Just three years after it’s inaugural fundraising event, Scoreboard Charities has already raised and donated $365,000 to charities conducting important research to find a cure for cancer and organizations helping kids live through their own cancer battles with dignity and hope. And they’re not done yet.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming “Uncorked: Pull a Cork for Cancer” fundraising event starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 20 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel. The evening promises fun, fashion, and wine—all to support Scoreboard Charities’ mission. This year’s proceeds will benefit Camp One Step by Children’s Oncology Services and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Formerly “Wine, Women & Shoes®” this year’s event will offer a somewhat different format. “We are incorporating all of our favorite things—wine, great food, fashion, shopping, raffles, an auction, and musical entertainment,” says Karen Mincheff, co-chair along with Anne Gesior. “There will be something for everyone.”
“We encourage everyone, perhaps instead of giving someone another gift, to buy a ticket and take someone you love,” says Gesior. “Spend an evening of fun and help us support a great cause.”
That cause is curing cancer. And the charity is Scoreboard Charities, a nonprofit founded by Hinsdale resident Rick Heinz, who lost his mother to cancer nearly 25 years ago. Initially, Heinz sought a way to combine his affinity for sports collecting with helping others overcome their battles with cancer, including children who are living with cancer. Scoreboard Charities provides a way for people to donate sports memorabilia to be sold, with proceeds benefiting nonprofit organizations. Three years ago, Heinz and his supporters decided to host an annual benefit to increase the amount of funds raised.
“Our slogan at Scoreboard Charities has been Winning the Game Against Cancer, but it’s not a game we can afford to lose,” says Heinz. “There are way too many of our friends and family finding out they have cancer every day. We must find cures now, and every dollar truly makes a difference.”
Those dollars are given directly to researchers working to find a cure, and to programs that directly help children fighting and living with cancer.
“The money that we give to our recipients, like Dr. Leonidas Platanias, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University, is unrestricted and used specifically for his team’s research,” says Gesior, a Clarendon Hills resident and 21-year breast cancer survivor. She met Heinz a number of years ago. “Once you meet Rick, you can’t help but want to get involved,” she adds.
“Annie brought me into the fold last year,” Mincheff, who calls Oak Brook home, says of her decision to help promote Scoreboards Charities’ cause. “When you sit next to Rick and Annie, their enthusiasm is infectious and you want to help. I was impressed by the women on the committee who make this such a great event.”
Attendees will mingle and shop while enjoying luscious wine and savory appetizers as models circulate among guests (in lieu of a runway show) wearing fashion from Neiman Marcus in Oakbrook Center, as well as local boutiques, including Sweet William and House of Liz.
Participants will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a pot of more than $10,000 in clothes and other prizes, pull a cork (or several) to win interesting and fine wines, and bid on fabulous auction items.
This year, the charming and really cute “Pour Guys” will be serving wine to guests. Pour Guys are volunteers from all walks of life who want to contribute to the night’s success. And, all guests will receive an amazing swag bag full of goodies.
At one point in the evening, Jeff Infusino, president of Camp One Step, will speak along with one of the kids his organization has helped this year. Camp One Step operates camp programs that give children who’ve been diagnosed with cancer a chance to meet and bond with other pediatric cancer patients and survivors in a non-hospital setting and find a community that offers one another support, hope, strength, and understanding through shared experiences.
The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University is dedicated to scientific discovery, advancing medical knowledge, providing compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care, and training the next generation of clinicians and scientists.
Get out to pop some corks, enjoy a lively evening, and support Scoreboard Charities on its mission to find a cure for cancer in our lifetimes. You’ll be glad you did.
Tickets are $150 per person. The Drake Oak Brook Hotel is located at 2301 York Road in Oak Brook. For tickets and more information, visit scoreboardcharities.com.