Better Makers: Chicago Humanities Festival Benefit Raises $700,000

The Chicago Humanities Festival celebrated its 26th Benefit Evening on Tuesday, September 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The evening featured an intimate conversation with president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson and president of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson. The 390 attendees present raised over $700,000 that will go directly toward the CHF’s mission to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, explore and enjoy the humanities.

The Benefit Evening was spearheaded by co-chairs John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe and Harrison I. and Lois M. Steans. Gala Planning Committee Co-Chairs are Allegra E. Biery (Region President,Wealth Management, Northern Trust) and R. Scott Falk (Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP). Leadership commitments included: Abbott, The Allstate Insurance Company, Ariel Investments, Citadel, Exelon, Richard and Mary L. Gray, Grosvenor Capital Management, L. P., Illinois Tool Works, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Lazard, Make It Better Media, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Northern Trust, J. B. and M. K. Pritzker Family Foundation, John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe, Lois M. and Harrison I. Steans, Annette W. Turow and United Airlines.

 

CHF Executive Director Phillip Bahar of Evanston, Inna Eltermann of Old Town, CHF Board Member Dagmara Kokonas of Old Town, and CHF Associate Artistic Director Alison Cuddy of Lakeview East. Photo by Ben Gonzales.
CHF Executive Director Phillip Bahar, Inna Eltermann, CHF Board Member Dagmara Kokonas, and CHF Associate Artistic Director Alison Cuddy, all of Chicago. Photo by Ben Gonzales.
CHF Board Members & Co-Chairs R. Scott Falk  (Kirkland and Ellis) of Winnetka and Allegra Biery (Northern Trust) of Wilmette. Photo by Ben Gonzales.
CHF Board Members & Co-Chairs Allegra Biery (Northern Trust) of Wilmette and R. Scott Falk (Kirkland and Ellis) of Winnetka. Photo by Ben
Gonzales.
Dawn Meiners of Winnetka and Mary Galvin of Barrington. Photo by Gonzales.
Dawn Meiners of Winnetka and Mary Galvin of Barrington. Photo by Ben Gonzales.
Mellody Hobson (Chicago) and Walter Isaacson (Washington, DC) in conversation at the 26th Chicago Humanities Festival Benefit Evening. Photo by Ben Gonzales.
Mellody Hobson (Chicago) and Walter Isaacson (Washington, DC) in conversation at the 26th Chicago Humanities
Festival Benefit Evening. Photo by Ben Gonzales.

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