The Women's Board of The Joffrey Ballet Presents: Nutcracker Family Dinner

November 22, 2010
Make It Better


Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe, Chicago
4 p.m. start
$150 - $400
For tickets or more information, please visit the event website

The Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet presents the Nutcracker Family Dinner which will be held on Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in the State and Grand Ballrooms.  The enchanting evening will feature entertainment for children and adults alike, a traditional family-style meal, and of course, a thrilling performance of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker.  Guests will have the option of attending the matinee or evening performance of The Nutcracker on December 11th, 2010.

The evening’s Co-Chairs, Suzette Bross Bulley and Odele Desmuke Hawkins, both Women’s Board members, have created an evening of family fun with an environmentally friendly focus.  Chicago event designer Jody Elting has brought her imagination to life, with a magical, yet functional design theme.  The variety of “green” features include a 12 ft recycled water bottle tree, recycled Birch trees as “creation station” separators, no cut flowers as design elements, locally sourced poultry and vegetable products, and many “green” features specific to the Palmer House Hilton.

The delightful evening begins at 4:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Palmer House in the State Ballroom, with cocktails, punch, lively entertainment and special “Creation Stations” that the entire family can enjoy.

The “Creation Stations” include:

Popcorn Stringing – Guests are invited to decorate the trees with Chicago’s own Garrett’s popcorn.
Terri Lee – This timeless company, known for beautiful dolls, will be on hand to help guests decorate their very own tiara or snowman while hosting a fun game with prizes for all.
CircEsteem – This Chicago non-profit will teach guests how to walk a tight wire and spin plates, while their talented young performers entertain attendees with a gym wheel, stilt walking, scarf juggling and peacock feather balancing.
Dessert Decorating – The Palmer House will supply guests with the tools and ingredients to decorate their own desserts.  These tasty works of art include cupcakes, cookies, frosting and fun toppings.
Face Painting – Face painters will be on hand to turn guests into their favorite characters from The Nutcracker.
Shadow Puppets – Guests will design and perform with their very own shadow puppets.
Photo Opportunity – Guests will pose with characters from The Nutcracker, either a life-size nutcracker or other friends.
Lego Activity – Guests can create Nutcracker characters at this lego station that all ages can enjoy.

At 4:45pm, guests will be seated in the Grand Ballroom for a traditional family-style meal and treated to a “mini” performance of The Nutcracker.

Ticket information:

Tickets to the event include a performance ticket for Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at either the matinee or evening performance ofThe Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

Transportation via trolley will be available from the theatre to the Palmer House for dinner guests’ convenience.

Each child who attends the evening will receive a special holiday goodie bag.

Ticketing Levels:
$400 Patron Adult ticket
Premiere level AA seating at The Nutcracker performance and dinner
Special Nutcracker Family Dinner gift
Recognition of level of support on event signage and printed materials
$200 Standard Adult ticket
Level A seating at The Nutcracker performance and dinner
$150 Child ticket
Seating at The Nutcracker performance and dinner

This year, three new levels of sponsorship and table opportunities have been introduced. The tables range from $3,750 to $15,000 and include exciting benefits before, during and after the event on December 11th.  Please visit for more information.

About the Nutcracker Family Dinner:
This is the 13th annual Nutcracker Family Dinner.  The event has grown exponentially in size since its inception and is the celebrated family event of the year. Last year, 450 guests attended The Nutcracker Family Dinner at the Palmer House while raising nearly $110,000 in general operating funds. This year, the Joffrey anticipates an even higher level of support and enthusiasm and is expecting 500 guests. For more information regarding ticket or donation inquiries, please contact Julia Jankowski Doherty, Events Coordinator, at 312.386.8921 or NutDinner [at] joffrey [dot] org.