Heads up! IA will be hosting a Volunteer Commitee meeting, as well as Sub-Commitee meetings, tomorrow from 7-8:30pm at the Loyola Law School Building in Chicago: 25 E. Pearson St. Kasbeer Hall- 15th Floor.
This will be a good opportunity to get up to speed on Outreach, Marketing/PR, Events and Imerman Active projects, as well as identify potential areas where you can contribute to IA efforts in 2010. For Imerman Fans who cannot attend the Chicago meeting, we will be rolling out our Angel’s Ambassador program shortly, offering opportunities to volunteer all around the country. Stay tuned for more details!
- Blakely Lauria (Steering Committee), JI, Arlyce Seibert (Dir. of Cranbrook Schools), Jamie Reif (Local IA Volunteer), Sarah Jacobs (Co-Chair), Anne Tremain (Steering Committee), Cec Strine
Cranbrook Schools of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan held their first annual cancer solidarity walk on Sunday, September 27th. Jonny shared that, following the event, many people approached him for more information on Imerman Angels’ 1-on-1 match up service for friends and family fighting cancer. This is what we are all about!
Cec Strine, event Co-Chair, called the event a success. Both she and Jonny spoke and shared their messages of hope (pictured below). Even her grandson, Austin (below), turned out for the event and displayed IA pride!
One of IA's youngest supporters.
Cec (above) is a cancer survivor and Imerman survivor angel!
Following the event, Cranbrook allowed Jonny the opportunity to speak to health classes and the football team to educate them about young adults with cancer.
IA will be at Trader Vic’s on State/Rush in Chicago (5-7p) for a free Bat for the Cure cancer event where Jonny will give a short speech (come join!). Following, Jonny will speak later in the day at The Men’s Club of Chicago!
The purpose of the Bat for the Cure organization is to raise awareness about prostate cancer, founded by baseball correspondent, Ed Randall. One in six Caucasian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, one in four if he is African-American where the incidence of the disease is two-to-three times higher than in the white community. The goal of the organization is to educate the community! Come out to show your support! For more information, check them out on the web at:http://www.batforthecure.org/
Jonny and CBS News’ Michelle Gielan kicked off the fashion show, courtesy of Ford Models.
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!