|Gary Allan with Ryan Dempster|
Last Wednesday night, Gary Allan headlined an event at House Of Blues in Chicago raising over $225,000 benefiting the Dempster Family Foundation. The foundation was created by
Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and his wife Jenny in January of 2010, honoring their 15 month old daughter Riley who was born with a 22q11.2 deletion (DiGeorge Syndrome.)
The star-studded audience included Dempster’s teammates
Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee as well as former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, Black Hawks player Adam Burish, Flyers players Danny Briere and Claude Giroux, as well as actor Mike Starr. Pop artist turned budding country star, Jaron and The Long Road To Love was Allan’s opening act.
22q/DiGeorge Syndrome is caused by deletions within the 22q11 Chromosome. The effects of DiGeorge can include heart problems, cleft palate, immune deficiency, as well as a spectrum of developmental issues including learning disabilities, social and emotional challenges. The Dempster Family Foundation strives to provide support for family living with 22q/DiGeorge through monetary grants, programs and increased community awareness. To learn more about 22q/DiGeorge Syndrome or the Dempster Family Foundation please log onto: www.dempsterfamilyfoundation.org.