Wine Auction 2018

Lyric Opera Wine Auction

         Thank you for making Wine Auction 2018 so spectacular! 


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 tasting of our fifteen Featured 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!


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

Ron Breitstein
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
John M. Holmes
Christopher Klingenstein
Mary Beth Liccioni
Susie Mesrobian
Erica Sandner
Alpana Singh
Carl D. Thoma
Jack Weiss

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.


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

Shirley Welsh Ryan

Presenting Sponsor 
Northern Trust Logo

Catalog Sponsor 
Liz Stiffel 

Live Auction Sponsor
Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan

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

Dinner Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor

Dinner Wine Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor

Founder’s Society
William and Cathleen Osborn
Anne and Chris Reyes

Media Sponsor
Make It Better Media

Founder’s Circle
Bain & Company
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
Donald and Anne Edwards
Brent and Katie Gledhill
Keith and Rodney Goldstein
Harris Family Foundation
Katherine P. Harris/Caryn and King Harris/Pam and Joe Szokol
Jenner & Block LLP
Annie and Gregory K. Jones Family Foundation
Kirkland & Ellis with Linda and Dennis Myers
Rebecca and Lester Knight
Kay and Fred Krehbiel
Silvia and Jay Krehbiel
Mayer Brown
Blythe Jaski McGarvie
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison
PJT Partners
Prince Charitable Trusts
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
John Raitt
Betsy and Andy Rosenfield
Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Rouse
The Sandner Group and Erica L. Sandner
Segal Family Foundation
Sipi Metals Corporation
Jane and David Stone Charitable Trust
Carl and Marilynn Thoma
Meredith and Patrick Wood-Prince

Official Airline
American Airlines

Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.

Additional Support
Greg and Mamie Case
Lois and Steve Eisen in honor of Regan Friedmann
Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Friedmann
Edgar D. Jannotta
Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Lenny
Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Silva
Paul Wood and The Honorable Corinne Wood


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


Honored Guest: David Launay

Chairman: Erica Sandner

Vice-Chairman:  Marilynn Thoma


Honored Guest:  Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon

Chairman:  Mrs. Susan Blankenbaker Noyes


Honored Guest:  Pierre-Henry Gagey, Maison Louis Jadot

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


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

Chairman:  Mrs. Christopher C. Milliken


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

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


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


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

Chairman:  Nancy S. Searle


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

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


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

Chairman:  Mrs. Paul W. Oliver, Jr.


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

Chairman:  Mrs. Jane Duboise Gargiulo


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

By phone: (312) 827-5682 

By email:

By mail:

Lyric Opera Wine Auction

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

Click here to download a PDF of the catalogue.