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We are delighted to announce that IWA Member, Katarina Andersson and her husband, Olavi Goos, Honorary Consul of Finlandin Chicago, have agreed to be the Honorary Chairs of our 2017 Gala.
Together this year IWA will be celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence and all things Finnish, as we discover this special country which is one of the world’s pioneers in advancing women's rights and welfare.
Your participation and help in planning and preparations will be much appreciated as always. Please come and join us for our next Gala Committee meetings on Wednesday, March 1, 15 and 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the IWA Office, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 702, Chicago. By getting involved with the Gala Planning Committee, you really begin to know our membership, old and new. Plus, it's always a fun time! Just come, no need to RSVP.
To view and order photos from the event:
Visit Photographer Jennifer Girard's website
2015 Annual Gala "Sawasdee Thailand"
In 2014, the thirty-sixth Annual Gala, "Sail Away with IWA" was held on Friday, April 11th, in the Gold Coast Room of Chicago’s iconic Drake Hotel. At this celebration, over 250 guests “embarked” on an imaginary cruise to honor the diverse cultures of the Mediterranean region. The guests enjoyed a “Triple-E” evening - elegant, enchanting, and entertaining. They attended a “Captain’s black-tie dinner”, then donned elaborate masks for the ball that followed. The virtual cruise included ports of call in Greece, Italy, Morocco and Turkey. The Gold Coast Room decor conjured up the colors, sights and sounds of Mediterranean lands and provided a magnificent setting for an outstanding dance performance by the children of the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, complete with ethnic costumes, a lively dance interlude by Greek folk dancers, a classical Turkish music concert, and a sensuous Moroccan belly dance show. The guests also danced with great zest late into the night to the music of the wonderful Don Cagen Orchestra.
Guests strolled through the colorful bazaars of port countries to bid on the silent auction items. They sipped cocktails, delighted in a scrumptious dinner of Mediterranean specialties, and participated in an exciting raffle. At the live auction, four lucky guests won fabulous prizes, including a week in Aspen, Colorado, a priceless painting created by Chicago Public School students, and dream Mediterranean journeys to Turkey and Greece, complete with Business Class tickets on Turkish Airlines.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Consuls General of Greece, Italy, and Turkey, and the Honorary Consul of Morocco were Honorary Captains of the evening. “Captain” Sevil Kutay and her “Co-Captain”, Ethel Gofen, led The IWA Crew. The proceeds from the Annual Gala and Auction support IWA's educational and cultural activities, scholarship program, community service and philanthropic initiatives.http://www.iwachicago.org/event-2197800