It was an Evening in Oz at this year’s Storybook Gala to benefit the educational mission of the Wood Family Foundation.
THE PARTY Guests of the Wood Family Foundation gathered at Morgan Manufacturing to spend a night immersed in the world of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. With wow-worthy decor designed by Revel Global Events, attendees enjoyed a themed cocktail reception, a beautiful dinner and an exclusive afterparty in the Ruby Rouge Lounge with eclectic desserts and a guest DJ. THE PEOPLE Golden Globe-nominated actress and Chicago native Bonnie Hunt hosted the event alongside legendary Chicago Cub Kerry Wood and event chairs Cece and Tom Ricketts. The night honored Tony Hoban, who accepted the Pitch In for Excellence Award. THE PINNACLE With live auction prizes including collectors’ items from Wood’s 20-strikeout game, the evening raised over half a million dollars to expand the Chicago middle school mentoring program Pitch In. -Emma Enderle
Photos by Kenny Kim and An Salazar