Better Makers: Chicago Botanic Garden Summer Dinner Dance Raises $500,000

More than 425 guests gathered on the Rose Garden Terrace at the Chicago Botanic Garden on June 19 to celebrate and commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Horticultural Society. The horticulture society operates the Chicago Botanic Garden together with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by an intimate dinner dance on the Esplanade. The 2015 Summer Dinner Dance raised $500,000 to support the beautiful living museum.

The Committee for the Summer Dinner Dance was co-chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Canmann, Mr. and Mrs. W. Sanford Kasten, Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Madigan, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. Merlin. The Summer Dinner Dance was generously supported by ITW and Northern Trust. Additional support was provided by Abbott and JP Morgan Chase.

Photos by Robin Carlson and Robert Kusel.

Chicago Botanic Garden photo by Robin Carlson
Chicago Botanic Garden
Katie Donovan, Chrissy Davis, Whitley Bouma Herbert, Melissa Goltra, Julie Gish all of Lake Forest
Katie Donovan, Chrissy Davis, Whitley Bouma Herbert, Melissa Goltra, Julie Gish all of Lake Forest
Elizabeth and Lawrence Ryan of Chicago
Elizabeth and Lawrence Ryan of Chicago
Co-chairs of the 2015 Summer Dinner Dance were Susan Merlin of Lake Forest, Steffie Madigan of Winnetka, Susan Canmann of Winnetka and Jen Kasten of Chicago.
Co-chairs of the 2015 Summer Dinner Dance were Susan Merlin of Lake Forest, Steffie Madigan of Winnetka, Susan Canmann of Winnetka and Jen Kasten of Chicago.
Susan and Phil Merlin of Lake Forest. The Merlins were co-chairs of the 2015 Summer Dinner Dance.
Susan and Phil Merlin of Lake Forest. The Merlins were co-chairs of the 2015 Summer Dinner Dance.
Stacey and Eric Cohen of Winnetka
Stacey and Eric Cohen of Winnetka
Art Collins and Sophia Shaw. Shaw is President & CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Art Collins and Sophia Shaw. Shaw is President & CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Eric A. Reeves and Arin Reeves and Nickol and Darrel Hackett all of Chicago
Eric A. Reeves and Arin Reeves and Nickol and Darrel Hackett all of Chicago