Part 5; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Families

Why not get the entire family involved while helping to support a great cause. Here are some of our favorite fundraiser events FOR FAMILIES:

1.  Chicago Botanic Garden HallowFest (10/25-26/14)

Chicago Botanic Garden Hallow FestIt’s always fun to bring the kids to the festivities at Chicago Botanic Garden’s HallowFest. Register now.

2. Field Museum Women’s Board Children’s Holiday Celebration (12/2014)

The Women’s Board is an amazing group of nearly 300 of Chicago’s most active and civic-minded citizens that share an interest in promoting awareness of The Field Museum’s exhibitions, collections, research and public programs. This family event is a holiday favorite.

3. Lyric Opera’s The Magic Victrola (1/17/15)Chicago Lyric Opera's Magic Victrola

This is a family-friendly introduction to opera and always a pleasure to attend.

4. Joffrey Ballets The Nutcracker Opening Night (12/5/14)This is a Chicago Tradition with with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by The Chicago Philharmonic.

5. Kohl Children’s Museum Touch A Truck Family Festival (5/2015)

Forget ordering the fire truck to drive up to your house; here at the Touch a Truck event, children can get a close up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment.

Please also take a look at the other Blog posts to find more MIB supported fundraisers by category.

Part 5; Fundraisers for Families

Part 4; MIB Supported Fundraisers for Fashionistas 

The Winning Attitude – The Chicago Bears Should Learn from Chicago’s Great Cultural Institutions

People, and institutions, get back what they give out. True winners are others-centered.

The Chicago Bears should learn from our city’s great cultural institutions.

Brian Urlacher, courtesy of Wikipedia

Above is Brian Urlacher.

As the Sun-Times Rick Morrisey said yesterday about the Chicago Bears and it’s star linebacker, “Urlacher doesn’t care about the fans. And neither do the Bears, who charge an average of $111 a ticket and laugh at you poor, witless slobs all the way to the bank.”

Lose for Urlbacher/lose for the Bears/lose for the fans/nothing left over for the community.

Contrast this to the Goodman, Joffrey, Shakespeare Theatre, Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. These institutions flourish because of their winning, others-centered attitude. They nurture greatness – the highest calibre productions, outreach & education, and opportunities for volunteers and funders.

Win for the institutions/win for the community/win for kids/win for volunteers and fundraisers.

Grandad – the Shedd’s oldest resident, courtesy of Shedd Aquarium

Courtesy of the Joffrey

The Hunger Network

Image from the Chicago Food Depository

The Chicago Food Depository is trying to raise support for 1 million meals this holiday season through” One City, One Food Drive.” One example of this collaborative effort to feed our city healthful meals is by the Lyric Opera Young Professionals Board food drive. Bring a bag of groceries, receive a discounted ticket to Hansel & Gretel. Or just bring a bag of groceries and leave it in the lobby.

Chicago is great, because Chicago is good. We know how to do world class opera and feed the hungry at the same time!

The Real Stars Last Night

Bart & Catherine Rocca, Lyric General Director Anthony Freud, my mother Virginia Blankenbaker, Brian Mulligan (performs Father), me, Josh and Julie Chernoff, my husband Nick.

Hansel and Gretel opened last night at Lyric Opera. It’s fabulous.

Above are Bart & Catherine Rocca, Lyric General Director Anthony Freud, Virginia Blankenbaker, Brian Mulligan (performs Father), me, Josh and Julie Chernoff, Nick.

The performances, staging, orchestra were sublime. But the true star of this show is Anthony Freud, for creating the original production when he was General Director of Welsh National Opera, in partnership with Lyric, and now bringing it to life here with such passion.

 Anthony Freud, me, delightfully wicked witch Jill Grove, Lyric President Ken Piggott and his wife Jane.

Anthony Freud, me, delightfully wicked witch Jill Grove, Lyric President Ken Piggott and his wife Jane.

The other star of the evening, for me, was my mom – for being there.

Glamour, Murder, Revenge, & Great Dancing – Stars Onstage and Off – Lyric Opera’s Opening Night

Glamour, murder, revenge, and great dancing. Lyric’s Opening Night Ball had it all!

Congratulations to Chairs Becky Knight and Caryn Harris. They produced a brilliant evening. Whether onstage or off, everyone felt like a star.

3 questions for the audience:

Were those breasts real?
Why were the sisters locked out by Orest at the end?
How amazing is Christine Goerke?
No daughter/sister should endure Elektra’s tortures, and no performer could offer a better interpretation, bigger emotions, and sound than Christine.  Wow!


$675,000,000!! Raised by Women for Chicago

These awards were given to the Women’s Boards who have raised over $675,000,000 for Chicago’s cultural institutions. $675,000,000!! That’s power. Powerful women, powerful boards.

Kudos to the Chicago History Museum’s Women’s Guild President Joan Werhane for envisioning this and to the entire Guild for brilliant execution – bringing all the boards together for a beautiful celebration, which Make It Better Media proudly sponsored.

Also, congratulations to the following Women’s Boards honorees:

Adler Planetarium
Art Institute of Chicago
Bronzeville Children’s Museum
Chicago History Museum (Costume Council & Guild)
Chicago Horticultural Society
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Zoological Society
DuSable Museum of African American History
Field Museum
Goodman Theatre
Joffrey Ballet
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art
Northwestern University
Ravinia Festival
University of Chicago