The Futures Industry Association’s Futures Cares “Great Chicago Steak Out” fundraiser is set on Wednesday, Oct. 12 with a goal to raise $500,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. For the first time, Molise PR client Lawry’s The Prime Rib will join other members of the Chicago Private Dining Steakhouse Group including Benny’s Chophouse, Mastro’s, Gibson’s, Morton’s, Carmichael’s, Fleming’s, Harry Caray’s, Ruth’s Chris and David Burke’s Primehouse to provide all of the food for this private event, which draws attendees from the Futures Industry Association Expo.
The Private Dining Steakhouse Group was founded in March of 2004 by Kelly McGrath, who currently serves as the Events Director at Mastro’s Steakhouse, with the support of Lynette Valez of Gibson’s Steakhouse and consists of the top steakhouses in the downtown Chicago area that also offer private dining. What makes this group original is that clientele and information is shared amongst the competition and used to improve guests’ overall dining experience. If a steakhouse can not accommodate a guest, that person can be referred to the group who will then contact the guest if they have availability. This often proves convenient for the busy corporate planner or an out-of-town individual who may not be familiar with area restaurants.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 69 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 140,000 meals every day. The Food Depository’s programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. For more information, log onto http://chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.
This fundraiser arrives at a critical time for the Food Depository, which is serving 59 percent more individuals at pantries versus three years ago.