Special Events

In addition to Victory Garden’s annual Chicago Stories Gala, Victory Gardens produces additional events whose proceeds directly support our mission to develop new American plays and nurture American playwrights. For information on upcoming events please contact Brittany Barnes, Development Manager, at bbarnes@victorygardens.org.

The Birthday Party, A Special Event Honoring Victory Gardens’
40th Birthday

On Friday, May 8th we celebrated our 40th Birthday with over 200 longtime supporters, artists and patrons. We were amused by an unforgettable tribute to our casting auction and 22 riveting performances of Victory Gardens main stage productions directed by Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. The night couldn’t have been better without a historic walk down memory lane as told by Artistic Director Emeritus, Dennis Zacek.

Thanks to you we raised over $20,000 to benefit the theater and our programs. Here’s to 40 more years!

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Visit our Facebook Album to see more photos from The Birthday Party.

Did you take a photo with our Tony Award? CLICK HERE to view the photos from our Tony Photo Booth and be sure to tag yourself and your friends!

Thank you to our Food & Beverage Sponsors

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Event Sponsors:
Steve and Pamela Adelman
Regina Cross
Cody and Deborah Engle
Virginia Fitzgerald
Gabrielle and Hollis Griffin
Charles E. Harris, II
Janet Hurwich
Sideny Lee and Mark Yee
Sylvia and Larry Margolies
Steve and Diane Miller
Susan and Ted Oppenheimer
Stephanie and Marcia Pendexter
Jeff Rappin and Penny Brown
Anupy Singla and Sandeep Gupta
Susan Weiss and Dean Grosshandler
Marcelle McVay and Dennis Zacek

Event Supporters:
Elizabeth Auman
Robin Bauer
Debra Brackert
Brigette Erbe
Robert Friedman
David and Virginia Glasner
Stan and Daryl Horn
Robert Joseph
Anita Rowe and Robert Kallen
Larry Loziuk
Dawn and John Palmer
Sean Taylor
Kirk Twiss and Connie Fairbanks
Dr. Fred Zar

Event Donors:
Fred Bates and Ellen Benjamin
Kesner Bienvenu
Pamella and Alfredo Capitanini
Charles Grode
Bruce and Fanchon Simons

Auction Donors:
105F Hot Yoga
Ada Street
Advanced Dermatology and Skinfo
AIR Aerial Fitness
Aquitaine Restaurant
Atlas Brewing Co
Bittersweet
Black Dog Gelato
Cafe Selmarie
Centered on North Chicago
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Crime Tours
Chicago Cubs
CHicago Bears
Chicago de Tours
Classic Kids
Coalife Pizza
Delux Bar & Grill
Dinkel’s Bakery
Dream Big Performing Arts
Fork
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Gemini Bistro
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Howl at the Moon
Hub 51
Hyde Park Art Center
JW Marriott Chicago
Kayak CHicago
Kincade’s and Kelsey’s
LIncoln Park Zoo
Little Beans Cafe
Lou Malnati’s
Matilda
Mercadito Hospitality
Museum of Science & Industry
Musical Magic
Native Foods
Old Town School of Folk Music
Om on the Range Yoga Studio
Omni CHicago Hotel
Orange Restaurant
Paris Club
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
Pure Barre Lincoln Park
Que Syrah
RJ Grunts
RPM Italian
Sabatino’s Inc.
Shake Shack
Skydeck Chicago
Sportsman Club
Swedish American Museum
The Actor’s Gymnasium
The Baker House
The Logan Theater
The Oriental Institute
The Redhead Piano Bar
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Three Dots and a Dash
Tours R Us Chicago
Untouchable Tours
Urban Oasis
Vanille Patisserie
Whole Foods
WIshbone
Wyndham Grand Chicago

PROGRESSIVE 2014

On April 25, 2014 Victory Gardens opened its home for the second PROGRESSIVE party. PROGRESSIVE is a night of transformed theater with music, food, drinks, and specially curated performances that raises funds for developing new plays and playwrights for the American theater. We express deep gratitude to everyone who helped make the event a success!

Steve and Diane Miller, Event Sponsors

Virginia Fitzgerald, The County Fair Sponsor
V Chilli events, Poonam Creations, and Rasaka Theatre Co, The Indian Wedding Sponsor
Sylvia and Larry Margolies, The Soul Club Sponsors

Special Thanks to:

Alfredo & Pamella Capitanini &

Italian Village Restraurants Berghoff Catering

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View the Facebook Album of photos from the event AND photos from the photo booth

Chicago Stories Gala 2013

Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew, Managing Director Chris Mannelli, Board President Steve Miller, and Chicago Stories Gala Chair Stephanie Pendexter, celebrated its premier fundraising event, The 23rd Annual Chicago Stories Benefit, featuring a special memorial tribute to Roger Ebert on Friday, Oct 25.

Nearly 250 guests gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chicago, to celebrate and support the work of Victory Gardens, enjoying cocktails, a three-course gourmet dinner, silent auction, and three short plays. The evening raised nearly $300,000 to support the work and mission of Victory Gardens.

View the Facebook Album of photos from the event

Victory Gardens Chicago Stories benefit is tailored to Victory Gardens’ dedication to the playwright and mission of producing new works. Work by celebrity playwright Lin Brehmer, (Morning DJ, 93XRT & Host, Lin’s Bin) and up-and-coming playwright/ChiArts (Chicago’s High School for the Performing Arts) student Zoë Morgan, directed by Dennis Zacek and Chey Yew, respectively, were performed by professional actors at the event. The third play at this year’s gala paid tribute to Roger Ebert with a remount of his 1993 Chicago Stories play, directed by Joanie Schultz.

Proceeds from this unique event will help underwrite the cost of producing world premieres, providing education programs for Chicago Public Schools, offering assistive devices to the disabled community, and making theater available to underserved and disabled audiences.

The 2013 Chicago Stories playwrights join the ranks of past celebrity playwrights, including Rick Bayless, Jeff Garlin, Phil Jackson, Candace Jordan, Bill Kurtis, John Mahoney, Lisa Madigan, Mike Royko, William Petersen, Peter Sagal and Judy Baar Topinka.