The role of an auxiliary is to provide support or additional help, but as it pertains to auxiliary boards of Chicago’s cultural institutions, such as Steppenwolf Theater, it goes beyond that. The young professional arm of the Steppenwolf Theatre board are ambassadors of the arts as well as budding philanthropists.
Members, their guests and supporters celebrated the Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council’s annual Red or White Ball fundraiser on Friday April 10 at Venue One, raising nearly $60,000 to continue supporting Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the arts education program that impacts more than 15,000 students, teachers and families. Chaired by Tanya Stanfield with co-chairs Jon Blanc, Isaac Colunga and Julia Luscombe, a VIP reception kicked off the evening’s festivities.
After the VIP reception, where 2015 Red or White Ball Honorary Chair, Steppenwolf Managing Director David Schmitz shared a few remarks and praises for the council, it was on to the main event. Guests dined on food from III Forks Steakhouse, The Dawson, RA Sushi, Tesori, Cheesie’s Pub n’ Grub, Cookie Bar, Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen and La Fournette, who were positioned in tasting stations around the room
When not eating, drinking from the open bar or taking group shots in front of the fotio camera, there were silent auction items to bid on including a wine tasting party for 10 from Joe’s Wine Cellar, a trip to Austin, TX and more. DJ Matt Roan got the crowd on their feet and on the dance floor all night.
Some of the guests in attendance included: Vanessa Abron, Jasmine Guy(board member), Patrick Shannon, Jessica Ramirez(ChiArts), Desmond Lathan, Reginald Guy, Frank Trocchio, Jeremy Smith(SpotHero), Marissa Warren(United Airlines), Greg Gruenthaler, Kendra Correa-Brady, to name a few.
Steppenwolf’s Auxiliary Council, made up of more than 100 energetic group of young professionals dedicated to civic leadership, support Steppenwolf’s arts education program for high school students. Since its inception in 2000, the Auxiliary Council has raised nearly $1.5 million in contributions.
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