I can’t believe this is the 20th anniversary of Green Tie Ball! I remember when I was graduating college and wanted to get involved in one charity that I knew could allow me to make a difference. I had always heard the best party of the year was called Green Tie Ball, so I did my research and found it was so much more than that I had to get involved.
The Green Tie Ball benefits Chicago Gateway Green, whose mission is dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago’s expressways, gateways and neighborhoods. The non-profit organization was founded in 1986 and since then, have helped to improve both the local environment and the quality of life for millions of Chicago residents and visitors. They are able to improve our communities through three key programs: the Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership Program, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms vacant land into tree-filled green spaces.
12 years ago I started by stuffing gift bags and helping with whatever I could, I went on to book entertainment, then chaired the event and now was just voted on to the Executive Board of Directors! This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary and it’s back where it originated at A. Finkl & Sons and a “Return to Emerald City” theme. Saturday will be Co-Chaired by Tim Smithe – Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design and Stephanie Castagnier – NBC’s The Apprentice 2010, plus we have over 60 of Chicago’s top restaurants including Sunda & Rockit Bar & Grill. Expect fabulous drinks and the best entertainment by Too White Crew, Dr. Bombay and tunes by DJ’s Rock City, Yours Truly and DJ Galvan – with the official after-party at The Underground. Tickets and more info – www.gatewaygreen.org.
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going green is all the buzz these days, but did you know chicago has been at the forefront of all cities in the going green movement by blazing new trails w/ organizations fueled by locals like gateway green who for example started greening our city over 25yrs ago?
Being a longtime supporter, I had the honor of being asked to host their major annual fundraiser “the green tie ball” almost a decade ago w/my co-chair julie clarke. We along w/an amazing committee of dozens of active young professionals drew in of over 3000 people to a themed event we created around the world’s fair where we dropped a real ferris wheel in the middle of finkl steel plant- amazing!
Every year is special w/Chicago’s best restaurants, entertainment, and venues (see video above for some of the highlights) all coming together to make the green tie ball of Chicago’s biggest & most dynamic fundraisers around!.. this year they are holding an exclusive preview party to unveil the theme, venue, and share details for Chicago Gateway Green’s 25th anniversary in 2011, and you are invited to be a part of it all.
To entice you all to jump in and get involved, guests of the party will enjoy specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dance the night away with some of Chicago’s best DJs. It will be held at The Underground on Friday, November 12 from 8-10p. For tickets, visit: www.gatewaygreen.org with all proceeds benefiting Chicago Gateway Green!