On September 7, thousands of Chicago’s most philanthropic resident’s gathered at the steel mill, A. Finkl and Sons Co. in Lincoln Park to raise money and celebrate the Chicago Gateway Green and their Express Partnership Program at the Green Tie Ball XXII. The Chicago Gateway Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to beautifying and greening Chicago’s neighborhoods, expressways and gateways. Their ultimate goal is to make a positive environmental impact on Chicago, through sustainable landscaping on our highways, litter removal, planting native plants, restore air quality and protect our water.
The theme of this year’s Green Tie Ball XXII was Willy Wonkaland. The Green Tie Ball XXII was emceed by the hosts of Windy City Live, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini. Guests were able to sample some of Chicago’s best eats, from Harry Caray’s to delicious espresso creme filled donuts from Firecakes. Cadillac was a big sponsor, providing pink slippers to party guests wearing heels! In keeping with the theme, Wonka Bars from Rivers Casino were aplenty. Oompa Lompas and Wonka themed characters mingled among the guests.
Music was provided by Dr. Bombay Band, and later on, guests were able to listen to Lupe Fiasco and DJ Sky Gellatly!
It was a great night filled with candy, black ties, evening dresses, and inspiration for us to be good stewards to our city and our environment.