Front row from left: Beverly Petersen, Debra Johnson, Lisa Flanagan, Sue Gottfred, Ann Marie Novar and Courtney Jack Betsy Ellen. Back row from left: Carol Finnegan, Becky Blase, Betsy Crosswhite, Ann Erie and Amy Walsh. (Photos courtesy of The Cove School.)

On Feb. 25, The Cove School celebrated its 70th anniversary during its annual benefit gala at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. More than 550 attendees raised $500,000 for the school during a fun-filled evening that featured a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing. Debra Johnson of Barrington chaired the event, while corporate sponsorship was led by Allan and Karen Grane of Elmhurst. Board of Trustee member Scott I. Canel of Highland Park was honored with the school’s annual Prism Award.

The Cove School Raises $500,000: Amy and Chris McCormish with Maureen and Kim Klatt

Amy McCormish (left) and Chris McCormish (far right) from Lake Bluff with Cove parents Maureen and Kim Klatt of Lake Forest

The Cove School Raises $500,000: Dr. Sally Sover and Scott Canel

Executive Director Dr. Sally Sover and Prism Award recipient Scott Canel of Highland Park

The Cove School Raises $500,000: Karen and Ross Vangalis

Cove parent Karen Vangalis with Board of Trustee member and Golden Paddle winner Ross Vangalis of Lake Forest

The Cove School Raises $500,000: Lauren and Matthew Pietrafetta

Cove parents Lauren and Matthew Pietrafetta of Wilmette toast with their table guests.