Arts Alliance Illinois Benefit Luncheon Pays Tribute To Art Supporters Jim and Kay Mabie

On Friday June 10, Arts Alliance Illinois hosted its fourth annual Voices of a Creative State benefit luncheon at the Fairmont Chicago, raising more than $200,000 that will support arts education. Nearly 400 artists and leaders in the creative industry including Senator Pat McGuire, Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack, Sarah Albrecht, former US Ambassador Fay Hortog-Levin were in attendance as Jim and Kay Mabie, long-time supporters of various arts organizations and education institutions were jointly honored with the Citizen Advocate award for their continuous dedication and contributions to the arts and arts education.

Image 2Jim and Kay Mabie 

“Due to Arts Alliance’s success in updating Illinois’ arts learning standards for the first time since 1997, it was particularly fitting that we will celebrated the Mabies at our luncheon, given their focus on supporting the training and education of young artists,” said Arts Alliance Illinois Board Chair Kassie Davis.

Arts Alliance Illinois is an arts advocacy organization that promotes the value of the arts to all residents of Illinois. 

Sarah Albrecht, Teresa Samala de Guzman and Jason Palmquist
Sarah Albrecht, Teresa Samala de Guzman and Jason Palmquist

One of the main events of the luncheon was a panel discussion featuring Roque Sanchez and Kirsten Kelly. Kelly was the director and producer of the documentary film The Homestretch, Roque Sanchez appeared in the film. The event also included a performance of “Core’ngrato” by noted baritone Takaoki Onishi and pianist Craig Terry.

Rena Henderson Mason, Ursula Ricketts and Sarah Pietlicki
Rena Henderson Mason, Ursula Ricketts and Sarah Pietlicki

Image 5Dan and Julie Schmidt and Jim and Kay Mabie

Image 7Craig Terry and Takoki Onishi

Image 8Kirsten Kelly, Michelle Boone, Roque Sanchez and Brooke Flanagan

Image 10Paul Sznewajs,  Senator Pat McGuire and Amy Sue Mertens

Image 12Alderman Scott Waguespack and Amy Sue Mertens


Image 17Roque Sanchez and Kirsten Kelly 

Gail Ward, Steve Shewfelt, Evan Plummer and Paul Sznewajs
Gail Ward, Steve Shewfelt, Evan Plummer, Paul Sznewajs

Photo credit: UnPosed Photography

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