Thank You to Our 2019 Special Guests!
Sports Celebrity Guest
Chicago Bears former player, philanthropist and author.
Otis Wilson began his professional football career in 1980 when he was selected in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, and went on to a nine-year career in the NFL. As a starting outside linebacker for the Bears, Wilson played on one of the most dominating defenses in football history as part of the linebacking trio with Mike Singletary and Wilber Marshall. This defense helped the Bears to win Super Bowl XX. That same year, he also made the only Pro Bowl selection of his career.He was a featured soloist of the "Shuffling Crew" in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle in 1985.
Wilson played with the Bears until 1987. Otis is now focusing full-time on his nonprofit organization, The Otis Wilson Charitable Association, which provides an all-inclusive health and fitness program for at risk youth. Like each and every supporter of The H Foundation, CANCER IS PERSONAL to Otis. He has served on The H Foundation Honorary Board for 3 years, has joined us as a celebrity guest for our Cure Cup Celebrity Golf Classic, and we are honored to have him join us for his first Goombay Bash this year.
2019 Honorary Chair
We are honored to welcome Jeff Davis, Pro Sales Account Manager at Home Depot, to the 19th Annual Goombay Bash as our Honorary Chair!
Jeff, like every member in our H Foundation community, has been personally touched by cancer many times in his life. His father, relatives, friends and most recently the love of his life, his wife Jill, all battled this terrible disease. Jill's determination and desire to beat her cancer diagnosis instilled strength in Jeff to be the caregiver that attended to her every need. Jeff's commitment to find a cure and his passion for our shared belief that together we can make a difference is inspirational.
In memory of Jill, Jeff has graciously accepted the rol of the 19th Annual Goombay Bash Honorary Chair and we are excited to share his story with our H Foundation family!
2019 Celebrity Emcee
Pete has been a Chicago radio personality for almost 20 years.
Pete was born in Peoria, IL, number 6 out of 12 children (1 shower). While in college at Bradley University in Peoria, he started working as a morning show producer. He then went on to host mornings in Rockford, IL, and eventually moved to Chicago. Pete made his mark working at WCKG, the Loop and now the legendary 720AM WGN Radio. You can see Pete on television weekly alongside Lou Canellis during football season for Bears pregame “Fox Kickoff Sunday.” He is an emmy award winning television host for “24/7” which aired on NBC Chicago.
Pete is very active in charity work, for Susan G. Komen Chicago, Easter Seals Peoria and One for the Kids Chicago. Pete is married with a family and lives in the city.
Andrea Darlas is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning radio and television news anchor/reporter and talk show host based in Chicago. She’s currently the Senior Director of Constituent Engagement for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, based at the Illini Center in Chicago.
Having spent 25+ years in the Chicago media, Darlas was a news anchor and reporter at WGN Radio for more than 21 years and was a news reporter and weekend break/features reporter for WGN-TV for nearly a decade. She currently hosts her weekly talk show, “Andrea & the Reporters” on WGN Radio and is a reporter/correspondent for the nationally-syndicated home improvement show “House Smarts”.
During her tenure at WGN, Andrea won more than 25 awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, hosting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has six IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast”, two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio- and recently won the IBA Silver Dome award for “Best Reporter” for 2017 and 2018. A two-time Emmy award nominee, Andrea has also won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for journalism excellence and a top national award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology for her ground breaking series on food allergies.
Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently works with the Chancellor, the office of advancement for global and economic development, and the office of public affairs serving as a media liaison, promoting and advancing the U of I, throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Andrea has served on the U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. She is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the Special Olympics and Rags of Honor.