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It’s a ball game–3 galas all in a night

October 2nd, 2016

They’re still counting funds raised from three big galas Saturday night. Museum of Science and Industry, Lyric Opera and Gateway Green drew big crowds and raised major cash for their nonprofit organizations. Here’s the break-down so far:

MSI Columbian Ball: 700 guests raised more than $2 million. Co-chairs: Christina and Christopher Begy (CEO of BMO Financial) and Kimberly and Greg Wasson (former CEO of Walgreens).

Opera Ball: 3,500-plus guests hit the opening-night performance and 500 attended the actual ball (it’s along night!). No fundraising number (yet), but last year exceeded $1 million. Expect at least that. The ball was chaired by Women’s Board President Mimi Mitchell and co-chairs Regan Rohde Friedmann and Eileen Murphy. Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended.

Green Tie Ball: 1,000-plus guests raised $400,000-plus. Co-chairs: Neal Zucker, CEO of Corporate Cleaning Services window washers, and Lara Shiffman, co-director of JKLS public relations. Leading up to the ball, they got people out of bed with  phone calls asking for support.


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