Fall gala season is in full swing and on a crisp late summer evening, many of Chicago’s philanthropic & social crowd made the trek to Chicago’s north suburb (Glencoe) for Chicago Botanic Garden’s Harvest Ball. This annual event, now in its 18th year, usually brings the who’s who young leaders of the North shore, neighboring suburbs and Chicago, plus friends and supporters of The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
On Saturday Sept. 17, with over 300 guests in attendance, the Guild raised $335,000 that will support the Garden’s Science Career Continuum (SCC), which reaches into Chicago neighborhoods with engaging, hands-on science exploration for low-income students who will be first-generation college students.
Harvest Ball co-chairs Mike and Leslie Martin (Kenilworth), Doug and Sophie Goodwillie (Chicago)
Harvest Ball, co-chaired by Sophie Goodwillie and Leslie Martin, began with a cocktail reception and silent auction in McGinley Pavilion followed by dinner on the Esplanade in a tented pavilion.
The live auction led by John Walcher was highlighted by a seven-night escape for ten guests to the Casa de Campo Resort in the Caribbean; Maxie Clarke, Whitley Bouma Herbert and Sarah Vaile were the auction co-chairs.
Sarah Vaile, Whitley Bouma Herbert, and Maxie Clarke
The Guild, which consists of civic leaders that are committed to assisting the Chicago Botanic Garden by promoting it to a larger audience, along with the Board of Directors and the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society comprise of the three boards that support the 385 acres Chicago Botanic Garden and the Chicago Horticultural Society. The groups are responsible for the development and sustainability of the Garden and are charged with maintaining the legacy of the Society, founded in 1890 in Chicago. See more pictures from the event in the gallery above.
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photo credits: Robert Kusel; Robin Carlson/Courtesy Chicago Botanic Garden