A Royal Ball
Friday, July 26, 2019
By April Graves
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If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to for the past 9 months...other than creating portraits for the most amazing clients in the world...here it is!  This past September, my dear friends Nancy and Adrian Smith asked me to co-chair my first ever gala at their property in Lake Forest. The gala was for Citadel Theatre, a local non-profit that is committed to bringing performing arts to Lake County and to insuring that children in underserved communities have the opportunity to learn the art of theatre. 


Our goal of having 400 guests was surpassed and reached a record turn out for Citadel of 450!  It was a beautiful affair pulled together by the most amazingly talented and creative group of people!  


Thanks to the incredible generosity of our guests and donors, we made $215,000 for Citadel Theatre!


And here is the best part...the Smiths have opened up 10 sessions there on their property for me to invite my best clients to take part in!  This is a VERY exclusive opportunity and one that has never been offered before. In fact other than the Smith family themselves and my daughter Alyssa, I don’t believe anyone else has had their portraits made here!


To find out how you can reserve one of these spectacular sessions and support Citadel Theatre, please contact us at the studio 224-655-7801.


It was such a blessing to be part of this committee and to help our wonderful host and hostess put on the inaugural event at their Lake Forest property.  I am incredibly grateful to my family and my team here at Light Drawn Studios for their support and to The Smith Family for their unwavering faith in my vision.


I hope to see you in Lake Forest!





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