Lodge Management Group Entertainment Enterprises (LMG) today announced a donation of over $20,000.00 for Easterseals Chicago and Misericordia Heart Of Mercy during fundraising events centered around the dedication of Honorary Joe Mantegna Way at Chicago’s River Shannon Pub and Lodge Tavern on May 3. The donation came from two fundraising initiatives where 100% of proceeds were given: total beverage sales at River Shannon’s dedication celebration and the sale of Woodford on the Rock cocktails for $6,000 during an after party at The Lodge. Both venues are operated by LMG, a hospitality management firm.
Mantegna, a former resident of Chicago’s West Side known for his roles in theater, film and television, has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a Tony Award for his role in Glengarry Glen Ross. He has also been recognized for his generous charitable giving and advocacy for providing relief from suffering to those in need.
“We are delighted to have Joe as a tireless champion for our cause,” says Tim Muri, CEO of Easterseals Chicago. “I would like to extend a big thank-you to Joe and his friends at LMG for their generous support.”
The Lodge Tavern raised $18,000.00 from the sale of three Woodford on the Rock cocktails – The Woodford Reserve Distillery’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey poured over an ice “rock” and served with a diamond stand-in on the side (along with a certificate for the actual gem from the Chicago Diamond Center in Chicago’s Jewelers Row District). Mantegna visited The Lodge when the festivities concluded at River Shannon to sign a brick in the venue’s legendary “Bullpen”, a back room space frequented by the Tavern’s many famous patrons. During the signing, he and two local firms, Latimer LeVay Fyock, LLC and Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd., purchased the drink, each foregoing the diamond so that all of the proceeds could benefit the charity. Proceeds from the $6,000 On The Rock drink, as well as $1 from every cocktail made with Woodford Reserve will be donated to Misericordia throughout the Lodge Tavern’s anniversary year, which ends on February 26, 2018.
“As a charity, we rely on organizations like LMG to help us continue our vital work," says Father Jack Clair of Misericordia. “Yet coming up with innovative fundraising ideas is only half the battle. It's the generosity of folks like Joe and firms like Latimer LeVay Fyock and Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell that bring it home.”
Other contributors to the festivities included Buona, Chicago’s original Italian beef, and the Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs, who donated sandwiches and Cubs tickets during the party at River Shannon, as well as the Gold Coast’s Downtown Dogs who served Chicago-style hot dogs and Eli’s Cheesecake, who spread sweet joy with a party cake.
Honorary Joe Mantegna Way was officially dedicated on May 3and can be found at the corner of North Hudson and West Armitage Avenues (right outside of the River Shannon at 425 N. Armitage in Lincoln Park). Mantegna lived above the bar when he was first cast in the 1969 stage production of Hair.