¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Celebrate at Mercadito Chicago
Five-course experiential dinner, a special prix fixe menu
and “The Hottest Drink on Earth!”
Make Cinco de Mayo a weeklong celebration at Mercadito Chicago, a Chicago PR agency client, with a Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner on Monday, May 1 and a special five-course prix fixe menu available Friday, May 5. Plus, guests are invited to attempt Mercadito’s Vato Loco cocktail, known as the “Hottest Drink on Earth.”
Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner, May 1 from 6-9 p.m.
Start the festivities early with a special Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner. Guests are invited to enjoy five courses, each expertly paired with Mezcales de Leyenda pours.
Begin the celebration with a selection of Botanas Mexicanas that includes Tostaditas de Tinga de Res, Guacamole con Chicharron, Tacos Dorados, Sopes de Chorizo and Tacos de Chicharron en Salsa.
Guests will then enjoy Tamales de Mole Poblano, revel in Chile Relleno de Quesillo and indulge in Pozole Rojo. For dessert, guests will be treated to Flan Napolitano.
The Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner costs $85 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Cinco de Mayo Five-Course Prix Fixe Menu, May 5 from 4 pm – Close
On Cinco de Mayo, guests can enjoy a special five-course prix fixe menu, $45 plus tax and gratuity. The five-course menu includes a choice of two guacamoles, two botanas or ceviches, four tacos including Chicken Mole, two side dishes and one dessert.
Plus, guests are invited with caution to try the Vato Loco cocktail, known as “The Hottest Drink on Earth” at Mercadito. The Vato Loco is perfectly mixed with ancho- infused blanco tequila, arbol chile syrup, pineapple-habanero puree, whole milk, fresh lime juice, a flaming jalapeno with over-proofed rum and four dashes of Tabasco, $15. Guests are required to sign a waiver form before attempting the Vato Loco cocktail.
Fore more information on Cinco de Mayo or to make a reservation, please call 312.329.9555 or visit https://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.
Ana Belaval and the WGN TV Around Town team stopped by Mercadito for a second year to celebrate Cinco de Mayo all morning long! Check out the festivities they had in store below:
ABC 7 Chicago visited Mercadito where Beverage Director, Paul Tanguey gave viewers an inside look at “The Hottest Drink on Earth.” Click on the clip below for the full segment:
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This Valentine’s Day, “Have a Heart, Help a Heart.” Gene & Georgetti (500 N Franklin St. downtown; and 9241 W Higgins Rd. in Rosemont) is inviting guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day and make an impact.
The Valentine’s celebration runs Friday, Feb. 10, Saturday, Feb. 11, Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14. (Gene & Georgetti is closed on Sundays). On those days, guests may order a hand painted, glittery, red bottle of ONEHOPE Edna Valley Pinot Noir, $69, to benefit heart disease education via The Hope Heart Institute.
For a taste of romance…. the ONEHOPE Pinot Noir has aromas of dark cherry and rose petals coupled with hints of fresh spearmint and nutmeg. The medium body is driven by concentrated fruit and vanilla cherry soda on the mid palate. The wine finishes with a touch of fall spice.
Purchase a bottle to perfectly pair with any signature dish off of Gene & Georgetti’s regular menu, or enjoy the following Valentine’s menu specials:
- Caprese Salad, fresh mozzarella, heirloom cherry tomatoes and green basil $8.75
- Braised Short Rib Ravioli, veal demi glace and tomato beurre blanc, $12
- Land + Sea, a 6 oz. petite filet and day boat scallop or grilled shrimp, with sauce Choron, $49
- Broiled Chilean Sea Bass, with roasted potato, steamed broccolini, and a sundried tomato cream, $37
- Chicken Roulade, stuffed with roasted peppers, spinach, and a fresh tomato-basil sauce, $26
- Every couple that purchases a bottle of the ONEHOPE Pinot Noir will receive a complimentary homemade Panna Cotta dessert for two, espresso-infused Italian Custard made with cream, served with strawberries and house made whipped cream.
“Our Valentine’s Day promotion aligns with our philosophy of giving back to our community – a tradition that our family has proudly maintained since my grandfather Gene Michelotti first opened our doors more than 75 years ago,” says Michelle Durpetti, managing partner of Gene & Georgetti. “For example, this past November, Gene & Georgetti raised $7,300 toward Hepzibah Children’s Association during National Adoption Month, and we continue to support local and national charities throughout the year.”
For more information about Valentine’s Day or to make your reservation, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.
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Devon Seafood Grill, a Top Chicago PR Firms client, located steps away from the Magnificent Mile (39 E. Chicago Ave), is hosting an exclusive four-course wine dinner showcasing fine pairings from Duckhorn Vineyards on Wednesday, April 27 and Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. The initial date of April 27 is already SOLD OUT!
Upon arrival guests will enjoy a selection of Hors’ D’oeuvres including: Arancini Parmigiano Reggiano with truffled mushroom fonduta; Smoked Salmon Rondelle with English cucumber; and Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops with a balsamic reduction, paired with a glass of the Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, a complex and silky wine with alluring aromas of lemongrass, Kaffir lime, vanilla and green papaya.
For the first course, guests will enjoy a Pan Roasted Wild Striped Bass with sautéed leeks, fennel, wild mushroom, blistered grape tomatoes and a sauce vin blanc, accompanied by the Duckhorn Napa Chardonnay, a vibrant and complex wine from its aromas of Bosc pear, lemon cream, vanilla and chai to its silky entry and bright minerality.
The second course includes a Crab Stuffed Shrimp a la Diavolo, crab stuffed shrimp, crispy polenta cake and a Diavolo sauce, perfectly paired with a glass of the Golden Eye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, a wine that explodes on the palate with flavors of bright cherry, blackberry, wildflowers and pomegranate, as well as more savory layers of earth and leather. Silky tannins underscore this wine’s exceptional structure and texture, while leading to a long, lush finish with a touch of redwood.
Next, guests will savor a New York Strip Steak prepared two ways with Prime New York Strip Steak, Grass Fed New York Strip Steak, gorgonzola au gratin potatoes and sauce bordelaise alongside a glass of the Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot, a complex and compelling wine with aromas of Santa Rosa plum, crème de cassis, violet and Herbes de Provence to its enticing flavors of olallieberry, sticky toffee and vanilla bean.
End the meal on a sweet note with a Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake, dark chocolate, Colombe espresso, espresso crème anglaise and raspberry coulis paired with a glass of the Canvasback Washington State Cabernet, a gorgeous expression that begins with effusive aromas of blackberry, marionberry and black cherry. As it evolves, layers of mocha, cinnamon and clove reveal themselves, as well as hints of sarsaparilla and black licorice, all of which frame the fruit, while adding depth and nuance.
The Duckhorn wine dinner costs $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and space is limited. To secure your spot, call Tim Sherlock at Devon Seafood Grill at (312) 440-8660. For more information, visit www.devonseafood.com/chicago.
For Exclusive Runway Event Featuring Designer Inbal Dror
With ticket proceeds donated to the Illinois Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding
The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, a Molise PR client, the upscale wedding and events venue, is partnering with Dimitra’s Bridal Couture and Modern Luxury Brides for an exclusive event featuring designer Inbal Dror on Sunday, April 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, 1009 North Rush Street.
The runway event and will feature the Fall 2016 bridal and evening gowns designed by Inbal Dror, with the U.S. debut of the Spring 2017 collection one week before it is unveiled at New York Fashion Week.
Brides will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with designer Inbal Dror at the cocktail reception before and after the runway event. Brides will also get the chance to schedule a trunk show appointment on Saturday, April 9 or Monday, April 11, with an opportunity to shop the latest 2017 collection and work one on one with the designer.
During the cocktail reception, brides will savor in delicious hors d’oevures and cocktails from The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, tasty sweets by Elysia Root Cakes, with coordination by Michelle Durpetti Events and event design by Derrick Taylor of Taylor & Co.
Makeup artistry for the event courtesy of Traci Fine from Fine Makeup Art & Assoc., hair styling from Eric Graham of Erin Graham Hair, wardrobe styling from The Wedding Dresser’s Caroline Shaw, and featuring groom’s attire from J. Hilburn.
Brides will also have the opportunity to meet renowned photographer Syed Yaqeen and founder of Chicago’s leading video production company Mirar Productions’ Philipe Carvalho.
As the event concludes, each bride will walk away with a luxury gift. Tickets are $50 per bride or $75 for bride and a guest. To purchase tickets, call Dimitra’s Bridal Couture at 312.787.0920 or click here.
Ticket proceeds from the event will be donated to the Illinois Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding.
Next is the New Zealand Lamb Chop, complete with a Wild Mushroom Risotto, Sautéed Haricot Verts and Rosemary Demi Glace, complemented by a glass of Ferrari-Carano Trésor, with vibrant aromas and flavors of blackberry syrup, baking spices, toasted oak, black tea, cedar, vanilla and cassis, with lingering sweet oak notes of crème brûlée and dark chocolate.
End the meal on a sweet note with a Fresh Berry Romanoff, complete with Grand Marnier Macerated Mixed Berries, Fresh Whip Cream and White Chocolate Mousse, paired with a glass of the 2014 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Noir, a truly unique dessert wine made from Black Muscat grapes grown in the Russian River Valley with intense aromas of rose petals, blueberry jam and cardamom spice to end the night.The Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner costs $65 a person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Tim Sherlock at (312) 440-8660. Please visit www.devonseafood.com/chicago for more information.
1-on-1 Cancer Support Community Celebrates Tenth Anniversary in 2016
Imerman Angels, a Chicago PR Agency’s client, is pleased to announce that Erin Leyden has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit, one-on-one cancer support community.
Leyden will continue to serve as Director of Development at Imerman Angels, in which capacity she is responsible for fundraising, marketing, corporate partnerships and event planning efforts. Since joining Imerman Angels in 2013, revenue nearly doubled and she continues to create and manage major annual fundraising events such as the Wings of Hope Gala, which has honored influencers in the cancer community including 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, Walgreens, and Fleet Feet CEO Dave Zimmer. Leyden has also played a large part in the development and success of Team Imerman Angels (running program).
“Erin Leyden has played a critical role in the development of Imerman Angels during the past three years,” says Imerman Angels Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Ben Bornstein. “I am excited to work alongside her in this expanded role as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary and continue to grow our cancer community and network of survivors and fighters to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”
Prior to serving as Director of Development for Imerman Angels, Leyden served as Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.
A Chicago native, with a Master’s Degree in Information Systems, Leyden first entered the non-profit world through the founding of her own organization in 2006 after her young son started having seizures. Leyden and her family soon started the American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation, a national organization created to raise epilepsy awareness and provide support to those affected by epilepsy and their families. In 2009 Leyden was recognized by People Magazine and Major League Baseball as an All Star Among Us for her work in her community.
In 2010, Leyden merged the organization with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago to better serve the 130,000 individuals living with epilepsy throughout Illinois. As the Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications she oversaw all of development including events, volunteers, outreach, and all aspects of marketing and communications.
Erin Leyden lives in Norwood Park with her three children and her husband, Patrick who is an instructor and team leader for the Chicago SWAT team.
For more information on Imerman Angels, to learn how to become a Mentor Angel and to stay up to date on events and volunteer opportunities visit www.imermanangels.org or call 877-274-5529.
Transparent with Kellye Howard &
The Big SEXY Show Produced by Burlesque Star Michelle L’amour
The Comedy Bar, a Molise PR client, located at Gino’s East River North’s third floor (500 N LaSalle St.), recently announced two all-new shows to their hilarious weekly lineup – Transparent with Kellye Howard and the Big SEXY Show.
Transparent: Every Thursday through February 25, 9:30 p.m.
‘Transparent, from the inside out’ is a comedic peek into the mind of a clinically diagnosed bipolar maniac. ‘Transparent’ is the original works of comedian and writer Kellye Howard, expressing the constant struggles and required skills to see through society driven pressures to be “normal”. The show also hilariously highlights how these expectations change based on class, race and gender. Bold and honest, Kellye tells it like it is, with no fluff. She’s vulnerable, open and very ‘Transparent’.
Kellye Howard is a nationally recognized performer best known for her appearance on Nickelodeons NickMom ‘Night Out’. She has also been seen on NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’, Comedy Central, OWN network ‘My Life is a Joke’, and FOX ‘Laughs’ amongst several others.
Big SEXY Show: Every Saturday Beginning January 16, 11 p.m.
The hottest show in Chicago has landed at The Comedy Bar. Big SEXY Show is a tour de force of burlesque, comedy, circus, vaudeville and music created by internationally acclaimed showgirl and Burlesque Hall of Fame inductee Michelle L’amour.
This show features an ever-changing lineup and rotating cast of over 50 of the best striptease artists, nationally touring stand-up comedians and other strange and wonderful folks to entertain, titillate and amaze you. Fans will never see the same show twice!
Additional Weekly Shows at The Comedy Bar
Drunk Science with Sean Flannery, every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Hosted by Chicago comedian Sean Flannery, Drunk Science is a comedy show about the science of what happens to your brain when you drink, interspersed with funny anecdotes, pictures and more.
Weekly rotating headliner shows are on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Plus, stop in to Gino’s East River North before the show to enjoy Chicago’s original deep-dish pizza and other specialty menu items, plus sample new craft beers on tap provided by Gino’s Brewing Company.
Tickets for The Comedy Bar cost $20. For tickets and information, visit ComedyBarChicago.com or call 312.836.0499.
Follow on Twitter: @TCBChicago and www.facebook.com/TCBChicago.
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For this year’s Big Game, put down the pig skin and pick up Chicagoland’s favorite barbecue from Real Urban Barbecue, a Chicago Restaurant PR Firm’s client, located in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave), Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive). RUB’s special carry out menu is available for pick up on Sunday, February 7 and is sure to make your party a big hit with specialty dishes and appetizer options, gourmet sandwich platters, party packages and more!
Super Party Packages
The Kickoff, serves 8-10 guests, for $89:
20 Smoked Wings (BBQ or Buffalo)
3 lbs Pulled Pork, Chicken, Turkey or Texas Sausage
2 Quarts Homemade Mac & Cheese
2 Quarts Baked Beans
1 Dozen Mini Buns
The Halftime Show, serves 15-20 guests for $199:
4 lbs of Brisket
4 lbs of Pulled Pork, Chicken, Smoked Turkey or Texas Sausage
1 Full Pan Mac & Cheese or Golden Corn Bake
½ Pan Cole Slaw or Baked Beans
3 Dozen Mini Buns
The Game-Winner, serves 20-30 guests, for $299:
6 lbs of Brisket or Burnt Ends
6 lbs of Pulled Pork, Chicken, Smoked Turkey or Texas Sausage
1 Full Pan Mac & Cheese
1 Full Pan Golden Corn Bake
½ Pan Cole Slaw or Baked Beans
5 Dozen Mini Buns
*All packages include RUB’s Original & Texas BBQ Sauce, Brain Buster Pickles & serving utensils. Substitutions are not permitted.
Whole Side of Smoked Salmon, served with capers and lemons, average 3-4 lbs, $68
Shaved Prime Rib, in natural au jus served with creamy horseradish sauce, $19.99/lb
Gourmet Sandwich Platters
Sandwich platters cost $95 and include 24 sandwiches. Meat options include:
Smoked Prime Rib
A la Carte sandwiches available for $3.99 each when you purchase one or more sandwich platters. The sandwiches are served cold on an egg-washed bun and include lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, horseradish mayo, dijon mustard and Brain Buster Pickles.
Appetizers & More
Moinks, smoked bacon-wrapped meatballs, $16/dozen
Shrimp Cocktail, with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges, $36/dozen
Bone-In Whole Pork Shoulder, serves 12-15 guests, $65
Maple Glazed Pig Candy, maple-glazed candied bacon, $24/dozen
Smoked All Beef Cocktail Franks, simmered in Original BBQ sauce, $29/50 pieces
BBQ Meatballs, simmered in Original BBQ sauce, $30/60 pieces
Brisket Chili or Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, $10.99/quart
Smoked Buffalo Wings, tossed with a choice of BBQ or Buffalo sauce, $9.99 for 10 wings, $19.99 for 20 wings, and $27.99 for 30 wings
Football & Stadium-Shaped Sugar Cookies, $20/dozen
Game Day Themed Cupcakes, $36/dozen
Call Real Urban Barbecue to make your game plan today. Prices are subject to change. Real Urban Barbecue may not be able to accommodate orders or changes made less than 48 hours in advance. A credit card is needed to secure your order. Orders that are not picked up will be charged 50% of the total bill. For more information or to order your game day feast call 847-947-6474 or visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com to download the full menu.
Below is a sneak peek behind the scenes with Big John Howell and RUB’s Jeff Shapiro:
— Real Urban Barbecue (@RealUrbanBBQ) February 4, 2016
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Neighborly Quest: Decoct-A-Bock vs. Undecoct-A-Bock
Gino’s Brewing Company, located on the first floor of Gino’s East River North (500 N. LaSalle), teamed up with Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago (1 W Grand Ave) on Wednesday, December 16 for a unique craft beer experiment to unveil the myths behind the age-old brewing process of decoction mashing.
Before malted barley was well modified, a portion of the mash was boiled to achieve a consistent brew in a process known as decoction mashing. These days, single infusion mashing is more common yet some brewers continue to decoct. Why? Some swear by a fuller flavor imparted by boiling the grain. However, others think that in this day and age, decoction mashing is a big waste of time.
This collaboration between Gino’s Brewing Company’s brewmaster Kevin McMahon and Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago’s head brewer Hayley Shine is the true essence of nerdy brewer futility. The two have worked together to create two versions of a German style Bock. Gino’s Brewing Company’s Decoct-A-Bock uses a single decoction mash and Rock Bottom Brewery’s Undecoct-A-Bock is made with a single infusion mash. Their only mission is to settle once and for all if there is a difference in the color, aroma or flavors between the two methods.
“The spirit of collaboration in our community fosters creativity, paves the way for innovative and unique creations by offering brewers the opportunity to share professional techniques and experiences,” says Kevin McMahon. “I am excited to work with such an accredited and respected brewer like Hayley Shine of Rock Bottom Brewery to not only collaborate and share the spirit of creativity between two brands, but to also create a beer that puts an age old brewing practice to the test in our modern age of brewing. It gives a “Mythbusters”-esque angle to this project that I find fascinating. I can’t wait to try these beers side by side.”
On Wednesday, December 16 guests were invited to sample the collaborative craft beers side-by-side. Guests visited both locations and compared the flavor profiles of each brewing method and collected both souvenir pint glasses.
For more information on Gino’s Brewing Company or Gino’s East River North or to make a reservation, visit www.ginoseast.com.
Gene & Georgetti Rosemont (9421 W. Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL, 60018.), popped open the Champagne bottles and rang in the New Year with a special performance from Chicago-based jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro on December 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Along with a menu of classics like prime steaks, chops and Italian fare, at midnight, guests enjoyed a complimentary Champagne toast to ring in the New Year. (Gene & Georgetti’s downtown location at 500 N. Franklin also served a complimentary Champagne toast.)
Gene & Georgetti celebrates 75 years in 2016, as Chicago’s original steakhouse.
Dubbed as having “one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today” by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago-based jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro is a modern classic. Paul has an infectious passion for the material he chooses and is currently enjoying sold-out engagements in Chicago’s world-famous venues, including the Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and at his highly acclaimed debut appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park. He has also been named as having the “Best Performances of the Year” in the Chicago Tribune in both 2013 and 2014. His performances have sold out on both of his recent west and east coast debuts, and is becoming one of the most in-demand and respected male vocalists in the industry today.
Gene & Georgetti’s event director Chris Rebollo shares New Years Eve entertaining tips on WGN Morning News. Click on the photo below to watch the full clip:
FOX Morning News and Michelle Dupretti ring in the New Year Eve with party appetizers from Gene & Georgetti. Click the photo below to watch the clip:
MUSICIAN DRAKE BELL PERFORMED AT HARD ROCK CAFE CHICAGO
WITH SPECIAL GUEST LIBERTY DEEP DOWN
Guests Enjoyed VIP Access with an Exclusive Meet & Greet with Drake Bell
On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, hosted a live performance and an exclusive VIP Meet & Greet with Drake Bell. Additionally, food and beverages were served throughout the show.
No stranger to the big stage – Bell is best known for his roles on Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show, his starring role on Drake & Josh and for co-writing and performing the theme song to Drake & Josh entitled “Found A Way.” In 2005, Bell released his first debut album, Telegraph, followed by It’s Only Time in 2006 and Ready, Set, Go! in 2014. Bell has toured high schools all around the U.S. during the High School Nation Tour and continues to write and perform with his band.
The special guest opener was Ohio native rock band, Liberty Deep Down, who is known for their unique pop-alternative sound with catchy melodies and vocals. The band has received instant recognition after the release of their 4-song EP back in 2013. This high energy rock band has toured throughout the Midwest, Northeast and West Coast and continues to play live shows, all while gaining fans nationwide.
While in town, Drake Bell also made sure to stop by WCIU You & Me This Morning to serenade Melissa and Jeanne. Click on the photo below for the full performance and interview:
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) November 7, 2015
You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!
Randhurst Village Celebrates the Holiday Season
Presenting The Magical Animated Holiday Light Show
It’s the most magical time of the year, and Randhurst Village, a Chicago PR firm client, at the corner of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect, is celebrating the holiday shopping season with a Magical Animated Holiday Light Show that will make the whole family awestruck.
From December 11 through December 21, Randhurst Village will present a magical light projection show every night at Center Court. The show will be projected onto a portion of the Hampton Hotel building, bringing it to life with a customized 3-D projection featuring elves, icicles, snow and other holiday images, all set to dramatic holiday music.
The light show will run every half hour from 6 – 8 pm each evening. On Friday and Saturday, December 11, 12 and 18,19, there will be a pre-show with Those Funny Little People Holiday Elves at 5:30 pm.
Randhurst Village is located at the intersection of Rand Road (Rt. 12) and Elmhurst Road (Rt. 83) in Mt. Prospect, IL 60056.
For more information visit www.RandhurstVillage.com or call (847) 259-0500. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.
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The Chicago Hunter Derby returned to the picturesque Annali-Brookwood Farm (18752 Edwards Road, Antioch, IL) this weekend September 4 – 6, 2015. This signature, annual event was hosted by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, and raised over $150,000 in 2014, with more than $500,000 in total contributions made since its inception in 2009.
This year’s benefiting charities were: Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation. The derby weekend kicked off Friday with a National and International Welcome Stake sponsored by Sea Change Farm.
On Saturday the excitement continued with the $5,000 National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Glory Days Farm and Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse. The guests enjoyed the first round of the $50,000 International Hunter Derby sponsored by Canadian Pacific, a transcontinental railway providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. Spectators also enjoyed lunch and beverages, shopping, children’s activities and petting zoo, and the Derby After Dark Party, sponsored by Meadowview Farm, featured live music, great food, libations, courtesy of Angel’s Envy Bourbon.
On Sunday, the scenic property transformed into a lavish event. Sunday’s premier event was the handy round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (featuring the top 12 riders after Saturday’s first round of competition) along with the awards presentation. VIP table holders enjoyed a fantastic champagne brunch, a performance of the National Anthem by singer and songwriter John Vincent, a Calcutta, silent and live auction items, shopping and special children’s activities sponsored by the Novy and Vogel Families.
For more information about the Chicago Hunter Derby please visit www.chicagoequestriansforacause.com.
2015 Chicago Hunter Derby Sponsors Included:
Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse
Glory Days Farm
Land Rover Lake Bluff
Lefton Glick Family Foundation
Sea Change Farm
The Novy and Vogel Families
Upper Echelon Academy
Phelps Media Group
DBY Events & Invitations
Sophisticated Living Magazine
Rocco Fiore & Sons
Our Day Farm
Christina Benaiges, who is originally from Venezuela, moved to Chicago in January 2013 in search of new life experiences. Christina feels a deep personal connection to Imerman Angels, having been touched by cancer multiple times as the caregiver to her mother and grandmother who are both breast cancer survivors.
Benaiges attended the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas where she majored in Business Administration and received a diploma in Marketing in 2007. Prior to Imerman Angels, her experience includes working for consumer package goods companies in accounting and marketing.
“I look forward to joining Imerman Angels as a Spanish language Cancer Support Specialist,” says Benaiges. “Family is such an important aspect of the cancer fight for the Hispanic community, and we know our personalized connections will be a welcome extension of that family dynamic.”
In addition to bringing on bilingual team members, Imerman Angels also plans on launching a second website translated into Spanish in the near future to provide greater access to one-on-one support for the Hispanic community.
Click below to watch Imerman Angels’ interview on 670 AM The Score Radio:
To watch Imerman Angels discuss offering support in Spanish on WCIU You & Me This Morning, click here.