Guests eagerly arrived at The Estate by Gene & Georgetti on a beautiful Saturday evening ready to support The Chicago Diabetes Project in partnership with The Special Kids Network. The fifth annual ‘All in for a Cure’ Poker & Casino night kicked off to an exciting start with a record-breaking number of guests.
As family and friends gathered to begin the night they sipped on beverages courtesy of MillerCoors, Heaven Hill and The Wine group, and enjoyed wonderful passed apps followed by a full 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 to 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 spoke briefly on his progress with islet cell transplants and why supporting the night’s cause is important to continue the fight for a cure. Following Dr. Oberholzer’s words, the evenings featured family, Dan & Jaimie Korelitz, shared their touching personal story with how diabetes effects their son and their everyday lives. After the Korelitz’s touching remarks, which hit home with many guests, the room was ready to raise money and have fun beginning the Texas Hold Em poker tournament and compete for a $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 high-end jewelry items, Elite Island Resort trips to the Caribbean, Apple iPad, beauty packages and more! Not only did guests test their luck in blackjack, roulette, craps and plinko to win great raffle prizes but 52 attendees were also hoping to win a stack the deck raffle prize which included Chicago Blackhawks tickets with a gift card to Shaw’s Crab House or a Chicago Staycation package with dinner and comedy show tickets.
In the end, Rick Shuman claimed the highly sought after WSOP seat prize and many others left with great prizes such as electric items and sporting tickets. 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/