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.

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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 www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Jun 162017
 

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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.

Ready…Set…Brunch!

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 dave@imermanangels.org or call 312-273-1312. To register for the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5k & Walk, visit brunchrun5k.com 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:

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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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Feb 152017
 

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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 www.ImermanAngels.org 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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Oct 262016
 

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

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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.
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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
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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 www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

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

Sep 242016
 

 

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Imerman Angels presents the third annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 17 from 6 p.m. to Midnight at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (160 E. Pearson St.). The evening will continue the organization’s 10-year anniversary celebration and advance its mission to provide connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.

The Wings of Hope Gala is a black tie optional event that celebrates life and compassion. The evening begins with a welcome reception including cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity for guests to bid on impressive silent auction items. At 7 p.m. guests will be escorted to their tables where they will enjoy a special ceremony honoring Dr. Steven T. Rosen and City of Hope. Actress and Chicago native Bonnie Hunt, who first pursued her acting career at the renowned Second City Theater while working as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will emcee the evening’s program.

Imerman Angels, a Chicago Public Relations client, has selected City of Hope as the recipient of the 2016 Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service in the Cancer Community, an award that recognizes healthcare providers who demonstrate exceptional medical service and care for their patients and their families. Accepting the award will be Dr. Steven T. Rosen, the Provost, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Beckman Research Institute for the City of Hope. Past recipients of the Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service include the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

The program includes a seated dinner, remarks from Imerman Angels co-founder Jonny Imerman, co-founder John May, and Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director Ben Bornstein, a live auction featuring extraordinary items, and live music/dancing courtesy of Dr. Bombay.

Tickets for the event cost $350, with VIP tickets available for $500. To purchase your tickets or to learn more about the event, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact events@imermanangels.org or call 312-273-1304 for more information.

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Jul 062016
 

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The Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk at Montrose Harbor will serve as the official kickoff to #WorldCancerSupport Month. On Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 am, over 1,000 runners and walkers will come together to raise funds to support Imerman Angels mission of providing one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

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“Our mission of connecting cancer patients with Mentor Angels is free, always has been free and always will be free. Events like the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk help ensure that we can continue to offer our service free of charge to those who are battling cancer. No one should have to face cancer alone,” says three-time cancer survivor and Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director Benjamin Bornstein.

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. Created by 2014 Catering Chef of the Year Paul Larson, the 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; breakfast burrito; house made breakfast bread assortment, a seasonal fruit display; Blue Plate pastries; roasted breakfast potatoes; Kiddo “pancake” dogs; and mini yogurt parfaits. Each participant (21 and older) receives a mimosa as well as a michelada created by Blue Plate’s resident mixologist, Lov Carpenter. Other drink options include Gatorade Propel, Hi Ball Energy drinks and an iced coffee bar provided by High Brew Coffee.

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Participants can walk or run the chip-timed 5K 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 is $50 for adults and $15 for children ages five to 12. Children under five are free. Each participant who registers between now and July 20 and raises a minimum of $100 will receive an Imerman Angels picnic blanket to enjoy brunch on (while supplies last).

For those who are out of town or cannot make it on July 23, they can register as a virtual runner and still participate in this fun event. Imerman Angels, a Chicago PR client, is proud to partner with our generous sponsors and partners which include: Deloitte US, Magnus Charitable Trust, Lilly, Conquer Cancer Foundation, The Allegretti Family, Merrimack, Blue Plate Catering, Fleet Feet Sports Chicago, Corona Extra and Corona Light, Beaver Donuts, Clif Bar, Gatorade, Hi Ball Energy, High Brew, Julian’s Recipe and Chicago Athlete.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Erin Leyden at eleyden@imermanangels.org for more information. To register for the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5k & Walk, please visit www.brunchrun5k.com or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Jonny Imerman and Ben Bornstein recently stopped by WCIU You & Me This Morning to chat about the upcoming Brunch Run. Check it out below:

Ben Bornstein also made a stop at WGN AM Radio to visit the Steve Cochran Show. Click the photo below and fast forward to the 01:25 mark to listen to Ben’s full  segment:

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Jonny Imerman and Ben also stopped by ABC 7 studios to discuss the Brunch Run 5K & Walk. Click the photo below to check out the segment:

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Ben and Blue Plate Chef Randal Jacobs also made an appearance on FOX Good Day Chicago. Click below:

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The morning of the Brunch Run 5K & Walk, FOX Good Day Chicago spoke with Ben again to get a firsthand look at the fun happenings around Montrose Harbor. Check it out below:

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Jun 152016
 

La Mez Agave Lounge, a Molise PR client, has been featured on the cover of Redeye Chicago in their 20 Must-Try Summer Cocktails in Chicago, check it out below!

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Join Imerman Angels and Golf Chair Stan Siuta at their sixth annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 14 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Harborside International Golf Center (11001 S Doty Ave). Imerman Angels, a Chicago Public Relations firm currently celebrating their 10th Anniversary, continues to be the global leader in providing personalized connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers, as well as pairing survivors with other survivors, with more than 26,000 connections made to date in all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

Guests will enjoy an afternoon of golf, lunch, on-course beverage options, courtesy of Revolution Brewing and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, games with great prizes, fabulous auction items, first-class giveaways, and more. In addition, new to the Golf Outing this year, participants will receive a complimentary clinic with golf-pro Tim Overman at 11 a.m. and have the chance to win a luxury vehicle courtesy of Howard Orloff Imports with a hole-in-one on the 8th hole!

Golfing begins at 12:30 p.m. with a Shotgun Start on the Starboard Course, which was ranked as the #3 “Best Courses You Can Play” in Illinois by Golfweek in 2014. After the eighteenth hole, guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and program.

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Tickets for individual golfers are available for $350, or $1,400 for a foursome. Proceeds from this event benefit Imerman Angels and their mission to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact events@imermanangels.org. And for more information or to purchase event tickets, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 312-273-1304.

Mar 182016
 

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Join Imerman Angels, a Public Relations Chicago client, as they reflect on the success of the past decade and look forward to the next!  The one-on-one cancer support community will kick off its 10th Anniversary Celebration at their annual Blue & White Party on Thursday, March 24 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the I|O Godfrey (127 W Huron St).

Guests of the Imerman Angels Blue & White Party will walk the red carpet, enjoy appetizers, and sip on select drinks from the open bar including a special signature cocktail – the Angel Mule. During this time, partygoers will meet extraordinary individuals, Imerman Angels’ supporters, and hear inspiring stories from cancer survivors.  Guests will also enjoy an exciting raffle featuring Beyonce and Coldplay tickets, signed Jonathan Toews jersey and Blackhawks tickets, RPM Steak and Studio Paris certificates, 2 tickets to an exclusive Hollywood premier starring Ed Helms and Owen Wilson, and much more. The emcee for the night will be FOX Good Day Chicago AnchorCorey McPherrin

“There’s nobody I know who’s more passionate, more dedicated, and more committed to his cause than Jonny,” says Corey McPherrin. “As a long-time supporter of Imerman Angels and a cancer survivor myself, I couldn’t be more honored to serve as emcee support.”

“Imerman Angels started with a simple concept: to connect a cancer fighter with a survivor for emotional support,” says Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 and Imerman Angels Board Member. “After a decade, the organization is now recognized as a leader not only within the cancer community, but also within the medical field. What was once a simple idea ten years ago is now an essential resource, with global reach, for anyone fighting a harrowing disease like cancer.”

VIP tickets for the Blue & White Party are $150 and include an exclusive cocktail reception from 6 – 7 p.m. Space is limited. General admission tickets are $85.

Proceeds from the event benefit Imerman Angels and their mission to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.  For more information or to purchase event tickets visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 877-274-5529.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Magnus Charitable Trust, Title Sponsor; River North Crossfit, Champion Sponsor; Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors, Connector Sponsor; Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Chicago Vein Institute, Friend Sponsors; Beverage Sponsors Lagunitas Brewing Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Ferro Farms Cider and Reed’s Ginger Beer; Radio Partners WTMX-FM 101.9 The Mix and WSHE 100.3 FM; and Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH as the exclusive Media Partner.

“While Imerman Angels celebrates this milestone anniversary of enabling one-on-one cancer support, we’ve only just begun to fulfill our mission,” says Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director Ben Bornstein. “Millions of people across the world- our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors- will continue to be diagnosed with cancer, but they will never have to face it alone. As a three-time survivor I am driven, along with our staff, volunteers, donors and supporters, to help more people with our incredible program.  We look forward to our next chapter as we continue this fight against cancer together.”

Imerman Angels will continue its 10th Anniversary Celebration throughout the year with events across the country including Los Angeles and New York City; plus special Imerman Cake social media giveaways, World Cancer Support Month in August, with a designated “Stand Out Against Cancer Day” on August 19, followed by a spectacular Wings of Hope Gala on September 17, and so much more.

Imerman Angels visited FOX Good Day Chicago to talk about the annual Blue & White Party, click on the photo below to watch the full segment:

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Imerman Angels 10th Anniversary was featured on NBC 5 Chicago, click on the photo below to watch the full segment:

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Feb 032016
 

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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.

2Leyden 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.

Dec 282015
 

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The Chicago Blackhawks’ Vice President and General Manager, Stan Bowman, hosted a public appearance of the championship Stanley Cup at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (63 W Ontario), a Molise PR client, on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. to Noon. As one of the Cup’s final public appearances on its national tour, guests spent “A Day with the Stanley Cup” with proceeds benefiting Imerman Angels, a non-profit with a mission to provide personalized 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.

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IMG_0074With a donation of $20 per person at the door, guests had the opportunity to pose with the Cup and capture images on their own personal devices. Additionally, guests could take home one printed photo for an extra $10 courtesy of Deja Views Photography. Each additional photo after that was $5 each. Children 12 years and under were free at the door. Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will donated 15 percent of food and beverage purchases during the event to Imerman Angels.

Stan Bowman’s connection to Imerman Angels, a Molise PR client, dates back to 2007, when he was battling his diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Seeking support, Stan was introduced to Jonny Imerman through a mutual college friend, former NHL player, Justin Duberman. Having gone through his own battle with cancer, Jonny and Stan connected and fought through the cancer together. In 2013, Bowman joined Imerman Angels’ Board of Directors alongside a highly qualified team of corporate and community leaders.

The event was a HUGE success. We had every local news station stop by to cover the day and had a total broadcast publicity value of $105,987!

 

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Total Nielsen Audience: 677,262

Total Publicity Value: $94,255

 

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Total Arbitron Audience: 142,500

Total Publicity Value: $11,732

To learn more about Imerman Angels and this event, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 877-274-5529. For more information on Hard Rock Cafe, visit www.hardrock.com/chicago.

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Nov 252015
 

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The 19th annual Edison Park Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk and kids’ Gobble Gallop returns to Chicago 10405474_805976739476087_7636639647989448953_non Thanksgiving, November 26, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Edison Park Field House (6755 N. Northwest Hwy). Packet pickup begins that morning at 8 a.m. This year’s run will benefit Imerman Angels, a non-profit and Molise PR client, with a mission to provide personalized matches that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

The Edison Park Turkey Trot is one of the longest running and most popular runs in the Chicago area. More than 5,000 walkers and runners are expected to take part in this year’s race in Chicago’s historic, northwest neighborhood of Edison Park. It is one of the few turkey trots in the area where proceeds go directly to charity. Since its inception, the Edison Park Turkey Trot has donated almost a million dollars to various charities.

The race winds its way through the tree-lined streets of Edison Park, ending at the Edison Park Fieldhouse where the race also begins. Each participant will receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt. Registration for the Edison Park Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk is $20 online; and $25 for in-person or on race day.

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The Gobble Gallop is available for young children ages 3-12 and will take place before the Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk beginning at 8:20 a.m. Everyone is a winner in the Gobble Gallop and all participants receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal and a race bag (race bags are provided to pre-registrants only). Registration for the Gobble Gallop is $12 per child online; and $15 for in-person or on race day.

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Online registration for the Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk and Gobble Gallop is open until Sunday, November 22 10696231_805977076142720_3734874263420750283_nat 11:59 p.m. at www.epturkeytrot.com. Registration forms can be downloaded online and submitted in-person on any of the packet pickup dates. Registrations forms sent by mail must be sent to 7280 W. Devon Ave and received no later than November 20.

Racer packets can be picked up on Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 22 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports (4762 N. Lincoln Ave); Monday, November 23 from 4-8 p.m. at Emerald Aisle (6686 N. Northwest Hwy); or the morning of race at the Edison Park Field House from 8-9 a.m.

Race day registration t-shirts will be given on a first come, first serve basis for both adult and children participants. Note: Participants who register online after Thursday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m. will not be eligible to pick up their packet at Fleet Feet Sports on November 21 or 22.

Event sponsors include A-Trendz Auto & Truck Accessory, Acierno Family Dentistry, AT&T, Chicago Park District, Committee to Elect Judge Eve Marie Reilly for Judge, Cook & Kocher Insurance Group, Inc., Edison Park Lutheran Church, Emerald Isle, Edison Park Inn, Firewater Saloon, First Nations Bank, Fleet Feet, Friends for Anthony Napolitano, JCB Electric, Joseph Mullarkey Distributors, Lifetime Treasures Photography, Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Michael Malatesta for Judge, Presence Health, Sir Speedy, Suerth Funeral Home, Unforgettable Edibles, Guaranteed Rate-Dan Werdell, and Century 21-Mary Beth Balcarcel.

For more information, to register, donate, or to sponsor a runner, please visit the event website at www.epturkeytrot.com. Or, call the event hotline at (773) 792-9005.

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Aug 242015
 

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Imerman Angels presented the second annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 12 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The affair welcomed 320 guests and raised $301,000 benefitting Imerman Angels’ mission to enable connections that provide 1-on-1 cancer support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.

The formal event began with a welcome reception including cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Chicago with entertainment provided by pianist Dave Hedlund. Guests were then escorted to their tables where they enjoyed an impressive three-course dinner, a riveting live auction hosted by professional auctioneer David Goodman, and a special ceremony celebrating the evening’s award recipients led by the evening’s emcee, cancer survivor and NBC 5 Morning News Co-Anchor Zoraida Sambolin.

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The honorees of the Wings of Hope Gala included Walgreen Co., who received the Wings of Hope Award, which recognizes the outstanding efforts of a group or individual who has contributed greatly to the growth and strength of the Imerman Angels mission. Walgreens was recognized for their support and commitment to providing hope, strength and inspiration to their cancer patient and caregiver consumers including putting Imerman Angels brochures in the pharmacy section of select stores around Chicagoland. The Wings of Hope Award was accepted by Richard Ashworth, PharmD, President, Pharmacy and Retail Operations and Nimesh Jhaveri, RPh, Divisional Vice President.

Fleet Feet Sports Chicago was awarded the Angel Award for Community Outreach, accepted by Dave Zimmer, CEO and Owner Fleet Feet Sports Chicago, Co-Owner of Chicago Endurance Sports. The Angel Award is given to a group or individual that has continually exemplified their commitment to spreading awareness of the Imerman Angels mission. Dave Zimmer and Fleet Feet Sports Chicago was recognized for their constant support of and instrumental role played in the promotion of Imerman Angels’ second leading fundraising initiative, Team Imerman Angels, including apparel, training and overall awareness.

The Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service was awarded to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. This award recognizes healthcare providers who demonstrate exceptional medical service and care for cancer patients and their families. In addition to the expertise and emotional support they provide to their patients from diagnosis and treatment through survivorship, the partnership the Lurie Cancer Center has with Imerman Angels allows them to help more people touched by cancer. The award was accepted by Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, Director of the Lurie Cancer Center.

The live auction items for the evening were an impressive collection of lifetime experiences, and were a major centerpiece for fundraising for the evening. Packages included: a NASA Space Center Experience; a two-night trip to London and Manchester United Football Club experience; Lights, Action, Camera!, a two-night trip to Los Angeles with a walk-on role on one of ABC’s top television hits; a Blackhawks Personal Experience with Stan Bowman; a Private Home Dinner Party with “Top Chef” Carlos Gaytan; and a Tuscany, Italian Home for 10 with a Private Chef.

The program included a very special moment where all Imerman Angels Mentor Angels in attendance were asked to stand and were recognized by all for their undying dedication to providing invaluable 1-on-1 support to their mentees battling cancer. The evening commenced with dancing to live music courtesy of Dr. Bombay.

Sponsors for the gala included Walgreens, Eagle Seven, MedAvail, Hegele Logistic, AJ Capital Partners, and Daily Planet Ltd. Generous event donors included The Bill Bass Foundation, Mark Graf, Lincoln International LLC, Natalie Stolarski, Google, Golub & Company of IL, LLC, Michael Rubin, James Akers Mark Sullivan, Pete DePerte, Amanda Mortenson, Jessica Fox, UBS, John Leonard, and Ventas, Inc.

Tickets for the event cost $300. For more information on the Wings of Hope Gala or to learn how to become a sponsor at next year’s event, visit www.imermanangels.org.

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On Friday, August 7, Imerman Angels and Sleefood presented the inaugural Cuisine for Cancer (CuisineForCancer.org), Chicago’s first of its kind collaborative culinary event, at Morgan Manufacturing during Imerman Angels’ World Cancer Support Month.

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Chefs from over 20 of Chicago’s top local restaurants worked with ten local charities to create an original Latin fusion-themed dish which was judged by a panel of Chicago celebrity judges, including Candace Jordan of Chicago Tribune, and Israel Idonije of the Israel Idonije Foundation and former Chicago Bears player. The restaurant and charity team that received the most recognition from the judges  received the highest profit, with the other charities equally sharing the remaining profits. Guests were given two tokens upon arrival, along with the opportunity to sample all of the competing dishes and cast their votes for the Peoples’ Choice award.

The event was loaded with vibrant evening sampling creative Latin fusion cuisine expertly crafted by chefs from renowned Chicago restaurants including: The Bedford, Big Wig, Black Bull, Bull & Bear, Carnivale, Real Urban Barbecue, Carriage House, Dinner Lab, El Hefe, Frontier, The Hampton Social, HUB 51, Japonais By Morimoto, Jellyfish, Loews Chicago Hotel, Mercadito, Mott St, Municipal, Nacional 27, Public House, Q BBQ, Taco Joint and Warm Belly Bakery.

The event benefits ten local charities to help raise awareness for Chicago’s cancer community including: Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, The H Foundation, Imerman Angels, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Lynn Sage Foundation, Receptions For Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Susan G. Komen, Twist Out Cancer and YHIM.

Cuisine for Cancer was hosted by Imerman Angels and Stephen “Sleefood” Lee and emceed by WGN AM radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez.

Screen shot 2015-07-23 at 12.00.02 PMImerman Angels is very excited and proud to announce August as World Cancer Support Month. Below you will find the official proclamation from Chicago’s very own Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

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Marcos Campos, the Executive Chef at Black Bull, demonstrated how to prepare a unique pork cheek taco recipe on FOX Chicago:

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Dinner Lab chef Daniel Espinoza makes beer battered shrimp tacos with pineapple and jicama slaw & discusses Cuisine for Cancer on WGN TV:

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No one should have to face cancer on their own! Imerman Angels hosted their inaugural Brunch Run 5K at Montrose Harbor on Saturday, July 11 at 8:30 a.m. to help raise funds that benefited Imerman Angel’s mission to enable personalized connections that provide one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

The Brunch Run was a 5K with a reward worth running (or walking) for. Participants received an event lifestyle t-shirt and enjoyed a beautiful course at Montrose Harbor, an on-course “FauxMosa” (non-alcoholic mimosa) station, a Belgian waffle station by Julian’s Recipe and a signature brunch from Chicago’s esteemed Blue Plate Catering once you cross the finish line!

Participants were encouraged to walk or run the chip timed 5K course in honor or in memory of a loved one who is or has battled cancer. They had the option to form a team or walk as an individual for this is a family event. Individual and team fundraising incentives were awarded to those who raised the most funds on behalf of Imerman Angels.

Imerman Angels  combined the love of fitness with the love of food by partnering with Blue Plate Catering for the first ever Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K. When participants crossed the finish line they were invited to dig into a full spread of delicious brunch items including a Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sandwich; Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach and Egg White Sandwich; Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich; Baked Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast Casserole; Breakfast Burrito (Gluten free option available); Apple Wood Smoked Bacon; Seasonal Fruit Display; Blue Plate Pastries; Roasted Breakfast Potatoes; Kiddo “Pancake” Dog; and Mini Yogurt Parfaits. Plus sip on Mimosas from the Mimosa Bar!

Imerman Angels was also proud to partner with Fleet Fleet Sports and Goose Island for its inaugural Brunch Run 5K.  Generous sponsors include Deloitte US, the Chicago Wolves, Hi Ball Energy, High Brew, Julian’s Recipe, and Chicago Athlete magazine.

“Fleet Feet Sports is really excited to partner with Imerman Angels for the Brunch Run 5K. This event is a great way for runners and non-runners alike to take part in a fun, new event and, by doing so, help Imerman Angels continue to provide the important services to those impacted by cancer….besides who doesn’t love brunch!!” 

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Team IA also stopped by FOX studios last week to discuss the inaugural Brunch Run 5K. Check out the full segment below!