Since 1971, the Malnati family has hosted an annual one-day charity event. Lou and Jean Malnati first started the event as a scholarship fund for local athletes to Wake Forest University in the name of Brian Piccolo, and after Lou died of cancer in 1978, Jean carried on the annual tradition in Lou's name and the focus was changed to raising money for cancer research. In the past 10 years, we have raised more than $3 million to benefit organizations such as the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Gilda's Club and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago which are dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.
2012 marked the 42nd year for the Lou Malnati's Cancer Research Benefit, and we are grateful to have had another successful year of raising funds for cancer research and education programs.
The event featured an evening of music and fundraising activities at the Ravenswood Event Center on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Guests were transported back to the time our fundraising efforts began by the groovy music and décor of the early 1970's.
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Where Does the Money Raise Go?
All proceeds benefit Lou Malnati's Cancer Research Fund, the charitable arm of Lou Malnati's. We then allocate funds to Chicago-area cancer research and education programs at the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago's Gilda's Club and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
41st Annual Cancer Benefit