The Enchanted British Christmas Gala, hosted by Bill Kurtis, legendary television journalist, at the historic landmark, Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park, was a lovely evening. Attended by 200 guests, the festivities included a cocktail reception in the north and south loggias, overlooking the zoo and city, fun raffles, a sophisticated British menu fit for the Queen–inspired by Victorian culinary opulence, festive music by the Elaine Dame Jazz Quartet, and an exciting live auction.
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Bill Kurtis was a masterful auctioneer and the winning bidders snagged some of these exciting destinations:
1) Tickets to London, courtesy British Airways, a two week stay in an ocean front cottage on the unique island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, courtesy of BABCC Board Director Rob Gibbs, and roundtrip airport transfer to O’Hare, courtesy Metropolitan Limousine.
2) Tickets to New York, courtesy of American Airlines, and two night stay at the stylish Millennium Broadway in Times Square.
3) Tickets to Los Angeles, courtesy of American Airlines, with a pair of tickets to the Jay Leno Show and tour of the Old Tonight Show set, Access Hollywood set, and NBC Newsroom, courtesy of BABC Los Angeles, as well as a two night stay in a Club Room at the Millennium Biltmore, and $100 dining certificate to Lobster, the “see and be seen” restaurant on the historic pier of Santa Monica.
4) Tickets to London, courtesy of American Airlines, a week stay at Potters Farm Cottage in the famous Cotswolds, courtesy of John Covell and Constance Frydenluncd, and roundtrip airport transfer to O’Hare, courtesy of Metropolitan Limousine.
… and so much more!
A portion of the proceeds from the raffles and live auction go to support the British Studies Summer Program. Two Chicago high school students are chosen from Horizons for Youth to participate in this two-week study/travel program in the UK where students learn about British history, arts and culture. It’s a life altering experience for many of the students who have not travelled outside the U.S. Andrew Kittell, Director of Corporate Relations for ACS International Schools, which conducts the British Studies Program, joined us from the D.C. office to give remarks about the program, after which the 2012 students, Adriana Martinez and Dijonnais Thomas, joined Andrew on the stage to say a few words about their experience in the UK. ”I now drink my tea with lemon and cream,” said Adriana.
After the festivities, many guests continued the networking at the nearby J Bar on top of the new Lincoln Hotel. What a magical evening! Stay tuned for gala photos.
Many thanks to our corporate sponsors (below), raffle and auction sponsors, and to our guests for their oustanding support. Happy Holidays!