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| January 26, 2012 | Parties

THE PARTY Columbia College Chicago welcomed 250 guests to its annual Open Doors gala for a black-tie evening of dinner and performances by the college’s community of student artists. THE SCENE Columbia College President Warrick Carter and Board Chairman Allen Turner welcomed guests to the gala—co-chaired by Richard Kiphart and Sylvia Neil—before honoring Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, with Columbia’s inaugural Chicago Legacy Award for her significant impact in the community and for “opening doors” for future generations. During the cocktail reception in the college’s Media Production Center, student films, art, photography and fashion designs were on display. The evening also included reflections from Serafin Lopez, a senior design student and recipient of an Open Doors Scholarship. While the Columbia College Gospel Choir & Rhythm Section and other student performances captivated guests, catering by Food For Thought provided an exciting menu in keeping with the gala’s inspired atmosphere, also enhanced with d├ęcor by Event Creative. THE BOTTOM LINE The event raised nearly $700,000 for the Open Doors Scholarship Fund, which helps Chicago Public Schools graduates attend Columbia College. Photos by Steve Becker and Robert Kusel


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