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Rocky Wirtz (left) Andy Shaw

Rocky Wirtz (left) and Andy Shaw

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Updated: November 22, 2010 8:47AM



STELLA'S SPOTLIGHT

BLACKHAWKS OWNER Rocky Wirtz, Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels and Aramark's Erin Vaughan will be among those honored at the "Chicago Celebrates Service -- 2010 Jefferson Awards for Public Service" gala at Roosevelt University on Nov. 5. Chicago lawyer Scott Seaman and Charlene McMann are chairing this event. The Jefferson awards were established by the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard in 1972. The Jeff trustees include Chris Kennedy, Newt Minow and Jerry Reinsdorf.

ANDY SHAW, FORMER WLS-Channel 7 political/education reporter and now president of the Better Government Association, is speaking today at the Rotary One luncheon at the Union League Club.

A STELLAR REMINDER: "The Power of Parents: Empowering You with the Tools to Help Your Children Succeed" conference is Oct. 26 and 27 at McCormick Place West. All parents are invited to attend this informative two-day event. The new e-mail address to register: www.powerofparentschicago.com or call (312) 226-9145.

A MUST-SEE: There are still a few prized tickets at $1,000 available for the Chicago Public Library Foundation's annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wednesday at the UIC Forum starting at 6 p.m. and featuring award-winning author Toni Morrison in conversation with Oprah Winfrey.

NEW NEWS: BEYONCE'S MOM, designer Tina Knowles, is coming out with a plus-size collection to be carried only at Wal-Mart. . . . Just like Vera Wang's Simply Vera clothes can be found exclusively at Kohl's. Folks are also talking about Tina's new and fresher look and suggest she may have gone under the knife. Hey, she can certainly afford to do just that, especially since she is no longer with cheatin' husband Matthew Knowles and is back on the "meet" market. . . . Singer Stevie Wonder's wife, designer Kai Milla, has closed down her fashion business and her many creditors are not happy. (I wonder where the money went.) Last year, Michelle Obama wore one of Milla's creations when Wonder received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the White House. . . . Tyler Perry reveals all on Oprah on Wednesday.

THE LEGAL AGENDA: The Women's Bar Foundation's annual "Scholarship & Public Interest Stipend Awards" reception is Wednesday at the Standard Club. More than $75,000 in awards will be given to six brilliant third-year female law students ($10,000 apiece). And $15,000 will go to a recent female law school graduate.

BOOK SIGNINGS: LOCAL comic Aaron Freeman and wife, artist Sharon Rosenzweig, have written what they call a humorous cartoon book The Comic Torah, which is their version of the Hebrew Bible, the Five Books of Moses, and depicts God as a woman. They will do a book-signing Nov. 18, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Titles Inc. Rare Books in Highland Park. . . . Author Irving Cutler will sign his latest Chicago's Jewish West Side on Nov. 7 at Borders Books & Music in Evanston at 3 p.m.

"THE MAGIC OF THE WHITE CITY" is the theme for the Service Club of Chicago's 120th anniversary black-tie gala Nov. 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel with WBBM-Channel 2's Bill Kurtis emceeing. Mayor Daley and Maggie are the honorary chairs, and the co-chairs are civic-minded Vonita Reescer and Sally Jo Morris. The special guest is Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City. The Stanley Paul orchestra will provide the music, and the dynamic duo of Nan Mason & Terry Higgins will headline.

ABOUT TOWN: PR diva Dori Wilson was birthday-celebrated at a wonderful luncheon at RL on Monday hosted by the divine Lee Blackwell Baur, wife of investment biggie Tom Baur. It was a fun gathering with a few of her close galpals, Sherren Leigh, Joy Germont, Denise Allen and this columnist. Late that afternoon, R&B artist Mary J. Blige stopped by RL and was busy eatin' and working her iPad. . . . Mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel and a few friends occupied the VIP booth at Table 52 on Sunday. . . . The eatery's co-owner, Julie Latsko, was at the bar with pals.

BIRTHDAY PEOPLE: Channel 7's Alan Krashesky and WGN radio's John Williams. On Wednesday: Rick Jasculca, Viggo Mortensen and Darryl (Chicago Steppers) Davis.

Well, that's Stella in the City!



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