The Chicago Help Initiative celebrated its 9th annual fundraising event, “Chicago Recipes”, on Thursday, June 6th at a new venue, the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. As over 300 guests arrived, they had the chance to interact with skill challenges and look at incredible sports memorabilia and game-used treasures while reading about memorable stats that surround the Chicago Sports Museum.
The event featured different food stations provided by Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group including a cheese and vegetable crudité station, a slider station, an Asian station, an Italian station, and a taco station. Guests also got to enjoy their favorite sweets from Candyality and Eli’s Cheesecake and donated beverages provided by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Coopers Hawk Winery and MillerCoors.
Doug Fraser, the executive director of CHI, kicked off the live program and welcomed the crowd, giving a special thanks to all the sponsors. Next up was Chris Stathopoulos, president of CHI, who thanked everyone for their support and honored Steve Ginsburg, Owner & CEO of RAM Racing with the Jacqueline C. Hayes Helping Hand Award. Then the evening’s auctioneer, Marion Valle, auctioned off an Ultimate Cubs package and a Chicago Staycation package in an entertaining live auction which raised over $3,300. Feeding off of the excitement from the live auction, Marion Valle asked everyone to turn their attention to the A/V screens for a special video presentation before helping in the fund-in-need, which raised over $20,000 in just a few minutes! Proceeds helped CHI to continue to put a stop to hunger by providing meals and social services to the homeless, underprivileged and unemployed people of the city of Chicago.
The night had many chances for guests to show their support including in the silent auction which had over 40 items including Chicago Staycation packages with restaurant gift certificates and special experiences, designer clothing, and luxury designer goods such as a Salvatore Ferragamo and Laudi Vidni handbags! There was even a special section in the silent auction with artwork from CHI that they donated and painted specifically for the guests to see that night. Overall the entire fundraiser raised over $100,000! It was a huge success with record breaking numbers and could not have happened without the support from the community.
The Chicago Help Initiative is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social service, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment. For more information, please visit www.chicagohelpinitiative.org