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.
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.