BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
Gloriously garbed guests explored Greek, Roman, and Egyptian treasures at the recent Field Museum Gala hosted by the Board of Trustees and the Women’s Board. Coinciding with the opening of Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact, the gala raised $2.2 million for exhibitions, research, education, outreach, and conservation efforts.
Karen Gray-Krehbiel, a Women’s Board member since 1991 and past Women’s Board President, chaired the gala, which featured dining and dancing in what is said to be one of the most impressive spaces in North America.
Sue the Dinosaur and the tussling elephants looked down with pride on the 550 guests assembled in their great hall. The museum’s young professional group attended the Gala After-Party, and Alex Donner and his orchestra played well into the night.
Wilbur H. Gantz III received the Marshall Field V Award for Distinguished Leadership in recognition of many years of exemplary service and philanthropy from Museum President and CEO, Richard W. Lariviere.
The current exhibit, open through April 29, features more than 100 objects from the Field’s collections, including Etruscan gold jewelry, an Egyptian mummy, and a bronze bathtub from Pompeii, and highlights trade routes between the grand ancient civilizations.
For further information on the Field and its exhibits, go to fieldmuseum.org.