The Duchossois Family to be Honored at Metropolitan Family Services’ Holiday Celebration

Metropolitan Family Services will kick off the holiday season in full swing at the 29th Annual Holiday Celebration Saturday, December 4, 2010, 6 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The Duchossois, one of Chicago’s leading families in business and philanthropy and tireless supporters of Metropolitan and its family-centered programs, will be honored as “Family of the Year” at the gala event.

Iconic WBBM-Channel 2 anchor Bill Kurtis will serve as emcee for the evening. Guests will enjoy fabulous live entertainment from Jersey Boys star Michael Ingersoll and two-time Jeff-nominated singer Angela Ingersoll. Silent and live auctions will be among the highlights, as well as a wine raffle featuring select vintages.

Metropolitan Family Services would like to thank the following individuals whose dedication and support has been integral to this year’s gala:
Event Co-chairs – Merle Goldblatt Cohen and Seymour Cohen; Frank M. Clark, Chairman and CEO of ComEd, and Dr. Vera A. Clark; Martha and Richard Melman, Founder and Chairman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; and Roger C. Hochschild, President and COO, Discover Financial Services, and Stephanie Hochschild.

Host Committee – Eileen Scudder, Committee Chair, Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche; Erik Barefield, Senior Vice President, Mesirow Financial; Stephen M. Griesemer, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Tony Hunter, President, Publisher and CEO, Chicago Tribune; Lauren Knuepfer, Owner/Consultant, LK Events; and Virginia Johnson Pillman, Virginia M. Johnson & Associates.

Special thanks to all our sponsors, including our Lead Media Sponsor, TCW, and Media Sponsor Make it Better.

All proceeds benefit Metropolitan Family Services, one of Chicago’s first and largest human services organizations, which helps approximately 45,000 individuals and families in the city and the suburbs realize their potential and lead healthy, productive lives. Tickets are $350. For more information and to purchase wine raffle tickets, visit /holidaycelebration or call 312/986-4046.