Prentice backers go 'Wild' at gala

For the 27th annual Friends of Prentice Gala, more than 700 black-tie-clad guests went "Into the Wild" at Navy Pier on June 1 to benefit Prentice Women's Hospital. This year's jungle theme by Taylor & Company transformed the stage into a rock cliff complete with tropical foliage and a tinsel waterfall that cascaded onto the dance floor.  Tables were topped with rain forest centerpieces featuring 15-foot trees with stuffed toy monkeys hanging from branches. 

Dancing "monkeys" wearing colorful airbrushed costumes meandered through the crowd and led guests to dinner before performing a choreographed dance number.  Popular local cover band Maggie Speaks played throughout the evening.

Greg Dellinger, who served as the event's host and auctioneer, introduced live auction offerings that included a Tiffany & Co. diamond bracelet; Starwood Hotels trips to New York, Peru and Hawaii; and a wine country experience.  One guest surprised the crowd by offering four tickets to the Blackhawks' playoff game June 2.  The tickets sold for $4,500.

WGN Midday News anchor and Medical Watch reporter Dina Bair introduced a video featuring Rosa Perez and Emilio Martinez, a couple dealing with an at-risk pregnancy, and then explained the organization's mission:  "It's all about women — improving the quality of health care of all women and infants throughout their entire lives. The FOP has also funded the Prentice Ambulatory Care Clinic, a resource available to underserved, un(insured) and underinsured women in the Chicagoland area."

Co-chaired by Erica Goldman, Chris Newton and Donna Socol, the event raised more than $1 million to support health initiatives for women and infants at Prentice Women's Hospital.

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