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Chicago Botanic Garden’s Summer Dinner Dance 2018

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Summer Dinner Dance 2018

Terry Peterson of Chicago, MarySue Barrett of Chicago, Phyllis Lockett of Chicago, Jean Franczyk, Jane Irwin of Winnetka, Chris Hall of Chicago
Terry Peterson, MarySue Barrett, Phyllis Lockett, Jean Franczyk, Jane Irwin, Chris Hall


The Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual mid year fundraiser, Summer Dinner Dance, was held last month Friday June 15 on the sprawling grounds of the 385 acre north shore  gardens. The co-chairs for this year’s event, which counted sponsors such as Northern Trust bank, were Cassie and Steve Gavin, Gillian and John Growdon, Jane Irwin, and Ryan Ruskin and Michael Andrews and a record nearly $1 million was raised.


Jonathan Holloway of Aisling Colon of Evanston
Jonathan Holloway, Aisling Colon

John and Alexandra Nichols of Winnetka
John and Alexandra Nichols


The black-tie soiree began with cocktails in the Crescent Garden and Heritage Garden, followed by a colorful menu dinner from Food for Thought and dancing to the sounds of Maggie Speaks under a tent on the Esplanade. The event’s décor for the evening, from Frost Chicago and Revel, was designed around the color wheel’s Color in the Garden that’s currently on display.

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Peter and Shana Ellis of Chicago
Peter and Shana Ellis

Greg Veza and Chris Williams of Chicago
Greg Veza and Chris Williams


Diana Rauner and Gov. Bruce Rauner
IL First Lady Diana Rauner and Gov. Bruce Rauner


The Chicago Botanic Garden sees more than one million visitors each year and fundraisers like this one help support more benefit from our horticulture, conservation science, and education programs locally, nationally and internationally. Fundraisers like the Summer Dinner Dance make this possible.


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photo credits: Robert Kusel; Robin Carlson

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