The annual Green Tie Ball was held this past weekend at A. Finkl & Sons featuring an extravagant Alice in Wonderland theme. Chicago Gateway Green, dedicated to greening and beautifying the regions expressways, gateways and communities, played host to this fantastic charity event.
ABC7's Windy City Live's Valerie Warner and Ryan Chiaverini co-emceed the festivities which featured performances by Redmoon Theatre, a DJ set by Pete Wentz and cover band South of 80 who closed out the night with co-emcee Chiaverini joining them onstage for a rousing rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama."
Gourmet food from over 70 Chicago restaurants (including III Forks, Public House and 25 Degrees) were served under a sprawling three-tent set up that also included a casino, lounge area and silent auction. Teens from the After School Matters Culinary Arts program at Bethlehem Lutheran Church were on-hand to display and serve more than 700 Alice in Wonderland-themed cookies and cakes they made specifically for the event.
This incredible evening saw Chicago's finest citizens dressed to the nines which included Alexi Giannoulias, Roe Conn, Richard Roeper, Grant DePorter (Chairman of Chicago Gateway Green and President of Harry Caray Restaurant Group), Corri McFadden (co-chair of the ball), and Donald DePorter (co-chair of the ball).
See some of the best dressed from The Green Tie Ball in the gallery below!
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