@properties’ @gives back Holds Laugh Off Fundraiser With Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah And Second City

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Event raises over $40,000 to fund art and sports programs for at-risk youth in Chicago through the Noah’s Arc Foundation

@properties co-founder Michael Golden, Joakim Noah, @properties co-founder Thaddeus Wong

@properties co-founder Michael Golden, Joakim Noah, @properties co-founder Thaddeus Wong

You know you’re in for a good time when you put Joakim Noah in a room with Second City. The event was a blast, and we’ve even increased our fundraising goals for the year thanks to the strong showing we had here.

@gives back, the charitable arm of Chicago-based real estate firm @properties, hosted its Laugh Off fundraiser on Sept. 14, featuring Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and the cast of Second City Chicago. The event raised over $40,000 for Noah’s Arc Foundation, a local organization founded by Noah and his mother Cecilia Rodhe.

More than 175 guests attended the event, which was held at the Uptown Underground nightclub in Uptown. The event featured a VIP reception with Noah, a real-estate themed sketch comedy performance by the Second City cast, a silent auction, and an after-party with a performance by Kiss Kiss Cabaret. Sponsors included Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.; Proper Title; JWC Media; VHT Studios; Fogarty & Fugate, @financial, HMR, CS Modern Luxury and Sparkles Entertainment.

@gives back (formerly @properties Friends and Neighbors Community Fund) was established in 2009 by @properties co-founders Thaddeus Wong and Michael Golden to inspire charitable outreach and to support local organizations with an emphasis on education, homelessness and youth development. The fund’s board of directors is comprised of @properties brokers, employees and partners, led by board president Bari Levine of @properties, and vice president Kelli Fogarty, attorney with Fogarty and Fugate.

“This event raised the bar for @gives back,” said Golden. “We are so grateful for the @properties brokers and employees who continue to support this incredible organization and for the board of directors who put together such a special evening.”

“You know you’re in for a good time when you put Joakim Noah in a room with Second City. The event was a blast, and we’ve even increased our fundraising goals for the year thanks to the strong showing we had here,” said Wong.

About @properties
@properties is the No. 1 real estate brokerage firm in the city of Chicago, the largest independent residential brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the top 20 residential brokerage firms in the U.S. @properties has more than 1,900 licensed brokers in 20 offices throughout downtown Chicago, surrounding suburbs, southwest Michigan and southeast Wisconsin. For more information, visit http://www.atproperties.com.

About Noah’s Arc Foundation
Founded in 2010 by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and his mother Cecilia Rodhe, Noah’s Arc Foundation provides diverse opportunities for at-risk youth to become more aware and conscious of their ability to make a positive impact on themselves and their community.

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