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Thank you from the Mayor of Orlando for the Eli’s Cheesecake that we sent after the Chicago Rush won the Arena Bowl!

One of the great traditions that we enjoy participating in is the “wager” when Chicago teams reach the post-season and then the world championship. It was back in 1985 that Eli’s Cheesecake received its first national mention on air when then Mayor Harold Washington served our cheesecake in New Orleans at a party before the Super Bowl. In 2005, we had the unbelievable experience of creating a World Series Victory Cheesecake for the Chicago White Sox and was able to present it to Manager Ozzie Guillen and White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf, together with Mayor Richard M. Daley at City Hall.

It was an honor when Mayor Daley wagered Eli’s Cheesecake with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer when the Chicago Rush went to Arena Bowl in LasVegas to play the Orlando Predators for the Arena Football World Championship.

Happily, the Chicago Rush won the game and therefore Mayor Daley would be on the receiving end of the wager, but those of at Eli’s don’t want to see the loser deprived of great Eli’s Cheesecake from Chicago.

We sent Eli’s Cheesecake to Mayor Dyer in Orlando and we were honored to receive his note of thanks for the “delicious….amazing cheesecake.”

Thank you Mayor Dyer!

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Mayor Daley Wagers Eli’s Cheesecake with Orlando Mayor Dyer over the ArenaBowl–the Chicago Rush versus the Orlando Predators

All of of us at Eli’s Cheesecake wish the best of success to the Chicago Rush and owner, Mike Ditka, in their appearance on Sunday in ArenaBowl XX in Las Vegas, the title game of the Arena League.

With Taste of Chicago XXVI soon to be upon us–opening day is June 30th, we thank Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for making Eli’s the food item to represent Chicago. Go Chicago Rush!


Jun 9, 2006 4:37 pm US/Central

Daley Wagers Cheesecake For Rush Win

Orlando Mayor Offers Up Oranges

(STNG) CHICAGO Mayor Richard M. Daley has wagered Chicago cheesecakes against Florida oranges that the Chicago Rush will win ArenaBowl XX on Sunday in Las Vegas, according to a release.

The city’s Arena Football team will play for the title against the Orlando Predators, and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he would send some Florida sunshine, in the form of oranges, to Chicago if his team falls, the release from the Mayor’s Office of Special Events said.

Daley answered the challenge by offering up Eli’s Cheesecake, the city’s noted dessert, which was created by Eli Schulman and made its debut at the Taste of Chicago, according to the release.

“We were pretty successful last fall with the White Sox, so I’m hoping to enjoy a glass of fresh orange juice soon,” Daley said in the release.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Proud to be part of History: Mayor Daley’s Wager with the Mayor White of Houston over the White Sox and Astros in the World Series

Mayor Richard M. Daley has a been lifelong Chicago White Sox fan growing up just blocks from the old Comiskey Park and the new U.S. Cellular Field. Today at a morning press conference outside the Field, he recounted his memories of attending the World Series in 1959 and his great joy with the American League Champion Chicago White Sox.

In honor of this great occasion in Chicago, Mayor Daley invited a distinguished list of Chicago food companies, restaurants and institutions to join him for a very special wager with Mayor Bill White of Houston. Eli’s was delighted to be a part of this wager, but knowing that our White Sox will win the World Series, we started today baking our Giant Eli’s Cheesecake for the Victory Celebration.

Eli’s Big Slice was proud to be featured with great Chicago brands including Vienna Beef, Stewart’s Coffee, Tootsie Roll, Connie’s Pizza and Original Rainbow Cone.

Eli’s is White Sox crazy this weekend! Go White Sox!

Eli’s, Marc Schulman, at the podium, sharing Eli’s pride in being Chicago made,its support of the wager, and its delight to create a White Sox World Series Victory Cheesecake.

Chicago is very fortunate to have the LaSalle Bank as the leading local bank and its Chairman and CEO, Norm Bobbins. Just two weeks after one million people celebrated the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, Bobbins was celebrating the Sox American League Championship and the strong corporate support that LaSalle provides the Sox and all of Chicago.

Mayor Richard M. Daley presents Chicago White Sox Chairman and CEO, Jerry Reinsdorf with a smaller version of the banners saluting the Sox that are display around the City.

Mayor Bill White of Houston has urged his residents to discard their socks for a “No Socks Weekend.” Mayor Daley, being concerned that the people of Houston could get cold, particularly if they are attending the games in Chicago this weekend, brought white socks as a gift for the people of Houston.

Eli’s Maureen, Elana and Marc Schulman with Chicago Mayor, Richard M. Daley. Daley is a great supporter of Chicago family businesses and is delighted to see companies like Eli’s support Chicago public educational institutions like Wright College and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

The Home of the White Sox has always been in the 11th Ward on Chicago’s southside near what was the location of the Chicago Stockyards. Here, Eli’s, Marc Schulman, and Eli’s special friend, Doug Wertheimer of Wertheimer Box, congratulate Alderman James Balcer on the success of the Sox.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley receives the Scott Award from Swarthmore College and gives the monetary award to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Chicago is fortunate this week to be hosting the Annual Meeting for the American Association of Botanical Gardens & Arboretums. With great gardens like Cantigny, the Morton Arboreteum, the Chicago Botanical Garden, the Garfield Park Conservatory and the new Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park, Chicago is the perfect place to host this group.

Mayor Richard M. Daley gave the opening key note address to over 600 members of the group at the Mid-America Club on Thursday. At the conclusion of his speech, Claire Sawyers, the Director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College came forward to present the Scott Award to Mayor Daley. This is one of the most prestigious awards in gardening and horticulture and was given for the first time to a public official and for the first time at a location outside of Swartmore.

The Award includes a Medal and a monetary award of $10,000 which can spent at the complete discretion of the recipient. We were honored that Mayor Daley directed that the award be given directly to the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences and be spent on the organic garden and display at the 2006 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

CHSAS Principal, David Gilligan, with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum, at the presentation of the Scott Medal to the Mayor

Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Daley receives 2005 Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award from the Scott

Mayor Richard M. Daley was awarded the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award on June 30 at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta held in Chicago, June 29 – July 2 by Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum. The over 500 horticultural professionals attending the meeting celebrated Mayor Daley’s accomplishments in “greening” the city of Chicago for the past sixteen years. Since he became mayor in 1989, the City has planted more than 500,000 trees, created 100 school campus parks, built 70 miles of landscaped street medians and spurred the construction of rooftop gardens on major buildings including City Hall.

“No matter which side of the political aisle one assumes, the mayor’s dedication to a greening agenda can never be questioned,” stated William Aldrich, president and publisher of Chicagoland Gardening magazine and supporter of Mayor Daley’s nomination for the award. These tireless efforts and forward thinking make Mayor Daley an ideal recipient of the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award and, as the first politician to receive the award, a shining example for other politicians to follow.

The Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticultural Award, given by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, is considered one of the most prestigious in American horticulture. It was established in 1929 to recognize individuals who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have made outstanding, national contributions to the science and art of gardening. The 2005 award of a gold medal together with $10,000 is given as an acknowledgement of “achievement of great merit, a recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening.” Mayor Daley requested that his cash award of $10,000 be given directly to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The school’s principal, Mr. Dave Gilligan, who accepted the check at the award presentation, said they will devote the funds to their organic garden and horticulture programs. The school is the only public high school to participate in the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.
“Mayor Daley’s contribution to the world of urban horticulture reaches across many disciplines. His insistence on bringing the catch-word ‘green’ into almost every project the city undertakes has brought new enlightenment, a new way of doing business in his busy city. Visitors may ooh and ahh over the median planters along the city’s Michigan Avenue, but that is the tip of the veritable iceberg of planting/greening initiatives that drive Chicago,” explained Aldrich.

“Mayor Daley had the vision to dream big dreams and to marshal public foundations and private-sector resources to make the vision a reality. What began with beautification of areas in the heart of the city’s business and tourism districts quickly expanded to include innovative rooftop gardening, environmental education programs, and the crowning glory of Millenium Park, which features world-class architecture and beautiful public spaces such as the Lucie Garden,” as described by Barbara Whitney Carr, President and CEO of Chicago Botanic Garden, and another nomination supporter.

In addition to spurring the planting of 500,000 trees, the placement 70 miles of new median planters, and the renovation of 30 miles of boulevard, the mayor has established Chicago Center for Green Technology. This facility was awarded a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and houses the Greencorps Chicago whose mission is to improve the quality of life throughout Chicago by providing horticulture instruction, materials, and employment. When creating the green roof on top of City Hall, the mayor wanted to set an example to other businesses in the city by improving the city’s own building first.

A former state senator and county prosecutor,

Daley was elected Mayor in 1989 to complete the term of the late Harold Washington, and was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003 by overwhelming margins. He has been awarded the J. Sterling Morton Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Keystone Award from the American Architectural Foundation, Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine, Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine and many more.

“What Chicago has accomplished is a model for other cities, whether beautifying downtowns or working with residents and businesses to improve quality of life in neighborhoods,” stated Carr.

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Eli’s & Taste of Chicago have a great Saturday in the Park with Chicago and Mayor Richard M. Daley

With Chicago’s magnificent skyline and lakefront on either side, thousands of Chicagoans and visitors joined Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the group, Chicago, to celebrate the 25th birthday of Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago. The celebration was a great success with complimentary Eli’s birthday cheesecake for all and was a great testament to how important the Taste of Chicago has been to Eli’s growth and the great affection for Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago and around the world.


A cheesecake so big that we have to use a forklift to put into position. Over 125 Eli’s associates were involved in our activities on Saturday, June 25th, including the cutting and serving of the big cake, the operation of our Booth and our hospitality tent.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley joins Eli’s, Maureen and Marc Schulman, for the Big Cake Cutting

Mayor Daley helps cuts a second slice from the Big Cake with members of the group, Chicago, Ted Allen of Queer Eye for Straight Guy, Collen McShane, Executive Director of the Illinois Restaurant Association and Larry Deshon, Senior Vice President of United Airlines, which is a long term brand partner of Eli’s.

Second City Alumni and comedian, Tim Kazurinsky, was the emcee for the event and helped cut all the cake for the thousands that were served.

Celebrating the success of the Big Cake and Eli’s activities at Taste was Eli’s Taste General Manager, Mike Neuhaus, with daughter, Nicole and wife, Peg.

The creation of an Eli’s Giant Cheesecake and the coordination to assemble it and serve it is a monumental task. Several thousand people who enjoyed the complimentary cheesecake are very grateful for the exceptional work of Diana Moles and Laurel Boger.

All of us at Eli’s were honored to have Mayor Daley participate in the Celebration and he presented us with his Greetings as a momento of the event.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley Tours the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

In connection with his visit to Mt. Greenwood to dedicate the Miracle Field,
Mayor Richard M. Daley took a tour of the Chicago High School for Agricultural
Sciences with student leaders of the FFA, principal David Gilligan, myself,d Roy
Shalabi, one of my co-chairs on the Business Advisory Council, a parent LSC
member and Chicago Park District Commissioner, 19th Ward Alderman Ginger Rugai
and Chief Education to Careers Officer, Jill Wine Banks.

Mayor Daley is Chicago’s greatest booster of Chicago’s role as a leader in
the Green Movement. From recycling, to organics, Mayor Daley is seeking Chicago
to be a leader in the schools and the business community. For that reason, it
was a great thrill to showcase CHSAS and its achievements for the Mayor. From
its students awards in FFA, to achievements in sports and academics, CHSAS has
become one of the most successful schools in the City and a role model for urban
agricultural schools nationally.

The Mayor was able to see each of the five career paths at CHSAS; animal
science, agri-business and entrepreneurship, food science, ag-tech and
horticulture and to see the important contributions that the FFA can make to
education in an urban school district.

We appreciate Mayor’s Daley’s support of CHSAS and look forward to our third
annual Ecological Entrepreneurship Program this summer–a joint project of
CHSAS, Wright College and Eli’s.

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Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences welcomes the Miracle Field to its campus and the Mt. Greenwood Neighborhood

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on the far southwest is
unique because of its agricultural programs, state of the art campus and
location on the last working farm in the City of Chicago. CHSAS gained another
distinction this week as it also the home of the Miracle Field and three other
baseball fields constructed with donations from the White Sox and White Sox

This is the first Miracle Field in Chicago and we look forward to it being a
true Field of Dreams in its partnership with CHSAS.

Mayor Daley cuts the ribbon for the Miracle Field

Park District CEO TIm Mitchell is presented with a gift by CHSAS

Principal Dave Gilligan and CHSAS students thank White Sox CEO Jerry
Reinsdorf for the Miracle Field

Miracle Field a dream come true

05/16/2005 7:17 PM ET

By Kelly Thesier /

CHICAGO — As Debbie Greene watched her 10-year-old son Michael sitting
at home plate waiting for a pitch with a huge smile on his face, tears formed in
her eyes.

Michael has been in a wheelchair since the age of three and dreams of playing
center field like his favorite player Aaron Rowand. On Monday, that fantasy
became more of a reality as the White Sox unveiled a new Miracle Field in Mt.
Greenwood, on Chicago’s southwest side.

Miracle Field is a baseball diamond made out of cushioned, rubber turf that
allows for wheelchairs to traverse the field without worry. It is part of a
brand new four-field complex known as White Sox Fields that the organization
helped to build. The main cornerstone of the $1 million project was the
construction of Miracle Field but the area has a total of four fields: a
baseball field, softball field, a Little League diamond along with the field
made for children with handicaps.

For Greene, seeing her son play on the new field was more than she could have

“To me and to everybody else who has handicapped children, this is
unbelievable,” Greene said. “I’m trying to make my son’s dream come true and
this is the dream.”

The project has been in the planning stages since the latter part of 2001
when a piece ran on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” about the Miracle
League. The Miracle League was developed in 1998 to help children with
disabilities play baseball and developing fields that are safe for the kids to
play on. When White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf saw the piece, he knew that his
team had to do something.

“I’ve been looking forward to this day for a really long time,” Reinsdorf
said as he watched some of the kids play on the new field. “Ever since I saw the
video on the Miracle League, I knew we needed to help. When this was planned, I
couldn’t wait for it to get built fast enough.”

Monday was the day that Reinsdorf was finally able to rejoice in all the
work. The White Sox chairman was on hand to celebrate the opening of the new
fields along with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Daley spoke to the crowd about
what it means to have such a facility in the city.

“These kids are like anyone else,” Daley said. “They are Sox fans, they just
want to get out here and participate.”

A significant crowd was on hand to see the ribbon cut for the new facility.
Along with Reinsdorf and Daley were former White Sox players Harold Baines and
Billy Pierce, along with the family of Jack Gould, a longtime Chicago sports
executive with the Bulls and White Sox. Three of the fields were named after
Baines, Pierce and Gould, all of whom have had left an impact not only on the
team but on the community as well.

After the opening ceremony, many children gathered to swing the bats and
travel around the bases. Seeing the smiles on all the kids’ faces was what the
day was all about.

“It’s truly a dream come true,” said Christine O’Reilly, White Sox senior
director of community relations. “When I say this is the cornerstone of the
project, it really is. To know that we can bring baseball to these kids who
otherwise couldn’t play — they just can’t navigate on a grass and clay

This is not the first time that the White Sox have been involved in the
Miracle Field project. The team also donated $300,000 to help build two other
such fields in Roselle, Ill., and Geneva, Ill.

With the addition of the new field, the Miracle League continues to grow. The
field in Mt. Greenwood is the 18th such field in the nation, with 61 currently
under construction.

“There is an obligation on behalf of sports teams to give back to the
community,” Reinsdorf said. “We take so much out of the community, we need to
give back. I don’t think we should get anything out of this because I think it’s
a selfish thing. I feel so good when I see these kids. It’s just an unbelievable

For Michael, the day was even more special. Michael was not born handicapped
but a blood clot found on his spine around the age of three put him in the
wheelchair. Being in the chair has not deterred his love of sports. He has been
involved in a wheelchair basketball league but it’s another sport that has
captured his love.

“Baseball is Michael,” his mom said. “This is his love.”

Seeing the broad smile on Michael’s face after he was finished swinging at
home plate explained just how much the day meant to him, but to his family, it
might have meant even more.

“I’m very nervous and I think I am getting more choked up than he is” Greene
said. “Our daughter plays Little League here a couple of times a week and while
she’s playing, me and him take a walk down here. I told him we’d be able to get
on this field someday and play and today is that day.”

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