The Chicago Diabetes Project in partnership with The Special Kids Network kicked off the sixth annual ‘All in for a Cure’ Poker & Casino night on Saturday, September 21st returning to the The Estate by & Georgetti in Rosemont!
As family and friends gathered to begin the night, they sipped on beverages courtesy of MillerCoors and Heaven Hill, and enjoyed wonderful passed apps followed by a full dinner buffet from Gene & Georgetti. The gourmet food included skirt steak skewers, assorted bruschetta, crab cakes, grilled baby lamb chops, carving station with roasted turkey and tenderloin and so much more! After guests had a chance to eat and mingle all attention was focused on the live presentation.
Kicking it off was Dr. Jose Oberholzer, MD, who is a leading expert and surgeon in organ transplants for individuals with diabetes. Dr. Oberholzer thanked the generous sponsors and shared updates with the guests on the research being done to find a cure for T1 Diabetes. Dr. Oberholzer also told the story of the Murray’s, the evening’s featured family, and their son’s journey after being diagnosed with diabetes at age 11. Following Dr. Oberholzer’s words, a video sharing the Murray’s story was played before asking the crowd out of the goodness of their hearts to donate to such an important cause and one that hits home for many of them. Once the live program concluded the fun began and the Texas Hold Em poker tournament was on its way to crown the champion and winner of the $10,000 seat in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas!
The poker tournament was not the only way guests could win prizes that night. The premium silent auction featured a diamond necklace from CY Fredrics, Elite Island Resort trips to the Caribbean, Apple iPad, beauty packages and much more! Not only did guests test their luck in blackjack, roulette, and craps to win great raffle prizes but 52 attendees were also hoping to win a stack the deck raffle prize which was a one-week trip to any of the Vidanta properties in Mexico!
In the end, Peter Au claimed the highly sought after WSOP seat prize and many others left with great prizes such as a new Apple TV, Chicago Bulls tickets, liquor baskets and more. Everyone who came to support CDP and Special Kids Network left happy knowing they were a part of a great night that ended in much success!
The Chicago Diabetes Project is a global research effort to develop a cure for type one diabetes through islet cell transplants. The number of lives impacted by diabetes is reaching epidemic levels, with an anticipated 300 million affected by 2025. To learn more about Chicago Diabetes project, please visit their website: http://www.chicagodiabetesproject.org/
The Special Kids Network’s mission is to create community awareness and raise funds in support of organizations who believe that every child and young adult, regardless of the nature of their background or disability, should be able to enjoy life to its fullest and to participate in the mainstream of their community. To learn more about Special Kids Network, please visit their website: https://specialkidsnetwork.org/