Concern Worldwide really took the meaning of Thanksgiving to heart at its annual gala, held just before the holiday last November. The nongovernmental, international humanitarian organization provides emergency response and advancement to many underdeveloped countries of the world with its latest missions including Haiti and South Sudan. The benefit was held at the Wit Hotel and aimed to raise funding for its various programs through ticket pricing, a raffle and live and silent auctions that offered gifts from WXRT, Jet Blue and a number of local sports teams.
Luscious libations, delicacies from 14 of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, fabulous music and décor guests enjoyed the works at the 22nd annual Cocktails for a Cause gala at Galleria Marchetti last November. Beyond the glitz and glam, though, the real attraction was meeting the goal of $210,000 raised for pediatric research initiatives at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
BRACE YOURSELF—this is going to hurt a little. Tough love always does.
If you’ve been seeing plenty of pink recently, there’s a good reason…October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Events tied to charitable causes are becoming increasingly popular and many event planners are looking for easy ways to link to a cause.
The efforts raised a total of $45,000 with everyone from Fairmont Chicago employees to hotel owners contributing.