If you happened to be in Colorado in January, you may have seen a bikini-clad Natalie Bergman running through the snow. On tour with Wild Belle, the band she leads with her older brother Elliot, Natalie was bored — so she invented a game. “It was 18 degrees below zero, and we were sitting in the hot tub,” she says. “I decided we each had to race across our friend’s lawn in our bathing suits, shake the snow off of an Aspen tree and run back.” Elliot nods. “Then we tried to see who could stay in the snow the longest making snow angels,” he adds. “Our family is really competitive.”
On March 9, the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation celebrated two decades of working to eliminate pediatric cancer and the burdens it places on patients’ families at its 20th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball. Co-chairs Nina Mariano and Tracey Scurto welcomed more than 850 guests to the UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt), including Cheryl and Mario Tricoci and Kristina and Mike McGrath, who mingled beneath the chandelier-studded ceiling while listening to heartwarming speeches from Roe Conn and Windy City Live’s Val Warner and from Bear Tie Ambassador Theo Yianas, who shared his story of conquering the disease.
It’s time to banish the blues and bury the beige — spring is coming (no matter what the weatherman says) and nothing is fresher than a rosy pop of color. From eye-catching neon to baby-doll blush, pair pink with any neutral for a camera-ready look that’s guaranteed to help you glow. But be warned: Pink brings out the reddish tones in skin, so use blush sparingly.
Actress Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds,” “The West Wing”) took a starring role at Steppenwolf Theatre’s 4th Annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts Luncheon, held March 4 at the JW Marriott (151 W. Adams). The fundraiser, co-chaired by Marlene Breslow-Blitstein, Elizabeth H. Connelly, Kelly Epstein, Nene Foxhall, Donna La Pietra, Jan Melk and Jane Mody, included a question-and-answer session with the actress and Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner was themed “the power of one.” But it was 1,600 individuals — including civic, business and charitable leaders — who came together to honor local community leaders and raise funds for the museum’s programs on March 6 at the Hyatt Regency (151 E. Wacker). Holocaust survivors joined guests like Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward to honor William Brodsky, chairman and CEO of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co., who were awarded the 2013 Humanitarian Awards.