WAC LIghting Supports The H Foundation for Cancer Research

The H Foundation Hosted 11th Annual GOOMBAY BASH Saturday, August 6th at Chicago's Navy Pier

CHICAGO–WAC Lighting once again supported The H Foundation, a non-profit LaGrange, Illinois-based organization dedicated to raising funds for Cancer Research, which recently held its 11th annual Goombay Bash Fundraiser.

WAC Lighting has sponsored the H Foundation, which has become one of Chicago's largest charity fundraisers. Launched in 2000 by Hortons Home Lighting, a leading lighting distributor with locations in LaGrange, Chicago and Orland Park, IL, after two employees were diagnosed with cancer a month apart, the Goombay Bash fundraiser for cancer research has evolved into a respected industry force.

Goombay’s 11th anniversary event featured a gourmet buffet, live music and dancing, silent and lives auctions, fireworks, raffle prizes, and a live drawing with a $10,000 raffle prize. More than one thousand guests attended the event, which was held Saturday, August 6, 2010, in the Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Goombay Bash is the largest fundraising event of the H Foundation and a party to rival all parties with a Caribbean casual style.

Additionally, The H Foundation has been nominated for a CLASSY Award. The CLASSY Awards are the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country. Since July 25, America has been voting for one winner in each of the 12 categories. The winner in each category receives $10,000 toward their charity. The H Foundation was nominated in the category of “Most Successful Fundraiser by Individual or Group.”

About The H Foundation and Goombay Bash
Cancer affects one in three people and Cancer Research is the common goal of the people at The H Foundation. The foundation started out as simply a few friends with entrepreneurial spirit that decided that they could make a difference. They hosted their largest fund raising event called the Goombay Bash, a casual Caribbean-style party. In just 11 years, the organization has raised nearly $3 MILLION for cancer research! These funds are used as seed money for basic science cancer research projects, which compete for additional government or private funding, and as a result, have literally turned into nearly $30 million of research dollars towards finding a cure.
Since The H Foundation is a 100% volunteer organization, 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, with every dollar raised going directly to Basic Science Cancer Research. This allows scientists to pursue innovative ideas to detect cancer earlier and with greater precision. These ideas are then built into a portfolio of research knowledge to compete for grants from other foundations. This "seed money" for basic research leads to millions of dollars from additional private funding, allowing the center to continue the fight to cure cancer.

The H Foundation also helps provide start-up funds that are then matched, enabling thousands of dollars to turn into millions. With the help of a $20,000 grant from The H Foundation, Dr. Teresa Woodruff was able to conduct extensive research with true medical results to help The Feinberg School receive a $21 million grant to study the fertility threats posed to young men, women, and children after cancer treatment. Dr. Woodruff coined the term Oncofertility to describe the new discipline that bridges the information and technology gaps between oncology and reproductive medicine, providing viable fertility preservation options for people with cancer and other fertility threatening diseases.

About WAC Lighting
WAC Lighting is a leading, global manufacturer of track, recessed, undercabinet, monorail and decorative lighting, which develops Responsible Lighting products for the home or business environment. WAC Lighting is headquartered at 44 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, New York 11050. Visit www.waclighting.com.