Victory Gardens Theater’s 2018 Chicago Stories Gala

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The Victory Gardens Theater’s 2018 Chicago Stories Gala was held on October 20, 2018, Saturday, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago. The Gala was held for the noble purpose of raising money for the purpose of supporting programs for education, for the development of new work, and steps to regulate availability and accessibility of theater to the less fortunate and the disabled audience.  The whole event was organized under the supervision of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, partnered by Gala Chairs Gabrielle Griffin, Sylvia Margolies, Beverly  Price, Anupy Singla, and Sue E.Wallace.

Victory Gardens Theater’s
Co-chair Sylvia Margolies, co-chair Beverly Price, Managing Director Erica Daniels, co-chair Sue E. Wallace, and co-chair Gaby Griffin

The 2018 Chicago Stories Gala resulted in a great success; it managed to raise a more than the impressive amount of $473,000. There were two, original, five-minute plays shown at the gala that told the amusing Chicago Stories, written by guest playwrights Golden Globe Award-winning Rachel Brosnahan and Michael Rose. The gala was dotted with past celebrity playwrights, some of them being the talented Eamonn Walker, David Eigenberg, Denis O’Hare, BD Wong, Peter Sagal, Judy Baar Topinka, John Mahoney, etc.

Victory Gardens Theater’s
Co-hosts Lin Brehmer and Marc Grapey

Rachel Brosnahan Raising her Paddle in support of the Education Department

The first Victory Gardens Theater Impact Awards were presented to the distinguished theater director Gary Griffin and to the Victory Gardens Theater Founding Trustee and committed arts and culture patron Merle Reskin to acknowledge and thank their remarkable contributions to arts and artists in Chicago.

Merle ReskinI
Merle Reskin received the First Victory Gardens Theater Impact Awards last night at the Victory Gardens Chicago Stories Gala. I had a fun time chatting with her, what a truly inspiring woman.

WXRT’s Lin Brehmerand the veteran Chicago actor, star of The West Wing, Marc Grapey co-hosted the gala. The evening held quite a lot to offer, starting with enjoyable cocktails, after which came a wonderful dinner. Then came the plays, and the amazing packages which the attendees bid on. The gala was given the essence of life with soulful music by Soul Spectacular.

Soul Spectacular
Soul Spectacular

Guests dance the night away to musical entertainment Soul Spectacular

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PHOTO CREDITS: Juli Del Prete and Mark Campbell


About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...