‘Scramble for Kids’ brings greats to the golf course
By Betty Brown For The Courier-News July 20, 2012 3:58PM
Pictured above at the Larkin Center Annual “Scramble for Kids” golf outing, held at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva, IL, are (l – r) Dewey Lewis (Golf Pro from Cog Hill Country Club), Floyd Brown (formerly of WGN-TV) and “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks. “The da
Updated: August 23, 2012 10:42AM
On Monday, June 18, The Larkin Center held its 18th Annual “Scramble for Kids” golf outing fundraiser at the beautiful Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. Approximately 70 guests came out that day to support the great work that Larkin has been providing for the past 116 years. This year, Larkin offered a variety of games on the course as well as scratch-off cards for the lowest score. These games were new to a lot of the guests and offered an opportunity to walk away with some fabulous prizes, such as trips to Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla.
All of those contests were generously sponsored by Sherman Health. A chance to hit a hole in one and win a beautiful 2012 Buick Verano was sponsored by Woody Buick in Elgin. Major sponsor this year was Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as well as other supportive sponsors such as Hub International, Fox Valley Women and Children’s Health Partners, Shales McNutt Construction, Otto Engineering, IHC Construction, Valentine Insurance Co., Eric J. Fernandez & Co. and Service Employees International Union Local 73.
Dewey Lewis, the golf pro from Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, joined the golf outing once again and set up shop raising money for Larkin as he does each year at the Beat the Pro Hole. As an added treat this year, Dewey brought with him longtime friend Floyd Brown of WGN-TV and “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks. Ernie was kind enough to spend the day with them, meeting and greeting all the guests, signing autographs on anything from hats to individual golf balls. Through Dewey and Ernie’s contacts, a variety of sports memorabilia items were available to be raffled off that evening.
The evening ended with delicious appetizers and a delightful dinner buffet. Always entertaining, Live Auctioneer Brian Ducey did a wonderful job encouraging guests to bid on Cubs and Bears tickets, weekend and week stays in Lake Geneva, Wis., Door County, Wis., Traverse City, Mich. and St. Maarten. Many of the guests generously bid on all of the live and silent auction items. It was a great day, with all proceeds going to provide direct-care dollars to the clients that Larkin Center serves.
If you would like to be a part of Larkin Center, call 847-695-5656, ext. 263.
McDonald’s grand re-opening
The Bear Family celebrated the grand re-opening of McDonald’s on Monday, July 2. Just to think, it all began with two people : Jerry and Marcelle Bear.
More than 125 invited guests and well-wishers joined the Bear Family as they gathered at the same McDonald’s site on Summit Street that opened in 1957. This is restaurant No. 80 out of 36,000 McDonald’s restaurants around the world. Among those present were Dr. Brian Bear and wife Andrea, Marcelle and Emily Bear, Marc, Jerry, Mindy, Adam and David Bear.
We salute you and your family for your years of dedication!
Places To Be Scene
There are a number of events still on the calendar this summer and into early fall. Highlights include:
On Wednesday, Senior Services Associates will host its first annual Ms. Senior Services “Woman of the Year” Contest. The pageant will follow the Miss America format and will be choreographed by Minnie Vasquez. The pageant will have two segments. The first will be fashion; the second will be question-and-answer. There will be four runners-up and the crowning of the winner. Judges will be Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain, Elgin Township Supervisor Annette Miller, Elgin Chief of Police Jeff Swoboda and Executive Director of Senior Services Bette Schoenholtz. For more information, call Minnie at 847-741-0404.
July 28 through Aug. 12, Woodstock Mozart Festival celebrates its 26th annual season. Opening weekend is 8 p.m. this Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29.
David Schroder is the featured conductor and pianist for Mozart Symphony No. 29, K. 201. The Woodstock Opera House is located at 121 Van Buren St. in Woodstock. Phone 815-338-5300 for more information.
Thursday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to noon, Gail Borden Library will present Bill Kurtis, award-winning journalist and co-anchor of CBS-Channel 2 News. Kurtis will speak on the obesity epidemic in America. Please register by calling 847-742-2411.
The YWCA Garden Party “Queen for a Day” will be held Aug. 25 at Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Road in Elgin. For information, call 847-742-7930.
Music By the Water
The second annual Music by the Water, a community event hosted by Sherman Health Foundation, will take place on Sept. 16 at Sherman Hospital’s outdoor terrace overlooking the 15-acre geothermal lake. Last year, more than 250 people attended the event, featuring a concert by Elgin Symphony Orchestra musicians, a jazz band as well as children’s and other fun activities. This year, there will be even more musical entertainment. Guests again will have the option of premium tent seating with an elegant lunch included or lawn seating and may bring their own picnic or purchase food at the event.
Musicians Care is the only program of its kind at a hospital in the area. This program provides Sherman Hospital patients, visitors and staff the opportunity to listen to live performances by Elgin Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Because of the success of last year’s event, they were able expand the program from twice a month to weekly visits by the musicians who play in the lobby and patient care area.
Musicians Care was designed to enhance the patient-centered care experience at the hospital, provide a calm and relaxing environment, and contribute to the healing process through music. Studies have shown that music helps to ease a patient’s pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and improve coping abilities.
Music by the Water is a great outing for local organizations or just an opportunity to relax with family and friends in a beautiful setting. The sponsorship options are an excellent way to show your support for Sherman Hospital and to place your message in front of the hundreds of people who will attend.
For more information or to attend, contact Sherman Health Foundation at 224-783-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendors needed for food fest
International Festival: The city of Elgin, in collaboration with area community and business leaders, will hold its inaugural International Festival on Sept. 1 at Festival Park in Elgin. Elgin’s International Festival, or iFest for short, will bring together dozens of the world’s cultures, reflecting the diversity of cultures in Elgin.
Elgin’s iFest will feature music and entertainment, ethnic cuisine, children’s activities and a “world market,” as well as ethnic arts and crafts.
The ingredients that make a festival a success are world-class food, exhibits and entertainment. The iFest Planning Committee is looking for food vendors, exhibitors and entertainers who will offer international flavors and rhythms throughout the day and evening.
The goal of the 2012 iFest is to showcase the contributions of the proud and vast cultures in our community. Elgin’s great diversity makes this city a fabulous place to live, work, play and do business. Danise Habun, chair of the International Festival Committee, is expecting to attract an audience outside of Elgin to attend as well. “Our neighboring communities throughout the greater Fox Valley and northern Illinois also will enjoy and benefit from this wonderful dynamic.”
To find out more about participating in the 2012 Elgin iFest, or to download a vendor application, please go to the website www.elginifest.com/vendors. For addition information, please email email@example.com or contact Habun at 847-754-8064.