It was a night to remember at the inaugural ‘Jenny’s Game’ Poker & Casino night benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in partnership with Special Kids Network. Over 250 guests arrived at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Gibsons Steakhouse to celebrate a very special night supporting Jennifer Brown’s campaign in becoming Woman of the Year for LLS.
Before cards were dealt guests got to mingle and enjoy the open bar courtesy of MillerCoors featuring Coors Light, Peroni, Miller Lite and more! Gibsons’ delicious appetizers, including bruschetta, caprese skewers, and seared tuna wontons, were passed around before the opening of the Gibsons dinner buffet. The buffet featured a chef carving station, double baked potatoes, pasta and salad which left guests happy and ready to get the tournament under way!
The poker tournament began after a few opening remarks from Jenny Brown, who thanked the crowd and the generous sponsors for a wonderful start to a successful event and campaign. Denise Savas also spoke to the crowd about the impact everyone’s support that night could make in finding a cure. After two moving speeches, Chad Coe, Founder & President of Special Kids Network, took to the stage as the auctioneer to lead the guests in the Fund-In-Need and live auction. The live auction gained a lot of interest from supporters as multiple guests could win a seven-night stay at the Vidanta Resorts in Mexico!
As the poker tournament was heating up with each player hoping to win the $10,000 World Series of Poker Seat in Las Vegas the other guests enjoyed charitable gaming around the blackjack and craps tables. Between the poker prizes, silent auction, Stack The Deck raffle and casino raffle prizes, guests could go home with many great items such as a one-week stay at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico, an in-home dinner party from Chef Tom Van Lente, Chicago sports tickets and memorabilia, a David Yurman sterling silver bracelet, a trip to Las Vegas and much more!
LLS and Jennifer Brown would like to thank everyone that came out and made this event a huge success. The generous Fund-In-Need, sponsors and all fundraising efforts were the many reasons Jenny was able to raise the most amount of money from all the candidates and win Woman of the Year for LLS!
The Man & Woman of the Year campaign—now in its 30th year—has raised $327 million to support groundbreaking cancer research, patient support services and advocacy. Throughout their 10-week campaign, selected candidates form teams and fundraise in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. Click here to learn more.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. LLS is the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, they have invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. For more information, please visit www.lls.org