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.  

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