The Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet hosted its Spring Gala in celebration of the 10th Anniversary with 800 people in attendance. The event took 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 partnered with the Junior Auxiliary Board for a "Grande Finale" party after the Gala dinner. The evening began at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University where Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, 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 then transported the guests to the Palmer House Hilton Ballroom, for cocktails and dinner. Guests were 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 Gala was emceed by Candace Collins Jordan and Helen Hall Melchior. Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the special guest at the event, delivering a great speech as a fellow dancer. This year's Arpino Angel Award recognized 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 season! 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. This year's gala raised over $1.2 million in general operating funds for the Joffrey.
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