Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fantasy of the Opera, Midnight in Paris
Following the cabaret, gala sponsors and VIP ticketholders enjoyed a seated dinner prepared by Limelight Catering, while other guests flocked to "The Streets of Paris" and danced with wild abandon till midnight to Rendezvous Music. The dance-floor never thinned, and La bohème baritone Lucas Meachem brought down the house when he spontaneously joined the band for a brilliant rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Many guests cooled their heels by visiting the lower-level Opera Club, a.k.a. the Moulin Rouge, to enjoy Veuve Clicquot and Grand Marnier cocktails, specialty coffees, and liqueurs.
Fantasy of the Opera Chairman: Courtney Rosen (Chicago); Fantasy of the Opera Co-chairman: David Valkema (Long Beach, Indiana); Fantasy of the Opera Silent Auction Chairman: Louise Johnson (Chicago); Fantasy of the Opera Raffle Chairman: Allison Alexander (Rockford); Guild Board of Directors President: Britt Miller (Chicago).
Golden Grand Benefactors: Anonymous (2); Bain & Company; Baker & McKenzie; closerlook, inc.; Jenner & Block LLP; Mr. and Mrs. John W. Jordan II/Jordan Industries; Richard P. and Susan Kiphart; KPMG LLP; Mayer Brown LLP; Blythe Jaski McGarvie; Spencer Stuart; and the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
Silver Grand Benefactors: Anonymous; Aetna; Eisen Family Foundation; Greg and Ann Jones/The Edgewater Fund; Jones Lang LaSalle; Allan and Elaine Muchin; Quarles & Brady LLP; Alan Schriesheim and Kay Torshen; Takeda Pharmaceuticals; Underwriters Laboratories; and Anne Zenzer and Dominick DeLuca.
Photo Credit: Aaron Ryskiewicz