It isn’t over until the last guest leaves with a bottle of their favorite red or white. And what a night it was when the Women’s Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago held their 11th triennial Wine Auction in February. The night, hosted in the Ardis Krainik Theatre of the Civic Opera House, welcomed more than 400 guests, who together raised a whopping $1.8 million to benefit the Lyric’s programming.
“To enjoy dinner, wine and great company while supporting a cause is a lifetime experience,” says Alpana Singh, a world-class sommelier and auction committee member. The night featured both silent and live auctions emceed by Michael Davis and Bend Ferdinand of Hart Davis Hart Wine Company. Bidders were able to participate in person, by phone or electronically. Here are some of the evening’s scenes: