Posts Tagged 2005

Congratulations to the Chicago White Sox on Winning the 2005 World Series

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Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market Supports FARM AID 2005

On Thursday, September 15th, the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market was visited by FARM AID as part of its committment to build Farm to Food Connections. Eli’s Master Chef Jolene Worthington did a demonstration with produce purchased at the market and FARM AID brought the band, Devil in a Woodpile, to entertain our guests.

The 20th Anniversary FARM AID is this Sunday, September 18th, at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park.

Devil in a Wood Pile at the Farmers Market

The Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market continues through mid-October. Don’t miss it for breakfast, shopping and lunch

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Eli’s Congratulates Jewel-Osco on the success of the 2005 Charities Auction at the Drury Lane Oak Brook Theatre

For almost 20 years, Eli’s Cheesecake has supported what is today the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club. Back then it was the Henry Horner Boys and Girls Club, an antiquated facility in the middle of the Horner Homes. After the first retirement of Michael Jordan and the tragic murder of his father, the Chicago Bulls, the Jordan family and the community built a state of the art club in the name of Mr.. Jordan.

Facilities like this involve many supporters and we are very grateful for the commitment of Jewel Osco to supporting the Jordan Club and also many other leading charities. On Thursday, May 26th, Eli’s Cheesecake was a sponsor and provided dessert for the Jewel-Osco 2005 Charities Auction, one of the premiere fundraising events in the Chicago area. This year’s event, chaired by Nancy Chagares, Vice President of Fresh Food Merchandising at Jewel, raised substantial funds for the Jordan Club and also for the United Way of Chicago, the March of Dimes, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Misericordia, Ed Hogar Del Nino, Alivio Medical Center, the USO and the Hines VA Hospital.

Our thanks to Nancy, to Jewel Osco and to all the partners in the food industry who come together once a year to make an important difference for these charities.


Patricia Smoot, the Club Director at the James Jordan Boys & Girls, always invites friends of Eli’s over to the Jordan Club for a tour and to find a way that you can help this important west side Chicago institution.

Thank you Larry Wahlstrom, Jewel-Osco President, for continuing this great tradition of supporting the James Jordan Club and other worthy Chicago charities.

One long time tradition of the Jewel-Osco Charities Auction is that Eli’s Cheesecake donates dessert. This year Eli’s debuted the new Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake and S’mores Bar.

Celebrating the success of another Jewel-Osco Charities Auction are Jordan Club Board members and event organizers, Ken Rzesutko, President of CA Fortune (also Eli’s broker in Chicago), Nancy Chagares, Vice President of Fresh Food Merchandising at Jewel, Eli’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Pete Filippelli, and Eli’s, Marc Schulman

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Eli’s Exhibits at the 2005 FMI Show in Chicago

May is a great month for the food industry in Chicago with the FMI Show bringing food retailers and specialty food buyers to Chicago in early May and the NRA for the restaurant industry three weeks later. Eli’s was delighted to be part of the Illinois Pavillion and show our new products to the trade both nationally and internationally.

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Eli’s Proud to be a Sponsor of Friends of the Parks Earth Day Celebration 2005

Eli’s has been a long time supporter of Friends of the Parks and the Earth Day Celebration. When we undertook the campaign to rebuild Seneca Park and create the Eli M. Schulman Playground, it was Friends of the Parks that provided us with technical experience to complete the project. Since that completion date in 1990, we have worked with Friends of the Parks to promote the enhancement and maintenance of playlots on a city-wide basis. For a number of years, we sponsored a Playlot Spruce-Up Day, which has now been rolled up into Earth Day.

On Saturday, April 23rd. Friends of the Parks helped organize community clean-ups throughout the City followed by an Earth Day Celebration at the Humboldt Park Boat House.

Eli’s will have its own Playground Spruce-Up Celebration on Saturday, May 7th, 2005, when we come together for the morning to clean and prepare Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground for the season.


Congrats to Marta Reyes of Gallistel Branch School for her winning T-shirt Entry

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Eli’s Cheesecake Participates in the Wright College Job Fair 2005

The greatest contribution that we can make to the economy is to create a job. Today we were fortunate to join 110 other companies at the 7th Annual Wright College Job Fair. This was a record turnout for both employers and students seeking careers. It was exciting to see the broad range of opportunities from health care, to government service and industry. Wright College has a great history of preparing students for both transfer to 4 year institutions and careers and it is great to see the business community realize what a great resource we have in Wright.

Eli’s was well represented at the Job Fair by Mary Gaw, Edna Genaro, Ross Katsma, and Kari Miller, our Cafe Manager.

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Eli’s Father’s Day Bike Ride will debut in 2005!

Each summer, value our partnership with Mayor Daley’s Bicycle Ambassadors and
the Chicago Bicycle Federation. Mayor Daley has a goal for Chicago to be the
most bicycle friendly city in America and the beginning of Spring is a great
time to start exploring the City’s neighborhoods and lakefront parks via

If you will be in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend, don’t miss Bike the
Drive. For that Sunday morning, Lake Shore Drive is closed for its entire length
and the Chicago Bicycle Federation has both a 15 mile and 30 mile ride plan for
the day.

When I read about Bike the Drive, I wondered why we couldn’t have a bike ride
sponsored by Eli’s. Under the leadership of my associates, Debbie Osman and Mary
Gale, Eli’s Cheesecake, together with Rudy’s Cycle Shop and Wright College, are
sponsoring our first annual Father’s Day Bike Ride on Sunday, June 19th. The
description below is from the online Bike Chicago Brochure at Check it out
and come ride with us on Father’s Day.


Father’s Day Bike Ride (REC/K), Sunday, June
9:45 a.m.

Meet at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve
Drive *
Recreational ride to explore the Portage Park, Wright Community and
northwest side of Chicago neighborhoods * Free 6″ Eli’s Cheesecake for all
fathers and a continental breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m. for all participants
* Organized by Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Rudy’s Cycle Shop & Wright College
* Info:, 773-736-3417, or e-mail

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Eli’s Supports Entrepreneurship Week 2005 at the University of Illinois Chicago

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to participate in an entrepreneurship panel with Michael Regan of Tranzact Technologies, a long time friend in the business community. It was a lot of fun to share the program as Mike and I both graduated college in the same year (1976) and undertook our entrepreneurial dreams around the same time.

It is always great to go to UIC as it is the home of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, a group of students from over 150 colleges nationally who share a passion for entrepreneurship. UIC is also a hot bed of entrepreneurial activities and the room is always packed when I have come to speak. Fortunately, I bring dessert so the ending is always sweet.

Our hosts for the program was Gerry Hills, the first Coleman Professor of Entreprensurship, and Mike Hennessy, the President of the Coleman Foundation. Mike has taken entrepreneurship education to a far higher level in this country with Entrepreneurship Chairs at a number of leading universities and as a strong supporter of CEO and NFTE, which brings entrepreneurship education to the high schools. Thanks to the Coleman Foundation, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, has become an active member of NFTE and will take a large contingent of students to the 8th National Young Entrepreneurs Conference & Business Competition in Milwaukee next week.

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Tribute to President Charles Guengerich of Wright College in the Elmhurst College Prospect (Spring 2005)

All of us at the Eli’s Cheesecake Company are very proud of our long term partnership with Wright College. For over 15 years, all of us at Eli’s have been fortunate to have Wright College as our educational partner and supporter. For the last eight years, this partnership has been even closer as we are fortunate to be part of the Wright Campus.

In the Spring issue of the Prospect, Elmhurst College gives well deserved recognition to Chuck Guengerich, the President of Wright. We are honored that the article starts on a walk over to Eli’s University—our on-site educational center with Wright. We couldn’t state our philosophy of education than the statement in the article that:

“When you think of higher learning in America, classes in the
backroom of a (literal) cheesecake bakery may not be what springs to mind. For
Guengerich, however, the classes at Eli’s go right to the heart of his college’s
particular mission. “We’re a community college,” he says. “We’re here to serve
the needs of the community.””

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Eli’s Cheesecake is Delighted to Support Golf Around Chicago 2005 at Navy Pier


Ladies and gentlemen…start your putters! “Golf Around Chicago” is
celebrating its tenth anniversary with new holes, new challenges, and new
opportunities for fun. The popular miniature golf experience, proceeds from
which benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, will run from Friday,
March 11 through Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at Navy Pier’s beautiful Crystal

To date, nearly 150,000 people have teed off at this whimsical 18-hole
course, which celebrates Chicago’s landmarks, buildings and culture. This year,
five brand new holes have been added, allowing golfers to step back in time to
the flappers and speakeasies of the Roaring ‘20s, putt through the faces that
adorn the futuristic Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, or enjoy the here and
now at one of the course’s other unique challenges.

In addition, the return of previous years’ favorite holes means that players
can once again make their way through the Chicago Stock Yards, go for a spin
down Wacker Drive, and honor the work of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater
Chicago on a hole celebrating the accomplishments of individuals with epilepsy
throughout history.

As in years past, the 2005 Golf Around Chicago holes have been designed and
built by the Chicago area’s top architects and construction companies, all of
whom contributed their time and efforts.

Golf Around Chicago’s course hours will be 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday
through Friday, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Sundays.
Admission is $6.75 for adults, and $5.25 for children under the age of 12. On
weekends, nine-hole play will be available at a reduced rate.

All proceeds from “Golf Around Chicago” benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of
Greater Chicago, which provides a full range of counseling, case management, and
advocacy services to people with epilepsy and their families. The Foundation
serves 43 counties in Northeastern and Central Illinois, and is an independent
affiliate of the national Epilepsy Foundation. Approximately 100,000 people with
epilepsy live in the area served by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater

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