Fifth Annual Benefit Luncheon

Fifth Annual Benefit Luncheon

Arts Alliance Illinois
Fifth Annual Benefit Luncheon
 Celebrating 35 Years

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Palmer House Hilton
 17 East Monroe Street

Reception at 11:15am
Luncheon at noon

Online ticket sales for the Fifth Annual Benefit Luncheon are now closed.

Join us as we present our vision forward for the Alliance
and recognize the invaluable contributions of our

Creative Voice Awardee
 Renée Fleming
Internationally Acclaimed Soprano
Creative Consultant, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Arts Alliance Illinois is honored to welcome Renée Fleming to its fifth annual Benefit Luncheon, as the inaugural recipient of its Creative Voice Award. Among the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors and arts advocates of our time, Fleming champions new music and ascending composers, captivates audiences worldwide, and works tirelessly to advance music and arts education.
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Citizen Advocate Awardees

Janet Carl Smith and Mel Smith

Janet Carl Smith and Mel Smith are longtime supporters and passionate advocates for the arts in Chicago. As former Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Janet spent 32 years managing free public programs and exhibitions, promoting the city's cultural resources, and supporting the development of local artists and arts organizations. She is a longtime board member for Arts Alliance Illinois, advises the Terra Foundation of American Art on Art Design Chicago 2018, and continues to mentor, advise, and connect arts managers and organizations. A former university administrator and investment consultant, Mel has strong interests in arts education and artist development, previously chairing the boards of Free Street Programs and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, and currently serving as Treasurer of the 3Arts board.

Benefit Committee
Cheryl Cooke
Ginger Farley
Brooke Flanagan
DeNalda Guice Gay
Peter Handler
Joan Harris
Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
Steve Solomon
Paul Sznewajs

Event Planning Committee
DeNalda Guice Gay, Co-Chair
Cayenne Harris, Co-Chair
Kassie Davis
Jim Ferolo
Meredith Mack
Teresa Samala de Guzman
Julie Schmidt
Scott Silberstein

Patron Sponsors
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Columbia College Chicago
Exelon Corporation
Ginger Farley
Irving Harris Foundation
The Reva and David Logan Foundation
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
Northern Trust

Partner Sponsors
Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
The Poetry Foundation
Janet Carl Smith and Mel Smith
Diane Spradlin
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Helen Zell

Deadline for printed program: COB Monday, May 22

As of May 1, 2017

See photos or watch videos from the 2016 Benefit Luncheon, Voices of a Creative State.
Benefit Sponsor Allstate and Media Sponsor CS