CHICAGO, IL – Over 340 guests attended Lawrence Hall’s Fall Fête 2016 held on Saturday, September 24, at the Zhou B Art Center, raising $224,000 through the night’s sponsorship and events to benefit Lawrence Hall’s programs.
“We are thrilled at the generous response from our broad community of supporters. We look forward to investing in additional community-based programming on behalf of our youth,” said Kara Teeple, CEO of Lawrence Hall. The event was co-chaired by Rita Wilkinson and Liz Nicholson and honored special guest Mary B. Galvin and her family. Gala guests enjoyed dessert and a take-home treat baked by youth from Lawrence Hall’s TryMe’s culinary arts program, as well as a powerful speech by Lawrence Hall alumni Harley Stone.
“Lawrence Hall was my blessing, and if I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat, because Lawrence Hall saved my life! And I say to all the current youth, take full advantage of everything Lawrence Hall has to offer you, and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel and find success,” Harley encouraged.
Additionally, internationally acclaimed artist Marketa Sivek’s piece, ‘Sweet Home/Tonight’ fetched crucial funds during the live auction and set a new Lawrence Hall auction record. Sivek’s work has been featured on NBC’s Chicago PD and found its way into the private collections of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, and more.
“Everyone deserves a real home—someplace that represents safety and security. The work that Lawrence Hall accomplishes on behalf of our city’s youth and their families is remarkable,” said Sivek. “There was no real sense of security in my home country. I believe my work speaks to this greater mission, and I am proud to support Lawrence Hall’s efforts to heal the community and change people’s lives for the better.”
Sivek was not only extremely touched that her work made such an impression on all of the guests at Fall Fête, but that she was able to see that night her artwork impact the youth and families served by Lawrence Hall.
This year’s Gala was sponsored by Meeker-Magner-A True North Company, The Grainger Foundation, The McCareins Family, Optiver, Charlie & Jana Sample, Emily & Dave Merjan, Karen Mabie & The School Solution, Perkins Coie, Citadel, Jayne & Dan Coyne, ISDVF, Melio & Company, The McCormick Foundation, Dan & Kristin Boszhardt, IMC Financial Markets, Winston & Strawn, Stricklin & Associates, Converged Communications, Pepsi, Illinois Sparkling Co., Revolution Brewery, Dannenberg Family Vineyards, Wedding Recycle, itsavvy, and The Ultimate Elf.
(Lawrence Hall Alumni, Harley Stone)
(From Left: David Dickow, Katrin Eisenberg, MaryBeth Cvengros, Maura Koutoujian, Marketa Sivek, Beth Clark, Beth Treacy)
(Honoree Mary B. Galvin & Rusty Magner)