Tapping into the memory of Alyssa Marie Kent
December 27, 2012 8:42AM
Toni Kent-Carlson (left) and her sister, Taps Pub owner Michelle Fugiel, display a few of the 30 raffle baskets that helped raise funds to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. | Supplied Photo
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:02AM
Michelle Fugiel, owner of Taps Pub in Oak Forest, recently hosted an event at the bar to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Orland Park that gives toys, gifts and gift certificates to children and teens fighting cancer.
The event raised more than $2,000 and featured food, live musical entertainment by Droptop, drink specials, a split-the-pot raffle and 30 raffle baskets.
Fugiel had a very personal reason to host the event — her niece, Alyssa Marie Kent, died at 17 after a battle with a form of cancer known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“I remember going to the hospital with Alyssa Marie and seeing all the children going through treatment,” Fugiel said. “These children deserve to smile, and the Treasure Chest Foundation helps that happen. Alyssa Marie looked forward to going to the Treasure Chest after her treatments, and that was usually the only smile she had for that day.”
“I am so proud of the Taps family and friends, and so impressed by what this small group has achieved in the name of children fighting cancer,” said Treasure Chest administrative assistant Jane Perchez. “It’s just amazing that Michelle was able to draw inspiration from her niece’s memory to help other young children and teens currently undergoing cancer treatments.”
Information: Colleen Kisel, (708) 687-8697 or www.treasurechest.org.