It was a night of glitz and glamour at the Montgomery Club as guests dressed to impress at the 5th annual fundraiser with this year’s theme being “A Night in Hollywood”. The event was presented by Erie-LaSalle Body shop and Genesis Electric, and benefited Gilda’s Club Chicago. Two sports cars donated for display by Mancuso Motorsports were parked right outside for guests to really feel the Hollywood vibe upon arrival. Everyone was invited to walk the red carpet and get their picture taken by the event paparazzi, next to cutouts of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis, before kicking off the evening celebrating the 20th anniversary of Gilda’s Club. Over 280 guests enjoyed passed appetizers, a full Gibsons buffet and specialty cocktails from the open bar donated by Heaven Hill Distilleries and MillerCoors.
To kick off the evening Bob Gottfred, owner of Erie-LaSalle Body Shop, welcomed all guests and thanked the sponsors and committee members. Next LauraJane Hyde, CEO of Gilda’s Club Chicago, said a few touching words before the live auction showcasing a trip to Miami and Baha Mar in the Bahamas, which both raised $11,000! But that wasn’t the only exciting part of the night…the evening’s fund-a-need raised almost $12,000 and the silent auction with over 60 prizes, including designer sunglasses, caviar, wine baskets and amazing trips all over the world, raised $22,000!
The energy was high all night with the popular 70’s tribute band, The Afrodisiacs, performing live music for guests to dance the night away. Overall the event was a huge success with everyone leaving happy knowing they supported an amazing cause that night.
Gilda’s Club Chicago is a place where men, women and children whose lives have been impacted by cancer, as well as their families and friends, can feel they are part of a welcoming community of support. The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces in 2009 to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online.
Erie-LaSalle Body Shop has offered quality, state-of-the-art auto body repairs since 1934 and is the longest continuously owned auto body shop and repair service of its kind in Illinois. Erie-LaSalle has the experience to handle any car problem you might have, and offers unparalleled quality, service, and convenience to valued customers in the city of Chicago as well as the suburbs.