This year’s 121st annual black tie gala, produced by the Service Club of Chicago, was held in one of the most gorgeous hotels in the city – The Four Seasons. To add entertainment and nobility to the evening, an auction was held, with proceeds that were promised for Chicago’s nonprofit organisations.
A large VIP crowd of over 430 influential members of Chi-town gathered in the halls of one of the most grandiose supper clubs of all time for what “…they call “El Morocco” gala night, as stated at the club’s private website.
El Morocco theatre and Night Club, famous for its zebra-stripe motifs the club attracted rich and famous. It was also reknown in the 50’s as being the recording place for Tito Puente in-concert Cha Cha Cha record, featuring Pete Luis.
This is the place where the Vanderbilt’s ate with Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich, Mrs. Kennedy and even playboy Porfirio Runirosa hung out with Marilyn Monroe. It was the same place that Humphrey Bogart was banned for life.
Commencing in 1890, the Service Club of Chicago is Chicago’s oldest philanthropic organisation. With a creative hand of Tom Kehoe, the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel turned into the 1940’s shimmering evening at the El Morocco Super Club. The stage performers played the nostalgic tune with a wide variety of music, all the way from the 30’s to contemporary, invoking enchanting nightlife of the 30’s and 40’s. In simple words, the ambiance was sophisticated and the atmosphere was intricate. You could literally feel the classy swoosh of beautifully dressed ladies and obvious gentlemen. Laurie Davis, Toni Canada, and Dusty Stemer members of the chairperson committee of the gala, among others, were clad in stunning silver gowns.
Yolanda “Dusty” Stemer, another member of the chairperson committee, spoke with excitement, saying that: “Not only did we raise charitable funds, but the work also created a long term commitments of support from participants in the fundraising part of the gala.”
Laurie Davis, owner of LuLu’s and also a chairperson member of the event, said that “All of the money will go to disability services, early childhood care, education health and healthcare, HIV/AID’s services, and youth development. Every dollar raised goes directly to charity. We really help those in need”
The idea is to follow the same mission, explained Yolanda, and uniting people for cause – “preparing and making this gala was a mutual effort and took a great deal of leadership, excellent participation of volunteers; patience and tons of work”, proudly speaks Yolanda.
So if the sounds of Cha Cha are luring to your ears, and if you wish to make a difference, we recommend keeping up with what Chicago’s oldest philanthropy is doing next.
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