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Thresholds and The Brandon Marshall Foundation to host “Limelight”

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Thresholds and The Brandon Marshall Foundation partner to host “Limelight” at Morgan Manufacturing on October 10th to shed light on mental illness

Google ‘stigma’ and it is defined as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person…the stigma of mental disorder.” One in four adults has a mental illness. That staggering fact means that most of us have a friend, neighbor, or family member who is suffering. Stigma drives those who have a mental illness into the dark, causes many to suffer silently, and often prevents people from seeking help for fear of being labeled. That fear puts families at risk, sabotages jobs, friendships, and relationships. Brandon Marshall, a star wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, has made it his mission through his foundation, to eliminate stigma. He has bravely stepped forward to share his story and, in the process, has become a beacon of light for others.


Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives through health services, employment, advocacy and housing. I was introduced to Thresholds four years ago when donating to their Mothers Project, which assists young mothers living with a mental illness while caring for their children. As a mother of two young children, I can only imagine the challenges these women face. Thresholds has given these mothers the skills to become better parents, and of crucial importance, has provided stability for their children. Thresholds saves lives and families one person at a time.


Thresholds and The Brandon Marshall Foundation have partnered to host Limelight on October 10th for an evening of delicious food, drinks, and mingling with Brandon and his Bears teammates. We hope that the event will raise awareness about the organizations and begin to eliminate the stigma around mental illnesses. Please visit to purchase tickets or bid on unique auction items. For more information about Brandon’s mission visit and to learn more about Thresholds.


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Chicago Bears and Miller Lite Football Season KickOff Concert

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Hey everyone, it’s me Samantha, one of Billy Dec’s summers interns! I recently heard about this cool upcoming event, and wanted to share it with you!

The Chicago Bears, and Miller Lite are teaming up to bring you the hottest football kickoff party and concert around. This event will take place on Friday September 5th at the House of Blues located in Chicago, and doors will open at 7pm with a live concert at 8pm.

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Expect to see a live performance from the band MAGIC! There will also be appearances from some of your favorite Chicago Bears players, and you’ll have the opportunity to take photos with them, and get their autographs. Also, you will have the chance to snag some fabulous prizes including Chicago Bears tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, and other awesome prizes!

Who- Diehard Chicago Bears & Magic fans!

What- Miller Lite Chicago Bears Kickoff Concert

When- Friday, September 5th

Where- House Of Blues
329 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654

Why- Why would you want to attend the hottest football & concert party of the year?

Tickets are only $35, and you better get them before they sell out. For information on the Miller Lite Chicago Bears Kickoff Party visit HERE!


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Chicago Bears “Bear Down” Documentary

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So, the Bears didn’t make it to the playoffs this year (insert sad face,) but you can help spread some good juju for next year and help a film come to fruition. “Bear Down” the documentary produced and directed by Chicago local Joseph Martinez is a true account of the relationships and family bonds surrounding the dedication of the game. The film is inspired by his own personal attributes with his father and enjoying games.

Join in support to help raise funds to complete the film and market to the best film festivals in the world on January 12th at 4:00 pm at Fig Media (156 N. Jefferson). Mix and mingle with cocktails, light appetizers and great deejay tunes. Event is free and spread the word. All campaign donations are at!

It’s the people that make this film count. But let’s hear it for Joseph and his passion for the Bears and Chicagoans!

Thanks – Janiece Noel Rejba

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Bacon, Sports, and Beer Celebration Benefiting Chicago Cares!

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Grab some bacon, drink some beer, and play some sports at this awesome opportunity to celebrate three of the best things in life. Wash down some warm and delicious bacon at this delectable event at Union Station’s Great Hall. On November 23rd, taste various samples of scrumptious bacon inspired creations from more than 30 different restaurants (like Frontier, Atwood Cafe, South Water Kitchen, Big Fork, and more!).  Savor beer samples from over 30 craft breweries as well, all in a fun, social, and sports themed environment (such as Lagunitas, Magic Hat, New Holland, and more)!

What should you wear to this mouth-watering event you ask? Throw on a jersey of your favorite sports team and prepare yourself for pictures on social media! Get creative with your outfit because the best looking Bacon Bro and Bacon Babe of the night will get a surprise award. Make sure to stretch and be ready for some entertaining sports games throughout the night such as Nerf games, pop-a-shot, TV’s with games on, and sports trivia!

A minimum of $5,000 of the ticket proceeds go to Chicago Cares, a Chicago based charity organization whose volunteer programs help make Chicago a better place to live. Within the past 20 years, Chicago Cares volunteers have completed more than 1.4 million hours of service through over 30,000 group volunteer projects. So satisfy your appetite and have some fun at the Bacon, Sports, and Beer Celebration! Buy your tickets and find out more details here.

See you there!
Abby Cin

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Champions for Children’s with the Lurie Children’s Hospital

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Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital presents, the Fifth Annual Champions for Children’s, on Friday November 1, from 6:30pm to 10pm at the Hilton Chicago.



Guests will rub shoulders with some of the biggest names and legends in Chicago sports while benefitting patients and their families. In 2012, close to 1,000 guests appeared and, since its launch, the event has produced over $1.2 million for the 149,000 patients treated at the hospital each year. All funds raised are used to enhance the hospital’s capacity to provide the very best medical treatment and kind care to every child in need.











Chicago’s sports teams who have shown incredible support of the patients and families served by Lurie Children’s will continue to be highlighted this year, as well as, individual athletes and sports world notables who are dedicated to giving back to their community. A few of the special Chicago sports guests this year will include: Anthony Adams (Chicago Bears), Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks), Dave Corzine (Chicago Bulls), Chris Gandy (NBA), Sidney Green (Chicago Bulls), Todd Hollandsworth (Chicago Cubs), Bob Love (Chicago Bulls), Calvin Thomas (Chicago Bears), James “Big Cat” Williams (Chicago Bears), Grant Mulvey (Chicago Blackhawks), and Dan Pasqua (Chicago White Sox).

The Special evening will also include, announcer and Chicago Bears Director of Sports, Jeff Joniak as the Master of Ceremonies, a presentation of the Champions for Children’s award to the Chicago Bulls, interactive entertainment, a one of a kind silent auction and a post-party following dinner for all guests.

This is a benefit and fun event you won’t want to miss being apart of!

Katie Betken

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Reach Out and Read Proves that Reading Rocks!

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We read to escape from reality, jump in on the latest book gossip (hello Hunger Games) or to simply pass a class. Yes, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, I am talking to you. Whether it’s for personal enjoyment or not, many of us take for granted to beauty and knowledge we can learn from one another through the form of the written word. For me, reading has always been a significant part of my life. From bedtime stories to the annual Summer Reading List, and now casual enjoyment, I found that books only expanded my imagination.


Reach Out and Read, is a remarkable nonprofit organization filled with medical-providers who promote early literacy and support children by emphasizing the significance of reading in order to build a successful life. Currently, Reach Out and Read serves more than 122,000 at-risk and/or underprivileged children and their families annually in Illinois alone. They build on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. Join the team for a family-friendly fundraising event benefiting, Reading Rocks, which benefits Reach Out and Reach, hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


The event will include live entertainment for kids and adults, raffle items, complimentary goodie bags for the children, a ‘make your own book’ craft table and for the Chicago Bears fans, access to full bar and flat screen TVs.  Although Reach Out and Read are constantly giving back to the community, they ask to consider bringing a new or gently-used children’s book to donate to the Illinois program. Each donated book increased your chances to win fabulous door prizes and to better enhance a child’s life.


Tickets range from $15 for Adults to $10 for Children (under twelve) and can be purchased on the link below. Don’t forget, this is where great stories just begin.   The event is on November 17th at Noon, Marcello’s Father & Son Restaurant.


Angelique Abramowicz


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Cocktails w/ Chicago Bears’ Rashied Davis & Teammates for Education at Rockit!

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***UPDATED Monday, June 10th, 2013. Rashied Davis will host this year’s “Cocktails for Education” again at Rockit Bar and Grill – Tuesday June 11th from 6-9pm. For more info and tickets, click HERE!***

Fans of the Bears, helping the community, Education, great food & drink, meeting amazing people… This event is for you!!!  Chicago Bears’ Rashied Davis has supported my philanthropic events for art, theatre, feeding poor.. for years.. and I am honored to help him get the word out about how his huge heart has taken it to the next level by hosting his own huge party for a wonderful cause on Tuesday May 17th from 6-8p at Rockit Bar & Grill (22 W. Hubbard)!

This amazing event will support Rashied Davis Charities’ efforts to “teach students how to overcome obstacles to success through inspiration, preparation and discipline.” They help empower the fundamentals of reading, writing and speech to underserved kids teaching them how to apply tools to problem solve, communicate properly and just be an all around contributing member of society. I’m fully on board w/their mission, I have often talked about how communication leads to relationship building which leads to personal growth and opportunities.. And I’m always behind a fun time to help accomplish all of that!

So join us May 17th!  You can mingle with a bunch of Chicago Bears like Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Anthony Adams, Jerry Azumah, Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox… different local celebrities, media, and all around fun supporters from everywhere who just care like you… cocktails, appetizers, silent auction & more… Get your tickets now: and I’ll see you there!

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Chicago Bears Alum Anthony Adams Dancing with Chicago Celebrities at Arthur Murray for Breast Cancer

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a Chicago Thing readers:
In my quest to make a fool out of myself on countless occasions, this is an occasion where I can raise money for breast cancer. I am honored to be participating in Arthur Murray Dancing with Chicago Celebrities. Participating in this great event gives me a chance to do what I love: Dance and Compete!

First of all, I love to dance. Dancing for a great cause gives me more incentive to do what I already love. Arthur Murray is raising money for breast cancer and it motivates you to dance because the quote is, “We’re Fighting Breast Cancer With Every Step We Dance!”

Secondly, I love to compete! There is a chance for me to win the MVP Award which goes out to the celebrity who can raise the money for breast cancer. So, I want to win the overall competition and the MVP Award. You can donate money here:
Scroll down to my name and donate money. Remember, the best nation is donation!

The event will take place March 8, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker Drive. It will be in the Regency Ballroom. Festivities begin at 6pm. Doors to ballroom open at 7pm. For tickets and more details click here

- Anthony Adams

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Champs for Charity Good for Players & Fans


It’s a tough time to be a hockey fan. The ongoing lockout doesn’t seem to be near an end at all, games are being canceled handfuls at a time, and the list of players signing overseas continues to grow.

Despite the lockout, players from around the league have been arranging charity games.  Last Friday, Adam Burish, former Blackhawk (and current San Jose Shark) arranged Champs for Charities at Allstate Arena with an all-star roster that benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana – a charity close to the Blackhawks organization.

The game certainly did not disappoint the fans.  If anything, it left us all wanting & longing for more. The all-star roster was split into 2 teams: Team Chicago (all current/former Hawks, except for Joe Corvo) vs. Team World (basically players with no ties to Chicago, except for Daniel Carcillo).

Team Chicago consisted of Patrick Sharp, Andrew Ladd, Jake Dowell, Troy Brouwer, Jamal Mayers, Craig Adams, Adam Burish, Patrick Kane, Jim Vandermeer, James Wisniewski, Brian Campbell, Joe Corvo, Craig Anderson and captained by Jonathan Toews.  Team World was made up of Bobby Ryan, Greg Campbell, Jordan Staal, Daniel Carcillo, Mike Brown, Antti Miettinen, Shawn Thornton, Ville Leino, Jared Boll, Ryan Suter, Alex Goligoski, Tom Gilbert, Niklas Backstrom and captained by Kimmo TimonenRobbie Gould, from the Chicago Bears, was the celebrity coach for for Team World and Ryan Dempster, former Cubs pitcher, for Team Chicago.

The game was everything fans wanted: fun, light-hearted and high scoring.  During the 3rd period Danny Carcillo jumped over the boards of the Chicago bench and started “fighting” with Dempster. The final score was a tie: 15-15.   To determine a winner there was a 5 round shootout with Daniel Carcillo being the final shooter; if he made his shot, World won, if he missed the shootout continued. Carcillo made his shot and proceeded to taunt the Chicago bench at which point Toews jumped over the boards and tackled Carcillo.

In the end, the night was a complete success raising a total of $323,500 for RMHC-CNI –  $73,500 over the initial fundraising goal set for the event – and the fans got to see some of their favorite players hit the ice.  Go here to see the entire set of pictures from the game.

-Alex Chwastek & Grace Sweeney

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Jerry Azumah: 4th Annual ASAP Signature Bowling Event

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Hello my fellow Chicagoans! My name is Micaeh Johnson and I’m the Executive Director of the Azumah Student Assistance Program. I’m guest blogging today to tell you all about our 4th Annual Signature Bowling Event taking place this Wednesday but first… let me take it back a few years.

In 2009, All Pro, Former Chicago Bear, Jerry Azumah and I attended a charity event at the House of Blues for President Bill Clinton.  During our visit with the former White House resident, President Clinton said something that would stick with me forever. He mentioned contributions from American households comprise 75% of all giving to nonprofits every year. I looked at my friend and event co-chair, Jerry and smiled knowing the work we did for the Azumah Student Assistance Program (ASAP) that included small donations from our tight and influential network, was a piece of that 75% and our efforts were a part of a bigger picture. A picture that includes over 1,300 listed charities in the Chicagoland area alone!

Every day, Chicagoans attend events that contribute to programs supporting cancer research, environmental concerns, preservation of the arts and like ours, resources for education.  At ASAP, besides opening our mouths for support and soliciting corporate support, we produce ridiculously fun events several times a year.  On Wednesday May 16th from 6-10pm, we’re hosting our 4th Annual Signature Bowling Event at Lucky Strike Lanes.

Now in our 4th event year, the best memory of all the events was when I saw these larger than life personalities and athletes roll in with their teeny bowling bags and personalized balls for the first time. I realized competition was not just reserved for the court, field or on the greens. It was a way of life! A life that included fun, awareness and giving back where one is not independent of the other. Even our founder, Jerry has a painted Chicago Bear on his bowling ball. So off with the helmets and celeb façade and bring on the competition. The bowling tournament pairs fans, sponsors and local celebs up for a night of sheer glee, charity and competition.  All right, time to grab your bowling balls (spectators welcome too!) and plan to have some major fun while making a contribution to a bigger picture!

Tickets are still available and are only $75

Purchase your ticket HERE

-Micaeh Johnson

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