Pat Hughes, the Voice of the Chicago Cubs, will serve as master of ceremonies for Riverside Foundation's benefit gala, "Hearts of Gold," on Saturday, February 22 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. Former Chicago Bear linebacker, Jim Morrissey, is honorary chair of the event. Morrissey was an All American at Michigan State and a member of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.
The black-tie optional evening includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing, a grand raffle and a variety of unique live and silent auction items. Riverside Auxiliary members Sandy Saltiel (Lincolnshire) and Peggy Gaier (Lake Forest) are co-chairs of this year's gala.
Proceeds directly benefit Riverside Foundation, a not-for-profit social service agency that provides quality care and a meaningful life experience for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at its residential facility in Lincolnshire and its work/activity center in Vernon Hills.
"The Riverside Gala is more than just a fun evening out. The proceeds change the lives of the special individuals who depend on the warm and supportive care that Riverside provides," said Morrissey.
The event will honor Tom Maas (Lincolnshire) with Riverside's Distinguished Service Award. In his 15-year association with Riverside Foundation, Tom served as a member and as president of the Board of Directors.
"Tom's background in marketing and product development in the wine and spirits industry, along with his ideas, resources and inspiration, made him a tremendous asset to our board. His accomplishments include developing a working relationship with Stevenson High School, which resulted in the Ongoing Project Dance marathon that raises funds for Riverside Foundation and
Stevenson's Kids In Need," said Debbie Rogers, executive director of Riverside Foundation.
2014 Corporate Champions are Baxter Credit Union and Allstate.
Gala tickets are $200 per person and may be purchased online at riversidefoundation.net or by check to Riverside Foundation, 14588 W. Highway 22, Lincolnshire, IL, 60069. For more information, call 847-634-3973.