Nov 022017


November is National Adoption Month, and Gene & Georgetti (500 N Franklin St. downtown; and 9241 W Higgins Rd. in Rosemont), continues its support of local nonprofit Hephzibah Children’s Association by donating a portion of proceeds from dessert sales all month long.

Funding helps the Hephzibah’s Group Homes in its mission to provide a warm and nurturing environment for children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, multiple foster care placements or failed adoptions. Their family based services renew and strengthen family bonds and their foster care services create new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah’s day care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community- regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

In addition to the November campaign, Gene & Georgetti, a Chicago PR client, will host a private holiday party for the children featuring fun activities, good eats and treats.

“Our family knows first hand the joys of adoption and the importance of supporting children in need of love and care. We’re proud to kick-off our fourth year of raising both awareness and funds for Hephzibah Children’s Association during November,” says the Durpetti Family, Gene & Georgetti’s owners.

Guests to both Chicago and Rosemont locations can enjoy signature Gene & Georgetti favorites like Tiramisu, Spumoni, Chocolate Tuxedo Mousse Cake and their famous Italian Lemon Crème Layer Cake.

For more information, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit

Oct 052017

We got this. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Garrett Popcorn Shops® a Molise PR client, is supporting all those dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

Buy One. Get One… Give One. Through October, purchase a 1 Gallon Signature Pink Tin of Garrett Mix® in-Shop and receive a complimentary 1 Gallon Signature Pink Tin of Garrett Mix ($33 value) to gift in encouragement to a fighter or survivor of breast cancer; or to say thanks to oncologists, nurses, family caregivers or volunteers who support the fight against breast cancer.1G_Signature_Pink_GarrettMix

The Garrett team will also serve up Garrett Popcorn at events around town throughout the month in support of local organizations and charities including Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit; Karen Wellington Foundation in Atlanta; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington D.C.; and A Silver Lining Foundation in Chicago.

For more information about Garrett Popcorn Shops including Shop locations, or to order via online shipping, please visit or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

* While supplies last. Limit one complimentary Tin per customer. Complimentary Tin must be filled with Garrett Mix only. May not be combined with any other offer or coupon.

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Sep 012017

Imerman Angels Presents the Fourth Annual Wings of Hope Gala

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Saturday, September 9



Chicago PR firm client Imerman Angels presents the fourth annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 9 from 6 – 11 p.m. at a new location, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 East Delaware Place). The evening will raise funds for the world’s largest one-on-one cancer support community and advance Imerman Angels’ mission to provide free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

The Wings of Hope Gala is a black tie optional event that celebrates life and hope. The evening begins with a welcome reception including cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity for guests to bid on impressive auction items. At 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a special program hosted by Ryan Chiaverini, co-host of ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE, including a plated dinner, remarks from Imerman Angels co-founders Jonny Imerman and John May, and Chief Executive Officer Ben Bornstein, plus live and silent auctions followed by music and dancing to conclude the night.

The Wings of Hope Gala will honor Outcome Health with the 2017 Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service within the cancer community and for their ongoing support and dedication in advancing Imerman Angels’ mission. The Angel Award recognizes healthcare companies that demonstrate exceptional medical service and care for patients and their families. Past recipients of the Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service include the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and City of Hope.

Receiving the 2017 Wings of Hope Award for Community Outreach is @properties, a community partner who recently selected Imerman Angels as the recipient of their 2017 “@gives back” program, a Community Fund that provides an outlet for agents, employees and colleagues to make a positive impact on dozens of communities and thousands of lives throughout Chicagoland.

Tickets for the event cost $400, with limited VIP tickets available for $500. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, visit or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact or call 312-273-1301 for more information.

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WGN TV stopped by to cover the special evening. Click below for the full segment:


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Jul 132017

Real Urban Barbecue, a Molise PR client, is the official BBQ partner for BBQ for the Troops, an initiative that raises funds for local military and their families through exciting events and social media campaigns. The Chicago Automobile Trade Associate (CATA) and the USO of Illinois are partnering to host the 5th annual Barbecue for the Troops on July 15. 100 dealerships throughout the area will simultaneously fire up their grills in support of our local troops.

Check out the clip from ABC 7 Chicago below that featured Real Urban Barbecue at the BBQ For the Troops Media Preview on June 28:

Chef Jeff Shapiro with Real Urban Barbecue, along with Ray Scarpelli, Chicago Automobile Trade Association Chairman, and Jessica Dolan, Vice President of Development for the USO of Illinois, made a few stops to our local TV stations to help spread the word on the weekend’s initiative.

The day began at FOX Good Day Chicago! Check out the full clip, and some photos of the delicious spread, below:

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Chef Jeff Shapiro and Ray Scapelli then visited Windy City Live! The full clip below:

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Jun 202017

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Imerman Angels, the leading global one-on-one cancer support community and Chicago PR client, has been named a Scale Award recipient at the 2017 Creator Awards for their work in providing free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. The Scale Award, which includes a $180,000 grant, is given to established organizations that are ready to take their business to the next level.


The event, hosted and sponsored by WeWork, received 600 applicants that were narrowed down to five Scale Award finalists who had the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and explain how and why they are ready to expand. In addition to Imerman Angels, Chicago nonprofit Bunker Labs and Detroit-based The Empowerment Plan took home top honors in the category.

Founded in 2006 by cancer survivor Jonny Imerman, Imerman Angels to date has enabled more than 34,000 connections in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. These one-on-one relationships provide a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone uniquely familiar with the experience. Recent medical studies have shown that psychosocial support during and after the cancer fight is crucial to quality of life.

“We are thrilled that our work over the past 11 years has been recognized through this large award,” says Ben Bornstein, Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director. “This grant will allow us to scale our one-on-one cancer support services by expanding our presence in other US markets outside Chicago including Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, plus reach more people touched by cancer around the world by expanding our digital presence and hiring additional cancer support specialists, including those who speak other languages.”

In addition, other benefits of receiving this grant include expanding Imerman Angels’ network of partner organizations, and of course, ensuring that their services remain completely free to anyone seeking support so no one has to face cancer alone.

For more information on Imerman Angels visit or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Jun 162017


The Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk returns to picturesque Montrose Harbor on Saturday, June 17. Over 2,000 runners and walkers will come together along the beachside course to raise funds to support Imerman Angels and its mission of providing one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

In addition to on-course gourmet surprises, runners and walkers alike will be treated to a signature brunch buffet from award-winning Blue Plate Catering – honored with the 2016 Leading Caterers of America Award. Each participant (21 and older) also receives a trip to the Mimosa Bar, Cold-Brewed Coffee Station featuring High Brew Coffee and an ice-cold beer.


Created by the 2014 Catering Chef of the Year Paul Larson, the brunch menu features a full spread of brunch items including a variety of savory and vegetarian breakfast sandwiches; apple wood smoked bacon; baked cinnamon-raisin French toast casserole; house made breakfast bread assortment, a seasonal fruit display; Blue Plate pastries; roasted breakfast potatoes; Kiddo “pancake” dogs; and mini yogurt parfaits.

Participants have the option to walk or run the chip-timed 5K course, or opt for the single mile course, in honor of a loved one who has battled cancer. Form a team or walk as an individual; this is a family event and all are welcome. Registration for the 5K course costs $50 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-12. The one-mile course is $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-12. Children under five are free.

Those who cannot make it on June 17 may register as a virtual runner for $30 and still help raise funds supporting the Imerman Angels mission.

Brunch Run 5k Supporters

Imerman Angels, a Molise PR client, is proud to partner with generous sponsors and partners including: Deloitte US, Magnus Charitable Trust, Blue Plate Catering and Fleet Feet Sports Chicago.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Dave Louthan at or call 312-273-1312. To register for the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5k & Walk, visit or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Imerman Angels CEO, Executive Director and 3-time cancer survivor Ben Bornstein stopped by WGN AM 720 Steve Cochran Show to chat about the annual Brunch Run, as well as Imerman Angels’ mission:  Click the photo below for the full clip:


Next, Ben and and Chef Randall with Blue Plate Catering stopped by FOX Good Day Chicago to chat about the upcoming Brunch Run:

Ben, along with the Imerman Angels cheering squad, also stopped by ABC 7 Chicago to chat about what the Brunch Run has in store for participants:

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Mar 302017

Arthur Murray Presents Dancing with Chicago Celebrities, held on Friday, March 10 at the Hilton Chicago, welcomed nearly 600 guests to the 12th annual, “Rock Around the Clock” themed gala to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Local celebrities and corporate superstars, each paired with a professional partner from Arthur Murray Dance Centers, competed to help raise a record-setting $300,000. Net proceeds benefit organizations impacting Chicago’s fight against breast cancer through preventative research and access to care: A Silver Lining Foundation, University of Chicago Cancer Research, Lurie Cancer Center and City of Hope.

Jason Davis, former NFL player, was crowned 2017 Celebrity Superstar for his high-energy dance moves including his jaw dropping, signature triple flip. Lee Allison, The Lee Allison Company, earned a rousing ovation and took home the title of Corporate Challenge Dance Champion.

The Celebrity MVP trophy for highest fundraising went to NBC 5 TV’s Peggy Kusinski, who dedicated her dance to her sister Patty Kusinski Smith, who died after a fearless battle with breast cancer. Peggy raised an impressive $35,000 to break the celebrity fundraising record previously held by Lou Manfredini of WGN Radio.


The Corporate Challenge MVP for raising the most funds was gratefully awarded to Lee Henderson, Ernst & Young.

Celebrity dancers also included Brent Sopel, former NHL player; Lauren Magiera, WGN TV; Sandra Torres, CBS 2; Liz Nagy, ABC 7; Jenny Milkowski, FOX 32; Anthony Ponce, Backseat Rider Podcaster; and Omar Ramos, Univision.

Corporate Challenge Superstars also included Dr. Regina Stein, Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Joan Morris, The Home Depot; Dr. Nora Jaskowiak, University of Chicago Medicine; Michele Hoskins, Michele’s Foods; Katherine Hampson, UBS; and Tracey Seward from Accenture.

This year’s glamorous competition was judged by Snow Urbin, finalist on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and current Arthur Murray U.S. National Rhythm Champion, Nick Kosovich, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” professional and US and Arthur Murray champion; Jarrett Payton, WGN TV and CLTV, former NFL player and 2016 Celebrity Champion; Quinton MacAdam, Arthur Murray franchisee and Rick Bayless, Top Chef Master and 2006 Celebrity Champion.

Annually, the Dancing with Chicago Celebrities board gives the Katrina Rodriguez Morales Memorial Award to an Arthur Murray professional who has shown exceptional commitment to the event and the fight against breast cancer. This year, the award was presented to Nick Kosovich.

When not hitting the dance floor themselves, guests of the 2017 Dancing with Chicago Celebrities soiree also indulged in food and cocktails, generously bid on silent and live auctions, and enjoyed a special showcase from the professional staff at Arthur Murray.

The event is organized and executed each year through the tireless efforts of the DWCC Board: Jill DeMarlo, Jane Melvin, Dina Bair, Amy Novotny and Steve Baker, who are looking forward to hosting “Lucky 13” next year.

Dancing With Chicago Celebrities is an all-volunteer, 501c3 charity. For more information please visit

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Feb 152017


Imerman Angels Presents the Fifth Annual Blue & White Party

Casino Royale at the I|O Godfrey, Thursday, March 2 

Escape the winter blues and join Imerman Angels, the world’s leading one-on-one cancer support community, at the fifth annual Blue & White Party on Thursday, March 2 from 7-11 pm on the rooftop lounge at the I|O Godfrey (127 W. Huron St.).

Imerman Angels will give partygoers the chance to channel their inner agent at the Casino Royale themed event. Upon arrival, guests will walk the red carpet, enjoy appetizers and sip on select cocktails from the open bar. Guests will also enjoy access to casino games and a chance to win great raffle prizes including Cubs, Blackhawks and Bulls tickets and a Blackhawks or Bulls suite experience. Imerman Angels Founder Jonny Imerman and CEO/Executive Director Ben Bornstein will speak about the mission and its powerful impact during the program.

VIP tickets for the Blue & White Party are $150 and include an exclusive cocktail reception from 6-7 pm, early access to casino gaming and $20 in casino chips. Space is limited. General admission tickets are $100.

Proceeds from the evening will help benefit Imerman Angels’ mission to make personalized connections that provide one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. For more information or to purchase event tickets, visit or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Imerman Angels Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director & Three-Time Cancer Survivor Ben Bornstein and Cancer Survivor, Mentor Angel and Imerman Angels Cancer Support Specialist Ambreen Maan stopped by FOX 32 Chicago studios to chat with Corey McPherrin about the annual Blue and White Party, and the importance of social and emotional support. Check out the clip below:

FOX Good Day Chicago also stopped by the Casino-Royale themed party on Thursday evening. Click below for the full clip:


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Jan 232017

Garrett Mix One Gallon+ Quart Signature Blue



Molise PR Chicago client Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949”, is partnering with its fans and Black Ensemble Theater for Black History Month in February as part of its Garrett Cares™ charitable initiative.

Garrett® will donate 10 percent of all Tin sales* during the month of February to Black Ensemble Theater. The funds will support the Strengthening the School Through Theater Arts, a program that serves students, their parents and teachers in inner-city elementary schools through training in the theater arts. It enables students to increase their cognitive skills development; it equips teachers with strategies to improve classroom management; and empowers parents to help their children become avid learners.

“The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater is to eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon our society through the utilization of theater arts.  BE is the only theater in the nation whose mission is to eradicate racism. Black Ensemble Theater achieves its mission through its productions, bringing races together in a community which embraces similarities and fosters dialogue, understanding and acceptance and its Educational Outreach Programs providing transformative arts programming that serve more than 14,000 inner-city youth annually,” says Jackie Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Black Ensemble Theater. “The donation by Garrett through the generosity of fans has made a significant impact over the years, and it’s through partnerships like this that we can help thousands of children transform into positive productive and successful adults.”

“As a Black Ensemble Theater board member and avid theatergoer, it is an honor to contribute to this incredible organization,” says Scott Schroeder, Garrett Popcorn Shops Chief Brand Officer. “In addition to our Black History Month campaign, this is an exciting month for BE with the opening of My Brother’s Keeper, The Story of the Nicholas Brothers; and the run of Urban Love Story (The Anti-Violence Play) for 7th – 12th grade students.”

Fill any Garrett Tin design and size with any recipe, all of which are handcrafted in small batches throughout the day, including the world famous Garrett Mix®, a combination of CaramelCrisp® and CheeseCorn starting at $33 for a 1 Gallon Tin. Other Signature Recipes include CaramelCrisp®, CheeseCorn, Buttery, Plain, Almond CaramelCrisp®, Pecan CaramelCrisp® and Cashew CaramelCrisp®.

For more information and to place an order, visit or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

To learn more about Black Ensemble Theater visit

*February 1 – 28, 2017. U.S. sales only, up to $20,000.

Nov 142016

Garrett Popcorn Shops®, a Molise PR client, is partnering with internationally renowned, Chicago-based artist Hebru Brantley to create two extraordinary Tin designs inspired by and benefitting the youth that are shaping the world today. Garrett® will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from the limited edition Tins to the Chicago Children’s Choir, a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization.


Hebru Brantley breaks down the walls of cultural boundaries and tells stories using youthful characters and their adventures as the subjects of his art. First inspired by the empowering murals of the Afro Cobra movement that lined the walls of the South Side of Chicago in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Brantley looks to offer the same hope and optimism to the nation’s youth in a more engaging manner.

“Garrett Popcorn Shops and Chicago Children’s Choir are institutions spanning six decades,” comments Brantley. “I’m excited to share my work with the families and communities that both organizations have so passionately served for generations.”

The Chicago Children’s Choir engages 4,400 children annually, and empowers singers to bridge cultural divides and become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in 79 Chicago schools, 10 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children’s Choir reflects the cultural landscape of the city. The Choir proudly serves its community with frequent performances throughout Chicago.

“The pieces that Hebru Brantley created for Garrett Popcorn Shops are a treasure in more ways than one,” says Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir’s President and Artistic Director. “The funds raised through this initiative will help our mission to inspire and change lives through music.”

The limited edition Tins are now available in Shops and online at in any recipe. A One Gallon Hebru Brantley Tin costs $36 when filled with Garrett Mix®, which blends the sophisticated sweetness of CaramelCrisp® with the savory goodness of CheeseCorn; or $15.95 for a One Quart Tin of Garrett Mix (minimum 12 Quarts required for online purchases).  For collectors who seek both Tin designs, a Hebru Brantley Tin Bundle featuring a One Gallon Tin of Garrett Mix and a Quart Tin of Buttery is $51.95.  (Shipping not included in prices.)

“Food, music and art are key ingredients in any culture,” says Scott Schroeder, Chief Brand Officer, Garrett Popcorn Shops. “This partnership is a perfect alignment for our Garrett Cares charitable program.”

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Oct 262016

Imerman Angels Teams up with Omaze
to Send a Lucky Donor and Guest on an Exclusive Trip to Budapest

Make a donation to benefit one-on-one cancer support and get a chance to meet

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling on the set of Blade Runner 2049

Imerman Angels, the world’s largest one-on-one cancer support community, is teaming up with Omaze to send one generous donor and a guest on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Budapest, Hungary in November to meet Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling on the set of their new film – Blade Runner 2049.
Who You Are Supporting

Imerman Angels, a Chicago PR client, is currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary and has become the global leader in providing personalized connections that enable on67d6bdec2d41a9c8531740bd_560x384e-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers, as well as pairing survivors with fellow
survivors. To date, the cancer support community has made
more than 29,500 connections in all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

What You Win

One lucky winner and a guest will win an exclusive trip including:

  • Round trip airfare to Budapest, Hungary (November 3 and 4)
  • Lodging in a four-star hotel
  • The opportunity to watch a scene come to life on a behind-the-scenes tour of the set of Blade Runner 2049
  • The opportunity to meet Harrison Ford and have a private lunch with Ryan Gosling
  • A photographer that will capture all the unforgettable moments for you

How To Enter

Entering to win this trip of a lifetime is as simple as making a donation. A minimum donation of $10 provides you with 100 entries to the contest. The more donations you make, the more chances you have to win! You have a variety of packages you can donate toward in addition to the Budapest trip that include exclusive Blade Runner merchandise such as autographed posters and t-shirts. A portion of theseproceeds will help further the Imerman Angels’ mission.

Click here to make your donation and enter to win the trip to Budapest.

For more information on Imerman Angels, visit or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Imerman Angels was most recently on WCIU You & Me This Morning to chat more about the partnership:

Oct 222016

Wish Upon A Wedding Grants 100th Wish To Extraordinary Couple in Chicago

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

Wish Upon A Wedding, a national nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness OR a life-altering circumstance in all 50 states, is proud to grant its 100th wish to couple Anne and Jon on Sunday, October 23 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N Columbus Dr.) in Chicago. The Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding is proud to be the chapter handling this wish and honored that it is taking place in Chicago.

Anne and Jon first met online in 2008 after Anne had cp2_1425undergone a mastectomy to treat her Stage 0 breast cancer. Anne worried no one would ever love or want her in her post-treatment state. She was scared her physical appearance and her two sons from her previous marriage would cause people to look the other way. Anne’s eldest son who was born with a chromosomal disorder and is unable to speak, is wheelchair bound and completely dependent on Anne.

However, the opposite happened. Anne met Jon and recalls how he immediately and completely accepted her and the boys. “He just came right in and took all of it,” remembers Anne. In addition to Anne’s boys, now 15 and 9, the couple also has a 5-year-old son together.

Although the doctors told Anne the chances of her cancer returning were one in a million after her surgery, a routine scan in October 2014 found the contrary. Anne’s cancer had returned – Stage 4 Metastatic breast cancer. Through it all, Anne continues to remain positive, grateful and always smiling.

When asked what Jon loves most about Anne, he responded without hesitation, “She is amazing. She handles everything for everyone and always puts herself last. She never asks for herself. She is wonderful.” Anne and Jon’s relationship is built on an unbreakable trust, a boundless love and support system, and they are ready to exchange their vows on October 23.

“Granting our 100th wish is an exciting milestone for Wish Upon a Wedding,” says National President Alison Phillips. “Since our founding in 2010, we have been honored to help 100 couples and we look forward to helping grant wedding wishes to many more couples in need.”

The happy couple will say “I Do” during an intimate wedding ceremony organized by Wish Upon A Wedding Chicago Chapter at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Other participating vendors donating their services include Elysia Root Cakes, Carasco Photography, Estera Events, Aria Films, Makeup by Aga, Dimitra’s Bridal, Sarah Drake Design, Fleur, Rosemary Fanti, Elegant Event Lighting, Nimblewell, The Black Tux, Bonnie Cortez, Rosemary of Rosemary Salon and DJ Al Okyne of Okyne Media Lab.

“We are counting down the days until we can see the look on Jon’s face when he see’s Anne walking down the aisle, and can’t wait to watch as those closest to them get to celebrate the love and the family Anne & Jon have built,” says Bianca Hall of Estera Events. “To say we are honored to be part of this celebration is an understatement – we are absolutely overjoyed.”

To read about other granted wishes, apply for a wish or to get involved with the organization, please visit


ABC 7 Chicago stopped by the wedding on Sunday to capture the beautiful day. Check out the clip below:

Anne and Jon’s story was featured on the cover of Chicago Tribune on October 20.


Inside Edition also shared Anne and Jon’s their incredible love story. Click on the photo below for the full piece:


Oct 132016

Continuing the celebration of 75 years as Chicago’s first and finest steakhouse, Gene & Georgetti (500 N Franklin St. downtown; and 9241 W Higgins Rd. in Rosemont) a Chicago PR client, supports National Adoption Month in November by donating a portion of proceeds from dessert sales to Oak Park based Hephzibah Children’s Association.


Guests to both Chicago and Rosemont locations can enjoy signature favorites like Tiramisu, Spumoni, Chocolate Tuxedo Mousse Cake and Gene & Georgetti’s famous Italian Lemon Crème Layer Cake.

Hephzibah’s Group Homes provide a warm and nurturing environment for children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, multiple foster care placements or failed adoptions. Their family based services renew and strengthen family bonds and their foster care services create new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah’s day care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community- regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

“Our family has enjoyed the blessings of adoption, and this cause is very close to our hearts. In partnership with our generous guests who will dine with us in November, we’re proud to support the Hephzibah Children’s Association for the third consecutive year, ” says the Durpetti Family.

For more information, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit

Oct 122016

-Chicago’s Top Wedding Planners Join Forces for a Great Cause-

Wish Upon A Wedding’s Chicago Chapter Presents

7th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball, November 7

An evening of inspired imagination and a celebration of the organization’s 100th wish

12814702_10153933789224330_8025941713943512337_nThe Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding, a national nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness and serious life-altering circumstance in all 50 states, hosts their 7th Annual Blissful Wishes Ball Gala on Monday, November 7 at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N Morgan St.) beginning at 6 p.m.

Wish Upon A Wedding seeks to celebrate the courage, determination and spirit of couples by granting their dream wedding or vow renewal wish, and for these chosen recipients to inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength. Wish recipients have either been diagnosed with less than five years to live or have endured serious life-altering circumstances. The city’s industry professionals join together with the local board to give the couple the wedding of their dreams.

“It’s touching to see the way the wedding industry comes together in support of these couples, and to witness the strength and powerful love our couples share with one another. Getting to know such courageous and kind individuals is inspiring and being a part of an organization with the sole purpose of giving back to those who need it most has given me a new outlook on the true meaning of a wedding.” – Shannon Gail Clemonds, Wish Upon A Wedding Chicago, Marketing Chair

Wish Upon A Wedding’s 2016 Chicago Chapter board includes: President Michelle Durpetti; Vice President Tiffany Munster; Event Chair Misha Newgren; Secretary Kate Facklis; Marketing Chair Shannon Clemonds; Treasurer Lori Stephenson; Wish Coordinators Sarah Deeke and Sandy Sobczak and immediate past president/National President, Ali Phillips.


Beginning at 6 p.m., guests are invited to a cocktail hour to mix and mingle with other guests. A seated dinner, provided by Food for Thought, and the night’s program will begin at 7 p.m. Throughout the night, guests will also enjoy an exciting auction and have the opportunity to meet inspiring individuals. At 10:45 p.m., guests are invited to the Afterglow portion of the night, which includes dancing and decadence to top off the special evening, hosted by Paramount Events.

Additional partners include photography by Studio This Is, videography by Wholehearted Films, music by BeatMix Music, invitations by Magnificent Milestones, linens by Nuage Designs and many more.

The night’s attire is “Metallic” Tie. Tickets for the event range from $25 for an Afterglow Ticket, $150 for an Individual Full Evening Ticket, or $1,500 for a table. To purchase tickets, read about granted wishes, apply for a wish or to get involved with the organization, please visit

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Oct 122016


Ten percent of Signature Pink Tin sales will be donated to A Silver Lining Foundation benefitting the Buy A Mom A Mammogram® program 

Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949,” and a Chicago Public Relations client, is once again partnering with its fans and A Silver Lining Foundation (ASLF) to join the fight against breast cancer as a part of it charitable initiative, Garrett CaresTM.

For the seventh consecutive year, Garrett® will donate 10 percent of Signature Pink Tin sales, in Shops and at, to ASLF during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The funds support ASLF’s Buy A Mom A Mammogram® program, and the mission to ensure that socioeconomic status does not affect an individual’s ability to obtain information, timely cancer screening and diagnosis of breast cancer.

“To date, Garrett Popcorn Shops has raised more than $76,000 for ASLF thanks to the generosity of Garrett fans,” says Scott Schroeder, Chief Brand Officer of Garrett. “The donation has allowed 562 uninsured and underinsured women to receive access to screening mammograms and diagnostic testing critical for early detection and breast cancer treatment.” 

“We are grateful for the support that Garrett Popcorn Shops has given to A Silver Lining Foundation over the past six years,” said Dr. Sandy Goldberg, Founder and Chairman. “Without the generous contributions from companies like Garrett, it would not be possible for us to provide dignified, respectful and equal access to quality breast cancer awareness education and services for all.”

Also benefitting ASLF and available only online at Garrett Popcorn’s Buttery Bundle which features a One Gallon Signature Pink Tin filled with Garrett Mix® and a One Quart Signature Pink Tin filled with Buttery Popcorn for $45.95; the Almond CaramelCrisp® Bundle featuring a One Gallon Signature Pink Tin filled with Garrett Mix and a One Quart Signature Pink Tin filled with Almond CaramelCrisp for $47.95; and a Signature Pink Shorty Pack featuring 12 One Quart Tins filled with Garrett Mix for $152.95.

For more information and to order a Signature Pink Tin in the United States and Canada visit or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

To learn more about A Silver Lining Foundation visit

*Oct. 1 – 31, 2016. U.S. sales only. Up to $20,000.

Click the photo below to listen as Garrett Popcorn Shops’s Chief Brand Officer Scott Schroeder chats with WGN Radio’s Jon Hansen about Garrett Popcorn Shop’s partnership with A Silver Lining Foundation.