. The Ball is a major part of Society for the Performing Arts’ annual fundraising campaign, and allows the organization to continue bringing Houston outstanding talent such as violinist Itzhak Perlman, American Ballet Theatre, Philip Glass, Paul Taylor Dance Company, MOMIX, Three Mo’ Tenors, STOMP, and David Sedaris.
Becca and John Thrash
Diane Lokey Farb
Erik and Nancy Littlejohn
Beth and Bryan Muecke
Erin and Nick Florescu
Jana and Richard Fant
Julie and David Shannon
June Christensen (S.P.A. Executive Director)
Monsour Tagidishi and Bob Devlin
Laura and John Spalding
Melissa and Brad Marks
Liz and Tom Glanville
Mark and Debra Grierson
Michael and Melissa Mithoff
Mike and Karen Mayell
Mike and Kikki Wilson
Margaret Williams and Bill Daniel
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Margo and Kirby Barry
Ty and Trish Whitcomb
Richard and Ginni Mithoff
Sarah and Ron Simon
Terry Wayne Jones
Tom and Marcy Taub Wessel

Photographs by Lucien Capehart (Lars)

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