• Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

The 38th Annual Zoo Ball was a wild success on July 10, raising more than $1.1 million to benefit the conservation and education efforts of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Specifically, this year’s contributions will support the development of an innovative new education center designed to enhance learning outside of the traditional classroom and cultivate the next generation of conservation scientists.

The black-tie affair was hosted by the Zoo’s Women’s Board, which welcomed 850 guests to a night of dining and dancing, all coordinated with an Arctic Blast theme. HMR Designs created a space filled with shades of white, silver and blue, while Jewell Events Catering crafted a signature Aurora Borealis cocktail served at an ice bar created by Jewell Events that was complemented by an eight-foot polar bear ice sculpture from Nadeau’s. Further lighting and staging was provided by FROST Chicago, and other sponsors included Lathrop and Gage LLP, Jennifer N. Pritzker/Tawani Foundation/Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and Make It Better and Michigan Avenue magazines

Guests came together for two important reasons at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center last October: to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the 007 James Bond franchise and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The first annual “En Noir: A Casino Royale Masquerade” event was designed to benefit Imerman Angels, a one-onone cancer support community that pairs a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer.

 

Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D.

 

In May, Illinois Meetings + Events announced the winners of the Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards and the Hall of Fame inductees at our annual event that welcomed industry personnel from all over the state. Festivities were held at Rock Bottom Brewery’s upstairs event space with appetizers and signature cocktails provided by the restaurant and desserts courtesy of the Blue Man Group.