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Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels, welcomed guests and special speakers to the Toy Drive with a Twist at Le Passage.


Event raises money for Imerman Angels and Children’s Memorial Hospital

by Colleen M. Padia
Dec 09, 2008


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A crowd of more than 750 people braved the cold to head to Le Passage on Rush Street last weekend for the annual Toy Drive with a Twist fundraiser hosted by Imerman Angels.

The Chicago-based charity pairs people diagnosed with cancer and survivors who support them through the treatment process.

The “twist” of the party is that guests don't bring toys but a portion of the ticket proceeds went to help purchase a mobile Wii game station that can be moved from room to room and patient to patient at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels and a survivor of testicular cancer, welcomed the crowd and introduced some special guests.

Nike spokesperson Katherine Kulczyk thrilled the crowd by announcing a donation on behalf of Nike and Bank of America in the amount of $100,000 to Imerman Angels and Children’s Memorial in honor of the Imerman Angels marathon team, which has logged in 400,000 miles of running for charity.