Yummy $460,000 dish at academy's tasty benefit


FOOD FOR THE SOUL AND FOOD FOR THE TUMMY made the Chicago Academy for the Arts 30th anniversary gala a tasty benefit that brought in a hearty $460,000. One of only four independent arts high schools in the U.S., the academy showcased talent at the Harris theater and then treated 560 guests to cocktails and tastings from the areaís hottest chefs.
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800 jam Hellenic Museum's first ball


GREEK POP STAR Michalis Hatzigiannis sang to the 800 guests at the first Hellenic Museum black tie ball, celebrating the new cultural center. This Ambrosia Ball was chaired by Vassilis Kaskarelis, Ambassador of Greece to the U.S., and held in the Union Stationís great hall. Civic and business leaders from all over the country flew in and the voice of Zeus served as emcee for the evening. Museum chairman of the board John Calamos Sr. inducted Themi Vasils and Angela Paterakis as life trustees. Museum president Stephanie Vlahakis announced that $350,000 was raised to support the Hellenic Museumís educational programs.
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International women hug the world


THE WORLD IS GETTING SMALLER and if the International Women Associates have their way, smaller will be kinder, more democratic, more sensitive to the needs of women and children.
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Glamour gals' night out


DAHLINGS, YOU THINK IT IS EASY being eternally chic, glam, fashionable, informed, when you are a working professional woman, devoted mother, savvy wife or single female role model? Life in Manola Blahniks walking in the fast lane is exhausting and demands energy and determination.
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Women in space soar at Adler


HOPING TO INSPIRE YOUNG WOMEN to pursue careers in the sciences, the womenís board of the Adler Planetarium hosted its 10th Women in Space Science Award celebration luncheon at the Union League Club and honored Dr. France Cordova, president of Purdue U. She is a former NASA chief scientist. Dr. Cordova met with 250 middle school girls from Chicago public schools, handpicked by their teachers for their interest and capabilities in science. Chairs of the event were Teri Montes and Lisa Jozwiak.
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Medicine Ball heals rehab needs


AN EXOTIC MAKE-BELIEVE TRIP TO HAVANA made this yearís Rehabilitation Instituteís Medicine Ball a Cuban holiday at the Peninsula Hotel. The 400 guests were treated to Cuban foods, island melodies, rum drinks, orchids and dancing to the 911 Mambo Orchestra. CHAIRED BY LORI KOMISAR AND SUSAN MACKENZIE, the evening opened with a rocking reception featuring a rum bar, was followed by a gourmet dinner of Cuban dishes in a setting enhanced by orchids and other exotic blooms, as MC Janet Davies welcomed the Rehab supporters.
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Alzheimer's Rita Hayworth Gala raises $1 million


EACH OF US HAS A STAKE in research on Alzheimerís disease, because statistics show many of us will fall victim to this debilitating scourge as we age. The 25th anniversary Rita Hayworth gala at the Hilton raised an impressive $1 million. Welcoming guests were chair June Barnard and Alzheimer president Harry Johns. Honored were veteran supporters Joan and Paul Rubschlager who have personally pledged more than $1 million to fund research. In Illinois alone, 200,000 are afflicted.
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