By: Bill Zwecker

Chicago philanthropists Susan and Ted Oppenheimer were clearly thrilled by the big surprise Chicago Human Rhythm Project honchos cooked up for them at Monday’s “Jubalee” gala, where the super-generous couple were the honorees.

The special treat was tap-dancing legend Ted Levy and great jazz pianist Willie Pickens teaming up for a special performance — loved by the crowd gathered at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Part to support CHRP and its mission to support American tap and contemporary percussive arts. Among those cheering it all were the evening’s honorary co-chairs, Diane and Richard Weinberg; gala co-chairs Michael Foster and Diana Harris; emcee Bill Kurtis; Donna LaPietra; Elaine Cohen; Irene Michaels and Arny Granat; Charlotte Newberger; Charlie Gardner, and CHRP’s founder, Lane Alexander.