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Colleen McNicholas is a Chicago South Sider who frequently wanders the streets of the windy city. She is always on the lookout for the best food and adventures this city has to offer. She is a Columbia College Chicago grad and is a marketing/PR professional. A few years ago, Colleen realized how many limitations she was putting on her life and decided she needed a change. She created a bucket list back in 2011 and has been following that bucket list ever since. Now, Colleen finally feels like she is living the life she has always wanted. When not working, volunteering, or trying new restaurants, she enjoys playing the guitar, fashion, going to concerts, running races, and meeting new people. Colleen is also a big thrill seeker: from extreme zip lining, to helicopter rides, to whale watching in Alaska, all the way to skydiving. Colleen wants to inspire people to take risks, try new things, and enjoy every second of life.

Recap: Purple Affair for the Bear: With a 1920’s Flair To Benefit Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Julia Schatz and Tiffany St. James helping out guests at Purple Affair for the Bear.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation Auxiliary Board had their Purple Affair for the Bear event at the Chicago Cultural Center. Everyone wandered the room in their finest 1920’s, purple attire. Guests explored all of the great choices of silent auction items. Auction items included a guitar autographed by the Rolling Stones, a Chicago Cubs “Dream Day” Experience: four field box tickets to a 2014 Chicago Cubs game, an autographed football by Chicago Bears player Julius Peppers, and more.

Nicole Lacross and Lauren Beers look great in their 1920’s attire!
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

The food choices for the evening included some excellent Chicago restaurants: Taco Joint, Wow Bao, Summer House Santa Monica, Municipal Bar + Dining Co., etc. There was also an open bar with a wide variety of beverage options.

If guests had a sweet tooth after enjoying all of the delicious food choices from the restaurant stands, there was a purple themed dessert table. The dessert table had candy bowls and dessert trays filled with purple gummy bears, purple gumballs, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered marshmallows, brownies, and more. Goodie bags were set aside to bring home any delicious treats guests wanted.

Whitney Reynolds – Celebrity MC at Purple Affair for the Bear.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

Whitney Reynolds from The Whitney Reynolds Show was the celebrity MC for the evening. She looked stunning on stage in her 1920’s, purple themed ensemble. Reynolds introduced one of the Bear Necessities patients who shared her personal and inspiring story to the crowd. Soon after that, Slap Happy A Chicago-based Top 40 Pop/Rock cover band took the stage and gave an unforgettable, upbeat performance. The high-energy band had great stage presence and knew how to get a crowd going.

The event had a phenomenal turn out despite the cold weather. Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation Auxiliary Board did a fine job putting this entertaining night together. Be sure to keep a lookout for more Bear Necessities events in the future, they will not disappoint.

Slap Happy working the crowd.
(Photo Credit : Colleen McNicholas)


Purple bear themed dessert table full of amazing treats.
(Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

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