police officer and soldier battling cancer, are encouraging everyone to attend a fundraiser in his honor, set for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.
Last October, Hughes--a husband and father of two--was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach and liver cancers. He has undergone seven rounds of chemotherapy, with more to come--as well as six blood transfusions, daily treatments for removing and preventing blood clots. Radiation treatments are also ahead.
Tickets to the fundraiser are $30 at the door, $25 in advance. Tickets for children age 6 and up are $15 each. Children age 5 and under will be admitted at no charge.
To purchase tickets in advance and general information about the event, or for individuals and businesses considering donating gift baskets, sports memorabilia, time shares, gift certificates or other items of value that could be raffled, contact Margie Cacciatore at (708) 315-8724 or Judy Parlin at (773) 576-0695.
Ticket price includes a buffet dinner and dessert, draft beer, wine and other beverages, live entertainment by classic rock cover band Sniper, raffles, a silent auction, face painting and more.
According to a poster promoting the fundraiser, Hughes grew
up with his mother and two brothers in Cicero. He attended Morton High School and age 18 enlisted in the Army. He has served in Panama, Operation Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. He rose to the rank of captain and is now with the 416 Engineer Command with 30 years of military service.
He joined the Chicago Police Department 18 years ago and today serves in the Ogden (10th) District.
Organizers of the April 2 benefit report that all proceeds will be deposited into a "Salute Officer Gary Hughes" account at Byline Bank.
Those unable to attend the April 2 fundraiser but who want to help the Hughes family financially are asked to send monetary donations to “Salute Officer Gary Hughes” c/o Byline Bank, 6257 S. Austin, Chicago, IL 60638.
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