Field Museum Gala Honors Judy Block







Forget Sue, or any of the other iconic creatures that awe the eye at the Field Museum. For 600 gala guests, in the words of Cary Grant, it was all about “Judy, Judy, Judy.”


Flip Block, Susu Block, Judy Block, Margie Block Stineman, and Kevin Stineman. Photo by Bob Carl.

Judy Block, a past president of the Field’s Women’s Board and the first woman to chair the museum’s Board of Trustees, received the 2019 Marshall Field V Award for Distinguished Leadership. The event, which served as the culmination of the Museum’s 125th anniversary celebration, raised $2.3 million for groundbreaking science research, conservation programs, visitor experiences, and education outreach in Chicago and around the world.


Flip Block accompanies trustee, former Board Chair, and past Women’s Board president, Judy Block, to the stage to accept the Marshall Field V Award. Photo by Bob Carl.

Over desserts of individual birthday cakes, Marshall Field V celebrated Block: “It’s difficult to fully express the impact Judy Block has had at the museum over four decades. She has displayed outstanding leadership and support. She became the first woman to chair the board of a major cultural institution in Chicago when she took on her role as our board chair in 1997, and she was the driving force behind our acquisition of Sue, the world’s largest and most complete T. rex fossil.”


Stanley Field Hall. Photo by Mark Campbell Productions.


Gala Chair Megan Hoffmann and Geoff Hoffmann. Photo by Bob Carl.

The vibrant Kentuckian Megan Hoffman, mother of four boys who anticipate almost weekly Field Museum adventures with their mom, chaired the Gala. She saluted Women’s Board President Donna Greenberg, whom she said was a driving force for the event.

Hoffman told us: “The Field Museum is changing the world through its research and STEM internships for young women. It has impact and discovery, and for my boys to see their scientists at work as well as learn firsthand about natural history, it is pretty special.”


Women’s Board President Donna Greenberg and Jack Greenberg, trustee. Photo by Bob Carl.

Michael O’Grady, CEO of Northern Trust, accepted the inaugural Corporate Philanthropy Award in honor of the Bank’s 125 years of partnership with the Field. Museum President and CEO Richard Lariviere told the audience: “Northern Trust has been stalwart in its philanthropic commitment to the museum since the founding of our institution in 1893. They have helped bring world-class exhibitions to the Field, and Chicago, and they have been profoundly important to our work with Chicago students and teachers.”


Field Museum President Richard Lariviere and Women’s Board member Jan Lariviere with Linda Gantz and Board Chair Bill Gantz. Photo by Bob Carl.

Wilbur Gantz III serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The Gala’s formula for success featured decor by HMR Designs, dinner and dessert by Calihan Catering, and music by Talk of the Town Big Band. The museum’s young professionals group, the Field Associates, co-hosted the Gala after-party.


Canape server styled by Stage Factor. Photo by Mark Campbell Productions.


Constance Jones and Chanelle Bell. Photo by Bob Carl.


Melissa McNally, Jamee Field Kane, Anne Tucker, Women’s Board member Susu Block, Margie Block Stineman, and Lindsey Axel. Photo by Bob Carl.


Women’s Board members and past presidents Ellen O’Connor and Karen Grey-Krehbiel. Photo by Bob Carl.


Brian Sullivan and Women’s Board member Sri Sullivan. Photo by Mark Campbell Productions.


Norm Williams and Women’s Board member Lynda Williams.


Women’s Board member Jeannie Tisbo and Thomas Tisbo. Photo by Mark Campbell Productions.


Ariel Knowles and trustee Jason Wortendyke. Photo by Bob Carl.


Steve Sarowitz and trustee Jessica Sarowitz. Photo by Mark Campbell Productions.


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