Green Tie Ball returns to Emerald City

EntertainmentJesse White

It was a return to the Emerald City for guests at the 20th annual Green Tie Ball, held on the factory grounds at A. Finkl and Sons, 2011 N. Southport Ave. Co-chairs Tim Smithe (Walter E. Smithe) and Stephanie Castagnier (NBC's "Apprentice") hosted more than 2,500 people to benefit Chicago Gateway Green.

This year's formal ball featured a VIP green carpet reception, food trucks, live and silent auctions, tastings from 70 restaurants, plus eclectic live entertainment. "Windy City Live's" Valerie Warner and Ryan Chiaverini were emcees for the evening. Founded in 1986 by Don DePorter, Chicago Gateway Green transforms city roadways into landscaped parkways; installs public art on expressways; and provides large-scale tree planting.

Misercordia Family Festival: Misericordia attracted more than 10,000 supporters to its 31-acre campus, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., for its largest fundraiser that helps provide programs for more than 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Family Fest 2011 featured clowns, bingo, raffles, craft booths, rides and top-notch entertainment. The kids delighted in the dunking booth, the Ronald McDonald Show, a singalong, a puppet show, magic acts, the Jesse White Tumblers, Frisbee Dogs and more. Sweets from the on-site Hearts and Flour Bakery, which provides work opportunities for residents, was a crowd favorite. Executive Director Sister Rosemary Connelly, along with dedicated volunteers and staff, raised $1.2 million.

Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.

Click here to see photos from the events.

Find Candace Jordan's blog at CandidCandace.com.

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