By Candace Jordan, Special to Tribune Newspapers
2:46 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
The Auxiliary Council of Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosted the 10th anniversary of its Red or White Ball with more than 500 patrons April 5 at Venue One. This annual event benefits the nationally recognized arts education program Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which provides theater programming and workshops for more than 15,000 students, teachers and families in the Chicagoland area.
"When I was in school, participating in theater arts boosted my confidence, expanded my creativity and cultivated my desire to learn more about the world around me," said Auxiliary Council member Tanya Stanfield. "As arts education programs continue to be slashed across CPS and beyond, I want to make sure that these opportunities don't disappear altogether for this generation."
The Red or White Ball is a magnet for the city's young professional crowd, and on this night the room was filled with guests sampling food from some of the top restaurants in town and bidding on an extensive silent auction. Chef/partners of the event included Rick Gresh (David Burke's Primehouse), Mark Payne and Eric Estrella (Deca Restaurant & Bar), and Puje Dorlig (Jellyfish). Patrons also enjoyed whiskey and beer tastings, a photo booth, gourmet cotton candy and music by DJ Madrid.
Attendees included Blake McKay, a teaching artist for the program; honorary chair Kate Arrington, a Steppenwolf ensemble member; Michael Shannon, actor ("Boardwalk Empire") and musician; Kim Davis, president of the Auxiliary Council; David Hawkanson, Steppenwolf executive director; Conery Hoffman, event chair; and co-chairs Nina Boryszczuk and Kat Rothstein.
The event raised more than $80,000 for Steppenwolf for Young Adults whose 2013 season includes a partnership with the Chicago Public Library to raise awareness of and stop youth violence.
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