More than 400 guests celebrated the arts at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom (600 E. Grand) Sept. 6 for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 12th annual gala. An art show and sale kicked off the evening, showcasing works by sketch artist Rosemary Fanti, glass artist James Wilbat and photographs taken by Catholic Charities program members.
Nightwood chef Jason Vincent cooked up a storm Sept. 16 at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph) for the season premiere of “The Dinner Party,” a monthly meal hosted by Elysabeth Alfano that brings together a variety of Chicagoans for dinner and lively conversation (broadcast live on Chicagosplash.com).
PGA Tour Wives Association members Diane Donald, Amber Watney, Rachel Thompson, Lori Points, Katie Robinson, Amy Wilson, Brittany Horschel, Rosalind Schwartzel, Taylor Fowler, Debi Rolfing, Lynn Fowler and Stephanie Mrofchak took a break during the BMW Championship to spend a fun-filled day with families and children staying at the Ronald McDonald House Sept. 11.
Thousands of partygoers flocked to A. Finkl & Sons Co. (2011 N. Southport) Sept. 7 for Chicago Gateway Green’s 22nd annual Green Tie Ball. The steel factory’s property was transformed into a Wonka Wonderland with help from green-lit tents and characters from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” who mingled and stopped for photo ops with guests.
Though NBA star Dwyane Wade spends most of his time playing for the Miami Heat, the Chicago native returned to his hometown Sept. 6 for Wade’s World Weekend. To kick off the 10th anniversary of his foundation, Wade hosted guests like Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams for dinner and a live auction at the Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior).
The Chicago skyline served as the perfect backdrop to the Celestial Ball (1300 S. Lake Shore), hosted by the Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board Sept. 7. Honorary chair Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. and co-chairs Elisa Primavera-Bailey, Linda Gerstman, Donna Beering, decor chair Rebecca Childers Caleel and more than 700 guests danced to Motown, soul, disco, Top 40 and Big Band hits from local band SWAY Chicago.
Splash celebrated one year of style Aug. 29, surrounded by 300 friends at the Underground (56 W. Illinois). Guests such as Splash columnist and “America’s Next Top Model” winner Jaslene Gonzalez, Macy’s Andrea Schwartz and Rockit Ranch Production’s Arturo Gomez, plus friends Amy Olson, Chris Dexter, Charles Hocevar and Cathie Haley, sipped Peroni and Santa Margherita prosecco and wine while jamming to tunes from DJ Megan Taylor.