Countdown to Goombay Bash: How To Help Fight Cancer

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ravo Business Media, publisher of enLIGHTenment magazine, and Horton’s Home, a decorative lighting and home décor manufacturer based in LaGrange, Ill., are taking a stand against cancer. Join them at the 18th annual Goombay Bash next Saturday, July 28, at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago from 5 p.m.-midnight.

Presented by The H Foundation, Goombay Bash is one of Chicago’s largest and liveliest cancer research fundraising events. The Caribbean-themed festival will feature a gourmet buffet and cash bar, celebrity guests, including Chicago Blackhawks player Jeremy Roenick and radio personality Pete McMurray, live and silent auctions, on-site marketing opportunities, sponsorships, fireworks, and a live drawing of a $10,000 raffle prize. 

“If it is in your budget, I highly encourage you to attend the Bash,” says John Rot, H Foundation Board President & Owner of Horton’s Home Lighting. “It truly is a fun party with great food and entertainment for a great cause. Encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and relatives to join you, too. Getting a group of Hawaiian shirt-clad friends together is the best way to do Goombay.”

If unable to attend, Rot says there are three ways to help

  • Sponsor

    A sponsorship gives individuals and companies exposure to more than 12,000 households and corporations pre-event, as well as 1,000 event attendees.

  • Donate

    All donations are tax-deductible and support The H Foundation’s mission to find a cure for cancer. Past Bashes have featured more than 200 auction packages with items and services ranging from restaurant gift certificates to once-in-a-lifetime, “unobtainable” vacations, as well as unique experiences with celebrities. Several auction items are donated by members of the lighting industry, including hotel stays by Dallas Market Center and a seven-night getaway to Baja Point Luxury Villas in Los Cabos, Mexico by Ace Rosenstein, President of Bravo Business Media. The trip includes two accommodations for 4-6 people with discounts on food and beverage, as well as access to the adjacent Westin Hotel and its amenities. Other 2018 auction packages include a seven-night stay for 10 in Casa Suenos, a seven-night stay for eight in the Heart of Tuscany, an invitation-only golf outing at the luxurious Bunker Hill Farms in Chicago, and a backyard barbecue blowout for 50 people catered by QBBQ, which earned back-to-back People’s Choice honors at Ribfest Chicago. Past auction items have included tickets to a Blackhawks/Predators game by Steve Falk of Golden Lighting, a Broadway trip for two by lighting veterans Maria Scutaro and Terry Mullen, and an all-inclusive European Rhine River cruise by Kichler Lighting.  

  • Purchase

    All proceeds from event and raffle tickets benefit basic cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The 17th Annual Goombay Bash raised more than $715,000 for cancer research smashing its previous record of $638,000.

“Giving back is something my parents taught me long ago… but it took on new meaning as cancer became personal when two close members of my Hortons family were diagnosed,” he adds. “The H Foundation and Goombay Bash evolved from my desire to do something about this terrible disease that now affects 1 in 3 people. Giving back became even more personal (if that’s possible) when my dad was diagnosed. We continue to take donations year-round; if cancer is personal to you, join us and find out how you can help.”

Since its inception in 2001, The H Foundation and guests at the organization’s signature fundraiser, Goombay Bash, have been driven by a sense of community and shared purpose. This grassroots spirit is epitomized in the message that “Cancer Is Personal,” affecting real people – families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and employees. The organization has raised nearly $8 million to fund research and over $50 million in additional grants to lead clinical trials for cancer treatments.

For more information, to become a sponsor, donate, or purchase an event or raffle ticket, visit

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