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11-20-03 StellFoster columist. Phoby Jim Frost Sun-Times.

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Updated: July 12, 2012 6:04AM



JUST IN: First lady Michelle Obama and “Glee” star Jane Lynch will be sashaying into Chi-Town for a fund-raising luncheon downtown June 26. Tickets start at $250 and if you want a picture with them, make it $2,500. Hey, you have to pay to be in a picture frame with those two divas!

FORMER Bear James “Big Cat” Williams will be the honorary “Captain for the Night” for Maryville Academy’s boat cruise fund-raiser June 20.

THE IRV Kupcinet Media award will be presented to Pulitzer Prize winning sports columnist Ira Berkow at the 38th annual Giants awards dinner June 25 at the White Eagle Banquet Hall sponsored by the Ed Kelly Sports Program.

ACTRESS/singer Keke (“Joyful Noise,” “Akeelah & the Bee”) Palmer, 18, and a former Robbins resident, recently visited her old St. Benedict School in Blue Island and signed autographs with the delighted students.

SPEND: “Snow White and the Huntsman” is definitely worth seeing . . . Singer Jill Scott and Doug E. Fresh at Charter One Pavilion June 15, and Pitbull at Charter July 27.

ALLSTATE big boss Thomas J. Wilson will be honored June 18 at the Civic Federation’s awards luncheon at the Palmer House. The co-chairs include Lester Crown and Andy McKenna.

THE CHICAGO Special Olympics recently received a pledge of $1 million from the Arctic Ease Company. Also, the Special Olympics taking applications for the Chicago Marathon. The website: sochicago.org

“WINDY CITY LIVE” co-host Ryan Chiaverini is on vacation starting Monday, so witty contributor WLS radio’s Roe Conn, is co-hosting with Val Warner. Actress Jasmine Guy is a guest Thursday, and comic Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) will co-host.

RENOWN artist and gallery owner Norman Parish in Washington D.C., is recovering from brain cancer surgery. He owns Parish Gallery in Georgetown but has many friends in Chicago’s art community. Also, his namesake son is my editor.

HANGIN’ OUT: Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended Ald. Danny Solis’ party at Sunda . . . The Bulls’ Luol Deng at Gibsons . . . Indiana Pacer prez/former NBA star Larry Bird ate at Tufano’s with owner Joey DiBuono . . . Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson at Table 52. . . . Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau dined at Roka Akor Steak & Sushi.

MY SOURCES tell me that the reefer smoke was in full effect at hip-hop star Drake’s recent outdoor concert in Tinley Park. Drake wasn’t smoking . . . but a lot of the young teens were lit up!

BIRTHDAY CAKES: Dr. Donna Simpson Leak, GaryFencik and Erjan Fortson.



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