1-on-1 cancer support was all the buzz on Sunday, as 1500 guests fashionably invaded Galleria Marchetti to raise awareness for Imerman Angels at the 6th Annual Garden of Eden fashion show, themed The Tudor Rose. Along with Akira, Chicago’s fashion boutique empire, IA volunteers were in full force to pull together an evening to remember for IA supporters and fashionistas alike.
It is safe to say that the event had something for everyone. With the weather just hinting at fall, Sunday was the perfect evening for a partially outdoor event. Guests enjoyed the musical persuasions of Lee England Jr, a hip hop violinist (seen on this season of MTV Making His Band), whose high energy warmed up the crowd for the main event. The entertainment did not stop there: Fabrice Calmels and Valerie Robin from the Joffrey Ballet provided a stunning performance; and cultural mainstay, The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band, lent some inspired tunes in the courtyard.
Stepping under the tent, guests mingled around an elevated runway, awaiting the Shakespearean-inspired fashion show. Jonny kicked off the performance when he shared some words about 1-on-1 cancer support to an excited crowd, accompanied by CBS News’ Michelle Gielan (pictured here), who generously flew in from NYC to emcee for us. We want to extend special thanks, again, to Michelle for her longtime support!
An army of over 50 Imerman Angels’ t-shirt-clad volunteers turned out to coordinate and execute the occasion. The dedicated team’s hard work allowed our largest event of the year to run effortlessly, from the 7 a.m. early morning and afternoon set up, to the final after-party hosted at Lumen. We suspected that the volunteers were having even more fun than the guests, as they were seen uproariously celebrating victorious bids with winners in the silent auction room! Everyone at the event seemed to be buzzing with excited energy.
The Tudor Rose event was an appreciated opportunity to chat about our mission of personalized matching within the Cancer community. We were able to reach out to several Cancer Survivors who were excited to sign up to be paired with a Cancer Fighter! Additionally, we were able to meet several new Chicagoans who shared their interest in volunteering for future IA efforts.
Imerman Angels would like to thank our sponsors, silent auction donors, performers, photographer (thank you, Ramiro Garcia!) and, most of all, supporters and volunteers for coming out to the event. We cannot wait for next year!