The Women's Board of the
hosted its annual black-tie fundraiser, this year themed Earth: Our Big Beautiful Ball, with a reception, seated dinner and dancing to the City Lights Orchestra under massive glowing orbs representing the Earth. The room reflected the conservation theme of the evening with a 4-foot tree sprouting from the center of each table with a miniature rotating globe at the base lit by candlelight. It was a magical night to celebrate the opening of the museum's new permanent exhibit, "Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth."
Ball guests were the first to view the exhibit (now open to the public) that shows a journey to the depths of Peruvian rain forests, rare creatures, travels with scientists to remote locations, and the restoration of Chicago's native habitats.
Ornithologist Doug Stotz, director of environment, culture and conservation, explained his part of the exhibit and the danger migratory birds face in an urban environment. He said, "Turning off the lights (on buildings) can save the lives of 10,000 birds a year." Field Museum President and CEO John McCarter Jr. had this to say about the museum's global conservation efforts, "The Field Museum has a presence on all seven continents, in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans as well as in 70 countries."
Women's Board President Jeani Jernstedt welcomed guests and thanked ball co-chairs Caron Lacy and Cathleen Osborn, along with the 250-member Women's Board. More than 700 corporate, civic and social leaders came together on this night to raise $1.3 million to advance the Field Museum's scientific and educational efforts.
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