More than 600 guests spread their philanthropic wings at the 15th annual Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Butterfly Ball May 3. Co-chairs Mamie and Gregory Case, Claire and Joseph Gregoire, Donna and Anders Gustafsson and Kelly and David Hackett welcomed corporate and civic leaders such as Chris Kennedy, King W. Castro and Marty Castro to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon) for the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
The Chicago Community Trust rounded out nearly a century of fundraising at its 98th anniversary celebration May 3 with nearly 600 guests — including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and keynote speaker and best-selling author Michael Pollan (“In Defense of Food” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) — at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph).
Partygoers didn’t have to search out a good time at the unveiling of Chicago’s Scout Guide May 1 at Public Hotel (1301 N. State). Editor Meredith Wood-Prince, photographer Katrina Wittkamp and co-founder Susie Matheson welcomed 200 guests, who sipped Moscow Mules and Bellinis and snacked on gummy bears from Candyality while celebrating the just-launched city guide, which runs glamorous, editorial-style ads from local businesses (including a recent spread with Splash and sibling publication Grid).
Emerging designers convened for a fashion faceoff April 26 at the 12th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence presented by the Driehaus Design Initiative, a program established by philanthropist Richard Driehaus to promote design education and public appreciation of fashion design and history. Guests filled 700 S. Des Plaines — a parking garage turned vintage car showroom — and perused cars, snacked on hors d’oeuvres and sipped cocktails before taking their seats for the show.
To call Carolina Herrera a fashion icon is an understatement. She’s been honored by everyone from Vanity Fair, which named her one of the Best-Dressed Women of All Time, to the King and Queen of Spain, who gave her a Gold Medal of Achievement in 2005. But the designer doesn’t pay attention to any of the accolades. “I don’t think about it,” Herrera says. “I have worked very hard to do what I do, and I love fashion, but I’m not doing this to be a star. I want to do my job because I love it.”
Clearbrook supporters were over the moon as they shattered previous fundrasing records for the Shining Star Ball April 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 E. Delaware). More than 300 attendees turned out for the 25th annual fundraiser, which included a dinner, live and silent auction and heartfelt video presentation from a parent whose child benefited from Clearbrook’s autism day program.
It was an evening of clubbing for a cause as nighttime hot spot Studio Paris lifted its velvet ropes for the sixth annual Generation Rescue and Rescue our Angels fundraiser. Hosted by Splash columnist Jenny McCarthy and Rescue our Angels founders Michele and Pete Doyle, the party brought 375 guests together to help fund treatment grants for children and families dealing with autism.
The event included Chef Andrew Zimmerman, who welcomed an all-star culinary crew including Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Little Goat; Rob Levitt of The Butcher & Larder; Patrick and Michael Sheerin of Trenchermen; and Jason Vincent of Nightwood.