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Gibsons 25th Anniversary Celebration And A Visit From The Premier And First Lady of The British Virgin Islands
Among those celebrating Gibsons 25th anniversary were (clockwise from bottom) former Mayor Richard M. Daley; attorney Terry Newman; Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox; Gibsons owner Steve Lombardo; Gibsons managing partner John Colletti; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; real estate executive Bob Judelson; Patrick Donelly, general manager of Hyatt Hotel Chicago; and Patrick Daley, the former mayor's son.
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Gibsons 25th Anniversary –– One of the city's most popular establishments, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Chicago (with other locations in Oak Brook and Rosemont), celebrated its silver anniversary for 25 fun-filled days in recognition of the restaurant's milestone. At the flagship Rush Street location, the restaurant exhibited its appreciation for the dining community's continued support with multiple activities, beginning with "25 Days of Gibsons," in which more than $25,000 worth of prizes were awarded to patrons, including an all-expenses-paid trip for four to Napa Valley. Additionally, for 25 days, Gibsons offered a raffle drawing in which the winners received two tickets to the 2014 Chicago Gourmet, including one night's hotel accommodations and a $250 gift card to Gibsons. Throughout the celebration, there were free tickets to Chicago sporting events (Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox games), and incredible specials on food and drink at the restaurant's Chicago location were available. Patrons took advantage of $25 bottles of wine (normally $100 or more a bottle) and, for one day, all steaks on the menu were offered for $25.
PREMIER D. ORLANDO SMITH & FIRST LADY LORNA GINEVRA SMITH OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago –– Premier D. Orlando Smith and first lady Lorna Ginevra Smith of the British Virgin Islands traveled to Chicago in support of the English-Speaking Union of the United States and its Luard Morse academic scholarships, awarded to sophomore students attending United Negro College Fund member institutions (and Howard and Hampton universities) to study in the United Kingdom. The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) is a network of 70 branches throughout the country who celebrate English as a shared language and who provide educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and its members. Since 1969, 73 ESU Luard Morse Scholars have studied at 18 different British universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Kings College, London. The scholarships, available to students pursuing a four-year degree in any major field of study, provides tuition, room, board, book allowance and travel expenses for a semester at an English university. The keynote address during a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago was delivered by the first lady, an attorney who describes herself as "a career public servant." She has been awarded the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to public service. In addition to her other duties as first lady, she chairs the Financial Services Business Development Committee, a 12-person group that's appointed by the cabinet to advise the premier's office on the promotion of financial services and new international business opportunities for the territory. The British Virgin Islands, a popular tourist attraction for Americans and the British, consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with more than 50 other smaller islands and cays.
Photograph courtesy Gibsons
In addition to the soldiers who participated in the mock battle, the event included historic speeches from actors portraying Frederick Douglass (above) and Abraham Lincoln.
Supportive patrons were shoulder-to-shoulder during the celebration at the Rush Street location.
First lady Lorna Ginevra Smith delivers her address (left), and she is joined later (above) by the event co-chairs, Vonita D. Reescer (left) and Tiffany Johnson. The premier and first lady (below) mingle with supporters, including members of Chicago's branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States.