We just received a press release about Billy’s and Chef Curtis Duffy “A Night of Folly” event, which was hosted on Feb 24th in support of PAWS Chicago; along with a number of excellent photographs taken by Caitlin Lisa. The following is from parts of the press release:
Billy Corgan and Grace restaurant’s Michelin Star Awarded Chef Curtis Duffy joined forces to create an exclusive evening of thought-provoking cuisine and innovative entertainment to benefit PAWS Chicago, an animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless cats and dogs. Together, they curated and hosted “A Night of Folly”; an event of their own design, for twelve lucky bidders who won the exclusive tickets by being the highest bidder during a live auction at the 12th Annual PAWS Chicago Fur Ball last November.
Duffy and Corgan, both supporters of PAWS Chicago and its No Kill mission, say they were inspired by the extravagance and revelry of the Great Gatsby-era”Our goal was to create an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind evening that couldn’t be repeated if you tried!”Corgan explained. Corgan promised the “Night of Folly” would contain ‘music, theatre, music-theatre, and theatrical musings that challenge both the intellect and senses’
The evening started with an illusionist, The Spellbinder, who performed parlor tricks. At the first intermission, Corgan played the keyboard, accompanied by Chloe Mendel on saxophone. The second intermission of the evening included an Oracle, Josephus with Eve from Corgan’s wrestling company Resistance Pro, who provided words of wisdom and answered questions from the guests. Corgan’s grand finale included debuting a song from a possible musical based on the 10 biblical plagues with help from Jessica Reddish, director of The Music Theatre Company of Highland Park. He performed an acoustic set and was accompanied by three dancers.
Proceeds from “A Night of Folly” will go directly to supporting the mission of PAWS Chicago, which is to bring an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs. “I’ve been an animal lover all my life,” says Duffy. “I believe firmly in the work PAWS has been doing for the last 16 years. I’m thrilled that Chicago is so close to being the first major metropolitan No Kill Community — that’s amazing!” This year, PAWS Chicago will find homes for more than 6,000 pets from its cageless, state-of-the-art No Kill Adoption Center.