Posts Tagged ‘Chicagoland’

3rd Annual Double Denim Bar Crawl

Chicagoland Bar Crawlers aimed their fundraising efforts towards Autism Speaks while poking fun at an outdated fashion trend.

For the third consecutive year, the Double Denim Bar Crawl mocked denim fashion, because a jean jacket paired with jeans is just too excessive.  For the first year, the DDBC partnered with the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks to raise money and awareness for Autism.

On April 9th, 170 Denim-Wearing Bar crawlers made it to 5 different bars in the Wrigleyville, Chicago neighborhood.  Acid-washed jackets, jean shorts, overalls and various denim accessories were spotted throughout the crowd, which managed to raise $2200 and have a radical time doing so.

Contests included Kiddie Cocktail Races, a Double Denim Dance Off and Denim Fashion Awards (such as Denim Princess and Best Double Denim).  Over $1000 in raffle prizes were awarded as well.

If you’d like more information, or would like to sponsor/donate/partner with the DDBC next year, please contact the Denim King himself, Ben Warner, at

Click here for additional pictures and more coverage in Chicago Magazine.

E Street Care’s Benefit Concert and Silent Auction

December 27, 2010 4 comments

This guest post is by Dana Morris, the Events Director of the Chicagoland Chapter at Autism Speaks.

E Street’s owners Tom and Kathy George don’t have kids of their own. But you wouldn’t know it by meeting them and seeing their genuinely warm spirits and caring personalities. Tom and Kathy have been dressing the North Shore of Chicago in top premium denim since 1990 and have made their place in the community. On Friday, November 12th they hosted their second annual Care Concert, which benefitted Autism Speaks and Syd Rocks, another local charity. It was a cold and rainy night but you wouldn’t know it by entering the festively tent complete with holiday lights. Over 200 guests enjoyed fantastic food and beverages while rocking out to the sounds of Danny Chaimson and the Gold Coast All Stars, who kept the dance floor filled all night. A fantastic silent auction featuring local businesses rounded out the evening with offerings from E Street, a signed guitar and a photo portrait sitting.

We came to know Tom and Kathy through Spencer Savitz and the Savitz family, whose walk team, Team Tyler, over the years has raised over $500,000 for the Chicago walk. Spencer’s friends sold raffle tickets as well as custom Autism Speaks bracelets all night and pretty much didn’t take no for an answer. The E Street family has been a wonderful partner to the Chicagoland Chapter and continues to help raise from for Autism Speaks year round –complete with our logo on the doors of their locations in Chicago and Wisconsin. We cannot thank E Street Denim and the Savitz Family for their outstanding commitment to Autism Speaks.

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Campbell for Kids Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

February 18, 2010 5 comments

On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, Brian Campbell, Defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, hosted a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. to raise funds for his new foundation, Campbell for Kids.  The mission of the foundation is to raise funds for charities throughout Chicago and Illinois that serve children with special needs and learning disabilities. During this first year, the focus is to raise funds for autism, and Brian has named Autism Speaks as a primary charity partner.

The event was a tremendous success, with $115,000 raised. With dozens of celebrities in attendance, including Tony Esposito, Jim McMahon, Patrick Kane and other current and alumni Blackhawks team members, guests enjoyed a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mingle with some of Chicago’s greatest athletes.  Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter Vice Chair, Tricia Brouwers, acknowledged Brian Campbell during the opening remarks and expressed pride to be named a partner.  More than 750 guests enjoyed top-notch tournament play. As an added benefit, those tournament players responsible for eliminating Blackhawks and the other celebrity players during the tournament received the Blackhawks jerseys right off their backs! Guests also enjoyed unlimited drinks and dining, live entertainment, casino gaming, a silent and live auction, as well as cash prizes that were awarded to the top five players in the tournament.  The auction was an area of interest with several auction packages including signed memorabilia, including a helmet signed by hockey great Tony Esposito and dinner with three Chicago Blackhawks team members helped to raise more than $20,000 alone.

Brian Campbell speaks at the event.

Campbell’s interest in helping children sparked while in New York playing for the Buffalo Sabres. Brian spent time volunteering at the Summit School which provides special education for children and young adults with disabilities. At Summit he had the opportunity to interact with the students during the school day as well as attend various events to advocate for the education of individuals with disabilities. Since 2005, Brian has continued his relationship with Summit School through hosting the Summit Golf Tournament, where all proceeds benefit the school. Brian looks forward to expanding his work with Illinois-based students through his new foundation, Campbell for Kids. For more information on Brian Campbell, click here.

We are proud to partner with Campbell for Kids to grow and expand support for families in the Chicago area.  Congratulations to Brian on a tremendous event!

Check out more photos from the event!

The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity

February 18, 2010 1 comment

On Thursday, February 10, 2010, the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks welcomed over 300 guests to the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity, which is one of Chicago’s largest single-day charity events.  Autism Speaks is proud to commemorate nine years as a charity partner of this highly regarded Chicago black-tie event.

 The Chicago Auto Show opened its doors to a select group of guests for a sneak preview the night before it opened to the public.  Guests of Autism Speaks enjoyed a special VIP reception, complete with hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine, sweets and good company.  Agatha DeFranco, this year’s event chair, acknowledged Mercedes as our single-largest contributor, in addition to recognizing Kim Wolf, who helped to launch this event in 2003 and chaired it for eight years running.  The black-tie affair allowed participants to peacefully stroll the show floor amid opulence not present during the public portion of the Chicago Auto Show.  Abundant hors d’oeuvres and drinks awaited those getting the first look at the more than 1,000 new vehicles – some on display for the first time anywhere at the Chicago Auto Show.

This year’s First Look for Charity has raised nearly $75,000 in support of Autism Speaks.  Congratulations to Agatha DeFranco on a job well done.

Check out more photos from the event!

Agatha and her date, her son, Johnny


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