The Oktoberfest in Edwardsville City Park, a partnership of sponsors Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., Global Brew Tap House and others, raised $20,000 for mesothelioma research.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Some $1,500 of the money raised was donated by Global Brew from beer sales at Oktoberfest. The remaining funds were raised from sponsorships, a raffle for a trip to Germany and various other activities at the event that took place on Sept. 29.
MARF is a non-profit, charity organization dedicated to supporting families and victims of Mesothelioma through education, advocacy and research. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects mesothelial cells, a smooth membrane lining the chest, heart, lungs and abdomen. The most common cause of Mesothelioma in the United States is asbestos.
“Planning this community-wide event is always a rewarding experience. It was a beautiful day at City Park, and we loved seeing so many area residents and guests come out to help us in supporting the fight against mesothelioma,” said Randy Gori, founding partner at Gori Julian & Associates, P.C. “Every year, more and more people join us to help spread awareness for this important cause and we are so appreciative of everyone’s efforts and support.”
Companies throughout the region signed on as event sponsors. This year’s sponsors included Lanier Law Firm as the Black Forest Sponsor; Hurford Architects, Pohlman USA Court Reporting and Litigation and Kurowski Shultz, LLC as Brandenburg Gate Sponsors; Town & Country Bank, First Mid Illinois Bank and Trust, Cork Tree Creative and Lucco Brown Threlkeld & Dawson, LLP as Rhine River Sponsors; and Hobson & Bradley, Spencer Gear, Ronald G. Tays Law Office and Bella Milano as Prost Sponsors.