Better Makers: Goodman Theatre Raises More Than $50,000 at 'Summer in the City'

Elliott From (Wheeling resident and Skokie native) and Yuri Lane performing at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago. (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Goodman Theatre Scenemakers Board raised more than $50,000 at its fifth annual Scene Soirée fundraising event on July 29. More than 200 people attended the event, which was held at Ovation. Proceeds from the event benefited PlayBuild Youth Intensive, a free seven-week theater summer program for students at the Goodman.

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Goodman Youth Poetry Ensemble members Aisha June, Joss Green, Tina Calhoun (Homewood/Flossmoor resident) and Ariya Hawkins at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago. (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Performers included YouTube beat boxer Yuri Lane, abstract expressionist performance artist Elliott From and the Goodman Youth Poetry Ensemble. Guests enjoyed samplings of local craft bear and Chicago-inspired foods while participating in an auction, which featured items and experiences that showcased some of the most unique areas of Chicago. An original piece painted by From during the event went for $1,900 to Deborah and Jason Knupp, the Scenemakers Board Vice President.

Deborah Knupp (Live Auction Winner), Elliott From (Wheeling resident and Skokie native) and Jason Knupp (Scenemakers Board Vice President) at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago.

Deborah Knupp (Live Auction Winner), Elliott From (Wheeling resident and Skokie native) and Jason Knupp (Scenemakers Board Vice President) at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago. (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Since its creation in 2007, PlayBuild has fostered critical thinking, literacy and storytelling skills in its students. More than 700 students have participated in the program. The majority of participants attend public schools, with 51 percent enrolled in Chicago Public Schools.

Special Events Committee Co-Chairs Elizabeth M. Balthrop, Heather M. Grove and Megan McCarthy Hayes led the event. Presenting Sponsors included Caliber Advisors and Kobrand Wine and Spirits. Premiere Event Partners were Ovation and Paramount Events. Premiere Sponsors were Clifford Law Offices, Katz & Stefani, Marquette Associates and Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Principal Sponsors included Cal-Snax, Huber Financial, Nesek Digital and PwC LLP. The Media Sponsor was SociaLife Chicago, while Fortune Fish provided event support. Associate Sponsors included Balthrop, Shelly Burke and Mollie O’Brien.

Event Co-Chairs and Scenemakers Board members Elizabeth Balthrop (formerly of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest), Megan McCarthy Hayes and Heather Grove (formerly of Schaumburg) at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago.

Event Co-Chairs and Scenemakers Board members Elizabeth Balthrop (formerly of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest), Megan McCarthy Hayes and Heather Grove (formerly of Schaumburg) at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago. (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Dhamitha Arsakularatna, Sandra Djordjevic and Scenemakers Board Member Craig McCawat the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago.

Dhamitha Arsakularatna, Sandra Djordjevic and Scenemakers Board Member Craig McCawat the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago. (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Scenemakers Board President Gordon C.C. Liao (Park Forest native) at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago.

Scenemakers Board President Gordon C.C. Liao (Park Forest native) at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago. (Photo by Dean La Prairie.)

Scenemakers Board member Tracy Clifford (Inverness native) and Chris Esbrook at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago.

Scenemakers Board member Tracy Clifford (Inverness native) and Chris Esbrook at the 5th Annual Scene Soirée hosted by the Goodman’s Scenemakers Board at Ovation Chicago. (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)


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