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September 22, 2014
It's always a beautiful day in the country for
the Evergreen Invitational, a biennial
equestrian Grand Prix horse show jumping
competition and luncheon hosted by MK
and JB Pritzker and the Woman's Board of
Northwestern Memorial Hospital. For this
5th event, more than 700 guests made their
way to MK and JB's beautiful Evergreen Farm,
a 230-acre horse farm in Bristol,
Wisconsin. Cochaired by Ms.
Zelov Drake and Ms. Jennifer Dunne, this byinvitation-only event is one of the most
sought-after tickets of the fall season. Guests
came to support a wonderful cause and
witness nationally ranked riders
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compete for
the $25,000
Junior/Amateur Owner Classic and $75,000
Grand Prix prizes. Attendees enjoyed an
elegant buffet as well as the "Promenade of
Shops" that included a GRAFF boutique
displaying exquisite jewels hand selected for
the event by GRAFF store director Eve
Rogers. Other retailers
Ron Crouse, Linda Yu, Jesus Salgueiro, Dave
Moore, Mayari Pritzker
Lauren, Donald Stuart Antiques, J.
McLaughlin, Terlato Kitchen and Lee
Allison Company. For the driving
enthusiasts, automotive sponsor Lake
Forest Sportscars displayed several 2015
Maserati Ghibli sports cars that
Rick Eddington, Neal Zucker, Alexa Rice
for test
around the spectacular property. Partygoers included Jana and Eric
Schreuder, Lisa and Curt Bailey, Joan and
Charles Moore, Elissa and Edward Kovas,
Joan and
Anne Stone, Nellie Hertenstein, Lori Kekstadt, Viviane
Eickenberg, Betsy Anderson
Laura and Matthew Anderson, Neal Zucker,
Marko Iglendza, Trisha Rooney Alden, Mayari
Pritzker, Meredith Bluhm Wolf, Jamee Field,
Mario and Traci Tricoci, Kathy Brock, and
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Lori Kekstadt, Nellie Hertenstein, Mairi Thennes,
Viviane Eickenberg, Larry Stone
Northwestern Medicine was represented by
Dean Harrison (CEO Northwestern Memorial
HealthCare), Stephen Falk (president of the
Northwestern Memorial Foundation), Thomas
(President of
Lake Forest
Hospital) and
Jennifer Meehan and Ted Tetzlaff
Eric Neilson
(MD, Dean of
the Feinberg School of Medicine,
NorthwesternUniversity). The event
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In an
move honoring
the Chicago International Film Festival's 50th
anniversary, legendary photographer Victor
Skrebneski, in collaboration with Festival
founder Michael Kutza, created an entirely
new look for the
Fest's iconic poster. An
unveiling at Expo 72 on
September 10 featured a
reimagining of the iconic
Noah Warren and and Braden Crothers pose
beside their Festival poster (Pic by Timothy M.
1974 Festival "t-shirt"
poster. Titled "The Next
Generation", this year's
image featured a playful photo of Noah Warren (4) and
Braden Crothers (5)--- the first time in history that
children have been featured! The
original "t-shirt" poster
is the centerpiece of a
special gallery
exhibition showcasing 50
model Noah Warren with
years of the Festival at Young
her mom
Expo 72 ( 72 E.
Randolph), "Because Everybody Loves
Movies". It features an expansive display of
posters, images and
videos from the
venerable fivedecade history. Guests also
Michael and Victor, co-collaborators. (Pic by Timothy
enjoyed viewing
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photographs of celebrities and a video
compilation of the Fest's trailers. Produced in
partnership with the Department of Cultural
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Events (DCASE) and
sponsored by Dark
Horse Wine, the
Michael Kutza with Noah Warren and Braden
exhibition also presents Crothers (Pic by Timothy M. Schmidt)
candid glimpses from
behind the scenes, memorabilia and posters from
other festivals around the world. The exhibit will be
on display until October 30. (Photos by Timothy M.
Bright Pink hosted FabFest
2014, an inspirational, action
packed health and wellness
experience with more than 600
Victor Skrebneski with Noah and
Braden (Pic by Timothy M. Schmidt)
in attendance on Sunday,
September 14. During the
event, participants took fitness to an entirely new
level by building their own perfect health day from a
series of high-energy work-outs led
by some of the city's most
coveted instructors
including renowned yoga
specialist Kathryn Budig. The event has raised more Bright Pink founder Lindsay Avner
than $400,000 to date and and Lauren Jiggetts
included breast and ovarian
health and wellness workshops, healthy treats and
more. Fundraising is open until October 7, 2014. For more info, click here! (Photos by Phil Farber)
As we all know,
Garth Brooks'
"Last Chicago
Concert" was one
Kathryn Budig
for the books. He performed to rave reviews and always
gives it his all and then some. So, we all
know he can sing, but did you know he can
fly, too? Garth took members of his band,
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iFLY Chicago's Rosemont location
friends to
iFly, an indoor skydiving spot in Rosemont
for some "after concert" fun! And another
aspect of Chicago that he apparently loves
is Giordano's Pizza! After his concert, he
requested 20 pies to be
served at his
iFLY's Rosemont GM Hilary Bruce, Sale Dir. Michelle
Lobell, Garth and Event Coordinator Nedi Crisol
at King's
Bowling Alley. Don't cha just love him?
Jarrett Payton, son of the late Pro Football
Hall of Famer Walter Payton, is a radio host,
businessman, philanthropist, motivational
speaker, former NFL and CFL running back and
husband and Jarrett Payton and Charles "Peanut" Tillman
father, but
did you know he's also a jewelry designer?! In collaboration with Cy Fredrics, a Chicago
destination for fine jewelry and watches,
Jarrett's JP Collection includes men's and
pieces in
Meredith Rooney, Marla Neuman, Emily Neuman
edition custom designs. Bracelets, cufflinks
and pendants are crafted in sterling silver
and white gold with diamonds. The launch
party, that took place at The Chop Shop on
North Avenue, included fashion loving
friends like
Deanna Dugo, Kevin Smith and Devon Strand
Brittney and
wife Trisha,
Julee White, Patty Nalepa, Exavier Pope,
Dustin, Michael and Jordan Lemick, Meredith
Rooney, Maria and Emily Neuman,Kate and Dan
Aliaga, Chicago Bear Charles "Peanut" Tillman,
Nick Moretti, Kevin Smith, Deanna Dugo, Stacie
Kreag, Kacy and
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Dan Raffe,
Julie Stevens
and others. "Creating this
jewelry line
provides yet
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another great opportunity for me to not
only honor my father, but also raise funds to
important Kacy and Dan Raffe, Julie Stevens, John Ortbal
of our
society, adolescents and children," Payton
said. A portion of the proceedswill benefit
The Jarrett Payton Foundation. Cy Fredrics,
a third generation family-owned jeweler for
55 years, has deep roots in Chicago as are
those of
Freddie Cuevas, Jarrett Payton and Stacie Kreag
and his
family. Jarrett is currently the co-host of the
"Jarrett, Harry and Spike" radio show on
Chicago's The Game 87.7FM. Payton is also a
partner with Chicago based Argus Brewery
where he is actively involved in the
production, promotion and sales of his own
Dustin Lemick and Exavier Pope
beer: Jarrett
Payton’s All-American Wheat Ale. He and his
wife Trisha are the co-founders of The Jarrett
Payton Foundation and he also dedicates time
to The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation.
Salvatore Ferragamo, along with Caroline
McLean and Sean Berkowitz, hosted a private
cocktail reception in its newly renovated
Magnificent Mile boutique in celebration of
The 606, a project that is transforming nearly
three miles of unused rail
Brittney Payton, Nick Moretti and Jordan Lemick
line into a park Co-hosts Sean Berkowitz, Bethany McLean and
and trail
Caroline and Keating Crown
system for the
Chicago community. Ferragamo highlighted
the Fall/Winter 2014 runway collection and[11/10/2014 10:58:45 AM]
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premiered the Fiamma handbag from Creative
Director, Massimiliano Giometti. VIP guests
enjoyed music by
DJ Heaven Malone
and a Vosges HautChocolat Super
Dark Truffle
Meredith Wood-Prince, Melissa McNally and Julie
tasting. A
percentage of the
sales benefited The
606. Seen on the scene were Jena Gambaccini,
Branca, Kara Mann,
Meredith Wood-Prince,
Coco Meers, Matt Roan,
Maria Ponce Berre, Julie
Latsko, Gary Metzner,
Melanie Madigan, Susu
Block and Eve Rogers.
Co-host Caroline Crown, Melanie Madigan
Celebrating the theme BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL, Latino
Fashion Week, now in its 8th year, will present a
fashion showcase
from the Latino
Fashion Industry
beginning Wednesday,
October 1, at Block
Jena Gambaccini, Mel Muoio
37 with an opening
night event. This five day event will include
runway shows, celebrity appearances, VIP
receptions, fashion lounges, pop-up stores and
more! For tickets and more details, click
The Joffrey Ballet Women's Board will
present Swan Lake Luncheon on Wednesday,
October 1 at
RPM Steak, 66
W. Kinzie. Cochaired by
Formanand Kathleen Henson, the event will
feature a conversation with Joffrey Dancer
Victoria Jaiani and Artistic Director Ashley
Wheater. There will be chances to win
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Burberry! For tickets and more info, click
The Ed Paschke Art Center honored legendary
photojournalist Steve Schapiro at the Chicago
debut of his
new exhibition
entitled Warhol, Reed, and Bowie. Featuring
some of Schapiro’s most iconic images of the
20th century’s most prominent pop
documentary Brian Bannon (CPL Commissioner), Steve Shapiro
and Lionel Rabb
take viewers
behind the scenes of the golden age of
photojournalism during the 1960’s and 70’s. Beginning
9/13 and
running through 11/15, the Ed Paschke Art
Center (5415 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago IL)
will exhibit Schapiro’s most notable
photographs of artist Andy Warhol and
musicians Lou Reed and David Bowie.
Viewers will be able
Sharon Paschke and Thea Liberty Nichols
to step in to Vesna Stelcer, Maura and Steve Shapiro and Jayni
Schapiro’s Cha
world and
experience more than 20 of his photographs. “Steve Schapiro is a legend in the world of
photojournalism, with his work being
prominently featured in galleries worldwide,”
said Vesna Stelcer, chair of the
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Foundation. “We
are truly honored
Arlene and Marshall Bennett
that Steve
Schapiro will be
calling the Ed Paschke Art Center ‘home’ for this
Embeya Restaurant
Anniversary greetings to Embeya (564 W.
Randolph St.), the fabulous Asian restaurant
by Attila and Komal Guilai and Chef Thai Dang! It recently celebrated its
year in business! Congrats to all!
Another fabulous celebration was held at the Modern
Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago for the 20th
anniversary of CS Magazine! Wow, 20 seems
like just yesterday you took the city by storm! Congrats CS! Here's to many, many more years of
success! (It was an over-the-top bash!)
More congrats are in order for the Chicago Tribune's
John Barron who was
recently promoted to
general manager of
Tribune Content
Agency, the rapidly growing syndication and
licensing unit of Tribune Publishing. Just love
him and his lovely wife Maureen!
With Sheryl Dyer, Chuck, and Tracey
Tarantino at CS Mag's 20th
anniversary party.
Fifth Third Bank, in partnership with the
Anti-Cruelty Society and Illinois Comptroller
Judy Baar
Topinka, came up John Barron
with a great idea
to show support for our veterans and those on
active duty in the military. The Pets for Vets
campaign will underwrite the cost of adoptions of
available dogs and cats to veterans on Monday,
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YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's Ambassadors
Council will host its 3rd annual New Look of
Leadership fashion event on Tuesday, September
30, from 5:30 to 8
pm at Macy's on
State Street in the
Narcissus Room. The event will feature a
fashion show with fall styles from Macy's to
raise awareness for the YWCA and its mission
of eliminating racism and empowering
women. Models will include Karyn Calabrese,
Melissa Clark, Kathleen Henson, Amy Hilliard,
Steve Pemberton, Ji Suk Yi, Whitney Reynolds.
Kara Wright, Sherman Wright and more. For
tickets and more info, please email
[email protected] or click
As we all know, Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd
Ward) announced his bid for Mayor of Chicago
last week. Chuck and I attended the rally,
which had to
be moved from
Nicki Pecori and Alderman Bob Fioretti
its original
location at the
Wabash YWCA to a larger venue at the East
West University. The event kicked off with a
fabulous gospel choir as Bob's legion of
supporters waved "Fioretti for Mayor" signs. The guy standing next to me had a great
Alderman Scott Waguespack introduced Nick as the
slogan..."Are "Future First Lady of Chicago"
you ready for
Fioretti?" It was a lovefest and the crowd
roared at every comment. "We need one
Chicago, not
two. And to
get there, we
Awesome gospel choir
need a leader
who will focus on bringing everyone together
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every Chicago family, " said Fioretti, a
Pullman native. I loved the fact he was
introduced by longtime love Nicki Pecori. It
was a heartfelt, kick-ass speech. Are YOU
ready for Fioretti"! :-) Here's a video from his announcement by the Illinois
Center for Broadcasting.
A Flair fashion show and luncheon fundraiser was held
in honor of beloved philanthropist Vonita Reescer that
benefited the Lighthouse for the Blind at the Fairmont
on September 9. All proceeds supported the
organization's 28 programs and services for people who
are blind or visually
impaired. Emceed by
Bill Zwecker, the
afternoon fashions from
Winnetka boutique
Frances Heffernan
wowed the crowd. A
surprise donation of
Vonita with emcee Bill Zwecker
$25K came from
Rochelle Trotter in honor of her late
husband, Charlie Trotter. Congrats Vonita!
Love you!
Darling kids who benefit from Lighthouse for the
Chicago Cub legend
Kerry Wood and wife
Sarah are planning another fun fundraiser, this time
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Wednesday, October 22, when they host "Woody's
Western Roundup"! Country
singing sensation Chris
Young will headline this
event that will include
live music, full bar and
food stations. The
event will benefit the
Wood Family
Foundation's efforts to support kids and their
families in underserved neighborhoods. For
tickets and more info, click here! Bentley
Chicago was Sarah and Kerry Wood
the elegant
venue for a recent Cheeky Chicago party to
celebrate the launch of its exclusive and
limited edition collection of Bentley
Handbags! Joe Perillo will
Joe Perillo and his Bentley "bag ladies"!
donate 20% of
the proceeds from the sale of this beautiful
bag until 12/31 to Independent Awakening, a
charity that empowers teenage girls through
and summer
programming. Neeta
Neeta Bhushan shares her story.
founder, gave the keynote speech before a
crowd of more than 200 attendees. I was
honored to be a co-host of this event along
with Molly Melman, Corri McFadden,
Monika Dixon
and Pat
Perillo. Models wearing chic fall fashions from Neiman
Marcus carried the handbags throughout the
venue in an informal presentation.
Wine Channel TV's Jess Altieri, a friend and 24/7's
Catie Keogh
The Langham Chicago has come up with a
unique twist on the "ice cream parlor"! An
adult ice cream concept, Parlour at the
Pavilion, will launch on Wed. Sept. 24 and[11/10/2014 10:58:45 AM]
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feature a
With fellow co-hosts Molly Melman and Monika
selection of
sundaes and floats designed to evoke the
nostalgia of a favorite childhood treat. A
stand-out of Executive Pastry Chef Scott
Green's offerings is the Victoria. This
decadent treat costs $1000 and includes
Tahitian vanilla ice cream, 24K gold leaf,
carmelized golden peanuts, 24K gold dust,
Hennessey VSOP (and more) all served in a
Wedgewood crystal bowl and a bottle of Dom
Perignon, 2003. Wowza!
The Friends of
hosted a kickThe Langham Chicagoland sundae at Parlour at the off party for its
Gala at Del
recently. Hosted by FOC co-founder Reute
Butler and committee chair Vonita Reescer,
the event included a video presentation by
Manuela Hung. The main event will be at
the Four Seasons on October 10 co-chaired by
Reute and
Sambolin. This is always
an exciting event that includes the best live
auction packages around courtesy of
Abercrombie & Kent! For tickets and more
info, click here!
Thanks to WCIU's "You & Me This Morning"! I
loved co-hosting this now 3 hour show with
Jeanne Sparrow recently! We had a lot of
laughs including during this clip for the
"Sleeper Scarf".....Lucy and Ethel have nothing
FOC founder Reute Butler with Grainger Hines, who
on us! Hope you enjoy this clip here! And the
will attend the Ball this year
week, I brought some of my Playboy
memorabilia to the show and shared my
recent Antiques Roadshow experience with
Melissa Forman and Jeanne. See this clip
here! Thanks so much for checking in with me this
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Love, as always,
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Finding out what my Playboy memorabilia is worth
on Antiques Roadshow.
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September 4, 2014
I have a long history with Playboy, starting
as a Bunny in St. Louis all the way to
Chicago, the Playboy Mansion and December
1979 centerfold. I've been very grateful for
this association, but never dreamed it would
be a life long affiliation, almost 40 years
and counting. That's why this
Glamourcon in Long
Beach, Calif., was so
With Alison Reynolds, Monique St. Pierre, Hef and Patti very special. Connors.
Glamourcon is a
convention where fans can buy pics/memorabilia, take
photos and chat with their favorite ladies and it's also
a chance for us girls to have a reunion of sorts. I was
thrilled to see
my bestie Patti Connors (aka
Patti McGuire, Playmate of
the Year 1977) along with
her look-alike beautiful
Terae and Kennedy Summers
daughter Aubree. I was also Khloe
(R, PMOY 2014)
excited to see Debra Jensen
(Miss Jan. 1978--who kept us in stitches with a yoga
body to die for), Liz Glazowski (Miss April, 1980-- as[11/10/2014 10:58:45 AM]
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beautiful as the day she did her centerfold), Devin
Devasquez (Miss June 1985--a dark haired beauty who's
also an author with two books
to her credit and counting),
Lorraine Michaels (April
Brande Roderick --PMOY 2001
1981--who can still fit into a
Bunny costume if she wanted
to), Dolores Del Monte (March1954, celebrating 60
years as a Playmate!), Charlotte Kemp (who still looks
just like she did in her January 1982 centerfold) with
darling hubby in tow, along
with others like Julie
Cialini (PMOY 1995),
Jensen (Miss Jan. 1978) and
Deanna Brooks (May 1998), Debra
Brande Roderick (PMOY
2001), Clair Sinclair (PMOY 2011), Kennedy
Summers (PMOY 2014), Shanice Jordyn (April
2014), Tamara Witmer (August 2005) and others.
It was terrific to see old friends like collector
extraordinaire Tom Shimada and Keith (who
always supports
Playmates via his Twitter
at "SupportPlayboy") as
well as dealer and Packer
Patti Connors (PMOY 1977) and Liz
superfan John O'Neill. Glazowski (Miss April 1980)
And it's always fun to see
the new crop of Playmates, too. I loved meeting
Stephanie Branton, whose recent August centerfold
shows a return to elegance. (P.S. She's as nice as
she is beautiful and my bet for PMOY!) The show
was held at the
Hilton Long Beach
(701 W. Ocean), a
fabulous hotel with
a great pool that Dolores Del Monte (Miss March 1954)
overlooks the
harbor. On the first night, as I waited for
Patti and Aubree to arrive, I decided to
check out the Marina. It was a beautiful
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all around
the docked
boats. I
With Devin Devasquez (Miss June 1985)
Gladstone's for dinner since they had great
views, a wonderful menu and fabulous live
music. I especially loved this witty menu
description: "Fish so fresh they need to be
slapped!" After dinner, I turned in
Toasting the '70's!
early so I
would be fresh for the next morning. I
couldn't wait to see my friends! As we
signed autographs for new and returning
fans, we all shared the latest news in each
other's lives. It's like we never missed a
beat even though we hadn't seen
each other
in years. As one fan
Miss August 2014, Stephanie Branton (L) and friend.
"There's nothing like Bunny love and
Playmate love" and he was right. It's a very
special sorority and we all shared special
memories of our lives with Playboy. That
night, a few of us were invited to the
Mansion. As
we drove Mr. and Mrs. Joel Berliner (Alison Reynolds)
up the
elegant-tree lined drive and passed the
"Playmates at Play" sign, a disembodied
voice asked, "May I ask who's calling?
".......And then we were in! It was just as I
remembered it from a few years earlier. The only thing that has changed is
With Julie Cialini (PMOY 1994), Liz Glazowski (April
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now there
which I
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completely understand in this sorry economy
of ours. I heard from a fan who's going to
the Halloween party, that he paid $1500 to
attend. He also told me, for the more
exciting Midsummer's Night's Dream party,
that tickets go for $5K! Wowza! Patti,
Aubree and
I walked
Kayla Collins (Miss Aug. 2008)
into the
dining room
and squealed with delight when we saw our
longtime friend Alison Reynolds and her
cute hubby Joel Berliner, a travel writer for
CDN. She's Hef's right hand and he's so
lucky to have her around! She said
he'd been so
excited waiting
to see us that
he'd even donned a PJ jacket as opposed to just
his regular ones. LOL! We all sat in the
breakfast nook overlooking the manicured lawns
and the pool and ordered cocktails--Jack Daniels
and Pepsi for Hef, wine for us....:-) Monique St.
Hef signing my magazines (cover and a centerfold)
Pierre, PMOY 1976,
joined the party, too-looking slim and trim
with her sexy voice. Other visitors that
night included Hef's
brother Keith and his Crystal and Hugh Hefner
wife Caya, legendary
big band leader Ray Anthony (who Hef introduced
as "Ray Agony"), film historian Richard Bann and
Leon Isaac Kennedy. I told Hef
a fan had brought
a rare piece of
Playboy collector Tom Shimada and dealer
memorabilia to
John O'Neill
Glamourcon that
day, a first edition of his first book of
cartoons titled "That Toddlin' Town" that
he'd dedicated to his first wife, Millie, his
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be a cartoonist. I'm Aubree charming "Nana"
sure glad that didn't
work out." He still has it, that rapier wit that he's
always been known for and we were thrilled to be
back in his company! This night was movie night and
he was presenting The Awful Truth with Cary Grant
Irene Dunn. Aubree
and I took this
opportunity to stroll
the grounds where
we visited the
Beautiful friend, Tissy Eggleston, came
menagerie filled with
for a visit, too!
exotic birds, squirrel
monkeys, rabbits, peacocks and more. We
ducked into the grotto for a pic and saw
party people frolicking in the heated water
just like old times (well, not quite!). I can't
how happy
With Hef
been to be
on such hallowed ground. I convinced Patti
and Debra to go to dinner afterwards so we
all went to Patti and Jimmy's favorite
Japanese restaurant, Nanbankan (11330
Santa Monica Blvd.) The
next day was
With fan Keith (twitter: SupportPlayboy)
because I knew we
would all be
scattering to the four winds soon. Everyone scooted
around taking photos, collecting their own
autographs and saying goodbyes. Happily, in the
world of Playboy, there are no goodbyes, only "until
we meet again." As
with all these gettogethers, it was a
memory of a
lifetime. Thanks
for bringing us all
Acrobats on the lawn!
together Hef! Keep hop, hop,
hopping along until we meet again at
Shangri-La! (To see nearly 100 more
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here). (Stay tuned
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for my Playmate
interviews on Rivet Radio (Candid Candace) coming
soon! Have you downloaded your FREE app yet? To
hear my recent show, click here!)
The Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers are our
town's littlest heroes, as everyone knows. Giordano's
Famous Stuffed
Pizza celebrated
the team in style
following the
recent downtown More Playboy memorabilia at
Chicago parade
and rally for these
Little League USA Champions on Aug. 27. The
celebration in Jackie Robinson Field, where
it all began, had more than 150 attendees
and featured Chicago-style deep dish pizza
(of course), congratulatory balloons and
signs. Love this! Another lovely tribute was offered by noted
children's book
author Joe Brown, also known as the father of
makeup guru Bobbi Brown. His beautiful poem,
titled Jackie Robinson West, summed it all up: Jackie, himself, was seen clapping his hands as
he cheered for his team from his seat in the
stands....He said, “Too many bad kids make way
too much noise but these are the good ones.
These are our boys. “We got
Prentiss, we got
Larry, we got
Jahelm and
Trey....We got
Brandon and
Author/poet Joe Brown
Joshua and a
kid named D. J.
“We got Pierce, we got Eddie, we got
Darion and Marquis and Cameron and
Darlon and the coach, if you please.” We
have never heard cheering so long and so Chicago's Champs
Chicago has never been quite so proud! LOVE THIS SWEET POEM, JOE!
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from New York to Chicago recently gave
customers quite a surprise when the flight
was turned into a Runway in the Sky to kick
off The
Factor models before the runway flight
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival. Six
Factor models took to the aisle-turned
runway, showing off the latest fall fashions
from Macy's at Water Tower Place. The
show included fashions from MICHAEL
Michael Kors, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Calvin
Darling fashion show commentator Carrie Lannon
Klein and
I.N.C. for Men. For the finale, a midnight
blue mini-dress from Adrianna Papell
brought wild applause and lots of phone
pics! At the end of the show, beloved
fashionista Carrie Lannon, who
commentated, announced that each of the
140 passengers would
receive a $100 gift
card to spend at a
Fashionable Fly Boy
retailer on The
Magnificent Mile. The annual Festival, presented by MasterCard,
included a live concert by Andy Grammer at the John
Hancock Center plaza as well as pop-up shopping
displays and interactive experiences. I count this as
one helluva creative kick-off idea!
Bestselling cookbook author Anupy Singla hopes to
bring authentic Indian
cuisine to your
kitchen via her
Kickstarter campaign! Wondering what the
difference is between chana, chaat and chai
masalas? Anupy and
her Chicago-based company Indian As Apple
Pie unwind the complexities of Indian
cooking and reveal the healthy simplicity of
the cuisine in a new cooking show from
Indian As Apple Pie TV.
Recently, she launched a Kickstarter
campaign on Seed Chicago, microlender
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Anupy and cute family
Indian As Apple Pie TV. Seed Chicago
highlights local, impactful small business
and community development projects that
create jobs and economic growth in
Chicago’s neighborhoods. Singla’s sixepisode, 30-minute show will transport
Americans to India with her years of travel
and background in Indian culture and
adding to
Indian As Apple Pie’s longstanding repertoire
of Indian cooking tools for Americans.
“Confusion is what holds people back from
cooking Indian food – the spices, the health
misconceptions, the hard-to-pronounce
names,” says Singla. “My goal is to fill the
knowledge gaps and bring excitement and
authentic simplicity to American kitchens.” Anupy's "Indian as Apple Pie" spices
Good luck Anupy!!! One of her many cookbooks
Mark your calendars now for the YWCA's
annual "New Look of Leadership" fashion
show at Macy's on State Street on Tuesday,
Sept. 30. The show will feature men and
women who have made a positive impact in
the Chicago community. Models will include
Steve Pemberton, Ji Suk Yi, Sherman
Wright, Whitney Reynolds, Karyn Calabrese, Kathleen Henson, Andrea and
Laura Schwartz, Kara Wright, Shilpa Hingwe, Evelyn
Diaz and many others. Click here for the complete
list and more info!
Don't miss The Joffrey Ballet's Swan Lake VIP
Luncheon to be held on Thursday, October 1 at the
brand new RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie! Co-chaired by
Ellie Forman and Kathleen Henson and presented by
the Women's Board, this event will be held in
anticipation of the incredible production of
Wheeldon's Swan
Lake that debuts
Wed. October 15. For tickets and
more info, click here!
Chicago Loop Alliance will hosts its annual
Illumination Gala on Friday, Sept. 19, at
the Palmer House Hilton. This year's event
will honor
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to the Loop. For tickets and more info, click
Congratulations to darling Jenny McCarthy,
41, and Blue Bloods actor Donnie Wahlberg,
45, who tied the knot in a twenty minute
ceremony at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles,
Illinois, on August 31. I don't want to brag,
but I'm pretty sure I called it on December
20th, 2013, when Jenny hosted a Generation
Rescue event at Parliament with darling
Donnie by her side. I call this Watch312
video "The Love Interview"!
More wedding news for beloved Fig &
Olive's Jasper Nowell and the Drake
Hotel's Shaun Rajah who will be married on
Sunday, October 12, in a black tie ceremony
at The Drake Hotel. Shaun's longtime
friend, Dorothy Whealan, will serve as his
Matron of Honor. Shaun
shared that this will be the
first gay wedding at the
hotel since it became
these two!
Chicago Gateway Green
will hosts its 23rd annual
Green Tie Ball, themed "The Great Green Gatsby" on
Saturday, September 13. This year's event will be held in
the UIC Parking Lot, a departure from the Finkel Steel
Factory (which I'll miss). This star-studded gala will benefit
Green's Expressway Partnership
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info, click here.
Congratulations to TCW Magazine (Today's Chicago
Woman Magazine) who will be celebrating its 32
years in October! Join them for an anniversary
celebration at The Chopping Block on Tuesday,
September 30, that will include networking, cooking
demos, cocktails hors d'oeuvres and more! Great job
Sherren Leigh, Carrie Williams and the rest of the
TCW team! (The
event will benefit
Victoria Jaiani on cover of TCW
the TCW
Foundation that
supports women and children through
various programs). For tickets and more
info, click here! Love your recent cover
with Joffrey Ballet star and new mom,
Victoria Jaiani!! What a perfect choice!
Glamorama 2014 is finished, but have you Jason Derulo with Before You Exit
heard my interviews with Jason Derulo and
Before You Exit!? They were too cute for words! Join the party with me on
my latest Watch312 video below!
The V Foundation for Cancer Research will
host, UNDEFEATED 2014: An
Unconventional Gala, on Thursday,
September 18, at The Crystal Gardens at
Navy Pier. This event, benefiting one of the
nation's leading cancer research funding
organizations, will feature a walking,
progressive-style event filled with sports, arts, fashion and music. Improvbased sketch comedians from Chicago's Second City will be on hand to
entertain while survivor stories will provide
a touching, inspiring element to the
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plentiful along with installations by gallery
artists, fashion from local designers and
other live entertainment acts. For tickets
and more info, click here.
The City of Chicago will honor exemplary
artists and arts institutions at its inaugural
Fifth Star Awards on Wednesday,
September 17, in Millennium Park. "The Fifth Star Awards honors artists
whose work has forever changed and enhanced our city; artists who have
made Chicago their muse, their stage and
their canvas; artists who have been our
ambassadors, bringing Chicago to the rest of
the world, and the world to Chicago, " said
Mayor Emanuel. There will be a diverse
lineup of performances in tribute to the
honorees. Fifth Star Awards coincides with
EXPO CHICAGO, which opens (Sept. 18-21). For more details, click here. The Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable
Foundation (ICECF) teamed up with the Boys &
Girls Club recently, bringing five semi-trucks filled
with more than 750,00 school supplies to the
Broadway Park Armory. These supplies were then
distributed to 500 children who were in attendance
as well as to 60 YMCAs across the state. The event
was an overwhelming success with NBC's Stefan Holt
on hand to help. How cool is this?! Gibsons
Restaurant Group
will be in Disney
World!! This
beloved Chicago based operation has been
hired to run the new Boathouse Restaurant in Disney Common at Walt Disney
World in Orlando, slated to open next March. This group is on fire also
opening the Polo Lounge in mid-November
at Ralph Lauren's flagship store on Fifth
Avenue in New York. So, if you're
wondering where RL's Rich Varnes is now,
look for him there! Hope I can score a res
in Disney World! :-)
One of my
fav vintage resale stores, Luxury Garage Sale,
(1658 N. Wells St.) will be hosting a fun
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benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities! Held on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 6-8 pm, the
event will
include drinks,
small bites
and, of course,
shopping! Hope to see
you there! :-)
Ronald McDonald and young friend.
And speaking of RMHC, City Winery will be the site of RMHC's annual Cocktail
Party on Tuesday, October 21 (from 6-9 pm). Think
great wine, music, incredible food, raffle and fun for
ALL for a great cause! For more info, click here. I can't wait to celebrate one of
our own, philanthropist Vonita
Reescer, at the Chicago
Lighthouse Flair event on
Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the
Fairmont Chicago. The afternoon fashion show (with
looks from Winnetka's Frances Heffernan) and
luncheon will provide resources and support for the
blind or visually
impaired. Congrats
Vonita! For tickets,
$175, and more info,
click here.
Vonita Reescer
Hope you're checking out Candid Candace in the
Chicago Tribune's Life & Style section every
Sunday! This week's column celebrated Taste of
the Nation, a foodie's paradise held at Navy Pier to
benefit Share Our
Strength's No Kid
Hungry campaign. For the 5th year, RJ
Melman chaired this
event that included
nearly 100
restaurants. The
Mayor Emanuel with TOTN co-chairs
event was emceed
of the Nation in Chicago Tribune's
by entrepreneur/reality star Bill Rancic. Read more Taste
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Thanks so much to Cari Meyers, for
including Mickey, Rooney and me in her
much anticipated Puppy Mill Project
Portraits book, a collection of photos of
people with their pets alongside a personal,
heartfelt tribute. Photographed by Karen
Morgan Photography and "styled" by Kim
this book will
raise funds and With Cari Meyers, photog Karen Morgan, Kim
awareness in Williamson and Mickey & Rooney
the fight
against puppy mills. Thanks for your good work
Cari, Morgan (aka Karen) and Kim!
Cece & Melinda's (Cece Gonzalez and Melinda
Joseph) recent Nautical Networking event was
a sell-out on the Odyssey Chicago! These ladies
sure know how
to plan a
party! You can
Rooney and Mickey in black tie for photo shoot
always expect
a great time as
well as a wonderful mixing and mingling
opportunity at their events! To find out
where their next party will be, click here! Happy birthday
Cece Gonzalez and Melinda Joseph
wishes are in order
for two great
friends, Mary Pat Burns and Yvette Cusack! A
celebration at beloved Fig & Olive Restaurant (104
E. Oak St.) included Sheila O'Grady,
Tracey Tarantino, Sheryl
Dyer, Stacie McClane,
Sharyl Mackey, Jean
Antoniou and me! VP of
Operations Joe Taylor and
guest relations manager
Jasper Nowell couldn't
Birthday girl Mary Pat Burns
have been more
charming!! Thanks F & O
and congrats Mary Pat and Yvette! #GreatTime Congrats are in order for noted
restaurateur/designer Jerry Kleiner and his
beautiful Marisa
Molinaro! They[11/10/2014 10:58:45 AM]
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welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Capri
Molinaro Kleiner!!! I know she will grow
up to be as creative and darling as her
And speaking of babies, what famous and
much loved couple are expecting twins? Thanks to my favorite show WCIU's "You &
Me This Morning" for having me back as coJerry Kleiner and Marisa Molinaro Kleiner with baby
host! As you can tell from this video,
Jeanne Sparrow and I had a LOT of fun! On
Monday, Sept. 8, the show expands to THREE hours! I can't wait!
Thanks, as always, for checking out my blog! I hope you enjoy reading it as
much as I enjoy writing it! Love, as always,
[email protected]
P.S. Of all the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos I've seen, this one (of
makeup artist Nicole Jacobs Delahanty's precious baby) is the best, next to
film critic/foodie Geoff Burton's.
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