The Social Scene Around Town

The Scene Around Town, Across Town is a recap/compilation of events that took place in and outside of Chicago. 

Event: Chicago History Museum’s 22ND annual Making History Awards

22ND annual Making History Awards_Michael H. Moskow, Shirley W. Ryan, Frank M. Clark, Melissa Bean of JPMorgan Chase, and Art Johnston

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago |120 E Delaware Pl 
Who’s who: Frank Clark, Anne Pramaggiore, Lester Crown, Shirley Ryan, Andrew McKenna, Laura Ricketts, Michael H. Moskow
Host: Ali Velshi
The scoop: The Chicago History Museum hosted the 22ND annual Making History Awards. Over 450 guests attended the gala helping to raise a record $1 million. The event paid tribute to the positive and enduring impact of some of our city’s extraordinary leaders. This year’s awardees included:Frank M. Clark (former ComED CEO)– The Marshall Field Making History Award for Distinction in Corporate Leadership and Innovation, presented by Anne Pramaggiore; Art Johnston – The Jane Addams Making History Award for Distinction in Social Service, presented by Laura Ricketts; Michael H. Moskow – The Harold Washington Making History Award for Distinction in Public Service, presented by Lester Crown; Shirley W. Ryan – The Bertha Honoré Palmer Making History Award for Distinction in Civic Leadership, presented by Andrew McKenna on behalf of Marca Bristo; and JPMorgan Chase accepted by Melissa Bean, Chairman of the Midwest – The Cyrus McCormick Making History Award for Historic Corporate Achievement, presented by Motorola Solutions.

Making History awards_Ali Veshi
Host Ali Velshi

Making History Awards for the Chicago History Museum _Andrew McKenna_Shirley W. Ryan
Andrew McKenna, Shirley W. Ryan
22ND annual Making History Awards_Michael H. Moskow_Lester Crown
Michael H. Moskow, Lester Crown

Making History Awards for the Chicago History Museum

22ND annual Making History Awards_Liz Stifel
Guest, Liz Stifel

Event: Shedd Aquarium Dark Waters Gala  

Shedd Aquarium Gala 2016

Date: Saturday, June 11
Where: Shedd Aquarium
Co-Chairs: Alissa and Tom King, Lesly and David Koo
The scoop: The Dark Waters gala, themed after the aquariums mysterious, yet enticing nocturnal creatures that emerge after sundown to create a spectacle in the dark waters, attracted 700 guests that supported Shedd’s mission of connecting people to the living world raising approximately $1.9 million. The evening’s entertainment included a surprise performance by the Chicago Children’s Choir, an aerial lyra display from Aloft Circus and Shedd’s belugas, dolphins, penguins and sea lions. During the aquatic program, guests participated in a paddle raise that generated more than $360,000. 

Trent and Amy Sheridan, Laura Micheli and Gavin Daly

Shedd Trustee Alex Singla and Parita Singla

 John Podjasek with fiancé Laura Sargent, Mark Cozzi and James Goeke

Valencia L. Fellows and Jonathan Fellows
Heather Zimmerman and Troy Zimmerman
Rebecca-and-Charlie-AsfourRebecca and Charlie Asfour
Emily Schmid, Cathy Schmid, Teri Brown, Abby Brown

Alfy D’Ancona, Lois Eisen, Terri D’Ancona, Steven Isen with Shedd Aquarium mascot the Strawberry Dart Frog

Shedd Gala Co-chairs David and Lesly Koo, President and CEO Bridget Coughlin and husband Brian Wegner, and Gala Co-chairs Alissa and Tom King

Event: Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board Celestial Ball Launch Party

Adler Planetarium Womens Board Celestial Ball Launch Party_7718

Date: Thursday, June 9
Where: Del Frisco’s | 58 East Oak Street
The scoop: President of the Adler Planetarium’s Women’s Board, Linda Ieleja Gerstman and Chair of the 2016 Celestial Ball, Jacqueline Hawwa, invited a mix of philanthropists and well-known Chicagoans for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and merriment as a kick-off to the 2016 Celestial Ball: Across the Universe, taking place September 10. Throughout the evening, guests were treated to a uniquely Adler experience featuring a hands-on, minds-on activity called Under Pressure, where an Adler Facilitator assisted attendees in designing and conducting a variety of experiments that tested what happens to various objects when put into a vacuum chamber.

Adler Planetarium Womens Board Celestial Ball Launch Party-1

Adler Planetarium Womens Board Celestial Ball Launch Party_Geza Gyuk, Allyson Poulos, Karen Poulos, Eliza Primavera-Bailey, and Forrest Bailey

Tanya Silvio, Carrie Ott, Matt Ott, Elizabeth Meloy, and Vida Asiegbu

Geza Gyuk, Allyson Poulos, Karen Poulos, Eliza Primavera-Bailey, and Forrest Bailey


photo credits: ©Shedd Aquarium: Eva Ho/Heidi Zeiger/Dan Rest; Chicago History Museum/Dan Rest; Adler Planetarium/Arielle Gallione

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