Dina Manzo's Project Ladybug

March 2, 2011 9:45:04 AM PST
Dina Manzo, the founder of Project Ladybug and former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member, is in Chicago Wednesday. She started Project Ladybug to ease the struggles of childhood cancer through financial and emotional support for patients and their families. It was founded in New Jersey, and due to its success it has expanded to New York and Chicago.

The Chicago chapter is called Atia's Project Ladybug Fund. It's dedicated in the name of a 3 year-old girl who was diagnosed with cancer at 17 months old. The Chicago chapter is affiliated with Comer Children's Hospital at University of Chicago. So, all funds raised stay in Chicago. Manzo is helping host the chapters first "Treads and Threads" soiree.

For more information, visit http://www.projectladybug.org/.


Project Ladybug Hosts their First Chicago Bash to Benefit Comer Children's Hospital

To honor Atia's Project Ladybug Fund at Comer Children's Hospital at The University of Chicago, Project Ladybug is set to host their premiere Chicago soiree, Treads and Threads on Thursday, April 7th at 7pm at Grossinger City Autoplex.

Project Ladybug will partner with Grossinger City Autoplex, Manny B & Co., and Chicago's leading fashion designers for an evening where luxury meets fashion. Treads and Threads will mark Project Ladybug's first event to raise awareness and funds since the launch of Atia's Project Ladybug Fund at Comer Children's Hospital in December 2010.

Project Ladybug continues to spread its wings and I'm so honored to expand to the city of Chicago," says Dina Manzo, founder of Project Ladybug. "Thanks to the support of the area's influential residents we are able to host these wonderful events and help raise funds for children in need."

A fresh take on fundraising, the evening will showcase Chicago's finest fashion, food and luxury with a fashion presentation by Chicago's design house, AKIRA, a tasting from over 15 of the area's top restaurants, including Dina's brother Jaime Laurita and a "Pit Stop" for men's entertainment, which will include shoe shine, basketball competitions, and online gaming.

The evening's festivities will begin at 6pm at Grossinger City Autoplex, 1561 Fremont St., Chicago, IL. Tickets for Treads and Threads are available for $60.00, with proceeds benefiting Project Ladybug.

To purchase, please visit http://projectladybug.ticketleap.com/ladybugbash.

About Project Ladybug

Established in 2007, Project Ladybug is a non-profit organization dedicated to easing the struggles of childhood cancer through financial and emotional support for patients and their families. By raising funds, children battling this disease can enjoy the quality of life they deserve and focus on recovery, improving outcomes for these patients. At Project Ladybug, the proceeds from the fundraising events are used to better the lives of these children in need through birthday celebrations, computers, clothing, wigs, hospital bills and more.