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On Monday in Chicago, two nonprofit groups held fundraisers, both designed to boost women in professional roles.
Julianna Margulies, star of the CBS drama "The Good Wife," was the draw for Steppenwolf Theater Co.'s Women in the Arts benefit lunch, held at the JW Marriott Chicago. Monday evening, 500 fans of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana gathered at The Four Seasons Chicago to celebrate Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary.
The events were a bit alike and a lot different — in ambience, star power and fundraising ambition.
At the Steppenwolf event, a small dose of Hollywood showed up at a pre-lunch, $500-a-ticket VIP reception. Ms. Margulies, dressed in a silk Jeunesse blouse and YSL pants, mingled with guests, as did Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney and ensemble members Marianne Mayberry and Sally Murphy.
At lunch, about 300 women watched a video clip featuring Ms. Margulies' work, then listened to Ms. Margulies and Martha Lavey, Steppenwolf's artistic director, talk about the star's career. The Steppenwolf event grossed $150,000 to fund the company's Professional Leadership Program, which offers internships and apprenticeships to young people interested in theater careers.
A few hours later, women accustomed to a different kind of spotlight — the Wall Street kind — celebrated the organization that, some say, shaped them as leaders. Joining them were a number of men — many more than at the Steppenwolf event — as well as girls decked out in Girl Scout vests and uniforms.
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The mood was jamboree-boisterous, especially when Deborah DeHaas, a former Girl Scout, announced a paddle raise auction. "How can you resist being part of this?" asked Ms. DeHaas, vice chairman and Central region managing partner, Deloitte LLP. Apparently, not many: The 20-minute paddle raise grossed $163,650, almost twice as much as expected. As a result, the Girl Scouts gave away, rather than sold, the hundreds of boxes of cookies they brought to the dinner.
"We promise to lead the next century," announced current Girl Scout Emily Bartusiak, who told the assembled she plans to be a biochemist or intellectual-property attorney. The dinner grossed $865,000 for programs to introduce girls to science, technology, math and engineering, and to encourage girls to pursue leadership careers. (Crain's Chicago Business was one of the event's eight Gold sponsors.)
There was one moment of silence — when a color guard presented the U.S. and the Girl Scout flags before dinner. All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Then the color guard retired, and the din resumed.
Some 425 book lovers and library supporters came to see author David McCullough receive the Newberry Award.
Hilton Chicago's Grand Ballroom turned into a university lecture hall as former President Bill Clinton accepted the 2013 Lincoln Leadership Prize.
Wednesday night, WTTW-TV/Channel 11 and WFMT-FM/98.7 brought in big donors to celebrate “10 Buildings that Changed America.”
Lunch and learn: Nearly 900 people at the event at Hilton Chicago learned more about the importance of early-childhood education.
Chicago High School for the Arts' April 11 gala fundraiser at the Museum of Contemporary Art raised some $300,000 to fund arts programming.
Some 500 people showed up at Venue One in the West Loop for the 10th anniversary gala of Steppenwolf's Auxiliary Council's fundraiser.
Gala goers got to experience Giordano Dance Chicago's pre-performance warmups and ritual.
Despite some high-profile no-shows, the inaugural Chicago fundraiser for the Council on Competitiveness at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park attracted about 200 people and exceeded its fundraising goal.
Friday's gala opening of “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair" at the Chicago History Museum attracted some of the best-dressed partiers in recent memory.
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Burnham Award recipient Ellen Costello hopes to rally prominent Chicagoans around improving high school graduation rates
Actress Phylicia Rashad received the Civil Rights Award at the Chicago Urban League's annual Golden Fellowship Dinner.
The Crown family pulled together A-listers for Monday's Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation inaugural dinner at the Art Institute of Chicago
Networking, socializing, and ping pong at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center’s Momentum Awards dinner gala at Millennium Park.
The Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 13th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner honored Don DeLillo and Walter Isaacson.
Guests got more than a taste of India at Saturday night’s Field Museum of Natural History’s Maharaja Ball. The gala was the opportunity for donors to get the first peek at the museum’s new exhibit, “Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts.”
For the first time since 1960, the Lyric Opera's Opera Ball was held at the Radisson, not the Hilton Chicago, which was festooned with Chicago Marathon banners. At least one opera ball tradition — trumpets heralding opera-ball guests — did not survive the move.
Relieved that the musician's strike was short-lived, gala goers celebrated at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance and Symphony Ball.
After an eight-year absence, Vernissage, a fundraiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art that doubled as the opening for Expo Chicago, made its return to Navy Pier.
What started as a small women's luncheon in Chicago 17 years ago has grown into the country's biggest fundraiser for the Holocaust Museum.
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