Annual honors

Uniting Against Lung Cancer Medical Committee receives honors at UALC's Strolling Supper with Blues and News.
Late last month, The Millbrook Hunt held its annual Hunt ball. Founded in the 1890s, The Millbrook Hunt is widely acknowledged as one of the premier equestrian organizations in North America and has been a fixture for over 100 years. The presence of the Millbrook Hunt supports and enhances the character and atmosphere of the area and helps to maintain the overall quality of life and historic traditions of the region.
 
The Hunt sponsors equestrian-related events, including trail rides, hunter paces, hunter trials and hound and puppy shows, many of which are open to the entire community. The Hunt also maintains riding trails at its own expense.
A most important benefit of the Millbrook Hunt has been to strengthen the concept of “open space” in the greater Millbrook area and it plays a vital role in supporting land conservation and stewardship and the preservation of wildlife habitats. The equestrian traditions of Millbrook are a critical element in the broad effort to contain development in the the countryside, thereby maintaining the rural and agrarian spirit which is a foundation of the community.
Darren Henault, Christina Arnau Bru, Christine Gaffney, Bernadette Murray, Michael Basset, and Ignacio Arnau Bru
Hugo Cassirer, Cat Kennan, and Sarah Buttrick
Craig Callen and Everett Cook
Bryant and Rebecca Seaman, and Ali and Monica Wambold
Angela and Woody Keesee, and Olivia Fussell
John and Hillary Block
Karen and John Klopp
Willem de Vogel, and Laurence and Michael Levin
Parker Thorne with Claire and Chris Mann
Daphne and Bill Richards
Madeleine and Thomas Duggan
Ali Wambold, Tom Flexner, and Bryant Seaman
Donald and Barbara Tober
Larry and Lorna Graev
Clint Smullyan, Michael Levin, and Catherine Kinsey
Carole and Gary Beller
Ottavio and Charlotte Serena di Lapigio
Catherine Kinsey and John Ike
Christine Gaffney, Nancy Stahl, and Jennifer Oken
Pat and John Ike
Erin Kirkland
Diandra Douglas, Parker Thorne, and Stacy Langa
Larry Graev and Gloria Callen
Hunt Ball co-chairs Marion de Vogel and Jennifer Oken
Kirk Henckels and Barbara Tober
Jane Hottensen, Craig Callen, and Karen Klopp
Nancy and David Hathaway
Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels
Craig Callen and Marion de Vogel
Jennifer and Erik Oken
Late last month, nearly 150 of Chicago's most philanthropic women joined Bunky Cushing at the Palmer House Hilton to celebrate his 12th Annual Handbags & Halos Luncheon benefiting Howard Brown Health Center. The event raised more than $50,000 through its handbag raffle.

Guests were treated to the sounds of Stanley Paul and a wonderful keynote address from Hutton Wilkinson, President and Creative Director of Tony Duquette, Inc. Hutton shared a fascinating presentation about his more than thirty years as colleague, and ultimately, business partner of the famed jewelry and interior designer.
Bunky Cushing and Kristina McGrath
Giorgio Armani's Jennifer French
Ten lucky guests walked away with one of the season's most coveted accessories, all of which were donated to the luncheon. Handbag donors included Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Tory Burch, Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada, and Macy's.

Howard Brown Health Center is one of the nation's largest gay healthcare organizations. Through a wide array of health, wellness, social service and research programs, Howard Brown cares for more than 36,000 adult and youth clients annually.
Lynda Silverman and Myra Reilly
Nancy Kelley and Mamie Walton
Linda Heister and Zarada Gowenlock
Diane Dobrin, Bernard Mims, and Susan Regenstein
Lisa Malkin, Heather Wright, and Kathy Fox
Leslie Zentner, Karen Peters, and Martha Wallace
Margy Heinrich, Lynne McFee, and Michelle Crowe
Priscilla Barlow and Melissa Ehret
Genine Shafer, Laurie Davis, and Darby Hills
Hazel Barr and Stanley Paul
Hutton Wilkinson and Bunky Cushing
Bulgari's Avery Martin with Joan Moore
Sandy Wood-Prince Collins and Wendy Wood-Prince
Ann Wallace and Gregg Zgonena
Janet Owen and Nena Ivon
Foundation members Michele Kessler and Karin Luter hosted the Par 3 Foundation Dinner/Dance at Club Colette on November 15, 2012. Over 130 guests were in attendance to celebrate the leadership of Raymond and Maria Floyd and the Par 3 Foundation for their tremendous efforts with the renovation of the Town’s Par 3 Golf Course and the upcoming construction of a new clubhouse. The golf course re-opened for play in December 2009 and has been a success story ever since.
Karin Luter and Michele Kessler
Raymond Floyd, Christina Floyd DiDonna, and Robert Floyd
Construction plans are being finalized for the Smith & Moore designed Key West style clubhouse. Ground breaking is expected to take place in February 2013, with the grand opening in December 2013. The event was a fundraiser for the clubhouse, but also served as a tribute to Mrs. Floyd, who passed away in September. Mrs. Floyd was the driving force behind the clubhouse and spent this past summer working with Mr. Floyd and the architects to get the design just right.

Guests were treated to a first course of colossal lump crabmeat and smoked salmon. The main course was rack of lamb with potatoes anna and cranberry-apricot chutney. A coconut cake with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce was served for dessert.
Bob and Mary Simses
Terry Allen Kramer and Helen Abell
Karin Luter, Bridget Koch and Kristi Clark
Hillie Mahoney and Dan Ponton
Jane Grace and John Mashek
Karin Luter, Raymond Floyd, and Michele Kessler
James and Kristi Clark
Nicki Harris and Dorothy Kohl
Mila Mulroney and Candy Hamm
Marjorie Fisher and Lesly Smith
Stockard Channing and Danielle Moore
Jay Boodheshwar and Kelly Moore
Tom Quick and Howard Kessler
Pauline Pitt and Kate Gubelmann
Bridget Koch and Darlene Jordan
Audrey Gruss and Scott Snyder
Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer’s Strolling Supper with Blues and News recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. The annual lung cancer research benefit was held on November 14, 2012, attended by 700 guests who joined to support the foundation and the many important strides it has made in the name of lung cancer research throughout the years.

Special moments throughout the evening included an energetic performance by Grammy award winning blues musician Delbert McClinton, a rich silent auction complete with luxury items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for bid, a kickoff from the Cardinal Spellman marching band, and delectable food and cocktails. Host Brian Williams of NBC and emcee Bill Ritter of ABC led the audience through the night. $1.3 million was raised for lung cancer research.
Brian Williams, Roxanne Donovan, and Bill Ritter
Kevin Laue and Kim Stetz
Joseph Moinian and Leonard Boxer
Alan Brot and JP Rosenbaum
UALC Board Member Dr. David Hidalgo, Alan Friedman, CBRE, and Bruce and Avis Richards
Aine Brazil and John Whelan
Raymond Chalmé and Aaron Tighe, UALC Board Member
Photographs by Mary Hilliard (Millbrook Hunt); Dan Rest (Handbags & Halos); Lucien Capehart Photography (Par 3).