Dempster Family Foundation

(News Release) Cubs Pitcher Ryan Dempster and his wife, Jenny, announce the first official fundraiser of The Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation- The First Annual Casino Night and Concert on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at House of Blues Chicago to benefit the Foundation.

The Casino Night and Concert fundraiser will feature a night on the town to mingle with Chicago Cubs players as well as American singer, Jaron and The Long Road to Love; former professional baseball and football player, Bo Jackson; former Major League Baseball player, Frank Thomas; Chicago Blackhawks players, Jonathan Toews, Brian Campbell, and Adam Burish; Philadelphia Flyers player, Danny Briere; and former Chicago Blackhawks player, Chris Chelios. Each of the celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds will serve as guest dealers at the casino tables.

Guests will enjoy Southern-inspired food from the House of Blues, and beverages courtesy of William Grant and Sons and Anheuser Busch, while bidding on one-of-a-kind auction packages, experiences, and sports memorabilia. This special night will close with an intimate concert featuring a soon-to-be announced musical guest, all to help Strike Out 22q, and raise funds to support the Dempster Family Foundation.

Sponsorship opportunities, as well as VIP and general admission tickets, are now available online. Tickets are available on the Foundation website at (click on the Casino Night button at the top of the page.)

"We are proud to announce our first annual Dempster Family Foundation summer fundraiser, Casino Night and Concert," said Jenny Dempster. "The funds we raise this year through the event will support our first grant cycle this fall for both children and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion (DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS), and other select local children's charities. We look forward to seeing everyone out that evening to help raise money to support children here in Chicagoland."

The Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of 22q11.2 Deletion (DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS) and reaching out to families with children with the disorder, and the charities that support them, to help them deal with difficult situations they face each day. The Dempster Family Foundation strives to lend support through monetary grants, programs and increased community awareness through the following ways: providing funding to continue research for early detection of this disorder in children, supporting programs about 22q that provide education, physical therapy and activity to promote long-term well being, creating initiatives that build and instill confidence in these children, developing a 22q network for families to share information and experiences, and helping to navigate healthcare options and treatment.

To learn more about this event, the Foundation in general, or to apply for a grant, please visit the Foundation website at

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