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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
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
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
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Right: Cece and Tom Ricketts
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