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Best Wishes

| July 27, 2011 | Parties National

THE PARTY Hundreds turned out for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois’ 25th anniversary Wish Ball at the UIC Forum. THE PLAYERS Emceed by Richard Roeper, the black-tie gala featured a special performance by Dennis Miller. After a cocktail hour with specialty drinks and tastings, guests enjoyed a seated dinner by Blue Plate Catering in the ballroom. The 25 Leaders in Joy honorees—including Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins; Larry Wert, president of NBC5; restaurateur Billy Dec; and Peggy Kusinski—celebrated alongside hundreds of supporters, who helped raise more than $1.1 million. Photos by Bill Richert Photography, John Genova and Mary Melka



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