9. From left: Sara Gebhardt, Courtney Pahlke and Heather Hogden.
Green Tie Ball 24 turned into Studio 54 at its annual gala function held at Venue One in the West Loop last October. The event was hosted by Chicago Gateway Green, an organization that works to maintain 107 gardens along area expressways that travel to and from downtown Chicago. The night’s proceeds added to the more than $50 million in donations raised to date—money that has been used to beautify the landscapes and pick up 1.5 million pounds of litter since its inception.
The night included a performance from MTV “Artist to Watch” Matt LeGrand as well as a number of other local DJs, while further entertainment was provided by Rivers Casino, which set up charity casino games in the space. Dinner offered bites from more than 30 of Chicago’s noted restaurants, including Arami, Fig & Olive, Jellyfish, Mercadito, Siena Tavern and, of course, Eli’s Cheesecake. Drink sponsors included Goose Island Beer, William Wolf Pecan Bourbon, Brugel Rum, Ketel One Vodka and Zignum Tequila. Here are some sights from the night.
The New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), along with the Banquet Event Strategic Task Force (BEST Task Force), held an in-person gathering in August, their first since the start of the pandemic.