Founders Day Formal Set for 2/25

Please join hosts Chris Clower and the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity for a night of dinner and dancing in celebration of Gamma Rho’s 80th Anniversary!

Founder’s Day 2011 will take place on Friday, February 25th at the beautiful Hotel Sax in Downtown Chicago. Enjoy complimentary drinks during the Cocktail Hour in the intriguing, upscale rooms of the fourth floor. The high-tech Hub will be projecting images of the fraternity’s accom…plishments and colorful personalities on a wall of monitors while the adjoining private bar serves up all manner of elixirs and potions. Or grab a drink and head for The Retreat, an oasis of calm complete with an indoor river! At 8:00 pm we will adjourn to the ballroom for a three-course sit-down dinner, followed by dancing and a presentation in honor of 80 years of Gamma Rho.

Hotel Sax
“…a stylish place to stay.” The New York Times
“More is more at Chicago’s new hotspot, extroverted both stylistically and socially.” The Hot List, Conde Naste Traveler

PLEASE RSVP BY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20th via the Facebook event page here or to Fiona at

Discounted Valet Parking on site for $16
Hotel entrance is in the House of Blues/10 Pin/Marina City complex between Dearborn and State, just north of Wacker Drive on the river.

An overnight stay is highly recommended if you want to make a special night of it. The Hotel Sax rooms are some of the most beautifully decorated, interesting spaces in the city. Discounted overnight hotel room rate: $149 + tax (rate code: Pi Kappa Alpha Feb. 25)
Hotel reservations: (312) 245-0333

Schedule for the Evening:

7:00-8:00 pm Cocktail Hour
Open bar, Hors d’oeuvres:
~Herbed Chicken-Smoked Bacon Cigars with Tomato Fondue
~Aged Wisconsin White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese “Spoons” with Crispy Shallots, Basil Bread Crumbs
~Rosemary Roasted Sirloin of Beef & Button Mushroom Skewer with Fresh Horseradish Crème Fraîche
~House Cured Wild Salmon Gravlax Sandwiches with Smoked Tomato, Chive Mascarpone & Caramelized Sugar “Crunch” Tobiko Caviar

8:00-9:30 pm Dinner and Presentations
New England Potato and Corn Chowder with Cheddar Cheese Puffs
Seared Chicken Breast Smashed Yukon Potato with Braised Bell Peppers & Tomato Confit
Classic Tiramisu
Complimentary wine service.

Please email Fiona by Feb. 20th at or via FB at if you require a vegetarian meal of 3-Cheese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato-Basil Marinara and Grilled Tomato Focaccia.

9:30-11:30 Dancing
There will be an open bar from 9:30-10:30 pm.

Hotel Sax website:

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Alumni tickets are $75/person and checks should be mailed to:
Michael Cooperberg
2317 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL 60201

Please make checks payable to:
Pi Kappa Alpha Gamma Rho
Tickets for actives: $50.

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