‘Sweetness Ball’ Funds Treatment and Research for Liver and Digestive Diseases

The Walter Payton Center Guild at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System will host the “Sweetness Ball,” its 12th annual fundraising gala in support of education, research, and treatment of liver and digestive-related diseases. Guests will enjoy dancing to the music of the Bill Pollack Orchestra. A raffle and silent and live auctions will include donations, gift and travel packages. Last year more than 600 attended the event.

Brittney Payton, Walter Payton’s daughter and co-host of CLTV’s “Chicago’s Best,” will emcee the event. Attendees will include Connie Payton; Dan Hampton, former Bears player and member of the NFL Hall of Fame; Jim Thornton, former bears player; Dr. Thomas Layden, Guild director and head of medicine at UIC; and UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

Oct. 22
6 p.m.

Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago

In 1997, a group of concerned Chicago-area residents came together to improve the lives of those affected by gastrointestinal diseases such as hepatitis, liver cancer, fatty liver disease, colon cancer and peptic ulcer disease. These volunteers formed the GILD Council to increase awareness of these diseases and raise funds to assist the physicians and researchers at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. In 2009, the Guild partnered with the Walter Payton Foundation to become the Walter Payton Center Guild.

For information about the Walter Payton Center Guild Sweetness Ball, email laurenw@uic.edu or call (312) 413-1279.

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