Chicago Lost & Found’s “Big Picture”

| May 22, 2012 | Comments (0)
Chicago Lost and Found Has Summer in the Bag!

Enjoy great food, open bar and a unique shopping experience at Chicago Lost and Found’s annual “Big Picture” soiree May 24, 5:30 to 10pm, at The Victor (311 N. Sangamon) in Chicago’s West Loop.  The fundraiser celebrates the arts by inviting the community to learn more about the unconventional mission of turning junk into art and art into education.

Highlights of this star-studded event include delicacies from” Top Chef” contestant Dale Levitski  of Sprout Restaurant, Frog N Snail Bistro in cooperation with Pure Kitchen Catering and A-list party planner, Debi Lilly (A Perfect Event).  Entertainment includes international cabaret duo Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen, fashion illustrations by Rosemary Fanti, and a special performance by the legendary Cyon Flare.  A premium open bar will feature signature cocktails from PATRON and Ultimat Vodka.

Setting a new precedence in fund-raising, “The Big Picture” introduces a fresh concept with a pop-up boutique presented by Andersonville Galleria, featuring an array of hand-made goods by area artists and craftsmen. Total sales from the boutique will be matched by pledges which can be made before and during the event. This “shop-a-thon” allows guests to purchase items they love or even gifts for someone special. In turn, each dollar spent is multiplied through pledges to fund the mission of art education.

“Where most people see trash, I see possibility” says Mitch Pennell, founder and creative director of Chicago Lost and Found,  a not-for-profit organization committed to art education and inspiring creativity throughout the city. The organization re-purposes materials that otherwise become landfill, creating unusual art, fashion and functional furnishings. Sales from creations assist in funding art education in Chicago through partnerships including YMCA of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and other community organizations.  Their most recent creation, a collection of must-have clutch bags uniquely fabricated from once fashionable men’s trousers or designer fabric samples headed for the trash, will also be available at the event.

Tickets to “The Big Picture” are $30 in advance ($40 at the door).  For tickets, pledges or more information, visit

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