Lyric Opera Wine Auction 2018

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Lyric Opera of Chicago — Wine Auction 2018




Wine Auction 2018

About Wine Auction


Let’s raise a glass to Lyric!

Previously named one of Wine Spectator’s “Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions,” Lyric’s stunning Wine Auction returns to The Ken Pigott Stage of the Ardis Krainik Theatre on April 14, 2018. Orchestrated triennially by the Women’s Board, each auction makes a profound impact on Lyric’s commitment to offer a multifaceted program of education, community engagement, and artistic initiatives, along with unparalleled creative expression.

In 2018, Lyric’s Wine Auction will celebrate its 30th anniversary as a formal affair. The evening will feature a champagne reception, extensive silent auction, elegant dinner, and live auction. Honoree Shirley W. Ryan will be celebrated for her extraordinary vision in creating the first wine auction thirty years ago, and for her ongoing dedication to Lyric and musicality throughout Chicago. Additionally, the Women’s Board is excited to announce its Honored Guest, the incomparable Château Margaux, owned by Corinne Mentzelopoulos alongside her daughter, Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos.

The week leading up to Saturday’s main event will consist of several other exciting activities. On Thursday, April 12, premium sponsors will attend a special pouring of ten to twelve vintners. A private dinner will be held the next evening, Friday, April 13, celebrating the legacy of our Honored Guest, Château Margaux. To find out how you can take part in all three events for Wine Auction, please contact the Women’s Board Office at (312) 827-5682.

A project of the Women's Board, Wine Auction has raised over $9 million for Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1988.

We cordially invite you to be a part of this elegant evening, which brings together the best of opera, wine, and philanthropy!

More information about our online and mobile bidding will be coming soon. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at some of the auction’s exciting lots!

 
Château Margaux 1986

Château Margaux 1986
one imperial in its original wooden case

“This is how First Growths ought to be.” – Robert Parker.

Generously contributed by Stephen Kaplan.
African Safari for Two

African Safari for Two
accompanied by Wildlife Photographer, Sue Flood

An unrivaled wildlife experience in one of the last unspoiled wilderness regions of Africa.

Generously contributed by Ms. Sue Flood and The Bushcamp Company.
 
Mouton Rothschild 1945

Mouton Rothschild 1945
bottle from the wine collection of the late Catherine Graham

“A consistent 100-point wine …truly one of the immortal wines of the century.” – Robert Parker.
A bottle of 1945 Mouton Rothschild, donated by Women's Board member Lili Gaubin from the Wine Collection of her late Mother and longtime Women's Board Member, Catherine Graham, in honor of Shirley Welsh Ryan, for her extraordinary vision in creating the Wine Auction 30 years ago.

Generously contributed by Lili Gaubin.
Evening at Crab Tree Farm

Evening at Crab Tree Farm
May 19, 2018
Reserve your spot today by calling (312) 827-5682!

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bryan welcome you into their home for an intimate dinner, tour, and musical performance by Matthew Polenzani. Learn more!

Generously contributed by Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bryan in honor of the vision and longstanding dedication of Shirley Welsh Ryan to Lyric Opera of Chicago in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Wine Auction.

Leadership



Wine Auction 2018 Committee


Nancy S. Searle *
President, Women's Board
Co-Chair, Wine Auction
Keith Kiley Goldstein *
Co-Chair, Wine Auction


Wine Auction Honorary Chairmen


Mrs. Lester Crown †
Mrs. Richard W. Durkes †^
Jane Duboise Gargiulo †^
Mrs. Susan B. Noyes *
Mrs. James J. O’Connor †
Mrs. Paul W. Oliver, Jr. †^
Mrs. William A. Osborn
Mrs. James C. Pritchard
Mrs. Patrick G. Ryan †
Erica L. Sandner *
Nancy S. Searle *
Marilynn Thoma *


Women’s Board


Silvia Beltrametti
Margot Stone Bowen
Suzette Bulley
Marie Campbell
Mamie Biggs Case
Mrs. Alger B. Chapman, Jr.
Elizabeth O’Connor Cole *
Mrs. Gary C. Comer
Mrs. Nancy Carrington Crown
Paula Hannaway Crown ^
Mrs. Campbell de Frise †^
Mrs. Anne M. Edwards *
Mrs. W. James Farrell †
Mrs. Michael Ferro
Mrs. Matthew A. Fisher
Renée Fleming §
Regan Rohde Friedmann
Mrs. Robert W. Galvin
Ms. Lili Gaubin
Mrs. Ronald J. Gidwitz
Annemarie H. Gramm
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel
Mrs. King Harris
Mrs. Julian W. Harvey *
Caroline T. Huebner *
Mrs. Philip E. Kelley
Rebecca Walker Knight
Mrs. Frederick A. Krehbiel
Mrs. Richard H. Lenny
Mrs. Arthur C. Martinez
Mrs. Richard P. Mayer †
Florence D. McMillan
Alison Wehman McNally
Mrs. Susan H. Mesrobian
Mimi Mitchell †*
Mrs. Robert S. Morrison
Mrs. Christopher Murphy *
Mrs. Jerry K. Pearlman
Mrs. Frederick H. Prince
Mrs. Jay A. Pritzker ^
M.K. Pritzker
Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes †
Mrs. Ronald A. Rolighed
Trisha Rooney
Betsy Bergman Rosenfield
Mrs. E. Scott Santi
Mrs. Gordon Segal ^
Mrs. Alejandro Silva
Mrs. John R. Siragusa
Mrs. Lisbeth Stiffel
Mrs. James P. Stirling
Mrs. Theodore D. Tieken †
Mrs. Richard H. Wehman
Mrs. Robert G. Weiss
Hon. Corinne Wood
Mrs. Patrick Wood-Prince


* Executive Committee
† Past President
^ Life Member
§ Honorary Member

Wine Auction 2018 Advisors


Mr. Allan E. Bulley, Jr.
Robert and Joan Clifford
Mr. A. Steven Crown
James S. Crown
Michael Davis
Ken Fredrickson
Rodney L. Goldstein
John Hart
Veronica Hastings
Barbara Hermann
Todd Hess
Steven E. Hirsch
Christopher Klingenstein
Mary Beth Liccioni
Susie Mesrobian
Erica Sandner
Alpana Singh
Carl D. Thoma
Jack Weiss
Bidding

This banner event is spearheaded by the Women's Board of Lyric Opera of Chicago and is supported by its roster of experienced Wine Advisors.


Partnership



Wine Auction 2018 would not be possible without the incredible generosity of its sponsors. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Women's Board Office at 312-827-5682. On behalf of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Women's Board, we thank you for your support!

 
Honored Guest
Château Margaux

Honoree
Shirley Welsh Ryan

Presenting Sponsor 
Northern Trust Logo

Catalog Sponsor 
Liz Stiffel 

Dinner Wine Sponsor
Anonymous

Wine Auction Reception Sponsor
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Founder’s Society
Make It Better Media
William and Cathleen Osborn

Founder’s Circle
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
Dr. and Mrs. Bowen
CIBC Bank USA
Donald and Anne Edwards
Brent and Katie Gledhill
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein
ITW
Jenner & Block LLP
Annie and Gregory K. Jones Family Foundation
Rebecca and Lester Knight
Silvia and Jay Krehbiel
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
John Raitt
Erica L. Sandner
Sipi Metals Corporation
Carl and Marilynn Thoma
UL

Official Airline
American Airlines

Auctioneer
Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.

Additional Support
Greg and Mamie Case
Lois and Steve Eisen
Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell
Edgar D. Jannotta
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick G. Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Silva

History



Celebrating our 30th Anniversary!


In early 1987, the leadership of the Women’s Board set out to achieve four important goals:

  1. Engage the entire Women’s Board in a project where they could work together and form lasting relationships and deep connection to Lyric Opera 

  2. Bring favorable, new, global media attention to the company, and its world-class productions

  3. Create new audiences, donors, and friends of Lyric Opera

  4. And, by the request of Ardis Krainik, net $100,000 for the project (remember, this is 1987!)

All the membership plunged into the world of wine. One connection led to another, to another, and voila! Robert Mondavi was the first honored guest. The high standard was set in style and substance (an astonishing $218,000 was raised). The ladies never looked back. Thirty years after the Wine Auction was born by these creative geniuses, their tradition of innovation and commitment to keeping it fresh and vital remains.
The first Wine Auction in 1988, held in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer


Former Honored Guests


2015

Honored Guest: David Launay

Chairman: Erica Sandner

Vice-Chairman:  Marilyn Thoma


2012

Honored Guest:  Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon

Chairman:  Mrs. Susan Blankenbaker Noyes


2009

Honored Guest:  Pierre-Henry Gagey, Maison Louis Jadot

Co-Chairmen: Mrs. William A. Osborn, Nancy S. Searle


2006

Honored Guest:  Prince and Princess Robert of Luxembourg, Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, Domaine Clarence Dillon

Chairman:  Mrs. Christopher C. Milliken


2003

Honored Guest:  Marchese Piero Antinori, Marchesi Antinori S.r.l.

Co-Chairmen:  Mrs. James C. Pritchard, Mrs. T. Kimball Brooker


2000

Honored Guests: 

Madame May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, Château Pichon Longueville;

Comtesse de Lalande Zelma Long, Long Vineyards;

Teresa Severini Lungarotti, Cantine Lungarotti

Chairman:  Mrs. James J. O’Connor


1997

Honored Guest:  Count and Countess Paolo Marzotto, Santa Margherita Estate S.P.A.

Chairman:  Nancy S. Searle


1994

Honored Guest:  Monsieur et Madame Jean-Michel Cazes, Château Lynch-Bages

Co-Chairmen:  Mrs. Lester Crown, Mrs. R. Robert Funderburg


1992

Honored Guest:  Monsieur et Madame Jean-Claude Rouzaud, House of Champagne Louis Roederer

Chairman:  Mrs. Paul W. Oliver, Jr.


1990

Honored Guest:  Comte Alexandre De Lur Saluces, Château de Fargues Sauternes, France

Chairman:  Mrs. Jane Duboise Gargiulo


1988

Honored Guest:  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mondavi, Robert Mondavi Winery

Chairman:  Mrs. R. Robert Funderburg

shirley Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan with Margrit and Robert Mondavi in 1988.



Contact Us


To make a donation, become a corporate sponsor, reserve your spot, or simply learn more about Wine Auction 2018, please contact us at the Women’s Board Office.

By phone: (312) 827-5682 

By email: lyricwineauction@lyricopera.org

By mail:

Lyric Opera Wine Auction

c/o The Women’s Board Office
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 860
Chicago, IL 60606


In-Kind Donations


Our silent and live auction lots are filled with everything from large format bottles of high-quality wines, to exotic trips featuring once in a lifetime experiences. Please contact us if you would like to donate!

Click here for our digital donation form.


Ticket Inquiry


Be sure to reserve yours before it’s too late!  Tickets sell out months before the auction. Contact the Women’s Board Office to be added to our mailing list.

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