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Marquette offers prizes to schools

Bank to give away $200 gift cards to 23 classrooms

  Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, is holding its fifth annual Adopt-a-Classroom prize drawing.
  Since Monday through Saturday, Sept. 14, Marquette Bank customers, local teachers and parents can enter at any Marquette Bank location for a chance to win a $200 gift card for any Illinois elementary, junior high or high school classroom of their choice.
  Teachers of the winning classrooms can use the gift cards to purchase supplies for their students. There will be one winner at each bank location, and 23 Chicagoland classrooms will be selected at random in the drawing.
  “As a neighborhood bank, we want our children to have all of the tools in order to succeed because they are the future of our local communities,” said Betty Kosky-Harn, Executive Vice President. “The Adopt-a-Classroom prize drawing is a fun way we give back to our local schools every fall.”
  In past years, teachers have used the prize money to take special field trips, create special craft projects or purchase books, educational games and equipment for their students.
  The Adopt-a-Classroom prize drawing is part of the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment’s efforts to support education. Each quarter, the bank focuses on a different area of need: shelter, hunger, education and health/wellness as part of the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment.
  For more information about Marquette Bank and its Neighborhood Commitment, visit
emarquettebank.com/neighbor
hood or call (1-888) 254-9500.

SXU golf classic next month at Silver Lake Country Club

  Saint Xavier University will hold its 17th annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.
  Check-in begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Silver Lake is at 14700 S. 82nd Ave. The day will conclude with a reception and dinner.
  Registration for individual golfers is $300 which includes green fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch on the course, beverages, reception, and dinner. Participants can register at sxu.edu, keyword: golf, by mail using a downloadable printer-friendly form available on the site, or by calling (773) 298-3748. All proceeds support SXU student scholarships.
  The event includes the Cougar Classic and Pick Your Prize raffles. Raffle tickets are available by calling (773) 298-3940. Winners need not be present. Pick Your Prize tickets are $50 each or five for $200. Participants can choose from the following packages:
  “Downtown” includes a trip for six on a sailboat, an overnight stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, a $150 gift card to Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse, and a $300 Broadway in Chicago Theatre Ticket gift certificate.
  “Weekend Escapes” includes golf for two at Eagle Ridge’s The General course, a three-day weekend stay at a three-bedroom vacation home in Galena Territory, four box seats with stadium club passes and preferred parking to the Milwaukee Brewers v. Los Angeles Angels game at Miller Park on Sept. 1, golf for four at Long Beach Country Club in Michigan City, Ind., and a $100 gas card.
  “Chicago Sports & Tailgate” includes four Chicago White Sox Golden Box Seats with parking (White Sox v. Royals on Sept. 19), two Chicago Cubs Club Box Seats (Cubs v. Brewers on Sept. 6), two Chicago Bears tickets (date to follow), an overnight stay at the Hilton Chicago, an autographed Dan Hampton Bears jersey and Hank Aaron baseball, a cooler on wheels, and two bag chairs.
  “Golf” includes golf at LaGrange Country Club (for three plus member), Ridge Country Club (for three plus member), Silver Lake Country Club (for four with carts), Beverly Country Club (for three plus member), Oakley men’s sunglasses, and a Garmin Approach SI Golf Watch.
  Cougar Classic tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Prizes include the following: flat screen TV, JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker, Beats Solo HD headphones, Nikon Coolpix 18.1 megapixel camera, iPad with retina display, Kindle Fire HD, Nike+ SportWatch GPS, Trek mountain bike, TaylorMade Driver, Weber Liquid Propane Portable Grill, and more.
  Last year’s Golf Classic raised more than $112,000 for scholarships. For more information contact the Office of Special Events at (773) 298-3748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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  Eight Chicago-area golf courses managed by Billy Casper Golf, including the Water’s Edge Golf Club in Worth, will play host to the third annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” to benefit Wounded Warrior Project on Monday, Aug. 12.
  The simultaneous golf outing at more than 110 BCG-managed courses in 28 states is open to golfers of all abilities and does not require a USGA handicap. Participating Chicago-area courses are River Oaks Golf Course in Calumet City, Chick Evans Golf Course in Morton Grove, George W. Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, Highland Woods Golf Course in Hoffman Estates, Indian Boundary Golf Course in Chicago, Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora, Water’s Edge Golf Club in Worth, and Whisper Creek Golf Club in Huntley.
  Golfer check-in is at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at most courses. Entry fees vary by location and include a $5 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, round of golf, cart rental, range balls, lunch, awards reception, on-course contests and prizes. All donations and part of the event proceeds benefit the project, a national nonpartisan organization that honors and empowers wounded soldiers, some of whom will play in the outing.
  Golfers Tweeting @BillyCasperGolf should use #WLGO with photos and updates during and after the day. For more information about participating courses and to register visit worldslargestgolfouting.com.

MILLIONS CELEBRATE STANLEY CUP

  • Written by Jason Maholy and Kevin M. Coyne

COLOR hawks3 3colChicago resident Mike Kruzel waves a Blackhawks’ championship flag while his friend, Marcus P, hoists a homemade Stanley Cup replica during the rally. Photo by Jason Maholy

 

After the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup four seasons ago victory, fans who had not so much as thought about NHL hockey for several years – possibly ever -- started coming out of the woodwork to support a team that in the early years of the new millennium was regarded as one of America’s worst-run professional sports franchises.

The Hawks prior to the 2010 playoffs had qualified for the postseason twice in the past 11 seasons, and there was a time in the not so distant past that tickets could not be given away; literally, an ESPN Chicago promotion during those lean years once found no takers for free tickets.

COLOR hawks7 4colA sea of Hawks’ fans takes up a good portion of Grant Park during the celebration last Friday of the Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup championship. An estimated 2 million people turned out for a parade and subsequent rally. Photo by Kevin CoyneThose dog days are over. All but forgotten. History. The previous two paragraphs may be the last time that era is ever mentioned in print.

Amazing what two championships in four seasons will do.

Today, after bringing Lord Stanley’s Cup home to Chicago in both 2010 and 2013, the Hawks are the toast of the town; and the exponential growth of the team’s fan-base contributed last week to one of the largest championship celebrations in Chicago history. An estimated 2 million people – which if accurate would represent more than 20 percent of the population in the Chicago metropolitan area --  descended on downtown Chicago last Friday for a parade and rally held to honor the guys Hawks’ goalie Corey Crawford called “the biggest bunch of beauties in the league.” Old fans, new fans and bandwagon jumpers alike, some wearing No. 7 for Chelios or Seabrook or No. 27 for either Roenick or Oduya, were draped in black and red and constituted a sea of people that cheered on Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Stanley Cup heroes Brian Bickell and Dave Bolland and the rest of the crew.

For Chrissy Sipla, 24, of Chicago, there was never a doubt in her mind the Hawks would come home from Boston with the Cup.

“I’ve been a Hawks fan my entire life, even when tickets were $10 a piece,” Sipla said. “I know there are a lot of new fans since the Hawks won the Cup in 2010, but it’s still great to have such good fans in Chicago.” 

COLOR hawks2 3colR.J. Puoli of Schaumburg cheers on the Hawks during the celebration in Grant Park. Photo by Jason MaholyR.J. Puoli of Schaumburg was cheering on the Hawks amidst fans’ chants of winger Marian Hossa’s name and renditions of the introduction to The Fratellis’ “Chelsea Dagger.” Puoli either watched or listened to every game this abbreviated NHL season, he said. He recounted how he had chills before the decisive Game 6, and the excitement of the Hawks winning the contest and clinching the Cup with two 17 goals seconds apart late in the third period.

“I’m still trying to actually comprehend it right now to this day,” he said of the tallies by Bickell and Bolland, the latter’s coming with 58 seconds remaining in regulation. “Me and my buddies were all there sitting at the bar, we see two minutes left and we’re down a goal and that’s just to tie it. I got the chills, and boom-boom, there we go and there we win it.

“I feel like a part of the team, I wish I could be of the team,” he continued. “I’m just happy to be part of this. It’s a heck of an experience, not just for me for Chicago, for everyone.”

Chicago resident Megan Meo never stopped believing in the Hawks, the NHL’s best team from the season-opening points streak to the Finals – even when the squad was down three games to one to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals.

“I kept saying during the Finals, ‘you can’t stop believing,’” said Meo, 25. “From start to finish the Hawks were the best team this season. I knew we were going to pull it out in Game 6 with the Cup, it was a crazy game and I was on the edge of my seat, but I knew somehow we’d walk away with the Cup.”

Mike Kruzel and Marcus P of Chicago’s South Side came to the rally with an oversized Stanly Cup Champions flag and a homemade Stanley Cup built from cardboard and duct tape. P had stayed up until 3 a.m. the morning of the celebration making the trophy, which featured a red plastic bowl that contained a curious residue .

 “You can drink out of it,” P said his Cup, adding that he had, in fact, been drinking “everything and anything you can think of” out of it. Should the Hawks win the Cup again next season, he plans to house a mini-keg in the replica’s bottom.

For 26-year-old Val Neuzali, the Stanley Cup is representative of all Chicagoans.

““I’m from right here, baby. I’m from the city with the Cup,” Neuzali said emphatically. “This is the greatest city in the world with the greatest hockey team in the world.”

COLOR hawks1 3colChicago residents Mike Lowe (from left), Pete Rose, Tommy Brodie and Nikki Rose were among the fans who attended last Friday’s celebratory events in downtown Chicago.  Photo by Jason Maholy

Lipinski to host Town Hall Meeting in OL

  In the coming weeks, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Oak Lawn, Senior Fairs in Chicago and Lockport, and a Veterans Fair in Bridgeview.
  At the Town Hall Meeting, Third District residents will be able to hear from Lipinski about his work on their behalf at home and in Washington, as well as ask questions and voice their opinions on federal issues. Staff from the Congressman’s office will be available beginning one hour prior to the start of the meeting to provide assistance with Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, and other federal matters.
  The Senior Fairs will give area residents an opportunity to get assistance with a variety of issues from the Congressman’s expert staff, as well as local organizations, agencies, and businesses that provide services to seniors. During the Veterans Fair, Lipinski’s staff will be joined by other organizations to assist veterans with questions regarding military personnel and medical records, veterans’ claims and benefits, medals earned but not received, and other VA related issues.
  “I want to personally extend an invitation to the residents of the Third Congressional District to my upcoming Town Hall Meeting, Senior Fairs and Veterans Fair,” said Lipinski. “As your representative in Washington and someone who strives to improve the quality of life in the communities I serve, it is critical that I hear from you. In addition, these events will be great opportunities for you to get assistance with federal issues and learn about the wide array of constituent services my office provides. I especially look forward to meeting with the area men and woman that have bravely served our nation. It is my privilege to serve you.”
  The dates, times, and locations for the upcoming events are:

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, July 31
7:00 — 9:00 p.m.
Oak Lawn Community High School Gymnasium
9400 Southwest Hwy
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Congressional staff will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. for assistance with federal agencies.

Senior Fairs
Monday, July 28
10:00 a.m. — noon
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
653 West 37th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

Monday, August 4
10:00 a.m. — noon
John Olson American Legion Post #18
15052 Archer Avenue
Lockport, IL 60441

Veterans Fair
Friday, August 1
10:00 a.m. — noon
John C. Oremus Community Center
7902 South Oketo Avenue
Bridgeview, IL 60455

  For more information, call 312-886-0481 or visit www.lipinski.house.gov.

— Submitted by Congressman Dan Lipinski’s office

Panel of experts

Ed McElroy, host of “The Ed McElroy Show”,page-7-mcrleoy-cut recently interviewed Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State; Sandra Bury, Mayor of Oak Lawn and Dan Johnson, VFW Commander.

  That show will air at 8 p.m. on Tuesday on Comcast Channel 19.
  McElroy is Past National Commander of Catholic War Veterans, U.S.A.
  Pictured left to right are Bury, McElroy and White. Standing is Johnson.