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On Friday, January 28th, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation‘s 14th Annual Grand Chefs Gala and Jean Banchet Awards took over 500 guests on a journey down the yellow brick road at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. The fundraiser included tasting stations from more than 40 Chicago chefs, pastry chefs and bartenders.

From delectable food to stunning Emerald City décor, the event featured premium silent and live auction items and presented Jean Banchet Awards to Chicago’s outstanding chefs, restaurants, and catering companies in their respective categories. Also present at the black-tie event was a stunning display crafted by a team from the Harrington College of Design!

For the “Emerald City” theme, a team of students from Harrington built a life-size poppy field display with a replica of the gates of Oz. They also created matching centerpiece decorations. Check out a glimpse of the making of the display (recognize the room??) and the final piece at the event!

Special thanks go to Harrington’s Andy Conklin and Dirk Fletcher, who donated work for the silent auction, and Demetra Vartzikos and John Martin-Rutherford, who led this project, and all Harrington students who helped:

Annie Davies, Amanda Hines, Brian Naglich, Natalie Malik, Elizabeth Campbell, Emily Wiegel, Jaclyn Moser, Joanna Peterson and Shauna Schurman.

Photos courtesy Harrington Interior Design instructor Demetra Vartzikos

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