Opening Night Gala Benefit
The Women's Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Occasion: Presented by the Women’s Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a capacity audience of 3,500 attended the opening night performance of Verdi’s Macbeth.
The Details: More than 700 guests then proceeded to the Hilton Chicago for the Opera Ball, which included the infamous Grand March, dining, and dancing.
The VIPs: Opening Night Chairman was Mrs. Todd D. Mitchell, Opera Ball chairman was Elizabeth O’Connor Cole, and Women’s Board president is Mrs. Richard W. Durkes, all of Chicago.
The End Result: More than $810,000 was raised for continued operations of the historic Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Photography by Cheri Eisenberg, Bob Carl, and Robert Kusel