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Thanks to the more than 250 generous guests and unprecedented number of sponsors, the 12th Annual Spotlight on Wine on October 27, raised $58,000. The proceeds will benefit Avenues Arts in Motion initiative, which will help our participants with a variety of fitness programs and also encourage them to become entrepreneurs through art classes.

Special thanks to the Chicago Partnership Board of Avenues to Independence, event Chair Julie Carlisle Streu and Co-chair Amy Bergren, Presenting Sponsor Wintrust, and Media Sponsor Chicago Magazine for their outstanding efforts in making the event so successful.   

Held in the historic Wintrust Grand Banking Hall in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, guests once again savored exemplary wines compliments of Atlas Imports/Jim Cosma, and cuisine with an international flair by Hel’s Kitchen/David Borris.  

Guests also enjoyed bidding on silent and live auction items, raffle items, and a very special art auction featuring paintings by Avenues’ artists. Avenues is grateful to all our generous sponsors! 

Pictured above are members of the Chicago Partnership Board along with Avenues staff  present when the photo was taken.  First row (from left):  Michele Shoolin, VP of Development; Karen Clarke, Kara Allcox, Lauren Barron, Co-Chair of the Chicago Partnership Board; Collin Sasser, Chair of the Chicago Partnership Board; Paul Carlisle, live auctioneer, Bob Okazaki, President and CEO of Avenues;  second row( from left): Julie Carlisle Streu, event Chair; Amy Bergren, event Co-Chair; Diana Almazan, Joe Bertoni, Stacie Cragg, Brian Stewart, Ryan Jalowiecki. 

Presenting Sponsor - Wintrust

Media Sponsor - Chicago Magazine

Premier Cru Level

Anna C. Gamble Foundation 

Atlas Imports

MB Financial

Collin Sasser and Alison Whittington

Reserve Level

Diana Almazan

Amy Bergren

Paul and Rebecca Carlisle

Dreamworks Graphics Communications

Robert and Lynn Goldschmidt

Andrew and Laurie Hochberg

Hub International

Susan and Mark Matejka

John and Carol McKinnon

Sasser Family Holdings

Seigle Family Foundation

Weiss – Ham Foundation

Sommelier Level

Steve and Jolene Silverman

Old Vine Level

Jason and Kara Allcox

Pete and Cindy Allcox

Fidelity National Title Company

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Steven and Michelle Cucchiaro

Ed and Bonnie Reinhart

Brian and Sheri Stewart

Vin de Table Level

Joseph and Lauren Barron

Marc and Sheila Blumenthal

Tom and Cathy Donovan

Liam and Lynn Farrell

Laura and Mike Gutting

Julie and Mark Lerman

Jill Liska and Michael Palet

Gary and Gail Lissner

Joel and Michele Shoolin

Roy and Carol Thygensen

View more photos on our media gallery. http://avenuestoindependence.org/gallery/Album.cfm?ID=1098

Select photos are also available in the online edition of Chicago Magazine. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago/November-2016/Twelfth-Annual-Spotlight-on-Wine/

Please mark your calendars for Thursday October 26, 2017 to join us at the 13th Annual Spotlight on Wine.



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