Better Makers: EISENOPOLY Raises a Record $215,000 for Gastrointestinal Cancer Research

Fundraiser guests compete in speed rounds of Monopoly. (Photos by Joshua Albanese.)

An evening fit for both a gamer and gourmand, EISENOPOLY is a fundraiser like no other. The evening, hosted by the Associate Board of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, revolves around competitive speed rounds of the family favorite board game Monopoly.

The 10th annual EISENOPOLY raised a record of $215,000 for gastrointestinal cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. Proceeds directly support the GI Cancer Tissue Bank and the $1.5 million dollar commitment to the Harold E. Eisenberg GI Cancer OncoSET program.

More than 550 guests gathered at Revel Market for the joyous evening of gaming, food, music, and philanthropy. The night was a food lover’s dream, with some of the city’s top chefs and local restaurants serving up their specialties. Partygoers enjoyed dishes from Brown Bag Seafood, Cafe Robey, Capital Grille, Formento’s, Gene & Georgetti, Nando’s Peri Peri, Press Room, Wow Bao, and more.

There was no shortage of festive fun, with loads of prizes, live music from Gold Coast All Stars, and a makeshift jail. Additional money was raised for the foundation as friends threw each other in jail, needing to collect bail to be released.

Among the many unique silent auction prizes, one lucky guest landed the exclusive opportunity to join the crew behind the counter at Chicago’s legendary late-night hotdog stand The Wiener’s Circle.

Event sponsors included presenting sponsor Lakeside Bank and platinum sponsors Blue Water Builders and The Carpet Group. The 2019 cochairs included Michael Mintz and Hanna Oimoen.

gastrointestinal cancer: EISENOPOLY, Hanna Oimoen, Michael Mintz

Co-chairs Hanna Oimoen and Michael Mintz

gastrointestinal cancer: Adam Greenebaum, Nick Koglin

Adam Greenebaum and Nick Koglin waiting to be bailed out of jail.

gastrointestinal cancer: Chef Kevin McAllister, Cafe Robey

Chef Kevin McAllister of Cafe Robey

gastrointestinal cancer: Kaitlin Price, Kevin Price

Kaitlin and Kevin Price

gastrointestinal cancer: David Szostak, Susana Mendoza, Lesley Kiferbaum, Roi Kiferbaum

David Szostak, Susana Mendoza, Lesley Kiferbaum, and Roi Kiferbaum

gastrointestinal cancer: Danielle Levin, Mike Dailey, Justin Newman

Danielle Levin, Mike Dailey, and Justin Newman

gastrointestinal cancer: Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, Northwestern University, Lurie

Impact: The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation raised more than $215,000 for critical gastrointestinal cancer research at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Photo courtesy of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.)

 

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Emily Stone is Associate Editor at Make It Better. She earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work is published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.

 

 

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