This year marks the 39th year for the Lou Malnati's Cancer Benefit, and we look forward to another successful year of raising funds for cancer research and education programs. We will once again be hosting an evening of fun, food and comedy -- Chicago style.
The event will take place on October 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the Lou Malnati's corporate office in Northbrook. The evening will be highlighted by a performance by The Second City featuring Chicago Blackhawks player Adam Burish. The evening will also include live and silent auctions, a raffle, and delicious Lou Malnati's food.
The 38th Annual Lou Malnati's Cancer Benefit was a Home Run! More than $180,000 dollars were raised and donated to the Brian Tumor Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Neuroblastoma research at Children's Memorial Hospital, and programs at Gilda's Club of Chicago. The evening included a performance by The Second City featuring Chicago Cubs rookie sensation, pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
All proceeds benefit Lou Malnati's Cancer Research fund, the charitable arm of the Lou Malnati's. The research fund will then allocate funds to Chicago-area cancer research and treatment programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Programs will also benefit programs at Chicago's Gilda's Club and Children's Memorial Hospital.
Over the past 10 years we have raised $2 million to benefit organizations such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Gilda's Club of Chicago and Children's Memorial Hospital, whose staffs are dedicated to working toward finding a cure for cancer.
For the past 38 years, Lou Malnati's has hosted an annual one-day event to raise funds for cancer research. Lou and Jean Malnati first started the event as a scholarship fund for local athletes to Wake Forest University in the name of Brian Piccolo, and after Lou died of cancer in 1978, Jean carried on the annual tradition in Lou's name and the focus was changed to raising money for cancer research.
Last year the benefit raised more than $180,000, and in the past 10 years it has raised more than $2 million to benefit organizations such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Gilda's Club of Chicago, and Children's Memorial Hospital which are dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.