Submitted by the Ragdale Foundation
The Ragdale Ring Gala, themed "The Garden of Good & Evil," was a magical garden party Saturday, June 14, that celebrated the creativity of the artists' residency and the opening of the second annual Ragdale Ring, an open-air performance space.
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Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed spontaneous happenings by Chicago's performance artists and dancers, an exhibition of garden sculpture by Sylvia Shaw Judson, and staged presentations of Brazilian music, dramatic storytelling, and improvised skits that preview the summer Spotlight Series.
The perfect weather, unique red parawing tent, artist-made masks, creative tastings by George Jewell, and live auction with auctioneer John Walcher contributed to the evening's success.
Nearly 200 people attending the event in garden chic attire showed support for Ragdale's Cross Cultural Fellowships to encourage diverse and international artists-in-residence in the future.
Approximately $100,000 was raised to support The Ragdale Foundation, the nonprofit artists' residency that provides time and space to more than 150 writers and artists each year to pursue their creative work in an uninterrupted environment.
Ragdale's Events Committee is co-chaired by Board Trustees Sandra Deromedi and Marci Holzer, with support from Steve Valenti of All Things Party and the artist-led Props and Drops committee.
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