FOL­LOW THE LEAD­ERS

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPLASH -

It was a no-holds-barred evening at the Ritz-Carl­ton Chicago (160 E. Pear­son) April 9, as par­ty­go­ers took turns roast­ing Sun-Times par­ent com­pany Wrap­ports Chair­man Michael Ferro for the Amer­i­can Jewish Com­mit­tee’s Civic Lead­er­ship Award Din­ner. Ferro’s busi­ness as­so­ciates and friends — in­clud­ing Jeff Aronin, Wrap­ports board mem­ber John Can­ning Jr., James Gray, Tom Rick­etts and Bruce

White — took aim at Ferro in the name of fundrais­ing. “It was great of all of Jacky’s friends to show up to honor Michael,” joked White, and when Ferro’s wife took the stage with their three chil­dren to present him with the Civic Lead­er­ship Award for his work in the com­mu­nity, guests were de­lighted. Af­ter snack­ing on slid­ers, chicken ten­ders and corn, ev­ery­one en­joyed sweets like choco­late chip cook­ies, brown­ies and candy-filled cen­ter­pieces. More than $1 mil­lion was raised for the AJC’s mis­sion to ad­vo­cate for the well-be­ing of Jewish people and Is­rael and for the ad­vance­ment of demo­cratic val­ues. — Ka­te­rina Bizios Splash was the me­dia spon­sor of this event. The Sun-Times Foun­da­tion and the Chicago Com­mu­nity Trust will match do­na­tions to the AJC up to a to­tal of $50,000; up to $1,000 can be matched per in­di­vid­ual do­na­tion.

Above: Mark and Robin Tebbe with Lisa and Jeff Aronin

PHO­TOS BY RAMZI DREESSEN AND MICHAEL LEE

Clock­wise from top: Sandy Perl, John Can­ning Jr. and James Gray; Chris Valenti, Bruce White and Jamie Star; Jacky and Michael Ferro

Right: Cece and Tom Rick­etts

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