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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