I’ve always thought that an evening of karaoke is a lot like drinking tequila. It sounds fun and different at first, medical cialis but after ten minutes into it, treatment pilule your head begins to hurt and you question your decision making.
However, online cialis karaoke can be wildly different if you throw in a few Chicago Cubs, local celebs, a noble and worthy cause and a charitable, gorgeous athlete-hosting couple – a night of head-thumping mayhem turns into a successful and fun charity event that people will enjoy and remember.
This was exactly the case tonight when David and Kim DeJesus hosted their “Strike A Chord” celebrity karaoke fundraiser at American Junkie to benefit ALS research, the incurable and afflicting disease that affected their close friend Brian Schnurstein.
Hundreds of guests gathered at the River North mega-bar to support the DeJesuses and the David DeJesus Foundation that aims to improve the lives of children and families across the city and beyond. The strong turnout validates just how much Chicago and the Cubs organization still admires David DeJesus and his wife Kim, despite the fact that DeJesus now plays for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The DeJeuses continue to keep a home base in Chicago, where Kim is originally from. “Once you’re a Cub, you’re always a Cub at heart” said David as he gave credit to the Cubs that came out tonight after being on the Cubs Caravan during the day.
The striking couple looked amazing and perfectly coifed as usual. Kim stunned in a silk, ruched Dolce & Gabbana fuchsia dress, diamond hoops and black heels and David in a blue sport coat, red tie and dark denim.
After the DeJesuses successful “Strike a Pose” charity fashion show last spring the couple was inspired to continue to grow their Foundation within the Chicago market and saw the opportunity to drive awareness and money for ALS research.
Kim and David looked incredibly in sync both on and off stage as they thanked guests for coming and paid tribute to their friend Brian Schnurstein who was in the crowd watching. After a tear-jerking video that highlighted Brian’s last four years of dealing with the terminal and degenerative disease, Brian’s wife and daughter took the stage to thank guests for coming while adding personal anecdotes about her husband’s daily struggle living with ALS.
The heavy and solemn mood was lifted when Windy City Live’s Ryan Chiaverini took the stage and kicked off the live auction for autographed baseballs with the opening bid starting at $2500. The first bidder? Todd Rickets. Other impressive items were on display at the silent auction table including Fergie Jenkins, Ernie Banks and Anthony Rizzo signed jerseys among other gift baskets, and night on the town opportunities.
The actual karaoke began with David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo and Travis Wood’s rendition of Backstreet Boys’ I Want it That Way and followed with a series of interesting duets that included local media celebs including B96 Morning Show hosts, Danni Allen (Winner of the Biggest Loser) and local furniture king, Tim Smithe.
Throughout the evening brave voices bellowed – some better than others. Personally, I thought the best duet of the evening was with Kim DeJesus and WGN’s Jeff Hoover as they belted out the incredibly difficult “Summer Lovin’” from Grease.
Heavy apps from local participating restaurants including Siena Tavern, GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago Q and Wow Bao were passed and a semi-open bar stayed open throughout the event. The audience was a heavy mix of executives, media, friends of media and from what I could tell, a few fans.
I searched high and low for other players but had a hard time identifying other guys besides Rizzo, Wood and Edwin Jackson. There was a private booth in the back of the club that Wood would move in and out of and I’m guessing from the caliber of the women sitting within the booth, there were a few Cubs hiding back there somewhere.
Throwing a team-supported fundraiser during the off-season is never easy, but successfully driving supporters out for a charitable night when you don’t even play for the local team is damn impressive. David and Kim DeJesus managed to do this with style and taste in a fun and unique way while supporting a cause that lies near and dear to their hearts.
While the DeJesuses may not physically be here this summer when the Cubs take the field, they’ll continue to be a role model as a charitable (and gorgeous) couple who gives back with style. Who will step up to fill the role as Chicago’s most glamorous and giving athlete-couple? Or, should I say…can it be done?