Feb 052018

Auto Show

As it enters its 27th year, First Look for Charity has helped raise nearly $48 million for Chicago-area charities. Attendees at the charity gala will be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres; champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks; and special entertainment presented by the automakers in their displays – all while being the first to see the nation’s largest auto show – the Chicago Auto Show – before it opens to the public the following day.

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than one million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space.

The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity

  • Will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 from 7-11 p.m.
  • Is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier, single-day fundraisers
  • Annually raises more than $2.5 million for 18 local charities
  • Last year, a record $3 million was raised for 18 local charities.
  • Goal for 2018 is to reach $3 million.
  • Two attendees will have the chance to win one of two cars: a 2018 Ford Mustang or 2018 Ford Expedition
  • An expected 200,000 samples of world-class food and beverages will be available during the event
  • Tickets can be purchased at FirstLookforCharity.org
  • Follow the conversation on social media with #FLFC18

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Click here to see Molise PR client Real Urban BBQ and 2018 Chicago Auto Show chairman John Hennessey talk about the upcoming event with Dina Bair on WGN Midday News:


Dec 022017

Union Hospitality Group, which owns Union Sushi & Barbecue Bar, The Franklin Room and The Madison Bar & Kitchen is proud to announce TakeOut4Cancer, a new initiative where $1 from every meal delivery will benefit Imerman Angels, a free one-on-one cancer support community.  The partnership launched on #GivingTuesday, November 28.

Each order is delivered (via the restaurant directly, DoorDash or Grubhub) in a complimentary, reusable keepsake tote.

“As our restaurant concepts continue to expand in the city, our delivery service continues to grow into new neighborhoods,” says Mike Schatzman, owner of Union Hospitality Group. “We realized this is an ideal community outreach platform for charity- with the support of our customers who order from us, but at no additional cost to them.”

“We’re grateful to Union Hospitality Group for developing this innovative program and selecting us as beneficiary,” says Imerman Angels CEO & Executive Director Ben Bornstein.   “Not only will the funds help support Imerman Angels, but we will also be able to directly reach more homes with our mission to provide free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.”

To learn more about Union Hospitality Group’s new delivery service for charity program visit www.TakeOut4Cancer.com. For information on Imerman Angels, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Click here to see the team talk about the partnership on the Steve Dahl Show:

Aug 312017


Petterino’s gears up to celebrate 10 years of Monday Night Live

“MNL began a decade ago with a simple concept – provide a unique entertainment option in Chicago’s theater district on a typically “dark night”. We’ve blended a sophisticated setting, professional atmosphere and appreciative audience for established and emerging singers to try out new work or simply have some fun,” says MNL executive producer, founder and co-host Denise McGowan Tracy. “We’re thrilled that it caught on and that the unique combination of talent, supper club setting and location has made MNL one of the longest-running open mic concepts in Chicago.”

Nearly 800 singers have stepped onto the stage over the years. Cast members from dozens of touring and local productions from theaters including The Goodman, The Lyric Opera, Porchlight Music Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Broadway in Chicago, and many others have popped up in MNL’s audience. Jazz artists, cabaret performers, opera singers, pop vocalists have also shared their musical talents.

The anniversary celebration will run for a month every Monday beginning September 25.

Each evening will feature $10 wine bottle specials; and a complimentary slice of birthday cake and Champagne toast for guests.

September 25 – The SOLD OUT kick-off event promises appearances by old friends and new from the cabaret community in the impromptu format that has delighted crowds over the years

October 2 – Special guests from the cast of Billy Elliott at Porchlight Music Theatre

October 9 – Special performance from the cast of Rock of Ages at Drury Lane Theatre

October 16 – Special guests from the cast of the regional theatre premiere of Fun Home at Victory Gardens Theater


Monday Night Live $19.95 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu and Specialty Cocktail

As always, audience members may dine on the extensive Petterino’s menu and avail themselves of the MNL special menu, as follows:

The Dynamic Duo cocktail celebrates vivacious co-hosts Beckie and Denise; gin, pomegranate, orange juice and lime juice, $10.

Featured starters, choice of one: Choice of Tomato Bisque or Soup of the Day; Caesar Salad or Petterino’s Salad; or Crispy Fried Calamari.

Featured entrees, choice of one: Five Cheese Ravioli, burrata, pomodoro sauce; One Hundred Layer Lasagna, parmesan, ricotta, and Bolognese; Almond Crusted Whitefish, vegetable gratin; or Chicken Pot Pie, all white meat, asparagus, baby carrots, peas, green onions.

Featured dessert, choice of: Seasonal Sorbet, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Peppermint or Vanilla Ice Cream.

Petterino’s Monday Night Live begins at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. There is no cover charge, however there is a $19.95 food and beverage minimum. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 312.422.0150.

Denise McGowan Tracy, who pitched the idea to Lettuce Entertain You and produces and co-hosts the evening, has been a presence in Chicago’s entertainment community on-stage and behind the scenes for over 30 years. She was the manager and House MC at the storied Lettuce Entertain You nightclub, Byfield’s, in the 1980s. She’s been a television host, Director of Entertainment for Navy Pier and is now the President of her full-service event company, DMT Entertainment and Events. www.dmtentertainment.com She was honored by the Chicago Cabaret Professionals with their Gold Coast Award in 2014 for her career-long efforts to promote and encourage local talent. She returned to performing at MNL in 2007 after what she refers to as, “… a brief 25 year-hiatus.”

Beckie Menzie is one of Chicago’s most sought after performers and musical directors in Chicago and beyond. Hailed as, “indispensable to Chicago Cabaret” (Chicago Tribune), Beckie’s Carnegie Hall debut was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Now & Then series; other NYC credits include Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland. Beckie has received four prestigious After Dark Awards as well as the Gold Coast Award from Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Menzie also provides musical direction to many local and national artists and tours in concerts around the country with singing partner, Tom Michael. www.beckiemenzie.com

About Petterino’s

Steps from Michigan Avenue, located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, Petterino’s specializes in classic Italian dining, prime steaks and fresh seafood. In addition to lunch, dinner and brunch, Petterino’s offers pre-theatre and after-work specials as well as power lunches for the downtown business community. www.petterinos.com

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Jan 052015

Our Chicago Event Public Relations firm was busy promoting festive activities this holiday season.  Our Molise PR client, historic downtown Long Grove, invited visitors to experience a winter wonderland this holiday season and to stroll quaint, festively decorated cobblestone streets and enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, and family fun!

This year Long Grove was “Smitten with Mittens”! The Long Grove Business and Community Partners collected mittens (new or gently used and clean), from Thanksgiving to December 24 to donate to those in need at the Family First Center of Lake County.

Gerri Gwarnicki from High Tea with Gerri (144 Old McHenry Road) was featured on WGN Morning News to provide viewers with a stress-free scone recipe and stress-free last minute gift ideas found in Long Grove’s independent shops. Click below to watch the full segment:


Visitors shopped for unique gifts, jewelry, apparel, art, collectibles and more at Long Grove’s specialty shops, plus enjoyed dining, entertainment and festive fun for the whole family. Shoppers could collect & present receipts totaling $150 (excluding tax and gratuity) and receive a free gift from The Visitors’ Center.

Holiday Weekend Festivities

Holiday horse-drawn carriage rides, sponsored by the Forsythe family, returned on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at Mill Pond Shoppes, just outside of Galena Canning Company, on Robert Parker Coffin Road. The village also hosted a number of other holiday events like Santa visits, the Cookie Walk, storytelling with famous Long Grove author Tobin Fraley, Humbug scavenger hunts and coloring contests, and a festive musical performances by Jack Eiler. The festivities also included the Historic 40-foot flagpole on Towner Green, cheerfully decorated with lighting to resemble a holiday tree. Previously, Terry Druggen, an Al Capone associate, erected the flag pole on his Long Grove farm during prohibition. Druggen’s assistant would raise the flag (originally double the size, and visible from a mile away) if it were safe to return; if the flag was lowered, it meant someone was looking for Druggen and he should stay away. Lightening stuck the flag pole in the 1950s reducing it to its more modest 40-foot height.

Holiday Merchant Events

Long Grove’s shops and merchants also hosted special holiday events and deals from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Mangel Gifts featured live holiday music from Bill Robinson & Friends. The store also opened early at 7 a.m. on Small Business Saturday with 20% off all purchases and free coffee and doughnuts for holiday shoppers. The Long Grove Café Restaurant also held a Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner, in which guests were treated to a four course meal with five different wines for each course and a “welcome wine” upon arrival. Families could also visit with Santa at Ma & Pa’s Candy and shop for stocking stuffers & holiday treats while enjoying their famous apple cider doughnuts. Speaking of Santa, The Village Tavern and The Long Grove Café Restaurant each held their own special events with old St. Nick as well!


Oct 172014

The highly anticipated Long Grove Village Art Market, which urged guests and participants alike to “Be a Part of the Art,” was packed with interactive events for the family and exciting opportunities for juried artists and young, emerging artists alike to showcase their art.

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Photo by the Daily Herald newspaper

The art market, which was organized by the Molise PR client Long Grove Business and Community Partners (LGBCP), with the help of Adlai E. Stevenson High School business and marketing students, featured displays and tents from artists of all ages and skill levels. The Long Grove Village Art Market featured the works of talented juried artists, new emerging artists, and budding artists in grades 2-8.

Among the top tier of skill level at the art market were the juried artists represented over the weekend. The distinctive artists brought pieces as diverse as paintings ranging from oil, acrylic, and watercolor, to forms of art such as jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, fiber, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media. All were available for purchase and for visitors’ viewing pleasure. There was a little of something for even the pickiest of art aficionados!

Emerging artists also had their separate exhibit to showcase and sell their work. High school students and adults ages 18 and older, which comprised the eligibility for the “emerging artists” category, were able to interact with passersby and other artists to gain from the perspective of those who took interest in their work.

As part of the Long Grove Business and Community Partners’ mission to impact aspiring artists of all ages and calibers, the “Budding Artists” category was reserved for artists in grades 2-8. These artists received recognition and support from their school communities, taking the opportunity to exhibit their artwork. The positive reinforcement of peers and others interested in art helped these young artists gain confidence in their work.

Even if you weren’t there as an artist yourself, there was still plenty to do besides supporting the art of others to “Be a Part of the Art” at the Long Grove Village Art Market! The Art-A-Palooza presented fun events for the whole family to take part in. Among the myriad of activities available to guests were dart art, face painting, henna art, and recycled music featuring instruments made from recyclable products (proving art could be environmentally responsible too!). Humans and pets alike enjoyed the music of the day, as this picture proves:


Many guests also helped take part in painting an over-sized drawing of historic Long Grove, putting the value of teamwork to the test. If all that wasn’t sweet enough, there was even a Long Grove Confectionery artist demo, in which a professional chocolatier creatively used chocolate as an artistic tool!

The shops of Long Grove also provided art for visitors to fall in love with. The charming shops of downtown Long Grove boast thousands of treasures waiting to be discovered inside. Guests viewing art outside at the festival could find creative collectibles that sparked their interest in the shops as well.

Ronnie Wachter, who covered the Long Grove Village Art Market with a story in the Buffalo Grove Countryside after the festivities had concluded, interviewed executive director of the LGBCP Sharon Fine about the event.

The vibrant, community-conscious setting at the Long Grove Village Art Market not only gave artists the chance to show off their talents during the two-day celebration, but also served as an opportunity to support and encourage local artistry for everyone involved. As per usual, the charming and historic village of Long Grove provided fun for the whole family with hospitality and community involvement.