The Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet Invites You to the Gala Event of the Year
Join the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet as they
"change it up" a bit in recognition of their 10th
Anniversary! This celebration will highlight the
$15,000,000 of support they have given to the
organization, making them the single largest
contributor to the operating fund of the Joffrey Ballet.
The event will take place on Sunday, May 6, which
coincidentally is the date of the last Joffrey
performance of the 2011-2012 season. To honor the
incredible dancers for their passion and talent, the
Women's Board will partner with the Junior Auxiliary
Board for a "Grande Finale" party after the Gala
dinner. This will be the first time that the dancers,
Women's Board and the Junior Auxiliary Board will be
participating together in an event.
The "evening attire" event will begin promptly at 6:30
at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50
East Congress Parkway. Artistic Director, Ashley
Wheater, has developed a dazzling program,
beginning and ending with selections from
Balanchines "Stars and Stripes. Other season
favorites will be included as well as a performance by
the crowd-pleasing Exelon Strobel Touring Troupe.
Trolleys will be waiting to transport the guests to the
Palmer House Hilton Ballroom, 17 East Monroe
Street, for cocktails and dinner. Guests will be
entertained by a video, produced by Women's Board
member, Donna LaPietra, highlighting the 10 years of
exponential growth of the Women's Board. The Arpino
Angel Award will then recognize Jay Alix, Una
Jackman, Erica Mann Ramis and Harold Ramis, the
talented producers behind the film Joffrey: Mavericks
of American Dance.
From the ballroom, guests can proceed to the
"Empire Room" for the "Grand Finale". There they
can enjoy more of "Chicago cuisine" and dancing
with the Junior Auxiliary and the Joffrey dancers.
It will be a true celebration of a successful
Tickets are priced at $600.00 for the performance,
Gala dinner and "Grande Finale", tables ranging
from $6,000 to $25,000. For those choosing the
performance and "Grand Finale", tickets are
available for $95.00 and $110.00 at the door and
include general admission to the Gala
performance at 6:30 p.m. For more information
and ticket or donation inquiries, please contact
312.386.8921 or gala [at] joffrey [dot] org.
The Joffrey would like to thank the event’s chairs
Candace Collins Jordan and Helen Hall Melchior.
In honor of the 10-year celebration, the gala has a
dedicated team of co-chairs including Mary Jo
Basler, Nancy Gottlieb Bauer, Kate Bensen,
Mary Pat Burns, Joan Colmar, Pamella Roland
DeVos, Leslie Hindman, Victoria Holdren, Anne
Kaplan, Donna LaPietra, Jan Melk and Liz Sharp.
Last year’s gala raised $1.3 million in general
operating funds for the Joffrey. The 2012 Spring
Gala presenting sponsor is Harris Private Bank.
Other sponsors include the Alphawood
Foundation and Michigan Avenue magazine as
the media partner.
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