Green Tie Ball is Chicago Gateway Green’s largest annual fundraising gala. The infamous gala returns every year with a new and engaging theme raising money for Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program. It was first held in 1992 as a 500 person street party, and is now known as one of the best charity events in the city of Chicago! The gala was attended by over 3,000 people last year!
This year’s Green Tie Ball is September 13th and is located at UIC Parking Lot 6. Green Tie Ball’s theme this year is The Great Green Gatsby! ABC 7’s Windy City Live Hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini are this year’s emcees. The gala provides live DJ entertainment by Dr. Bombay and celebrity guest DJ’s; you can dance to live entertainment all night while enjoying food top celebrity chefs and food from 60 fine dining Chicago restaurants! Gala tickets are $150 and VIP tickets are $250! VIP tickets include two hour early entry into event, advance access to the premium bars in event, and a special VIP gift bag. Buy your ticket today!!
Since Green Tie Ball is this Saturday September 13th, this week’s blog post is an interview with our Green Tie Ball co-chairs Susanna Negovan and Lee Golub!
Q1: How did you get involved with Chicago Gateway Green?
SN: In 1998 I worked for a company that sponsored an expressway sign and I went to my first Green Tie Ball. I thought it was the coolest event ever, and I also loved seeing the sign we sponsored whenever I drove on the expressway. I was hooked.
LG: About 8 years ago Golub & Company became an expressway partner.
Q2: How did you get involved specifically with Green Tie Ball?
SN: In 2002 my friends Billy Dec and Julie Lampert co-chaired the event and asked me to serve on a volunteer committee, so I became very involved. In 2003 I was asked to co-chair the event — it was my first time, but then I did it again in 2004 and 2006 and here I am doing it again in 2014.
LG: The year we became an expressway partner, my band dr. Bombay performed at the green tie ball.
Q3: What was your favorite thing about past Green Tie Balls?
SN: The scale of the event is overpowering — to see 3,000 people all dressed up in their emerald finest, dancing to bands and DJs, sampling food and enjoying what is usually the last best Saturday night of the summer — you can’t help but feel happy.
LG: The people make the party. It’s always such a fun crowd that attends the event. Last year I co-chaired the event with my wife sandy. That was pretty cool. And I dressed up as gene wilder from the original willy wonka movie as wonka land was the theme last year. That was a lot of fun.
Q4: What are you most excited for at this year’s Green Tie Ball?
SN: Two of the events I co-chaired were at Finkl Steel, and one was at Northerly Island — they were all fantastic, but this year we’ve moving the event to a raw space near UIC that has sweeping skyline views. I think it’ll be the best backdrop yet.
LG: New venue should be awesome. It’s looking right back at the skyline and seeing Willis tower and 311 south wacker buildings lit up in green will be awesome!
Q5: We’re so excited to have Perry Farrell as our special guest DJ, how do you think he’s going to enhance the overall experience?
SN: I’ve heard him DJ several times and he’s super fun. He definitely knows how to get people to dance.
LG: The younger crowd will love him. And having the founder of lallapolooza at the event is huge!
Q6: What do you think of this years theme for Green Tie ball of The Great Green Gatsby?
LG: Every year the theme seems to make it more fun for people to dress accordingly. This year should be no different!
SG: I’m very excited for this year’s theme, the decor will make it the perfect speakeasy environment, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s green Gatsby outfits!
Q7: What are you going to wear? Do you have your “green” Gatsby outfit ready?
SN: I’m sweating my wardrobe — my green gown last year was very Gatsby-esque, but obviously I can’t repeat!
LG: I can’t divulge that Information Ahead of time! You ‘ll have to wait and see when you get there!
Q8: What is the most unique event or program you’ve participated in besides Green Tie Ball for Chicago Gateway Green?
SN: There have been so many things over the years…tree plantings, the mayors’ breakfasts, the massive dinner honoring Jerry Roper that brought out the entire business community. I have nothing but great memories of my many years with Gateway Green — and can’t wait to make another one on Sept. 13.
LG: Green tie ball is definitely the most unique event that Chicago gateway green puts on every year. It’s the best event of the year as far as I’m concerned.