The Gift Theatre will present its 16th annual benefit, Gift Gala 2017: Revolutions on Friday, Dec. 1, 6-10 p.m., at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
Gala co-chairs include Navy Pier Inc. Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle Boone and Chicago's first lady, Amy Rule.
The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, auction items and desserts. Entertainment will include live jazz and classical music, a DJ and dancing, and a short performance charting The Gift's evolving place in the cosmos from Copernicus to NASA, SpaceX and beyond.
The evening also includes the presentation of the Sheldon Patinkin Total Gift Award, which recognizes a key supporter and friend of The Gift. Greg and Anne Taubeneck are this year's recipients.
Tickets ( $150/individual, $1,500/table, $3,000/VIP table ) are at TheGiftTheatre.org .