Celebrity Chair Auction Celebrates Its Sweet 16

Tue. November 15, 2005 12:00 AM by 365gay.com

Celebrity Autographed & Top Designer Chairs Go Up For Auction to Benefit Chicago Area Chair-ities

Chicago, IL - The 16th Annual Celebrity Charity Chair Auction will be held Wed., Nov. 30, 6 to 10 p.m. The Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan, will host this popular event founded and produced by Mary McCall. The evening includes live music, silent and live auction bidding of 100+ chairs, food and drink. The evening’s libations are provided by chefs from 25 notable Chicago restaurants, including the Hearty Boys, Blue Water Grill, The Prairie Grass Café, Heaven on Seven, and others. Tickets are $90.00 each and available at 312-565-4900. Event photos and information can be found online at celebritychairauction.com.

Among the 100 plus offerings that will be sold by live and silent auction at the auction are chairs for Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner, Desperate Housewives, Halle Barry, Wynonna, Harry Potter cast, Jay Leno, Emma Thompson, and Kirstie Alley. With all the excitement of late over Chicago sports teams, fans can also bid on a chair signed by the 1985 Chicago Bears and an actual chair signed by the team from U.S. Cellular Field that comes with autographed Ozzie Guillen and Frank Thomas jerseys.

The event is produced from the East Randolph Street living room of Chicagoan, Mary McCall, 74. McCall came up with the idea of a celebrity auction to benefit charities after scouting photo locations with actor Paul Newman some 16 years ago. Working with celebrity reporters and others, McCall obtains the celebrity autographs which are later turned over to a legion of loyal artists who then create works of art on chairs to represent the celebrity.

Charities benefiting from the Chicago Abused Women Coalition, Chicago Communities in Schools, The Day School, Holiday Home Camp, Little City Foundation, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. For more information, visit the Chair Auction on the web at www.celebritychairauction.com or call 312-565-4900.

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