Lyric Opera of Chicago

Opening Night Gala Benefit and Opera Ball raised more than $1 million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s

Opening Night Gala Benefit and Opera Ball
raised more than $1 million –  net proceeds 
Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Project of the Women’s Board of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Near-capacity audience of 3,400
attended Opening Night Gala Benefit performance of
Richard Strauss’s ELEKTRA
with receptions before & after at the Civic Opera House, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.

640 guests attended Opera Ball at the Radison Blu Aqua Hotel
for Grand March, elegant dining, and dancing, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Opening Night Chairman: Mrs. Lester B. Knight III (Rebecca) of Winnetka
Opera Ball Chairman: Mrs. King Harris (Caryn) of Chicago
Women’s Board President: Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes (Anne) of Lake Forest
The Opening Night Gala Benefit was generously sponsored by Aon Corporation.
The Opera Ball was generously cosponsored by ITW and Northern Trust.
The Opera Ball reception was sponsored by Graff Diamonds.
The Grand March was sponsored by Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

Generous sponsors for this new production are The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Abbott Fund, Marlys A. Beider, and Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson.

Décor for Opening Night Gala Benefit and Opera Ball by Heffernan Morgan Designs.
Opening Night Gala Benefit catering at the Civic Opera House by Jewell Events Catering.
Pre-Opera performance Private Reception catering by Calihan Catering, Inc.
Opera Ball music by The Bradley Young Orchestra.

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