AVID AWARENESS Nearly 200 notable Chicagoans, including Mamie Walton, Diane Primo and Bunky Cushing, gathered at a private Gold Coast club for The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation's eighth annual Early-Onset Bipolar Medical Briefing Luncheon. Highlights included warm remarks from the foundation's founders, Dusty and Joyce Sang; the presentation of the Shining Star Award to Amy Morro and Abby McCormick O'Neil; and an emotional keynote address from Kate Gaynor-Dickey. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the foundation's goal to foster awareness, research and an empirical test for early-onset bipolar disorder. —Devin Lauz KEEPING PROMISES Bright Promises Foundation's Spring; Soiree took the term "house party" to a whole new level. Elzie and Deborah Higginbottom hosted the fabulous event in their beautiful Lincoln Park home, where guests paired gourmet bites with signature cocktails from Chicago's favorite ruby-lipped mixologist, Revae Schneider, and mingled to the tunes of Million Dollar Quartet's Travis Williams. Even more fabulous: The silent auction's luxurious lots made the evening the most successful in the organization's history, raising a record amount for the foundation's programs for disadvantaged children. —Jessie Sardina BLOOM ON! One of the most anticipated harbingers of Chicago's summer season is always the NoMI Garden Party at the Park Hyatt Chicago, and this year's bash did not disappoint! The playful barbecue theme was evident in everything from the decor (sod-topped buffet tables and planters filled with sunflowers) to the delectable bites prepared by chef Ryan LaRoche and pastry pro Meg Galus. We couldn't get enough of the yakitorigrilled ribs and watermelon skewers dressed with lime, ginger and cilantro. Sips from the restaurant's new cocktail program and the soothing sounds of a string duo left many guests (us included) in no hurry to leave. —Brian Dukerschein GONE MAD! Some 650 festive attendees filled Block 37 for a carnival-inspired fete in support of Lookingglass theatre's 13th Annual Madhatter's Ball. The interior was transformed into a colorful fun house, complete with contortionists, stilt walkers and balloon-animal artists from the Actors Gymnasium. Guests noshed on tasty bites and sipped themed libations (Madhattan, anyone?) While scoping out the ball's silent auction items. At evening's end, the party continued to The Underground, where Junior Board members toasted to a successful $60,000 raised for the theater's education and community programs. —JS RENAISSANCE MAN The Gene Siskel Film Center honored Morgan Freeman with the Renaissance Award during A Candid Conversation With Morgan Freeman. At The Ritz- Carlton Chicago, festivities began with Gov. Pat Quinn declaring June 7 as Morgan Freeman Day. The four-course dinner that followed was themed to Freeman's many films, including a salad titled The Glory of Beets and Tomatoes. Later, the actor and his Last Vegas director, Jon Turteltaub, took the stage. The event raised more than $350,000 for the center's programming and featured a special raffle prize of a selfie with the famous actor himself. -Danielle Elliott BLACK-TIE BASH Around 700 black: tie-clad supporters filled Navy Pier for Some Enchanted Evening, Prentice Women's Hospital's 28th annual fundraising gala, hosted by Friends of Prentice. Gala-goers were swept away by the evening's live auction lots, which included picturesque getaways to Waikiki Beach and Puerto Rico, Napa Valley wine tours, and a showstopping package including a Frederick Lynn Haberdasshere custom suit and an unforgettable dining experience with chef Anthony Martin of Tru. At evening's end, nearly $1 million was raised in support of the organization's mission. —JS FOR THE_KIDS This summer, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago expects to host an extraordinary group of guests who will receive the VIP treatment for which the hotel is known—plus, they'll get to sleep on bunk beds. Camp Kids Are Kids Chicago (campkidsarekids.org), a five-day urban experience for kids with cancer, will debut Aug. 10. In July, The Kensington Roof Garden atop the Parliament club hosted a fundraiser for the camp, drawing a swank crowd for a great cause. "Parliament donated everything," says camp founder Blaine Blanchard, who co-hosted with former Bulls star Bill Cartwright. "The support has been overwhelming." —DZ
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