A “Rooftop Happy Hour” fundraiser, hosted by 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Franconello Restaurant, 10222 S. Western Ave.
All tips and donations raised during the evening will be donated to the Special Olympics Chicago Marathon running team. O’Shea and nearly 175 others will run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13, as part of the Special Olympics Chicago running team.
The Rooftop Happy Hour will include free appetizers, raffle prizes and drink specials.
Guest bartenders will include state Rep. Kelly Burke, state Rep. Fran Hurley, former Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan, Cook County Judge Erin Haggerty Antonietti and Cook County Judge Dan Maloney.
This will be the fifth Chicago Marathon for O’Shea and his fourth as part of the Special Olympics Chicago team. The Chicago Marathon is one of the larger fundraisers of the year for the organization. The 2019 Special Olympics Chicago running team is the largest in the organization’s history, and it is on track to raise $300,000.
O’Shea has been president of Special Olympics Chicago since July 2018. The 19th Ward is home to hundreds of athletes with disabilities who compete in the Special Olympics Program through the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and Mt. Greenwood Special Recreation Association at Mt. Greenwood Park.
Special Olympics Chicago has more than 7,500 athletes who compete throughout the city. Athletes compete and train year-round in 22 sports throughout the year in over 100 Chicago Public Schools throughout the city and in 23 parks throughout the Chicago Park District.