– Cubs baseball is back! Celebrate the opening of the Cubs 2012 Season at Finley Dunne’s Tavern located at 3458 N. Lincoln (Chicago, IL 60657). Finley Dunne’s will host the 15th Annual “Eve of the Opener” on Wednesday, April 4 from 7-11 pm. For the second year in a row proceeds from the event will benefit The Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation dedicated to assisting charities and organizations supporting children with a 22q and other Chicagoland community organizations.
“We are excited to have the Dempster Family Foundation benefit from this year’s event again,” said Finley Dunne’s Managing Partner, Joe Kenny. “Last year’s partnership with the Dempster Family Foundation for the Eve of the Opener was a big success. We are looking forward to another successful event this year and continuing to build on a great long-term relationship with the Dempster Family Foundation,” said Kenny.
A $40 donation at the door includes an open bar and appetizer buffet. The first 75 people at the door will receive a “Limited Edition” 15th Annual “Eve of the Opener” t-shirt. Attendees will also have the chance to win great raffle prizes including: Chicago Cubs tickets, an autographed Ryan Dempster Jersey, A Sam Adams Gift Package, beer from Heineken and Miller, a Stoli gift basket and more! Sponsors signed on to date include: Crown Imports LLC, Chicago Beverage Systems, Goose Island Brewery, Wirtz Beverage of Illinois, Nolet Spirits, Burrito Beach and William Grant & Sons. Tickets will be available at the door; or for advance sales, please contact Tom Labadie at (708) 528-1818.
Finley Dunne’s is an old fashioned Chicago style tavern located in the Paulina Station Neighborhood of Lakeview since 1996. The Tavern is named in honor of Finley Peter Dunne, a columnist for the Chicago Evening Post in the 1890’s. The “Eve of the Opener” fundraiser began in 1997 and over the last 14 years has raised thousands of dollars for many charitable causes.
Chicago Cubs Pitcher, Ryan Dempster, and his wife Jenny, launched The Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation in January 2010 to assist charities and organizations supporting children with 22q11.2 deletion (sometimes referred to as DiGeorge Syndrome or VCFS). Their daughter Riley was born with the disorder in April 2009. It is their mission to bring awareness to this relatively unknown but prevalent condition, affecting approximately 1 in 2000 children born in the United States, and to make a difference in the lives of other children and their families affected by 22q, as well as to support other Chicagoland community organizations. For more information on the Foundation, please visit the Dempster Family Foundation website at: www.dempsterfamilyfoundation.org.
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