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CEA members and friends received a warm welcome aboard from the EESF and Spirit of Chicago staff.

Eighth annual event ends up being a record breaker, remarkable evening of camaraderie for CEA members and friends.

On June 4, the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) welcomed members and friends of the Chicago Elevator Association (CEA) aboard the Spirit of Chicago for the eighth annual Chicago Cruise. Each person received a warm welcome from EESF staff and vessel crewmembers. During the 7 p.m. castoff from Chicago’s Navy Pier, participants enjoyed cocktails and settled in for what turned out to be a remarkable evening of camaraderie and fellowship.

The cool evening became a hot night as attendees danced the night away. Cocktails, beer and wine served at an open bar enhanced the levity onboard, while a menu of chicken, spare ribs, salads and desserts were enjoyed by all. The ample room on the Spirit of Chicago’s decks exposed to the cool night became the setting for catching up with friends old and new. Although low-hanging clouds obscured the city skyline, a fireworks show set to patriotic songs and music ended the cruise with a bang. Upon arrival back at dock, it became evident the night was not over. Plans were made, and the festivities moved to several area bars and nightclubs in the greater Chicago area.

The event enjoyed record-breaking attendance. According to EESF Executive Director Barbara Allen, it was the most successful Chicago cruise so far. The EESF made over US$18,500, thanks to 165 tickets sold. “This year’s event will allow for the education of approximately 63,800 school-aged kids in the safe riding of elevators and escalators,” Allen said.

EESF Vice Chairman and cruise organizer Tom Sybert added:

“Events like the Chicago Cruise provide important fundraising opportunities for the EESF. It’s also great to see both national and local support for an event like this from our industry.”

This year’s success was significantly dependent on ongoing support through sponsorships and ticket sales.

The mission of the EESF is “to educate the public to ride elevators, escalators and moving walks safely through educational programs.” It is clear members of the CEA and industry suppliers are solidly committed to supporting this mission through donations and contributions, along with attendance at fundraising events. CEA incoming President and EESF board member Cornelius Walls stated:

“Many people have put the cruise in their yearly budget and calendar to make sure they are in attendance. This shows a great deal of importance to them to support the EESF within their company.”

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