A star was definitely born at last Thursday's 109th annual Off-the-Street Club luncheon, an annual effort by Chicago's advertising and public relations community to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit the eminently worthy Off the Street Club, the West Garfield Park entity that gives scores of children in one of the city's most crime-infested neighborhoods a safe haven to play and learn. The star, in this instance, is 10-year-old Davion Fountain, who at the luncheon was named the Off the Street Club's Boy of the Year. Davion then marched up to the podium to be recognized, and with more poise, polish and charm than we've see from many people three or four or more times his age, he addressed the crowd of nearly 700 to thank them for the honor and express what it meant to him.
Davion concluded his remarks by noting he hoped to grow up one day to become a member of the Off the Street Club's board of directors. Yes, this boy has his goals quite in order.Then, Davion called on to the stage two of his Off the Street Club friends to do a dance (replete with moonwalking) to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Without risk of overstatement, we can safely say Davion brought down the house.
Meanwhile, the luncheon host, agency Euro RSCG/Chicago, is to be commended for the smooth fashion in which the event unfolded. During perhaps the most difficult year in memory for the local ad industry, Euro RSCG got nearly 100 more people to show up for this year's luncheon than for last year's. The luncheon is expected to have helped raise in excess of $400,00