Celebrating ballet, friends and beauty at YAGP Gala 2016

Russian Pointe is a proud sponsor of Youth American Grand Prix, a Russian-founded organization that has become the world’s largest global network of dance. While in New York City, I had the opportunity to attend their annual Stars of Today Meet The Stars of Tomorrow gala. Having attended the competitions and this event for years, I can attest to what a great organization Larissa Saveliev has built. Not only is the annual gala an amazing talent-filled event, YAGP provides dancers worldwide with outstanding opportunities each year. Job well done, Larissa!

Private Dinner with Nora Bedrossian at Tom Ford's Chicago Flagship Boutique

Recently, myself and 24 other guests had the opportunity to dine with Nora Bedrossian, a French-Armenian fashion expert who had an impressive career at Gucci and is now Tom Ford's Director of Stores in North America. The event was hosted by Monika Dixon, Founder of Monika Dixon Public Relations.


U.S.-China Sister Cities Reception at Field Museum

I enjoyed attending the opening reception of the 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference at the beautiful Cyrus Tang Hall of China at the Field Museum on Thursday, October 22. The China Committee of Chicago Sister Cities did a wonderful job hosting this important event, which kicked off Friday’s full day of sessions exploring business, education, networking and best practices for the continued success and growth of sister city partnerships. Dignitaries in attendance included Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch and many representatives of government, business and education from both China and the U.S. In addition to its forward-looking agenda, this year’s conference celebrated the 30th anniversary of Chicago’s sister cities Shanghai and Shenyang.

Photos: Mary Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International; Wenjian Fang, Executive Vice President, Bank of China USA

Economic Club of Chicago Gala Features the Hawks

Economic Club of Chicago diverged from the usual tuxes and evening dresses at the gala on Monday, October 19, featuring W. Rockwell (Rocky) Wirtz, principal owner and chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, and John McDonough, Hawks president and CEO. Although elegance still prevailed, guests were invited to wear Hawks jerseys! Although I didn’t have a jersey to wear, it was interesting to see the unusual mix of casual and formal throughout the evening. It was the first gala for new ECC chair Ilene Gordon.