FRIENDS OF THE IDF RAISES MORE THAN $150,000 AT CHICAGO BOURBON & BBQ EVENT
CHICAGO, July 21 – Some 300 gentlemen from Chicago’s Jewish community gathered last week at the Dana Hotel’s Vertigo Sky Lounge to enjoy bourbon and barbeque, raising more than $150,000 to support wellbeing and education programs for Israel’s brave soldiers.
The annual Bourbon & BBQ event, hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region, brought together friends and supporters of the organization for an upscale evening overlooking the magnificent Chicago skyline. Attendees enjoyed a premium bourbon tasting, barbeque catered by local restaurant Chicago Q, a sampling of fine cigars, and a raffle with luxury prizes – including baseball tickets, hotel room vouchers, restaurant gift certificates and ultra-‐premium whiskey bottles.
“We could not have asked for a more perfect group of people to join in supporting Israel’s brave soldiers while enjoying bourbon, cigars and barbeque in their honor,” said event co-‐chair Tom Kane, president of the FIDF Central Region. “While everyone had an exceptionally fun evening, our purpose was serious: to raise much-‐ needed funds that go directly to Israeli soldiers and their families. I am proud to say that we achieved our mission at this very successful event.”
FIDF’s “Bourbon & BBQ” night has become one of the Chicago Jewish community’s premier social events and has raised close to $400,000 since its inception three years ago.