The Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosts Casino Chicago Saturday, May 30. The energetic evening features blackjack, craps, and roulette gaming, along with one of the longest running Texas Hold ‘em poker tournaments in Chicago, with the winner receiving the option of a complimentary seat to the World Series of Poker or an exciting trip. All funds raised during the evening support life changing cystic fibrosis research and improved care for those battling the disease.
Held during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Swissotel Chicago (Lower Ballroom, 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601), Casino Chicago offers the opportunity for skilled players and amateur gamers alike to don their best poker faces all in the name of fundraising. Last year, over 800 casino and poker players tested their gaming skills while raising over $400,000 to support the lives of over 30,000 children and adults living with cystic fibrosis in the U.S.
The evening will feature the ballroom of the Swissotel converted into a luxury gaming parlor sponsored by Rivers Casino, complete with cocktails, food stations, late night pizza and DJ entertainment. In their 4th year of supporting the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rivers Casino employees generously donate their time and skills to make the interaction fun and entertaining for all levels of players. Guests can expect to see legendary poker player and author, Annie Duke, among the competitors playing in the poker tournament.
Casino Chicago is open to both skilled gamers and rookies. For those just starting out, Rivers Casino will host practice tables on craps and roulette at the beginning of the evening. Rivers will also recreate their popular “Cube” entertainment lounge for guests to relax in between indulging in gaming. A silent and live auction, including trips to Hawaii, Mexico, New York City and Breckenridge, will also be available for guests to bid on throughout the night. The fundraiser will be emceed by Fred from 103.5 KISS FM’s “Fred + Angi In The Morning” program.
Co-chairing Casino Chicago are Mike Balkin, Chris Walsh and Dan Roesch. “Casino Chicago is a cause close to my heart that also happens to be one of the city’s most dynamic fundraising events. With an evening filled with casino-style gaming to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, it’s a ‘win-win’ for all gaming fans,” says co-chair Chris Walsh, whose son is living with cystic fibrosis.
Additional benefactors of Casino Chicago include Roth Capital, BTIG, ExamWorks, Larry Roesch Family Auto Group, Graff Diamonds, The Cowen Group, UBS, Scientific Games, Barrington Research Associates, Consolidated Trading, Ultimate Software, U.S. Auto Parts, FBR, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, At Properties, William Blair & Co. and many more generous partners.
Fundraising events such as Casino Chicago play a key role in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s efforts of promising treatments that target the disease. The foundation has been integral in the development and FDA approval of therapies that are now part of regular treatment regimens for many with the disease, including the groundbreaking FDA approved drug Kalydeco™, the first drug to treat the underlying cause of Cystic Fibrosis in a small group of people with the disease.
Poker tickets are available for $250, which includes one poker seat in the Texas Hold ‘em tournament and one casino guest with additional gaming, food and an open bar. Individual Casinotickets are available for $100 and include blackjack, craps and roulette gaming with food and open bar. Increase your odds to win and buy a $1,000 seat at the Short Road Table sponsored by ExamWorks, a separate, single-table tournament exclusively limited to ten players. The winner will be fast-tracked to the final table and compete for the $10,000 World Series of Poker seat or one of several, exciting trips. Tickets can be purchased at www.casinochicago.com or by calling 312-236-4491.