LAST NIGHT’S ROCK OUT
Welcome to the (almost) weekend, Bisnow readers! But actually, we know many of you started early last night at the House of Blues. The massive screaming crowd of more than 1,000 real estate fans raised $275,000 for cancer research for California hospital City of Hope. Plus, each of the eleven sponsors got to look totally cool by having their company banners in front of private boxes at one of Chicago?s classiest venues.
But wait, there's more. That's you guys on stage, too! Proving they're more talented than us by picking up guitars that aren't attached to an Xbox, Mike Smolarek and Nick Achille of Walsh Construction, Hunter Williams of Anderson Window Corp., and Sean Walsh (also of, duh, Walsh Construction), rocked the house with their band, Missing Ted. ?This is really all about them, getting to see each other?s talents outside of real estate,? said event organizer Sarah Maraccini. This is the event?s 13th year.
Leopardo Construction is a family-built company, and family and friend were among the guests of honor in the box of one of the event?s sponsors. Leopardo?s Annie Shubert and Dan Ulbricht, Studley?s Andrew Kelly, Leopardo?s Jimmy Morgan and Rick Mattioda, Kohl Soltis Associates? Ken Soltis, and Maria Mattioda enjoyed Missing Ted before Liquidated Damages (with members from Grand Kahn Electric, Tishman Speyer and the John Buck Company) went on stage. Other events sponsors: Golub, Magellan Development, Jones Lang LaSalle, Rex Electric, Ryan Companies, KeyBank, Walsh Construction and Flooring Resource.
Y?all started getting rowdy by the night?s third act, Dr. Bombay, who's been playing the event for the last decade. Vocalists Cari Alexander and Russ Steinberg of Trinity Life Settlement geared up to sing in front of Lee Golub of Golub on drums and Darren Carr of Drinker, Biddle and Reath on bass, and (gasp!) some non-real estate friends. Golub said he loved that one of the company's boxes provided an above-backstage view, so his friends could hear what he heard when he was playing. Unless they lost their hearing from the decibel level.