Over 350 glamorous partygoers attended the Ninth Annual Summer Dinner Dance at the Chicago Botanic Garden, raising over $500,000 to help support children’s programs and plans for the new Learning Campus display garden. The black-tie soiree began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served in the English Walled Garden, followed by an intimate dinner dance in an elegant pavilion in the Krasberg Rose Garden. One of the most talked-about events on the North Shore and in the Chicago area, the Summer Dinner Dance celebrated the start of the summer season.
Guests began the evening sipping a rose-champagne cocktail and enjoying passed hors d'oeuvres in the English Walled Garden. They dined on a spring salad will edible wildflower petals, herb-roasted tenderloin of beef with passed pan-seared quail with blackberry and violet coulis — all catered by Calihan Catering.
HM Designs transformed the tent to reflect the theme, "The Language Flowers." Centerpieces were filled with pink roses, green hydrangea and green cymbidium orchids, and purple lisianthus. City Lights Orchestra played while guests danced the night away.
The Committee for The Summer Dinner Dance was co-chaired by Maria and Bill Smithburg (Chicago), Colette and Tom Smithburg (Chicago), and Cate and Rick Waddell (Wilmette). The Summer Dinner Dance was generously underwritten by Northern Trust. Additional support was provided by Beam and Bonterra Organic Vineyards.