Blueprints Gala2018-05-02T20:09:32-06:00

A Good Time Was Had by All!

What a special night we had on Thursday, April 26th at The Arts Club of Chicago. We gathered to greet old friends and share in the community of Streeterville. Thank you to all those who came to celebrate and honor John Vinci with the Vision Into Reality Award.

Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren, coauthors of John Vinci: Life and Landmarks delivered a presentation on the personal and professional life of the honoree and on the interior and external landmarks, including many in Streeterville. Honorary Chair Helyn Goldenberg read a warm and positive “Dear John” letter before joining SOAR President Deborah Gershbein to present Vinci with SOAR’s 2018 Vision Into Reality Award. In his acceptance, Vinci paid tribute to SOAR’s mission, noting his dedication to “preserving and protecting” the community.

An exciting live auction was held with prizes ranging from a framed Christo print to a boat cruise with SOAR Board member David Hampe on his boat called Par-a-Dice. Lots of raffle items were won and in general a good time was had by all!

We are gratified by the evening’s contribution to funds for SOAR’s community programs. Special thanks to our major sponsors, table sponsors, live auction and raffle donors, the benefit committee and staff and everyone who came out to support SOAR and all that is beautiful in Streeterville. Photos are by Jeff Brown, who also served as auctioneer.

All proceeds from the evening will go to support and fund SOAR’s projects and initiatives through the year that support the Streeterville community.