The scene: The Women’s Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago hosted its triennial event at the Ardis Krainik Theatre in the historic Civic Opera House (20 N. Upper Wacker) Feb. 7. In a live auction, attendees bid on nearly 230 lots comprised of 1,300 bottles of wine and more than 45 luxury travel and dining experiences.
The invite list: Chairman Erica L. Sandner and vice chairman Marilynn Thoma welcomed more than 400 of the city’s philanthropic finest to the bash, which featured an elegant reception, dinner and live and silent auctions.
The bottom line: The evening raised $1.8 million and celebrated The Women’s Board, which has raised more than $4.5 million in the past three months to directly benefit the Lyric’s annual campaign and support the opera company’s activities. —Chiara Milioulis
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