Lyric Opera of Chicago

Opening Night Gala Benefit and Opera Ball raised $875,000

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For Immediate Release:
Monday, October 3, 2011

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s
Opening Night Gala Benefit and Opera Ball
raised $875,000 – net proceeds
Saturday, October 1, 2011
A Project of the Women’s Board of Lyric Opera of Chicago  

Capacity audience of 3,500
attended Opening Night Gala Benefit performance of
Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann
at the Civic Opera House, 20 North Wacker Drive, 6:30 – 10 p.m.  

625 guests attended Opera Ball at the Hilton Chicago
for Grand March, elegant dining, and dancing, 720 S. Michigan Ave., 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Opening Night Chairman: Trisha Rooney Alden (Kris) of Chicago
Opera Ball Chairman: Ms. Karen Z. Gray of Lake Forest
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 Liz Stiffel.
The Grand March was sponsored by Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

Lyric Opera presentation of The Tales of Hoffmann generously made possible by the NIB Foundation, the Abbott Fund, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Décor for Opening Night Gala Benefit and Opera Ball by Heffernan Morgan Designs.
Opening Night Gala Benefit catering by Jewell Events Catering.
Pre-Opera performance Private Reception catering by Calihan Catering, Inc.
Opera Ball music by Stu Hirsh Orchestra.