A dinner dance for better days

BARRINGTON – The Barrington area Jeffrey Pride Foundation for pediatric cancer research will host its bi-annual winter dinner dance, "Out of a Warm Winter's Night...Come More Best Days," at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre, 2401 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates.

Jeffrey Pride, who died of leukemia at the age of 7, continues to inspire his friends, family and community members.

"After numerous rounds of chemotherapy, Jeffrey was able to go outside and play one day," said Sue Randall, a foundation volunteer. "He was feeling pretty good for the first time in a long time. All he did way play street hockey with some neighbor boys, but he came home proclaiming 'this has been the best day of my life.'"

Randall said the dance's theme, "More Best Days," is centered around young Jeffrey's happy experiences.

"It gets us thinking how often we take our own best days for granted – days we don't even know were the 'best' until it's too late," Randall said. "Our goal is to be able to give children more healthy, cancer-free best days."

Tickets to the winter dance are $150 each, including an open bar, dinner and dancing to the live music of High Society. Cocktail attire is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jeffreypridefoundation.org. Corporate sponsorships are available.

The Jeffrey Pride Foundation has donated more than $1.2 million to fund pediatric cancer research, which has resulted in two drugs being used in treatment protocols and two more that are showing a lot of promise, Randall said.