The H Foundation of La Grange Summertime Goombay Bash set for July 12

Paper Hawaiian shirts are already lining the walls and windows of La Grange-area businesses, emblazoned with names of supporters and, in many cases, loved ones who have passed away.

The colorful pieces of paper are a sure sign of the annual summertime Goombay Bash, hosted by The H Foundation of La Grange and held this year on Saturday, July 12 in the Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier, from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Another sure sign of the impending Caribbean-themed fundraiser: the sight of specialty Goombay Bash license plates around town.

The H Foundation was formed by the owners of Hortons Home Lighting after the company lost two employees to cancer, including 31-year-old Pam Herts. The Goombay Bash is the foundation’s main fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going toward basic science cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. More than $5 million has been raised in the 13 years since The H Foundation was started; last year’s festival alone netted more than $500,000 for the cause.

In addition to Caribbean-style entertainment, food and cocktails, including the signature Goombay Smash, this year’s Goombay Bash will feature a live and silent auction, raffles and special guests Kyle Long of the Chicago Bears, actor George Wendt and former NBA player Kendall Gill. A fireworks display caps off the festivities.

“We are so proud of the progress that our funding has provided. But there is still much work to be done. We won’t stop until a cure is found,” says Kate Harken, executive director of The H Foundation.

Tickets for the 2014 Goombay Bash are $150 per person ($250 per person VIP) and are available at www.goombaybash.com. For more information, visit the website, call 708-352-5240 or email info@HFoundation.org.

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