By Megan McKinney
Jen Horsley and Suzi Bramson Brooks, A Masked Affair co-chairs, flank Marion Valle, auctioneer.
A Masked Affair, the Almost Home Kids sixth annual Share the Care Ball, this year honored Patti Silver and Lynne Rosenthal of the Leo S. Guthman Fund as Distinguished Donors for their passionate and generous support of Almost Home Kids. Iris Krieg, executive director of the Leo S. Guthman Fund accepted the award on their behalf.
Although he was noted as a prominent philanthropist and art collector, those who knew him remember Leo S. Guthman as a vibrant man-about-Chicago and valued friend, who contributed to the quality of the city’s life in many ways.
Dr. Michael Kelleher, chief medical officer of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, was honored as Share the Care Champion for his help with the integration and affiliation of Almost Home Kids with Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Jen Horsley and Suzi Bramson Brooks were gala co-chairs, Janet Davies, of ABC7, was host for the evening, Marion Valle was auctioneer and the Ken Arlen Orchestra provided the music. Young musicians and the music department from the British International School entertained during the cocktail hour.
More than 320 guests attended the gala in the Gold Coast Room of The Drake, which raised nearly $300,000 for Almost Home Kids in Chicago.
ComEd was the title sponsor, with many other sponsors including Raymond James and Corboy Demetrio contributing enormously to the evening.
The mission of Almost Home Kids is to provide transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs, training for their families and respite care.
The appropriately masked organizing committee led by Jen Horsley and Suzi Bramson Brooks, center.
Host Janet Davies.
The Distinguished Donors Award was accepted on behalf of Patti Silver and Lynne Rosenthal by Iris Krieg, executive director of the Leo S. Guthman Fund, second left. Dr. Michael Kelleher, chief medical officer of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, second right, was honored as Share the Care Champion.
Guests who did not arrive with a mask were given one; it was truly A Masked Affair.
Dancing to the Ken Arlen Orchestra.
Ben Kasica, Skies Fall Media
Robert F. Carl