The 10th Annual Celebration of Life Dinner was held November 22, 2014 in Chicago, IL. The "Classical Artists of Chicago" presented an evening of Opera and Broadway.
The 9th Annual Celebration of Life Dinner was held November 23, 2013 in Highland Park, IL. Mind-blowing Sidney Friedman returned with a new, but hard-to-imagine, improved show.
The 8th Annual Celebration of Life Dinner was held November 17, 2012 in Highland Park, IL with entertainment by The Music Theatre Company performing "American Masters + Two", produced exclusively for The Foundation. For more about TMTC please visit www.themusictheatrecompany.org.
The 7th Annual Celebration Of Life Dinner was held on November 5, 2011 with a Game Show by A-Z Entertainment, www.azentertainment.com. Out first Silent Auction was introduced and hopefully will become a permanent feature.
The 6th Dinner was held on November 6th at the Birchwood Club. It was a fun and warm evening where we remembered Gabe, ate, drank, mingled and were wowed by the musical artistry of Highland Park's own The Music Theatre Company. For more about TMTC please visit www.themusictheatrecompany.org.
The 5th Annual Celebration Of Life Dinner was held at the Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods, Illinois. The featured entertainment was Joel Chasnoff.
The 4th Dinner was held at The Birchwood Club in Highland Park. The featured entertainers were Sarah Hibbard, soprano, Steve Cannon, tenor, and pianist Ken Smith. Their popular opera arias and duets, followed by selections from My Fair Lady and "All I Ask Of You" from Phantom of the Opera, delighted the audience and turned a few "sports guys" into opera fans.
The 3rd Dinner was held at Carmen's Restaurant in Evanston. The featured entertainer, Dennis DeBondt, magician / humorist par excellence, wowed the crowd. The camaraderie was joyous and heartfelt.
The 2nd Dinner, held at Ristorante Bella Via, also had pizza on the menu and featured entertainment by a Chicago-land favorite, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.
The 1st Dinner was held at Lou Malnati’s in Buffalo Grove, because pizza and pasta were among Gabe’s favorite “food groups”. Mentalist, Sidney Friedman, wowed the crowd with his amazing acts of ESP and mental agility.
We evoke Gabe’s memory and the work of his namesake Foundation through Alan’s speech and videos, The Making Of A Caring Man, produced by the Foundation and shown at the 1st Dinner and Profiles In Service: How They Help Us - I , a video by Fulton Market Films and the Foundation, showcasing hospice and bereavement social workers, shown at the 2nd Dinner. And, Profiles in Service: How They Help Us - II, how a social worker specializing in child/youth work uses rap music as a pathway to communication, also produced by Fulton Market Films and the Foundation, shown at the 3rd Annual Dinner, proved to be very interesting and entertaining.