It’s August and that means it’s Goombay Bash time! What is Goombay Bash time, you ask?! It’s a party with meaning, but it is also the party of the summer!! It’s 1,200 people at Chicago’s Navy Pier having a great time at a Caribbean-themed event wearing Hawaiian shirts, sandals, and leis, all while raising money for cancer research.
Cancer does not discriminate…it affects 1 in 3 people. While this disease has impacted each of us differently, The H Foundation is united by the common goal of raising funds for cancer research. Founder & President of the H Foundation, John Rot, (Horton Electric Supply) has led the foundation for the last 13 years.
All money raised goes directly to basic science cancer research at the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. In 13 years, The H Foundation has raised more than $5 million and helped raise another $40 million for cancer research funds and grants. This year the event drew a record 1,300 people and, as of last week, raised $540,000, according to The H Foundation director Kate Harken.
Besides delicious food and drinks, there was a casino, silent and live auctions, fireworks and special guests. Former Chicago Bears players Alex Brown, Adrian Peterson and Desmond Clark were joined by current Chicago Bull Jimmy Butler and former Bull Bill Cartwright. White Sox legend Ron Kittle was there, as was Cheers actor George Wendt.
Rick Seidman & Todd Tuchfarber, from Quoizel, attended the bash along with many of their peers from the lighting industry. Seen here Rick, his daughter Nicki, Todd and his wife Beth made it a weekend event exploring Chicago on a Segway Tour.
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