With guests dressed to the nines in their best 1920’s attire and enough speakeasy décor to make a flapper jealous, The Montgomery Club was hopping! The Rolfe Foundation held their annual Speak out for a Cure – A Night at the Speakeasy on Saturday, October 21, 2017, with gorgeous weather and a craft bar to single handedly end prohibition, this evening was the bee’s knees.
Guests were welcomed by a Deep Eddy Betty model with a variety of Deep Eddy Vodka welcome drinks to choose from. Then they were off to enjoy the evening at the many Rivers Casino hosted blackjack tables trying to win prizes including Chicago Bears tickets, wine tastings, a brewery tour, or $200 to Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House. If the odds of blackjack happened to not be in their favor, a spin or two on the wine wheel could land guests a premium bottle of wine! With the addition of a silent auction with over 30 items to bid on, the evening’s excitement grew by the minute.
The evening was jam packed with gourmet food compliments of Gibsons Steakhouse including a seafood bar with jumbo shrimp and crab legs, passed hors d’oeuvres of mini crabcakes, seared tuna wontons, and eggplant bruschetta, and a full buffet with items such as loaded mac & cheese and chef carved racks of lamb and tenderloin. All topped off with a dessert station including bite sized carrot cakes, cheesecakes, mousse cups, and key lime tarts! Guests enjoyed donated beverages courtesy of Heaven Hill, MillerCoors, and The Wine Group. In addition, a craft cocktail bar sponsored by West Loop’s Bad Hunter supplied unique offerings.
Taking a break from all the fun, food, and activities, event co-chairs Stacia Swan Hart & Scott Alford took the stage. Both shared heartfelt stories of how Pancreatic Cancer has detrimentally affected their lives and how much the work of the Rolfe Foundation means to them. Rolfe’s advocacy for advances in early detection can mean life changing results for patients, however, they need the funds to be able to continue their fundamental work. Out of the generosity of their hearts, guests donated via cell phones to raise over $35,000 for the cause which was amplified by a $15,000 match from (Ron is asking company name).
With appetites satisfied, prizes won, thirsts quenched, and funds raised, pianist John Jones brought the evening to a close. His live performance had guests singing and dancing along to hit songs all night.
Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation was founded in an effort to raise awareness and discover a method of early detection for pancreatic cancer, which has the highest mortality rate among cancers. To date, Rolfe has raised over $6 million in funding for pancreatic cancer research at Johns Hopkins and University of Chicago. To learn more about their efforts and how you can contribute, please visit their website. (will be linked)
Want to see photo booth pictures from the event? Check out the album on Facebook!