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The Goombay Bash was created by several friends with entrepreneurial spirit who decided to make a difference in the fight against cancer. In 2001, we threw our first Goombay Bash under the guise of a casual Caribbean-style festival. Since then, Goombay Bash has grown to become one of the largest and liveliest cancer research fundraising events in Chicago, hosting over 1,000 guests! All proceeds benefit Basic Science Cancer Research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.


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Since 2001, The H Foundation has raised over $12 million, donating nearly every dollar raised to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. These funds are used as seed money for basic science cancer research projects to help them compete for additional government or private funding. As a result, our donations have been leveraged into over $250 million of research dollars towards finding a cure. The H Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.




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We are so excited to offer digital invites this year! This PDF includes all the most essential information about the event, including information on our special guests, how to purchase event and raffle tickets, how to sponsor the event, and more!

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Celebrity Guest of Honor


David Spade

American Comedian & Actor

David Spade became a household favorite during his tenure as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. For his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on Just Shoot Me, Spade received Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and American Comedy Award nominations in 1999. He continues to be a box office draw, touring his stand-up shows nationwide. His most recent stand-up special "Nothing Personal" debuted on Netflix in 2022. Currently, Spade can be seen hosting the FOX game show Snake Oil. Spade fronts and produces the series, which sees convincing entrepreneurs pitch unique products to contestants, who must determine which are real or a sham for a chance to win life-changing money.

Born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade began his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters, and colleges across the country. He made his television debut on SNL and was soon named the “Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year” by Rolling Stone Magazine. As a writer and a performer on SNL for five years, Spade portrayed several hit characters, including the sarcastic "Hollywood Minute" reporter on "Weekend Update," and became well-known for catchphrases such as “And you are…?” and “Buh-Bye!”.

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Awardees & Special Guests



Eye of the Tiger
Awardee

Ryne Sandberg
Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer
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Rick Wiedemer Guiding Light
Awardee

Bill Gildin
President, SATCO Products, Inc.
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Goombay Bash
Honorary Chair

Craig Cunningham
COO, Autobahn Country Club
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Event Emcees:


Steve Cochran

Beloved Chicagoland radio broadcaster Steve Cochran hosted the morning show at WGN from 2013 to December 2019, covering the day's news with an analytical eye and his characteristic comedic slant. He previously worked at WGN from 2000 to 2010. After leaving WGN in 2019, he started the podcast "Live from my Office." He has been the morning host for WLS (AM) in Chicago since June 2022.

 

 


Andrea Darlas

Andrea Darlas is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning radio and television news anchor/reporter and talk show host based in Chicago. Having worked in the Chicago media for nearly three decades, Darlas was a news anchor and reporter at WGN Radio for more than 22 years and a news reporter and weekend break/features reporter for WGN-TV for 10 years.

 

 


 

July 27, 2024 
5:00pm - Midnight

Aon Grand Ballroom
at Chicago's Navy Pier

Event Tickets: 
General Admission: $175/ticket
VIP: $300/ticket*

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Event Features:

•   Live Auction with One-of-a-Kind Packages
•   Silent Auctions with 300+ Packages
•   Gourmet Buffet & Cash Bar
•   Fireworks Finale
•   Casual Attire, Hawaiian Shirt Optional


Giving Opportunities:

Grand Raffle Featuring $10,000 Grand Prize!
Memorial Palms to Honor a Loved One Affected by Cancer
Donate An Item for Our Live and Silent Auctions!
Make a Donation to Support Basic Science Cancer Research

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Buy A Memorial Palm!

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Event Resources:

Download the 2024 Goombay Guide!

 Get a Lift From Our Event Buses!

Find A Hotel Near Navy Pier!

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June 6, 2024
Bill Gildin to Receive Rick Wiedemer Guiding Light Award at 22nd Goombay Bash
Bill Gildin to Receive The H Foundation’s Rick Wiedemer Guiding Light Award at 22nd Annual Goombay BashSATCO Products, Inc. President to be honored for long-standing support at July 22 fundraising event for basic science cancer research. The H Foundation has announced that the recipient of the 2024 Rick Wiedemer Guiding Light Award… Read More
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