Above / On Fri., April 13, 2018, The Pavilion of Meson Sabika will host A Red Tie Event, an annual benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

UPDATE March 10, 2018 / For 2018, A Red Tie Event will return to the Pavilion of Meson Sabika on Friday, April 13. After 16 years of springtime events and 11 years of the Red Tie Event, hosts and organizers Deb Polivka and Brad Polivka have decided this year’s fundraiser will be the last one.

“So let’s fill the room and send them out with a fun, successful evening that will help fund much needed research,” said Ray Kinney, a regular attendee who is keenly aware how cancer touches the lives of every family. “Deb and Brad have quietly done so much for this community, we should return the favor and make this the most successful Red Tie event ever!”

Meson Sabika owner Hossein Jamali once again graciously has donated the entire evening of food and drink, so 100 percent of each and every ticket goes to research, Kinney said.

Founded in 1949, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the largest health agency for blood cancer. LLS provides global funding for cancer research as well as information and support services. Their mission is to find the cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma while also improving the quality of life for patients and their families. 

Year after year, this fundraiser proves to be one charity event you don’t want to miss. Guests will enjoy a filet and lobster dinner as well as premium liquors and the restaurant’s famous sangria, compliments of Mesón Sabika. There will also be a silent and live auction, and live music. 

Tickets for the fundraiser are $150 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10. 

For more information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit www.lls.org. 

The direct link to purchase tickets is here:  http://events.lls.org/il/2018SpringForACure and click on “Online Store.” 

Editor’s Note: We have attended this benefit many times—the delicious dinner, auction items, great music by the St. Francis Jazz Band and camaraderie are known to distinguish this event as an exceptional evening with good company and enlightening conversation with friends. 

We’re also remembering back about 12 years when the Pavilion first opened, fulfilling an unmet need for banquet space in the community. The first official fundraising event at the Pavilion of Meson Sabika was for Naper Responds to Hurricane Katrina. It was in 2006 after this city had investigated the devastation created by the 2005 hurricane and need for new homes in Pass Christian, Miss. Thanks to the Polivkas for creating such a lovely banquet space and the generosity of Hossein Jamali of Meson Sabika for providing the refreshments, the fundraising campaign to build 20 homes in the Gulf Coast city got a big boost.

UPDATE April 29, 2017 / PHOTO GALLERY / Click any photo to enlarge 

Original Post 2017 / The 10th Annual Spring for a Cure MasquerAid Ball ~ A Red Tie Event ~ will be held beginning at 7PM on Friday, April 28, 2017, at The Pavilion at Meson Sabika.

This special evening will feature live music by the St. Francis Jazz Band, silent and live auction, as well as a premium open bar and a filet and lobster dinner.

The public is welcome to join an evening of fun and prepare to “Unmask your Generosity!” Masks are encouraged…so come under cover.

Reservations for the all-inclusive evening are $150 per person, tables of 10 are $1,250.

“We are fortunate that Meson Sabika is so very accommodating, so we will continue to take reservations until we are sold out,” said organizer Deb Polivka. “That being said, responses by Wednesday or Thursday give us more adjustment time to place tables, etc.”

All proceeds, that’s 100 percent, will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

For more information or to purchase a ticket ($150) via check, contact info@funforacure.org or call Deb at (630) 440-7503.

The Pavilion at Meson Sabika is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue.

Editor’s Note: We have attended this benefit many times—a time when girls friends have been known to gather, hosting a table for other girl friends, some cancer survivors, and fun night out.

And then there was the Columbia Yacht Club Dock Hop benefit…

Celebrating nearly a decade of successful fundraisers, organizers now host a Facebook event page, as well as a “Fun for a Cure” FB group page with news that they will be hosting a second event this year, in downtown Chicago, so they’ve changed their branding a bit.

The inaugural Columbia Yacht Club Dock Hop will launch from 3-6PM on Sun., May 28, 2017. The cost is $50 per person to step aboard Columbia Yacht Club’s private club ship and gain access to multiple private yachts, touring some of the area’s finest motor and sail yachts.

Organizers welcome guests to soak up the sun on the docks while taking in the best lakefront view Chicago has to offer. Tasting portions will be provided by some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants and one premium drink included.

For more info, visit their event page at www.facebook.com/events/664927557012866/; Group page at  www.facebook.com/FunForACure, and their website, funforacure.org.