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.
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 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.