On May 13 some of the city’s brightest young talent shone on the stage of the Harris Theater in Chicago and gave 900 guests ‘A Taste for the Arts’ in store at The Chicago Academy for the Arts 2014 gala.
Chaired by Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra of Mettawa, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel serving as honorary chairman, the celebration then continued upstairs at the Millennium Park Terrace where top Chicago Chefs, from Rick Bayless to Andrew Zimmerman, served up gourmet treats while 450 guests bid high to help aid with student scholarships.
Outgoing president, Pamela Jordan, was honored with the Kupcinet Civic Award, named in memory of CAA founder Essee Kupcinet and her husband, Irv.
Founded in 1981, the Academy is Chicago’s independent conservatory prep school which encourages and hones young scholar-artists as they pursue their dreams of a life in the arts. The event raised $417,000 dollars.
For more information: The Chicago Academy for the Arts, 1010 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago. Phone: (312) 421-0202, chicagoartsacademy.org.