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Celebrity Chair Auction Celebrates 15 Years

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Chicago’s 15th Annual Celebrity Charity Chair Auction will be held on Wed., Dec. 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event, hosted by ABC 7’s Steve Dolinsky, will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan.
This popular event involves the silent and live auction bidding of over 100 one-of-a-kind chairs — from ones autographed by celebrities to others that are created by furniture designers and artists. Some of the celebrity chairs were inspired and autographed by Tim McGraw, Madonna, Mike Myers, John Travolta, Bill Cosby, Tom Cruise, Calista Flockhart, Reese Witherspoon, Donald Trump, Sting, and Halle Berry. Robert Duvall is on both a chair and this year’s invitation cover. Some chairs up for bid come packaged with special perks – from airfare to dinners to a ride in a NASCAR pace car. Among the furniture designers and artists involved include Matt Bins, Critz Campbell, S. Lloyd Natof , Paul Schulman, and McKinley Wells.
The Celebrity Chair Auction was founded and produced by Mary McCall benefits a number or Chicago area non-profit agencies including the Chicago Abused Women Coalition, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Chicago Communities in Schools. The idea for the event began over 18 years ago, when McCall was working for actor Paul Newman as a location scout. McCall sent Newman to the now-shuttered Florence Restaurant on Taylor Street for lunch. Her late husband, Tom, suggested that she do something with the chair that Newman sat on – and the Celebrity Charity Chair Auction was born!
Chairs featured on ABC 7 News:
# Viggo Mortensen (by James Mesple)
# Robert Redford (by Mary Piper)
# Dusty Baker (by Lisa Riedl)
# Madonna (by Derek Harrington)
# Gene Hackman (by Dan Godsel)
# Marlon Brando – not autographed (by Susan B. Bruno)
# Steve Dolinsky (designed by Steve McDonough of Fire Seating, painted by Ann Haberl)
Well-known Chicago chefs of Chicago will prepare their specialties as well. The celebrity chefs include Jimmy Banos, Heaven on Seven; Kevin Shikami, Kevin; Scott Harris, Mia Francesca; Charlie Brown, WE Ristorante; Ina Pinkney, Ina’s; Chef Ted Cizma; Jean Joho, Everest, and Mary McMahon, Tio Altier.
Tickets are $80.00 each. For more information, visit the Chair Auction on the web at or call 312-565-4900.

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The material girl, Madonna, stakes her signature claim on this Derek Harrington designed chair. Included in this First Lady of Pop package is roundtrip airfare for two provided by American Airlines to a United States destination of your choice. You, too, can jet towards Miami, New York, LA or where blonde ambition all began: Bay City, Michigan.
Madonna's chair