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Opening Doors Benefit

| June 24, 2016 | Parties

On June 10, more than 200 guests gathered at Venue One for the first time to celebrate women’s journeys out of homelessness at the Deborah’s Place Opening Doors Benefit. Honorary Chair, Gaynor Hall, Emmy-award winning general assignment reporter for WGN-TV Chicago, led the night’s festivities with a warm and engaging program. During the VIP cocktail hour, guests sipped on Lavender Lemonade and bid on over 45 unique silent auction packages. The party continued in Venue One’s main space for mouth-watering appetizers and desserts by The Entertaining Company, including individual chocolate fondue. Auctioneer John Walcher of John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, challenged guests to raise their paddles for exclusive live auction packages, including a private, catered dinner for 10 at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Heurtley House and a behind-the-scenes tour of WGN Studios, including dinner with Gaynor Hall. The event raised more than $100,000 in support of the Deborah’s Place mission to open doors of opportunity for women experiencing homelessness.

Photos by Mariann Devlin of Husar Photography and Shea the Photographer



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