Guests braved the storms and filled The Estate by Gene & Georgetti in Rosemont on Saturday October 14, 2017 for an evening of gourmet foods, delicious cocktails, competitive poker, and prize-winning casino gaming with all proceeds benefiting not only The Chicago Diabetes Project but The Special Kids Network as well.
As guests entered, they were greeted with a welcome cocktail by the Deep Eddy Vodka Betty models as well as the sights and smells of a full Gene & Georgetti Buffet. The buffet featured mouthwatering gourmet foods such as fried calamari, mini crabcakes, grilled baby lamb chops, mini baked potatoes, and a carving station with roasted turkey breast and tenderloin.
Before players sat down for the main event, the Texas Hold’em poker tournament, they grabbed one of their favorite drinks including a Blue Moon, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails, Heaven Hill whiskey & bourbon cocktails, or wines from The Wine Group. Guests were also able to gamble at the Rivers Casino hosted blackjack, craps, and roulette tables which gave them a chance to win raffle prizes or make a bid in the silent auction which featured items such as an apple watch, a $2,500 Deco Michele gold & diamond watch, and $500 gift cards to Francis Heffernan or Ami Ami to name a few.
With everyone gathered around anticipating the start of the tournament, Jordan & Shanna Batt, Jen & Adam Markman, and Bryan Sugar, Diabetes Awareness Advocates who have been directly affected by diabetes, stood front and center to advocate how important the work that the Chicago Diabetes Project is for them and others facing similar challenges.
Following their heartfelt speeches, the poker bell chimed and players were off to compete for top ten prizes including a $10,000 seat in the World Series of Poker Tournament in Las Vegas, a 60” UHD 4K Smart LED TV, Chicago Bulls & Bears tickets to name a few. In the end, Mark Friedman claimed the highly sought after WSOP seat prize!
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/