On August 9, top players from the lighting industry joined more than 1,200 guests in Chicago for the 8th annual Goombay Bash. The charity event raises money for the H Foundation, a nonprofit group—co-founded by Neil Graves of Tri-State Sales & Service and John Rot of Horton’s Home Finishings—that raises money for cancer research at Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
As in years past, the social gala was billed as a island-inspired romp, replete with fruity cocktails, tropical leis and festive music. Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, a spectacular venue with dramatic views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline, played host to revelers, who flew in from as far away as New York and California to attend the one-night-only benefit.
As expected, fundraising was the focus of the evening’s celebration. A silent auction stocked with hundreds of unique gifts kept attendees on their feet, and raffles—held throughout the night—ensured that billfolds and wallets were close at hand. Merchandise from such lighting companies as Murray Feiss, Monte Carlo, Kichler, Uttermost, Holtkötter and Dale Tiffany was up for grabs, in addition to vacation packages, sports tickets and gift certificates. An exciting live auction capped off the night, and by the end of the evening, Goombay guests had raised more than $490,000 for the H Foundation—a new record that brings the event’s eight-year total to more than $2.4 million.