Cabaret Caramba!

                        Launching the 2017 Season



Co-chairs Katie Hale, second left, and Mary Swift, right, share a toast with Northwestern Memorial Hospital Woman’s Board member Jeanette Sublett and Langdon Neal.




By Megan McKinney



It’s a long, long time from Labor Day to December . . . therefore, the ladies of the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital—best known as sponsors of Chicago’s premier gala, the Passavant Cotillion and Christmas Ball—did not wait to stage a great evening to launch the new social season.   

Cabaret Caramba! Chicago’s first party of Autumn 2017 was a delightful way to reconnect with friends after the summer, while raising money for the Nora Cooney Marra Outreach Program, one of several major board projects dedicated to honoring the memory of a beloved board member.


Nora Cooney Mara.


It was a high energy evening Nora would have loved, featuring a variety of musical entertainment, tarot card readings, blackjack—but most of all, some of Nora’s many, many friends—in the elegant setting of a Streeterville club.


Abra Wilkin, left, at the blackjack table, with Alexandra Thompson and Kate Rutledge. Abra’s stunning East Lake Shore Drive penthouse was one of many Chicago area dwellings benefiting from Nora Marra’s superb decorating taste.


More of the blackjack table, with the arrival of Sheila Swift on Abra’s right.


Woman’s Board President Stephanie McKean, left, with former President Mimi Olson and her husband, David Olson. Stephanie McKean, a long-time close friend of Nora Cooney Marra, was also her business partner in Nora C Marra Interiors.


Everybody was there, including Catharine Melvin and John Fornengo . . .


. . . not to mention such stars as Woman’s Board members Stuart Mesires and Margaret Unetich.


Steve Montross with Jane and Peter Kelly.


Former Passavant Cotillion Chairman Sarah Schrup with Doug Greeff.


Taking time out for a bite.


Peter and Adrienne Regis with Collette Walsh and Charles Baker.


Miranda, Jennifer and Allison Dunne.


Mary and Daniel Dolan.


Margaret Unetich and Cheryl Sandner.


Lyssa Piette and Dottie Pattishall with Sam Crawford and Meredith Meserow.


Lucia Steinwold and Thomas McInerney.


Lora Webster and Kristen Lelm.


Jim Stebbins, Holly Cortes and Jim Metcalf.


Jessica and Frederik Nielsen with Geoffrey Luce.


Gray and Jodie McNally with Louise Study.


Ela Lewis and Brian White.


David and Whitney Sinclair with Dana and Sharon Hayes.


Daria Rickett and Heather Townsend.


Daniel Myerson, Hutton Phillips, Bobby Cooney and Elizabeth Cooney.


Daniel Dolan and Nancy Adelman.


Clay Maxfield and Miranda Luce.


Cindy and Emily Kuchman.


Chris and Liv Williams.



The Cabaret Caramba! Co-chairs will return to Classic Chicago on Wednesday, October 4, with further coverage of this stellar benefit.


Photo Credit:

Robin Subar Photography

Author Photo:

Robert F. Carl