CHATHAM — A 10-year-old non-profit organization that provides free medical supplies and treatment to the poor is hoping its gala Saturday brings in big dollars.
The gala, now in its second year, will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 5100 W. Sunset Lane in south suburban Country Club Hills. Tickets are $30 at the door.
"Lord knows we could use the money. Helping people is costly and we love to help people but we need money to continue doing so," Gilbert said. "It is our goal to raise $5,000, and with the Lord's help we will reach this goal."
He added that Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, whose 1st Congressional District includes Chatham, will be the keynote speaker.
"[Bobby Rush] is one of the most respected lawmakers in the country and is passionate about the type of work we do," Gilbert said. "Originally, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was supposed to be our speaker, but due to his health he had to withdraw."
Each year, IAMM travels to Haiti and Jamaica to conduct a two-week medical clinic, and the funds raised at the gala will be used for this purpose, Gilbert said.
For his part, Rush said he is happy to fill in for Jackson and to support a worthy cause.
"Healthcare is a global problem not just here in America. And I am willing to do whatever I can to help those in need," Rush said.