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Billy Corgan, Chef Curtis Duffy Host 'A Night Of Folly' To Benefit PAWS Chicago

By Julia Weeman in Food on Nov 10, 2013 6:30PM

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Photo Courtesy of PAWS Chicago

"A Night of Folly" is a one-night-only evening of inventive cuisine and entertainment curated by Billy Corgan and Chef Curtis Duffy. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Grace's Michelin Star awarded chef are joining forces to benefit PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving), an organization dedicated to saving homeless cats and dogs. Both are supporters of PAWS Chicago and it's "No Kill" mission.

"I've been an animal lover all my life,” said Duffy in a press release. “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.

Duffy and Corgan were inspired to create the event by the extravagance of the jazz age. The dinner will take place in what the press release described as "a true masterpiece of architecture - a stunning lakeside north shore home."

Duffy is creating a completely new, original seasonal tasting menu for the event, whereas Corgan will be focusing on the entertainment. “Our goal is to create an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind evening that couldn't be repeated if you tried!” Corgan said in the news release. “There will be music, theatre, music-theatre, and theatrical musings that challenge both the intellect and senses. A true night of folly brought right to you."

The exclusive evening will be limited to only 12 guests. Corgan will personally auction off the invitations at the 12th Annual PAWS Chicago Fur Ball live auction, this Friday, November 15 at the Drake Hotel.

Tickets to the Fur Ball are still available for those who would like to attend and bid in person. The Fur Ball is a black-tie gala which welcomes nearly 800 guests and their best-dressed pets. Canine guests are offered gourmet dinner, room on the dance floor, and illustrated or photographed portraits.

In addition to the invites to "A Night of Folly," there are several exclusive items in the live auction including a trip to the Super Bowl, luxurious vacation packages, and the once in a lifetime chance to experience a portrait sitting with the legendary photographer Victor Skrebneski.

For more information about “A Night of Folly” go here.