On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 more than 200 guests joined The Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board as they celebrated the upcoming Joffrey premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake in Chicago. The Luncheon raised more than $75,000 to support The Joffrey Ballet’s performances and programming.
The elegant luncheon began with a champagne reception at 11:30am at the newly opened RPM Steak located at 66 West Kinzie Street, Chicago. President Obama was spotted later in the evening dining at the venue.
Co-chaired by Women’s Board members Kathleen Henson, of Henson Consulting and Ellie Forman, of Mesirow Financial, the afternoon featured “Stories of a Leading Swan” — an intimate conversation with Joffrey dancer and leading Swan, Victoria Jaiani and the Joffrey’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater led by Hedy Weiss, Theater and Dance Critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Guests, comprised of Chicago’s foremost business and civic leaders and philanthropists were treated to a special gift from Burberry’s new cosmetic line and had the chance to win luxurious prizes from Fabbri Furs, Jewelry by Rosalina, The Joffrey Ballet, Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique, Maria Pinto’s M2057 collection, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, RPM Steak, Southwest Airlines and Tory Burch. Floral designs were provided by A Perfect Event and the co-chairs and Joffrey dancers were adorned with Jewelry by Rosalina.
Spotted at the luncheon included notable names such as: Martha Melman, Suzy Friedman, Linda O’Keefe, Sonya Y. Jackson, Rochelle Trotter, Maria Pinto, Nancy Reinsdorf, Coco Meers, Molly Melman and Tarrah Cooper.
The Joffrey Ballet would like to thank the 2014 Swan Lake Luncheon Presenting Sponsor Walgreens. The current Chairman of the Joffrey Board of Directors is Zachary D. Lazar, Jr. and the Joffrey Women’s Board President is Elizabeth D. Sharp.