Monday, September 15, 2008

Miami and Chicago Social Diary

Kristen Munroe, Missy Kent, Camille Diaz, Michele Benesch, Carol Bell, and Holli Kingsbury at Tory Burch, Bal Harbor to kick off the Beaux Arts of the Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami Holiday Tables event.
Tory Burch Bal Harbour celebrated its first anniversary by kicking off the Beaux Arts of the Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami Holiday Tables event. Tory Burch will be the gift bag donor for the opening night cocktail party next March 20th. This will be the 17th year of Holiday Tables. Although it still retains the name, it no longer highlights just tables with holiday themes but each year features tables with lots of interesting design elements that are set up throughout the museum for a weekend long event.

The March event will be chaired by Carol Bell and Missy Kent who also hosted the party at Tory Burch, along with committee members Kristen Monroe, Michele Benesch, Holli Kingsbury, Camille Diaz and Beaux Arts President Keith Landon.
Many member arrived to shop and are clearly fans of the Tory Burch style. A special mandarin mojito was created by Oronoco rum in honor of Tory Burch who uses a lot of orange in the design of her boutiques.
Amy Treese and Chandra Balsera
Kristin Dolan and Kristen Munroe
Jessica Cristobal and Holli Kingsbury
Camille Diaz and Missy Kent
Brielle Alpert and Ben Batory
Carol Bell and Jennifer Quinton
Kalyn James and Michele Benesch
Megan Schasel and Allison Brede
Nicole Roach and Kelly Taylor
Jessica Finkelson and Aileen Corcia
Missy Kent, Morgan Smith, and Kristin Dolan
Norma Quintero and Rolando Gonzalez
Paula Fay and Kim Wood
Tina Carlo and friend
The Medicine Ball sponsored by the Women’s Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) was held on September 6 at the Chicago History Museum. The monies earned from the Ball will accelerate The RIC Cancer Rehabilitation Program.

Roger and Chaz Ebert
were the honorary chairs. Ebert, famed movie critic, credits the RIC with helping his recovery from several cancer surgeries. Mr. Ebert, an RIC patient because of thyroid and salivary gland cancer, can no longer speak and his presentation was via computer. His inspirational story moved the 425 guests present as it has his doctors and other patients at the RIC. Ebert works full time and as Dr. Joanne Smith, president of RIC said, “Roger is someone who goes beyond survivorship.” The Ball was expected to net about $500,000.
The benefit’s theme was “An Evening of Gatsby.” A string quartet played during cocktails. Dinner followed in a tent on the terrace of the Chicago History Museum overlooking Lincoln Park - thus capturing a Great Gatsby Garden party.

Long rectangular tables were covered in deep green taffeta cloths adorned with candelabra and masses of white roses and white orchids. The dinner menu included salad, rack of lamb, coffee and a dessert station with a myriad of delectables from crème brulee to sacher tortes.
Rory Repicky and his wife Dr. Joanne Smith, president of RIC, and Astra and Tom Gamsjaeger
A live auction following dinner raised $100,000. The major sponsor of the benefit was GRAFF. Chairing the Ball were Britt Taner of Winnetka and Tracy Souder of Glenview. Members of the committee included Jill Almeida, King Harris, Michael Keiser and Leslie Kennedy of Chicago. From the north shore were Connie Coolidge and Marilynn Thoma of Kenilworth and Patsy Callahan of Winnetka. Patricia Lear of Evanston is the Women’s Board President.

The RIC is dedicated to helping people with disabilities regain or improve their physical function and empowering them to live full, active and productive lives. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the RIC the #1 Rehabilitation in Hospital in America since 1991.
Chris Hehmeyer with his paddle for the auction that made $100,000
The pineapple decor signaling prosperity in the 1920s and also, welcome
Sophie Bross and Karie Katz
Tracy Souder with Kerim and Britt Taner
Roger Ebert and Dr. Joanne Smith
Michelle Smead
Tracy Souder with Michael and Kim Moore
Julia Michelson
Libbet and Tobin Richter
Ken Cook and Brenda Sexton
Lori and Kurt Nerenberg
The Service Club of Chicago held its annual Summer Fashion Show at the Peninsula ...
Hazel Barr
Steve Kemble
Mamie Walton
Jean Antoniou and Marine escort
Cookie Cohen
Kathy Brock
Sheryl Dyer
Miss Illinois 2008 Katie Lorenz
Susanna Homan, Kate Templin, Julie Bensman, and Mary Ann Murphy
Candace Jordan
Susan Gohl and Marine escort
Mary Lasky
Bunky Cushing and Lynn McMahan

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