Party Princess: “I’m so thrilled to be a part of Glamorama!” gushes Candace Jordan, everyone’s favorite former Playboy model, philanthropist , playwright and Candid Candace blogger. “It’s going to be one of the year’s most exciting events!” Jordan, who hosts some of the city’s most glamorous, philanthropic parties and attends dozens of high-profile events each week, should know. This year, she returns to help host Macy’s thirteenth annual fashion extravaganza which takes place on Friday, August 12 at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street.
Get Ready! Get Set! Get Your Glamazon On!: Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama has become one of Chicago’s most acclaimed fashion bashes – and this year is no exception. Taking a cue from its “ARTrageous” theme, the event will feature a creative mash-up of fashion, art and dance as well as musical performances by Cee Lo Green, singer/songwriter and judge on NBC’s hit show, The Voice and the electro-pop quartet, Far East Movement. The festivities continue with an “ARTlandish” after-party on the seventh floor at Macy’s on State Street where revelers will enjoy more fashion, music and creative sips and bites.
Cee Lo Green
Far East Movement
Glamour Has Its Privileges: The first 350 ticketholders will be treated to an exclusive Glamorama Launch Party hosted by Candace Jordan and CS Magazine on Thursday, June 18 at Room 1520, 1520 W. Fulton. Guests will enjoy open bars, creatively prepared hors d’oeuvres, DJ entertainment and a special performance by four-man band sensation, Blah Blah Blah – who will also present their new music video, featuring a cameo appearance by Candace Jordan.
Blah Blah Blah
Glamorama Launch Party sponsors include: Aon Hewitt (Presenting Sponsor), Creative One Consulting, The Coca-Cola Company, Five-Star Audio/Visual, MillerCoors, Salon Duo, Event Creative, Phillips Flowers, Tito's Homemade Vodka, The Hershey Company, Ivan Carlson, YELP, Anna's Custom Sweets & Treats, Four Roses, Action Booth, and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.
Do Good/Feel Better: For the third consecutive year, Macy’s will contribute a portion of its ticket sales to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI). RMHC-CNI will receive 100% of all tickets purchased on its website. Click HERE to purchase Glamorama tickets.
“We are so appreciative to be a part of this amazing event,” says Christina Thomas, Director of Events for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. “Macy’s has been an incredible partner to work with. Last year, the event helped to raise over $200,000 for the organization.” Monies will go towards funding a fifth Ronald McDonald House and will help keep its other Houses open for the thousands of families who use it as a ‘home away from home’ while their loved ones receive treatment at area hospitals.
Click HERE to purchase Glamorama tickets or for more information about RMHC-CNI, please visit: www.RonaldHouseChicago.org.
The Glam Squad: This year's Glamorama Host Committee include: Candace Collins Jordan (Host), Samantha Amato, Carol Beitler, Lynne Bredfeldt, Cindy Burns, Fabrice Calmels, Christopher Clinton Conway, DC Crenshaw, Ann Danner, Richard Gamble, CeCe Gonzalez, Tom Gorman, Leslie Hindman, Greg Hyder, Linda Johnson Rice, Melinda Joseph, Erica Bethe Levin, Kate McLenaghan, Corri McFadden, Kristina McGrath, Lynn McMahan, Helen Melchior, Corinne Melchior, Mary Ann Melchior, Ken Norgan, Amanda Puck, Marcus Riley, Rhonda Sanderson, Quenten Schumacher, Andrea Schwartz, Laura Schwartz, Kerry Shorr, Sally Shorr, Jim Smith, Rich Varnes, John Walcher, Julee White, and Jessica Zweig.
Before You Go Glambusters: Luxe File Chicago caught up with the Glamorama Host Committee – a veritable “Who’s Who” of Chicago tastemakers, trendsetters and socialites – to ask them: What does “Glamorama” mean to you?
Here's what they had to say:
Blogger, Candid Candace
"Prepare for the hottest fashion show of the year!"
Fundraiser & Ronald McDonald House Charities Auxiliary Board Member
"Mysterious allure. Bewitching charm. Elegance. Luxury. Well, that and the chance to leave Glencoe, get all dressed up and be in my beloved city for the evening!"
Director of Public Relations
Park Hyatt Chicago
"Combine two of my loves – fashion and music - and give back for a good cause. Glamour at its finest."
Christopher Clinton Conway
Executive Director, The Joffrey Ballet
"The epitome of all that is chic, alluring, fun, luxurious and refined…now that’s Glamorama!"
President & Co-Founder, Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions
In Spanish: "Encanto sensual que fascina."
In English: “You have it or you don't have it. The way you dress, the way you look, the way you talk, glamour does not have an off and on, it's for life and is a sensual attraction that fascinates people.”
Vice President & Co-Founder, Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions
"The celebration of glamour, fashion and style. Glamour is a creation of elegance and allure created through fashion and using sophisticated palettes of color and fabrics to create magic!"
Erica Bethe Levin
"Fun, fierce, fashionable and all-around glamorous – what summer in Chicago is all about!"
"Getting together some of the most fashionable and philanthropic hearts in Chicago to come together to support the Ronald McDonald House in a way that only true Chicagoans can – throwing a fantastic party unlike any other!"
Founder/Owner of Edrop-Off Express
"An evening filled with some of the most Glam Fashion lovers in Chicago."
Owner/President, Trinity Development
"It means I am going to the best fashion show and after party of the year!"
Fundraiser & Board Member/Development Committee Chair, The Joffrey Ballet
"A fabulous opportunity to serve on the Host Committee with my daughters – a first!"
Franchise Owner, McDonald's (Deerfield & Lincolnshire)
"A luxurious extravaganza of fashion and music, simultaneously highlighting Macy's philanthropic commitment to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago."
Executive Vice President PR, XA, The Experiential Agency
"FASHION, FASHION, FASHION!"
Multimedia Entertainment Reporter, NBC Chicago
"Seeing as I've only missed one Glamorama in the past five years, I certainly have a strong connection with that word. "Glamor" already exudes a strong feeling, but add "ama" to the mix and you get glamour on steroids, which sums up this event pretty concisely."
President, Sanderson PR
"Glamour, glamour and more glamour. The perfect name for this event!"
Quenten Schumacher II
Senior Meeting Producer, SG2 Health Care Intelligence
"An overabundance of glamour and everyone needs more glamour in their life!"
Vice President, Media Relations & Cause Marketing, Macy's North and Midwest
"2,000+ of Chicago's most glamorous attending the event-of-the-summer benefitting such an important cause."
Speaker & Author, Eat, Drink & Succeed!
"Glam at 360 degrees! A complete panorama of glamorous and generous people."
Co-Creator, Luxe File Chicago
"Imaginative. Extravagant. Effortless chic."
Co-Creator, Luxe File Chicago & Public Relations Specialist, Morton’s The Steakhouse
"Bold, brazen, overly confident, tiara-tipping rock-and-rolla."
Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
"A celebration of people HIGH on beauty, charm, and sophisticated style!"
John P. Walcher
Specialist, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
"A fusion of glamour and philanthropy, further exemplifying the importance of a community supporting its neighbors through an exciting and fun event."
Julee B. White
CEO, Testarossa Entertainment
"As a Women’s Auxiliary Board Member of The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, it has special meaning to me. What a great way to combine, music, fashion and a phenomenal group of philanthropists!"
"Chicago at its most fashionable fabulousness, the sparkle of the summer."
Photo of Candace Jordan courtesy of Erika Dufour
Posted by Kerry & Sally Shorr