As the holiday season begins, many of us take a moment to reflect on the current year. Today, the Chamber held its annual Holiday Lunch and talked about what they did during 2019 and what they hope to accomplish in 2020. Hope and celebration are big themes for our organization as well. Beginning on Thanksgiving, we see the storefronts of our businesses change to reflect the holiday season, our local restaurants are filled with friends and families celebrating their holiday traditions, and our towns transform with the holiday spirit. The H Foundation takes this time to honor those touched by cancer throughout the year. Since 2001, through very generous donations and fundraisers like the Goombay Bash, The H Foundation has raised over $9 million to support basic science cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Our dollars have been leveraged into over $66 million of additional funding to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Like so many of the Chamber's nonprofit members, our work is never done.
This holiday season The H Foundation and Hortons Home Lighting are honoring the fight against cancer and the impact that cancer has on the community and the region with the “Hortons Tree of Hope.” Cancer became personal to the Hortons team when a friend and co-worker, Pam Herts, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of thirty-one. Pam’s story inspired HOPE and united a community of thousands who know CANCER IS PERSONAL and TOGETHER we can make a difference. This holiday season, Hortons is lighting up their “Tree of Hope” to honor those we have lost, those who are fighting, and those who are survivors of this terrible disease that affects 1 in 3 people. For a $25 donation to The H Foundation, people can receive a personalized, crystal ornament to display on the “Tree of Hope” located at the Hortons Home Lighting in La Grange. All proceeds will benefit basic science cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Center of Northwestern University.
“As a local business, creating a culture of family and being a part of our community are things that are important to me and our organization. We created the "Tree of Hope" as a symbol of the hope Pam inspired; a symbol of unity; a symbol of what we can do together... as friends, as a family, as a business, and most of all, as a community during the holiday season,” said John Rot, Hortons Home Lighting owner and president of The H Foundation. Every ornament purchased will be engraved and hung with others from our community on the Hortons’ Tree of Hope at the LaGrange Christmas Shoppe. On December 21, all ornaments will be ready for shipping or in-store pick up so you have your ornament for the holidays and to keep for years to come. Order your ornament at https://www.hfoundation.org/Hortons-hope or at any of the Hortons Home Lighting locations. Please join us this holiday season in the fight against cancer within your respective communities.