The scene: Decorated with lush foliage and centerpieces of colorful tropical flowers, bamboo and palm leaves, the museum’s (2430 N. Cannon) 17th annual ball, “Vibrant Nature,” transported 760 galagoers to a festive rainforest.
The invite list: Hosts Chuck and Diane Douglas and Christopher Keogh celebrated with guests, who interacted with an albino Burmese python and lilac-crowned Amazon parrot before enjoying dinner by Calihan Catering and dancing by the band Dr. Bombay. Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown was honored for leadership in science education and, later, master of ceremonies Anne Thompson led an interview with Daniel Bennett, principal of St. Sylvester School.
The bottom line: The signature ball broke fundraising records, raising $1.85 million in support of the museum’s science education initiatives. —Anna Schapiro
Splash was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match every dollar donated to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum up to a total of $25,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
The Butterfly Ball is a night we look forward to each year. You never know what people — or live animals for that matter — you’ll run into!
— Nature Museum Board of Trustees Chair Susan D. Whiting
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