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SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO’S ANNUAL BENEFIT “THE WALK”
WELCOMES 500 GUESTS AND HELPS RAISE OVER $500,000 FOR STUDENT WORK AND
Co-Chaired by Stephanie Sick and Roopa Weber the Glamorous Evening Honored Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and
Chicagoan Melissa Sage Fadim
–Cutting-edge fashion filled Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade on
Friday, May 3 as the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) hosted Fashion
2013, its 79th annual fashion show, and THE WALK 2013 benefit
gala. Over 250 garments made by 94 SAIC sophomores, juniors and seniors
impressed guests four times throughout the day before Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte received the Legend of Fashion Award and long-time friend of SAIC Melissa Sage Fadim was honored with the Heart of Fashion Award. Co-chaired
by SAIC Fashion Committee members Stephanie Sick and Roopa Weber, the
gala welcomed 500 guests and, together with ticket proceeds from the
daytime presentations of the show, grossed over $500,000 to support the
production of student work and scholarships.
The festivities for Fashion 2013 began at 9 am with a sold-out dress
rehearsal where 37 sophomores, 35 juniors, and 22 seniors unveiled their
detailed garments, showcased by more than 50 models from Factor Runway.
Each sophomore presented one avant-garde cotton look. The junior class
followed with each student presenting a three-look collection.
Highlights included collections by Blair Disbrow, Jordan Kiehle, and
Crystle Crubaugh, whose designs were embellished with Presenting Sponsor
Swarovski’s jewelry and crystals. The senior class
closed the show with a complete collection of five looks presented by
each student. A total of 1,900 guests attended the three daytime
At 5:30 pm the Chase Promenade tent transformed into an elegant
cocktail reception hosting its own fashion show of guests in
extraordinary attire. Co-Chairs Stephanie Sick and Roopa Weber—who wore a
dress made for her by SAIC alumnus Michael Walls (Sage Foundation
Scholarship, BFA 2012)—welcomed the crowd, as light hors d’oeuvres and
champagne were served. Photographers captured red carpet snapshots of
the evening’s esteemed attendees, including the Artistic Director of
Nina Ricci, Peter Copping; as well as clothier Ikram Goldman; Tony
award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long; SAIC faculty member
Shane Gabier and alumnus Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind; designer
and SAIC alumna Maria Pinto; David DeJesus of the Chicago Cubs with his
wife, Kim; and Todd Ricketts, Director of Chicago Baseball Holding LLC,
with his wife Sylvie.
At 6:30 pm 500 eager guests made their way to the Runway where ELLE Fashion News Director Anne Slowey introduced the day’s final presentation of the runway show. Following the show, SAIC President Walter Massey presented honored guests Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte with the Legend of Fashion Award for their outstanding contributions to the fashion industry. SAIC Chancellor Emeritus Tony Jones then took the stage to introduce the new Heart of Fashion Award and pay tribute to Melissa Sage Fadim,
benefactor of the Sage Foundation Scholarship and SAIC’s Sage Studios
for Fashion Design, for her 25-year commitment to SAIC’s Fashion
Immediately following the awards ceremony guests walked to the rooftop
terrace of Millennium Park’s Harris Theater where they were greeted by
the sounds of DJ Michiel Helbig and elegant décor by Frost.
Guests were treated to an eclectic variety of fashion-inspired foods
set up throughout the Harris tent, such as Sweet Pea Ravioli “Purses,”
“Clothespin” Tacos and Wraps, and Designer Desserts that paid homage to
name brands in the fashion industry. Blue Plate, Hennessy, and Terlato
Wines were among the in-kind sponsors of the event.
THE WALK was generously supported by Presenting Sponsors Swarovski and
the MacLean-Fogg Company. Additional support was provided by:
Haute-Couture Sponsors Ariel Investments, Maybelline New York, Sage
Foundation, Bill and Stephanie Sick, and ULTA Beauty; Avant-Garde
Sponsors Driehaus Design Initiative, Exelon, Goldman Sachs, and the
Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation; Prêt-à-Porter Sponsors
Denise B. Gardner, Macy’s, Bisi Williams and Bruce Mau, Mesirow
Financial, and the Neisser Family Fund; and additional in-kind sponsors
The fashion excitement continued in SAIC’s first-ever Pop-Up Shop, Su_7—named for the Sullivan Center’s seventh floor where Fashion Design students create their stunning designs—in Block Thirty Seven
(108 North State Street). The store, which was open May 10 - 19, gave
shoppers the opportunity to browse, buy, and commission work by the next
generation of fashion innovators from SAIC. Students completing the
Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment program present work in
SAIC’s graduate design thesis exhibition, SET OFF, June 9–July 5 at the Sullivan Galleries (33 South State Street, Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–6 pm).
ABOUT THE SAIC FASHION DESIGN DEPARTMENT
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fashion program provides a
creative and intellectual context in which the nature and potential of
fashion is closely examined and reimagined. Uniquely situated within a
vibrant contemporary school of art and design, SAIC’s Fashion department
offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate fashion programs
that build on the connections and relationships between art and fashion
that have been evolving in the past century and that reach an
unprecedented level in contemporary practices today.
SAIC’s Fashion program is housed within the Sage Studios for Fashion
Design located in the historic Carson Pirie Scott building. The
25,000-square-foot studio space includes the Fashion
Resource Center—celebrating its 25th anniversary this year—a hands-on
collection of late-20th- and 21st-century designer garments and
accessories representing extreme innovation, which allows SAIC students
the opportunity to explore the most progressive achievements in the
world of dress and fashion.
The success of SAIC’s Fashion Design program and SAIC's
interdisciplinary approach to education is reflected in a list of alumni
that includes such notable designers as Halston, Cynthia
Rowley, Lawrence Steele, J. Morgan Puett, Eunwha Kim, Maria Pinto, Gary
Graham, and Matthew Ames. SAIC graduates hold senior design positions in
firms as varied as Yeohlee, Jones New York, Levis, Nike, Charles Chang
Lima, and Tommy Hilfiger, and design for Anna Sui, Calvin Klein,
Tiffani Kim, Betsey Johnson, Triple5Soul, and Moschino. Upon graduating,
many have chosen to intern for international houses such as Viktor
& Rolf, Alexander McQueen, Wendy & Jim, Castelbajac, Zac Posen,
Threeasfour and William Ivey Long or to launch their own fashion lines.
For more information, please visit saic.edu/fashion
ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (SAIC)
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally
accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate
programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also
provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity
to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs,
and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart
of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an
interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students
unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical
abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the
leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art
Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special
collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional
exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more
information, please visit saic.edu
Lobster & Grand Crab Buffet Twist at the Schaumburg Location
(Chicago and Schaumburg, IL)—It’s that time again! Shaw’s Crab House is celebrating Maine Lobsters this summer at its annual Lobster Festival.
Stop by a Shaw’s location (Chicago or Schaumburg) between June 1 and
June 30, 2013, (dinner only, seven days a week) to enjoy lobster
specials such as the Shaw’s Three-Course Family-Style Lobster Dinner ($37 per person, plus tax and gratuity, minimum two people). This three-course, family-style lobster dinner includesa
cup of clam chowder, one-pound whole Maine Lobster, and family-style
sides including Corn on the Cob, Red Bliss Potatoes, a side of Coleslaw,
and a slice of Key Lime Pie. For an additional $16, guests can purchase
an extra one-pound lobster with their lobster boil.
The New England Lobster Boil can
also be served as an entrée for one guest and includes one-pound whole
Maine Lobster plus Red Bliss Potatoes, Cole Slaw and Corn on the Cob
($27 plus tax and gratuity). For an additional $16, the guest can also
purchase an extra one-pound lobster with their lobster boil. For
reservations or more information on Shaw’s Lobster Festival please
decadence and fun continues at Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg where
Lobster Festival meets their Grand Crab Buffet! Besides all the
wonderful CRAB that makes their buffet so grand, throughout the month of
June on Friday and Saturday nights it gets even more deluxe with the
addition of LOBSTER. The restaurant will feature whole Maine Lobsters,
Cracked & Chilled Lobster Claws, Lobster Bisque, Lobster Devilled
Eggs, Mini New England Lobster Rolls, Lobster, Brie & Cavatappi
Pasta, along with assorted salads, maki sushi, peel & eat Shrimp,
Oysters, Beef Tenderloin & desserts abundant enough to please every
sweet tooth. This special Lobster & Grand Crab buffet is priced at
$56 per person for adults, exclusive of tax, beverage and gratuity;
children 12 and under are $19.99. Friday Grand Crab Buffet hours are
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00
p.m. Please call 847.517.2722 to make your reservations—online
reservations are not available for this special offering.
Shaw’s Crab House,
a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, features a 1940s-style take on the
seafood dining experience, with retro leather banquettes, polished wood
floors and Art Deco touches. The Oyster Bar provides a more
casual setting for diners and serves up live music five nights a week at
the Chicago location and Friday and Saturday nights at the Schaumburg
location. Shaw’s—The King of Crab! For more info, call 312.527.2722
(Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg), visit the website at www.shawscrabhouse.com
, announced the winners of its 2013 Awards for Excellence in Journalism today.
working for a variety of different types of media outlets have done an
outstanding job of covering persons who stutter during the past 12
months,” said Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit foundation. “This
year, we saw a great deal of attention given to stuttering as a result
of the hit television show American Idol. Stuttering becomes a water-cooler topic for months if a person who stutters appears on a top television show.
addition, we were especially thrilled with a recent article written for
a law enforcement community e-newsletter focusing on the interaction
between police officers and persons who stutter. It targeted a brand new
audience for us and covered a new topic area, which we had previously
not seen addressed,” added Fraser. The 2013 awardees are as follows: First Place: Debra
R. Cohen McCullough, for her January 2013 article titled “When Police
Encounter Persons Who Stutter.” The article ran in the e-newsletter of
COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services, which is part of the United
States Department of Justice) and provides information to help police
officers interact more effectively with those who stutter. It reached a
large and important audience and had a huge impact on improving
stuttering community and law enforcement relations.
Second Place: Fremantle Media’s American Idol,
with 12 million viewers on the FOX television network, for educating
the widest possible audience on stuttering. We are particularly thrilled
that show producers opened the doors to contestant Lazaro Arbos to
appear and perform and be repeatedly interviewed on live television. We
also applaud their integrity in treating him fairly and honestly when
assessing his performances during the first four months of 2013.
Third Place: Rob Ferrett, for a program on Wisconsin Public Radio that aired Feb. 4, 2013, regarding American Idol’s Lazaro Arbos and childhood stuttering.
Honorable Mention: Internet blog: Matt Sander, for his blog HundredHoleHike.com
which featured “Walking for the Stuttering Foundation” on May 15, 2012.
Syndicated Columnists: Dr.
Wallace, for his column on Feb. 25, 2013, that answered a teacher’s
questions about how to help one of her students who stuttered.
Spanish TV: Telemundo’s program, Un Nuevo Dia, for a live interview on Feb. 4, 2013, with American Idol
contestant Lazaro Arbos and speech-language pathologist Lisette
Betancourt, combines therapy with outreach to the Spanish-speaking
audience in the United States.
Local TV: Katie Jones, for a report on WFTX TV that aired March 14, 2013, on the community support American Idol contestant Lazaro Arbos received in his hometown of Naples, Fla. Wire Service:
Michael Gormley, for a syndicated article on the Associated Press wire
service titled “How a Stammering Kid Became a Governor’s Spokesman.” Daily Newspaper: John M. Steinbach of The Virginia Gazette
for the March 21, 2012, article, “There’s Help for Stuttering.” In this
article, Steinbach tells the story of Leon “Jigger” Sirois, who has
been a long-time ombudsman for the stuttering community.
About the Foundation Malcolm
Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, went on to establish
and endow the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947. The Stuttering
Foundation provides a helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources
TRADEWINDS® BRINGS THE BEACH TO DOWNTOWN CHICAGO WITH A POP-UP PARADISE
Tradewinds Iced Tea Kicks Off Summer Fridays By Bringing Paradise to Pioneer Court Plaza CHICAGO, IL (May 31, 2013) – Tradewinds®, a premium brand of real-brewed iced teas, is breezing into the Windy City and offering residents a “Pop-Up Paradise” on May 31. Offering a beach-like experience in the middle of downtown Chicago, this event is great for the entire family and will kick-off the seasonal celebration of summer Fridays ― days when work ends early and people can partake in summertime fun – and great summer weekends. Tradewinds® will offer a relaxation-filled “Pop-Up Paradise” complete with palm trees, a sandy beach lounge, live music, games, and a photo booth to capture paradise-themed moments. While lounging in beach chairs and soaking up the sun, attendees can take it all in while enjoying refreshing ice-cold Tradewinds® tea. Taking place at Chicago’s Pioneer Court Plaza, this iconic location will be transformed from a bustling urban center into an idyllic slice of paradise.
“Our slow-brewed iced teas create a refreshing sense of relaxation that we hope to share through our event,” said Jonathan Young, Senior Marketing Manager of the Tradewinds® brand. “We want the people of Chicago to feel like they are on a relaxing getaway in their own backyard.”
The “Pop-Up Paradise” event will take place from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Pioneer Court Plaza near the Chicago Tribune building located at 401 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60611. For more information on Tradewinds® and the “Pop-Up Paradise” event, please visit www.drinktradewinds.com.
From its inception, Tradewinds® has been dedicated to providing real brewed iced tea beverages made with all- natural ingredients, high-quality tea leaves and real sugar. Some of the company's trademark flavors include Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea and Green Tea with Honey. Today, Tradewinds® continues to develop refreshing beverages that can be enjoyed anytime. For more information on Tradewinds® please visit www.drinktradewinds.com