Summer Gala Virtual Art & Wine Party

The proceeds from the benefit will help the Evanston Art Center to make arts more accessible to our community by providing scholarships for students in need of financial support, and funding our exhibitions and outreach programs.

Thank you for making the Summer Gala a success!


Our Generous Donors:

Gala Chair: Shari Daw

Gala Committee: Debra Favre, Jolie Fleming, Karen Hunt, Jane Litin, Leslie Scattone, Pam Voitik and Art Williams

Auctioneer: Michael Davis, Vice Chairman of Hart Davis Hart Wines

Corporate Sponsors: Binny’s Beverage Depot, Blick Art Supplies, Byline Bank, Hart David Hart Wines, New City Moving, and Yellowbrick Foundation

Gallery Sponsors: Emily Rappaport of Eat Paint Studio and Donna Wesley Spencer of Perspective Gallery

Patron Donors: Ann and Brian Balusek, Harold and Karen Bauer, Shari and Pat Daw, Paula and Jeff Danoff, Debra Favre and Michael Bailey, Michael Davis and Art Williams, Kathy and Mike Elliott, Joan and Kevin Evanich, Carol and Jim Hansen, Karen Hunt, Donald and Susan Jeffers, Lee and Sharon Oberlander, Leslie and Anthony Scattone, Renee Schleicher, Kathy and John Vondran, and Carla and Mark Vorhees

Board of Trustees: Linda Beck, Sheila Cahnman, Shari Daw, Debra Favre, Jolie Fleming, Elena Gonzales, Jim Hardgrove, Debbie Mellinger, Lee Oberlander, Christine Pearce, Nancy Prial, Alice Rebechini, Leslie Scattone, Renee Schleicher, Rob Sills, Keith Struve, Maureen Sullivan and Pamela Voitik

Thank you to all our Summer Gala Sponsors!


Akemi Cohn

American Writer's Museum

Angela Schlaud

Anne Bernard-Pattis

Annette Turow

Barbara Delano

Barbara Dolinger

Barbara Goldsmith

Bev Bennett

Binny's Beverage Depot

Black Point Estate and Gardens

Blick Art Materials

Bob Thall

Bonnie Katz

Bruce Styler

Cheonae Kim

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

City Lit Theater Company

Colleen Jersild

Corey Postiglione

D&D Dogs

Dance Center Evanston

Daniel Sullivan

David Moskow

Dawn Heid

Debbie and Ed Mellinger

Debra Favre & Mike Bailey

Devora Fisher

Donna Wesley Spencer

DueLire Vino & Cucina

Edwin Shelton

Emily Rapport

Evanston Children's Choir

Evanston History Center

Evanston School of Ballet Foundation

Fran Joy

Food For Thought

Garfield Park Conservatory

Gene Siskel Film Center


Harold Bauer

Holly Wong

Hotel EMC2

Indira Johnson

Jan Christopher-Berkson

Jane Fulton Alt

Jane Carney

Jeanine Coupe Ryding

Jeanne LaCasse

Jill King

John Herron

John Santoro

Jordan Scott

Judy Edelman

Karen Hunt

Kathleen Cool

Kathy Cunningham

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine

Larisa Borteh

Laurel Izard

Le Peep

Lee Oberlander

Leslie & Anthony Scattone

Lisa Harris

Lush Wine & Spirits Evanston

Lynfred Winery

Mark Hudson

Mike Budzik

Mike Dillon

Milwaukee Art Museum

Mollie Morris

Music of the Baroque

Music Theater Works

Nick's Neighborhood Bar and Grill

Nina Weiss


Olea Nova

Pam Voitik

Paula & Jeff Danoff

Piven Theatre Workshop

Quincy Street Distillery

Rob Sills

Robert Canizaro

Samantha Younis

Sarah Kaiser Amaral

Shari & Patrick Daw

Sheila Cahnman

Stephen Murphy

The Spice House

Timeline Theatre

Trattoria Demi

Victory Gardens Theater

Whiskey Thief Tavern


Mark your calendar for our upcoming virtual gala –Friday night, August 28, 2020 at 5:30pm.

Want to participate in the virtual wine tasting? 

Get the Party in the Box - $300

Party in a box includes event access, 3 bottles of wine that will be part of the wine tasting, gourmet snacks for 4-6 people and one Raffle A Ticket for a chance to win the grand prize. Wine bottle pickup is day of the event. 

Wine bottles:

2015 Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc

2013 Saint-Joseph Rouge J.L. Chave

NV André Clouet, Grand Reserve


Virtual Gala Program

5:30 p.m. - Welcome to the Event by EAC Board Chair, Debra Favre and EAC Update by EAC President & CEO, Paula Danoff

5:40 p.m. Wine Tasting begins. The class will be led by Michael Davis from Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.

6:10 p.m.  Raffle drawings

6:15 p.m.  Live Auction by Michael Davis with Art Commentary by Keith Struve of Struve Fine Art

6:30 p.m.  Live Auction concludes

7:00 p.m.  Silent Auction closes


Auction Pick Up

Auction Item winners can pick up their items at the EAC during our regular hours:

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: 12 noon to 4:00 pm

M-F: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Your safety remains our top priority. Please adhere to our COVID-19 safety protocols upon entering the building.


Want to join but not interested in the wine tasting?

$50- Raffle A

Receive entrance to the party and get a raffle ticket too! 

CUSTOM FOUR-COURSE DINNER KIT FOR SIX MENU DESIGNED BY FFT EXECUTIVE CHEF - Includes amuse, first course, entrée & dessert for six guests. Prepare a delicious four-course meal at home with a custom-designed menu suited to your tastes. FFT will provide the ingredients, garnishes, and detailed instructions for perfectly plated dishes.

Dinner for six from Food for Thought with wine pairings plus Wine Tasting event access.


(Donated by Food for Thought and Shari & Patrick Daw)

$50 - Raffle B

Receive entrance to the party and get a raffle ticket too! This raffle item includes In-home and outside dining (Blue Apron, Madison and Rain dinner kits): $500 value

(Donated  by Debra Favre and Mike Bailey, Leslie & Anthony Scattone)

$50 - Raffle C

Receive entrance to the party and get a raffle ticket too! This raffle item includes Laura Tanner jewelry valued (4 pieces): $500

Trilogy necklace, 14k gold-filled, Labradorite

Earrings, gold black onyx, Labradorite

Black Druzy stud earrings

Gold Druzy  bracelet, Labradorite

(Donated by Laura Tanner