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EESF Chicago Cruise On Land

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(l-r) Mark Yako of GAL with Beth and Larry Hilliard of Great Lakes Elevator

Bringing the annual fundraiser onto land failed to dampen its success.

Bringing the annual Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) Chicago cruise onto land had no effect on the enthusiasm of Foundation supporters, as 110 guests gathered at RIVA Restaurant on Chicago’s famous Navy Pier overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan on June 8. As the sun set on a beautifully perfect spring evening, spirits and laughter rose as elevator-industry professionals networked, socialized and enjoyed a menu that included carving stations with pork tenderloin and filet of beef; sushi; and an assortment of pasta and green salads. Bartenders kept the drinks flowing at the open bar.

One of the highlights of the evening was the ever-popular split-the-pot raffle, with Cornelius Walls of Formula Systems serving as emcee. Tom Sybert of C.J. Anderson assisted EESF Executive Director Nikole Gore-Layton and Program Director Laurie Dueitt with the busy task of collecting payments and handing out raffle tickets. Walls went through quite a few names before getting a winner (one had to be present to win) with Veronica Ruiz, area sales representative at RelaDyne, finally named the winner. “I was very lucky!” she stated.

Local elevator company Matot had a large table of eight, and Matot Executive Vice President Jim Piper said the company is happy to support EESF whenever it has an event. The fundraisers are always enjoyable, he said. “It’s fun to get to know the people in the industry and see a lot of familiar faces. It’s a very large industry, but also very close and personal.”

Close relationships were evident during the latest event, as guests joked with one another and danced to the funky beats played by a deejay. Sybert said:

“Every year, I’m blown away by the support our local industry gives this event and the money raised for the EESF. This could not have been possible without the help of committee members [Walls], Stephanie Cassidy (of Formula Systems) and Ed Chmielewski (of Anderson Elevator). Thank you to sponsors and attendees for making this year’s event a huge success.”

EESF reports approximately US$12,000 was raised. Next up is the Eighth Annual Toronto Harbor Cruise, planned on August 11.

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