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Child's Play

| January 3, 2013 | Parties National

The Party The 18th annual Cradle Ball drew more than 300 guests to The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The Scene The black-tie affair included a cocktail reception and dinner in The Ritz’s stunning 12th floor ballroom as well as a moving award ceremony for the esteemed Silver Cradle Award. Silent and live auctions featured exceptional offerings such as a week’s stay at a 16th century home in St. Andrews, Scotland, and another at a deluxe villa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Guests took to the dance floor and were accompanied by the sounds of Rendezvous. The Players This year’s celebrity guest was acclaimed actress and activist for children’s causes Jamie Lee Curtis. Cradle Board members Erin Dickes and John Luce co-chaired the event, while Frederick H. “Rick” Waddell, the CEO of Northern Trust Corporation, was the Ball’s honorary chair. Kathy Hart of 101.9’s Eric & Kathy Morning Show took the gavel as the night’s guest auctioneer. The Bottom Line As the Cradle’s major annual fundraising event, the charity ball has raised more than $3.7 million since 1995 for programs and services for children, expectant women and adoptive parents. Photos by Jennifer Kathryn



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