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Emanuel to Rogers, ‘Thank you for being a friend’

September 24th, 2017

Desiree Rogers, who heads the Choose Chicago tourism board, hosted a fundraiser for Mayor Rahm Emanuel at her home the other day.

It was a small affair–nothing like the glitzy event she held for him back in 2011 when singer-actress Jennifer Hudson took the stage to raise $100,000 for the would-be-mayor.

Rogers’ “intimate dinner party” wasn’t anything to yawn at, she said.

It helped push fundraising close to $100,000 for Emanuel’s widely-expected third mayoral campaign.

“It’s great to see this kind of support two years out from the election,” Rogers told me.

She said the mayor “talked openly about a variety of topics,” including new technologies being used by police to decrease crime, education issues and the importance of Chicago being a sanctuary city.

Attendees included Rogers’ brother, New Orleans businessman Roy Glapion; businessman Jack Greenberg, and his wife, Donna; businessman Matthew Pritzker; Dr. Clyde Yancy of Feinberg School of Medicine; attorney Adam Hoeflich; Touch Communications co-founder Nina Mariano (wife of Mariano’s grocery chain founder Bob Mariano); and R4 Services CEO Trisha Rooney.

For more details, check out my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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