Better Makers: WordPlay Gala Raises $850,000 for Glencoe's Writers Theatre

2018 WT WordPlay Artists Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, Katherine Thomas, Curtis Bannister, Bethany Thomas, Donica Lynn and Brett Axell (Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux.)

On April 21, 350 influential Chicagoland leaders gathered at the Four Seasons in support of Writers Theatre’s renowned arts and strong education programing. A record-breaking $850,000 was raised for the local theater.

The Spirit of Writers Theatre Award went to Stephanie and Bill Sick, residents of Winnetka, Illinois, and strong supporters of the theater. “Stephanie and Bill shine as champions of the humanities and demonstrate their passion for arts and culture as leaders of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ravinia Festival, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, and more,” according to Writers Theatre.

WordPlay 2018 was co-chaired by Karen and Jim Frank, Gail and Tom Hodges, and Linda and Craig Umans. In celebrating the company’s 2017-18 season, the evening entailed dinner, a Motown-themed performance with Writers Theatre artists, a live auction, and raffle. Kehoe Designs devised the ambiance for this year’s elegant evening.

Writers Theatre Gala: 2018 Spirit of Writers Theatre Honorees

2018 Spirit of Writers Theatre Honorees Bill and Stephanie Sick (center) with Gala Co-Chairs Tom and Gail Hodges, Karen and Jim Frank, and Linda and Craig Umans (Photo by Robert Carl.)

Writers Theatre Gala: Kimberly Senior

Resident Director Kimberly Senior (Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux.)

Writers Theatre Gala: Curtis Bannister, Brett Axell and Jonathan Butler-Duplessis

Artists Curtis Bannister, Brett Axell, and Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux.)

Writers Theatre Gala: Christopher N. Knight and Emily Knight

Trustee Christopher N. Knight and Emily Knight (Photo by Robert Carl.)

Writers Theatre Gala: Tracy and David Tolmie

Tracy and David Tolmie (Photo by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux.)

Writers Theatre Gala: impact

Impact: Students participating in the Novel Series, 2017-18. The Novel Series is a theater and literary arts curriculum designed to allow students to explore literature and the artistry of bringing text to life. The Program was developed by Writers Theatre in collaboration with teachers and administrators in Chicago schools. (Photo courtesy of Writers Theatre.)

 

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