When I found out that I was heading to Jay Cutler’s charity fundraiser at Joe’s Bar, advice I was as happy as a kid on Christmas. I mean really, treatment what Chicago sport-lovin’ gal wouldn’t want to unleash their 80s glam material girl while rocking out to Journey in the company of Cutler, K-Cav and the Chicago Bears?
Truth be told, I’m a product of the great year of 1992…but after a little research, I figured out just what I needed.
After a productive trip to American Apparel, a little rummaging around my closet, some major teasing and more blue eyeshadow than I knew I was capable of, my look was ready as I ventured over to Joe’s on Weed last night for an evening I won’t soon forget.
The event started at 7:00 p.m, and although I normally stick to the casually late mantra, the extremely limited open bar for general admission tickets (which I had) was only from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., so I broke the rules and arrived right on time to take advantage.
There was plenty of sports memorabilia available as part of the silent auction with everything you can imagine, from a pair of cleats signed by Cutler, to a hockey puck autographed by Bobby Hull.
Being prompt has its privileges as I was already inside when the couple of the night arrived. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune tweeted a picture of the duo as they arrived to their own event, they way I normally like to roll, casually late.
Jay Cutler and Kristin are all in for their 80s-themed fundraiser. pic.twitter.com/kgEJ1eaU02
— Fred B. Mitchell (@kicker34) July 19, 2013
I must say, Kristin nailed it. She looked like a Flashdance obsessed diva with skintight leotard and tights that highlighted her petite and svelte frame. As for Jay’s look, I was a little disappointed after our QB’s costume from earlier this year that included a mullet, heavy metal tee and dangling cig. Cutty took the safe route with a D.A.R.E to Keep Kids Off Drugs tee (Nancy Regan would be proud), matching red gym shorts and tube socks.
It would have been great for the hosting couple to come in and make a quick appearance, but they nearly sprinted up the stairs to the VIP section. Luckily I was quick enough to snap a couple pictures of them en route. Not surprisingly, Cutler and K-Cav hid-out in the VIP section for the entire night with the other A-listers who showed up.
My disappointment in the snubbing of the charitable masses was short-lived as the amazing cover band, The Breakfast Club, took the stage and stole my heart playing every 80’s pop hit that you can imagine. My big cameo and highlight of the night: the lead singer handing me the mic multiple times to sing a few choice solos…. I’m apologize to anyone close enough who had to endure it.
As the band continued to pump out 80s hit after hit, the dance party really took off. The crowd was primarily beautiful women between the ages of 25 and 40, with perfectly teased hair and carefully calculated costumes.
Jay and Kristin did show up on stage for about two minutes during the silent auction but surprisingly didn’t make a single comment and quickly exited. This was a missed opportunity to thank the large and supportive crowd for their charitable donations and for coming out to support the Jay Cutler Foundation.
The spotlight was soon taken off the star couple when the legendary Billy Ocean took the stage. The hit maker pumped out classics until the party ended around 11:00 p.m. Honestly, Ocean was the biggest crowd pleaser of the night and easily upstaged K-Cav and Cutler. The crowd loved every second of Billy’s performance.
Overall, it was a great party. I had a blast, and so did just about everyone that I talked to at the event.
However, Cutler and K-Cav’s choice to be silent participants at their own event and not address and thank the crowd was definitely the talk of the evening from many party goers and is a sentiment that I share as well. Clearly, people showed up to support the Cutler Foundation but without Jay Cutler’s name behind it, it is simply another foundation. Cutler missed another chance to win over fans, beef up the pillars of his foundation and of course, make at least a statement or two about the upcoming season.
I applaud Cutler and K-Cav for their charitable efforts and for organizing a great event, but as is often the sentiment of many Bears fans, I expected a little more out of my quarterback.
I’m hoping this thought doesn’t carry over into to 2013 Bears’ season.