Way to Goombay!
Laura Van Zeyl

Congratulations to Hortons Home Lighting and its indefatigable H Foundation on another successful Goombay Bash on Saturday night. The event filled Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom in Chicago with more than 1,000 folks on fire to fund the fight against cancer.

The 11th edition of this annual casual, Caribbean-themed party raised more than $550,000, bringing the cumulative amount total to more than $4 million! The money supports basic science research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, often creating seed money that leads to even greater additional private funding.

While this event is not exclusive to lighting — other local businesses make up the H Foundation Board and draw plenty of friends and family — it always impresses me how our industry has embraced this cause and raised its profile. I was pleased to see so many first-timers enjoying the perfect weather on the lakefront: other retailers like neighboring Lightology or The Lighting Corner across Lake Michigan in Grandville, MI; corporate participants from Philips’ Thomas Lighting/Forecast divisions joined the company’s already-active reps; and while Murray Feiss is always well represented, an even bigger Generation Brands contingent came forward, which was fitting since Christy Mutino from Feiss was there celebrating five years of being cancer-free.

It was also fabulous to see the familiar faces of past participants from Satco, Holtkötter, Quoizel, Tri-State Sales, Brecher’s Lighting and Living Lighting on King. We’ve got some photos up on our Facebook page so that even those who could not attend can share in the fun. Many thanks to all of the other lighting companies who donated this year, too, including Emerson, Kichler, Hinkley Lighting, WAC Lighting, Eurofase, Lutron and Trans Globe Lighting. We already knew you made great products; it’s nice to know you also make a difference.

About this author

Laura Van Zeyl

Laura Van Zeyl is the Publisher/Editorial Director of Residential Lighting and Home Fashion Forecast magazines, and has been covering the lighting and home furnishings industries since 1993. In 2014, she was named one of "100 Women of Inspiration" by Today's Chicago Woman magazine.

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