Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Board of Trustees and Gala Committee welcomed 370 guests for an evening of “Vaudeville” fun at gglassquerade 2016. This year’s celebration, co-hosted by Monica Raymund of NBC’s Chicago Fire and Lookingglass ensemble member and producing director, Phil Smith, raised more than $825,000 to support Lookingglass’ education and community engagement programs. The event was held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton in Chicago and marked 28 years of creating professional, ensemble-based theater in Chicago.
Chicago’s corporate, cultural, and social leaders gathered together for an evening of cocktails, an elegant dinner, and live and silent auctions. Funds raised through gglassquerade advance Lookingglass’ commitment to creating new theatrical works.
The Co-Chairs were Gerry Barad, COO of Live National Global Touring, Les Coney, VP, of Mesirow Financial’s Office of the Chairman, and Thomas O’Neill, Senior VP of Regulatory & Energy Policy & General Council of ComEd. The Honorary Co-Chair was Jon Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of ConAgra Foods.
The Lookingglass ensemble presented the Lookingglass Civic Engagement Awards to President of Strategic Giving, Shawn M. Donnelley and "This American Life" radio program host Ira Glass. Previous recipients include world renowned chef Rick Bayless, former Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey, Commissioner Lois Weisberg, and Stephen Colbert.
Incredible Technologies and Richard A. Ditton were the Platinum Sponsors. Allstate Insurance Company, BMO Harris Bank, ComEd, and Northern Trust were Presenting Sponsors.
Gala co-host Monica Raymund of NBC's Chicago Fire performs onstage at Lookingglass Theatre's gglassquerade 2016 (photo courtesy of Lookingglass Theatre).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts