Past Events

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
  • Foundation Participates in the 2010 Long Grove Heritage Race
  • Fifth Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Golf Course
  • The Foundation "Strikes Against Cancer" at its second Bowl-a-Thon
  • 2009
    • Foundation Participates in Long Grove Heritage Race for the Third Year
    • Fourth Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Golf Course
    • 2008
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      2006
      Foundation Participates in the Long Grove Heritage Race for the 10th Year
      September 2016
      The Foundation Participates in the 2016 Long Grove Heritage RaceAt 6:00 A.M. on a Saturday morning you’d expect the parking lot at Kildeer Countryside School in Long Grove, IL to be a quiet, peaceful place. But, on Saturday, September 10 it was abuzz with members of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Hawthorn Woods and representatives of the participating charities setting up for the Rotary Club’s annual Rotary Race for Charity (formerly the Heritage Walk/Race). Even before the sun rose, tents were popping up, goodie bags were being set out and everyone was getting ready for the racers and walkers who would soon be arriving. Before you knew it, the parking lot was a sea of colors when the runners and walkers wearing the tee-shirt of the charity for which they were participating started gathering. The Foundation was thrilled that 77of those runners and walkers, and even some being pushed in strollers, were wearing a "Steele" gray tee-shirt, the Foundation’s signature color that builds on our “Tough as Steele” motto. No matter where you were on the course, you could spot one of our runners or walkers.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $5,723 from registration fees, pledges and donations will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris’ alma mater, and continue to support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A special thank you to long time Foundation friends, who ask to remain anonymous, who surprised us again this year, this time with a $1,500 donation. They never fail to bring tears to Chris’ mom, Ellen’s, eyes.
      The Foundation extends an extra special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey program whose annual support continues to mean so much to us…. to the coaches, parents, players and their families for their participation and generosity, to Bobbi Wiley for her help pre-race and to Dany Kleiman for pitching in on race day and making the team registration go so smoothly.
      The Foundation was also represented in the winner circle and extends our congratulations to Charley Parkinson and Alec Kempster who each took second place in their divisions. If we missed anyone who also went home with a trophy in their division, please let us know and we will recognize you here as well.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing
      After much deliberation, the decision was made that the 11th annual "Tee It Up For a Cure Golf Outing" needs to wait a year. There are a lot of exciting things going on in the lives of Foundation leadership this year with new babies and new homes that didn’t leave a lot of free time to plan a golf outing. But we still need your support to fund cancer research and the two annual Foundation scholarships and we hope you will consider a donation via donation via PayPal.
      Foundation Participates in the Long Grove Heritage Race for the 9th Year
      September 2015
      The Foundation Participates in the 2015 Long Grove Heritage RaceWas it going to rain or was it going to stay dry? Set up the canopy shelter or leave it unpacked? Those were the questions facing the charities setting up in the parking lot at Kildeer Countryside School in Long Grove, IL for the September 12th Heritage Race/Walk sponsored by the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Hawthorn Woods and Kildeer. For the ones who decided to “take a chance,” their hunches paid off when the sun broke through and it was a gorgeous day. Soon the parking lot was a sea of colors as the runners and walkers arrived wearing the tee-shirt of the charity for which they were participating. The Foundation was thrilled that 74 of those runners and walkers were wearing a “Steele” gray tee-shirt, the Foundation’s signature color that builds on our “Tough as Steele” motto. No matter where you were on the course, you could spot one of our runners or walkers.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $7,957 from registration fees, pledges and donations was the most we’ve ever raised in our nine years participating in the Race. It will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris’ alma mater, and continue to support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. But this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and generosity of long-time Foundation friends and supporters who presented the Foundation with a $5,000 donation in memory of Chris and in honor of Michael Goldfine and Derik Schlin, who were also Patriot hockey players like Chris. In addition to bringing tears to her eyes like they always do at the Race, these friends, who asked to remain anonymous, left Chris’ mom, Ellen, speechless. And those who know her can truly appreciate the significance of that.
      The Foundation extends an extra special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey program whose annual support continues to mean so much to us…. to the coaches, parents, players and their families for their participation and generosity and to Bobbie Wiley for making the team registration go as smoothly as it always does. It’s always so inspiring to see the hockey players running as a team. The Foundation also congratulates all the runners who had their personal bests that day and a special shout-out to Sara Price and Sofia Abreu who took first place in their divisions. And if we missed anyone who also took first in their division, please let us know and we will recognize you here as well.
      We look forward to seeing you at next year's Race. Check the website for more information in 2016 or contact Dave Charlton, the Foundation's Race Coordinator, at 847-345-3167 or IL66pony@comcast.net.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Click here to read the thank you letter from Dr. Mark Agulnik whose research work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital the Foundation supports.
      Foundation Hosts Tenth Annual Tee It Up For A Cure Golf Outing… A Decade of Dedication
      August 2015
      10th Annual CSF Golf OutingEvery year the golf outing keeps getting better and better and this year was no exception. It was a beautiful, sunny day and a great day to spend on the course with friends. You couldn’t help but smile as you watched the 91 golfers head out to their respective starting holes and a day of fun. And fun there was with the many different games and challenges, including the 18th hole’s SteeleDawg’s Drive, a take-off on craps, Chris’ favorite casino game. Combine all of that with friendship and fond memories of a dear friend, along with a few spirits, and what could be better!!
      And the fun continued when everyone gathered in the banquet room when they finished their round of golf. There was a flurry of activity as everyone checked out the many raffle prizes and decided which ones they wanted to try to win. It was also so nice that so many friends and family of the golfers joined us for dinner and that Rodrigo Leanos from the Northwestern Memorial Foundation stopped in for a visit. Through everyone’s generous support we raised over $12,000 for cancer research, making this one of our most successful outings. (We will have a final number once we receive a few outstanding invoices and donations we were told are coming.)
      The Foundation thanks you all… whether you were a sponsor, a golfer, attended the dinner, made a monetary or prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was. We couldn’t have done it without you!!! And a special thanks to everyone at Highland Park Country Club, from the golf pro and staff to the Food and Beverage manager and staff, for their hospitality and making the event run as smoothly as it did.
      We look forward to seeing you all at next year's event! We'll keep you posted as we make those plans. You can check the website for more information next year or contact Kevin Zakrzewski, Golf Director (csfkevinz@gmail.com). And please check the website throughout the year for Foundation news and information on other Foundation events.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Click here for the list of sponsors and prize donors.
      Click here for the list of golf and raffle prize winners.
      Click here to read Dr. Agulnik’s thank you letter which includes an update on the clinical trials supported by the Foundation’s donations.
      Foundation Participates in Long Grove Heritage Race for the 8th Year
      September 2014
      The Foundation Participates in the 2014 Long Grove Heritage RaceBefore the sun was even up, the parking lot at Kildeer Countryside School in Long Grove, IL was buzzing with people getting organized for the September 6th Heritage Race/Walk sponsored by the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Hawthorn Woods and Kildeer. Soon it was a sea of colors as the runners and walkers arrived wearing the tee-shirt of the charity for which they were participating. The Foundation was thrilled that 79 of those runners and walkers were wearing a “Steele” gray tee-shirt, the Foundation’s signature color that builds on our “Tough as Steele” motto. No matter where you were on the course, you could spot one of our runners or walkers. The annual support of the Stevenson Patriot’s Hockey Association continues to mean so much to us and it’s always inspiring to see the hockey players running as a team. They must have all been hurrying back for the pancake breakfast the Rotary Club provided that was delicious as usual.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $6,440 from registration fees, pledges and donations was the most we’ve ever raised in our 8 years participating in the Race. It will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris’ alma mater, and continue to support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
      The Foundation extends an extra special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey program… the coaches, parents, players and their families for their participation and generosity and to Bobbie Wiley for making the team registration go as smoothly as it always does. The Foundation also extends extra special thanks to the members of the Northwestern University NASA Wildcat Aquatics program who made a donation at Foundation President, Kevin Zakrzewski’s, personal fundraising page (pfp), a new feature added to the race this year. Kevin’s page raised $2,235 for the Foundation and last we heard, this was the most raised by a race participant’s pfp across all the charities represented. The Foundation also congratulates all the runners who had their personal bests that day.
      We look forward to seeing you at next year's Race. Check the website for more information in 2014 or contact Dave Charlton, the Foundation's Race Coordinator, at 847-345-3167 or IL66pony@comcast.net.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Click here to read Dr. Agulnik’s thank you letter which includes an update on the clinical trials supported by the Foundation’s donations.
      9th Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Country Club
      August 2014
      9th Annual CSF Golf OutingThe Foundation sends a special thank you to everyone who made our 9th Annual Tee It Up For a Cure Golf Outing on August 23 the success it was. What a day it was. As the 84 golfers drove out to their starting tees we were all keeping our fingers crossed that the rains would stay away. Needless to say, Chris was having a bit of fun with us and no sooner did the golfers get to their starting holes when the lighting horns went off and everyone had to head back to the clubhouse. And then the skies opened and the rain came pouring down……for 2-1/2 hours. But it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and actually, quite a few were flowing in the bar while everyone graciously waited and visited. Everyone was happy when given the “all clear” and they could head out to the course again for the challenges, games (including the 18th hole’s SteeleDawg’s Drive, a take-off on craps, Chris’ favorite casino game) and fun with friends. And even though the golf day was cut short, most foursomes managed to get in at least 12 holes.
      And the fun continued when everyone gathered in the banquet room for the buffet dinner. It was also so nice that so many friends and family of the golfers joined us for dinner. Through everyone’s generous support we raised $8,432 for cancer research, making this our second most successful outing.
      The Foundation thanks you all…whether you were a golfer, attended the dinner, sponsored a hole, made a monetary or prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was. Thank you to Fred Weissman who presented the Foundation with a $1,000 donation from his Independent Order of the Odd Fellows Three Links Lodge. Thank you to Matthew Swolsky who presented the Foundation with $84.50 in coins and bills he collected throughout the year in a special Tzedakah (Hebrew for charity) container he created using information about the Foundation and Chris. Thank you to Wally Longo from the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, one of our Corporate sponsors, who dropped by to say hi and tell everyone at dinner just how much our support means to Dr. Mark Agulnik, Chris’ doctor at Northwestern, and his cancer research team. Also, Chevy Chase Country Club for their hospitality and for giving every golfer a 2 for 1 coupon for their patience in waiting out the rain delay. And a special thanks to Rob Rosenthal from Merrill Lynch for his Bronze sponsorship of the event.
      We look forward to seeing you all at next year's event! We'll keep you posted as we make those plans. You can check the website for more information next year or contact Kevin Zakrzewski, Golf Director (csfkevinz@gmail.com) And please check the website throughout the year for Foundation news and information on other Foundation events.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Click here for the list of raffle prize winners.
      Click here to read Dr. Agulnik’s thank you letter which includes an update on the clinical trials supported by the Foundation’s donations.
      Stevenson High School Spirit Fest
      September 2013
      SHS Spirit FestAdlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL, kicked off their 2013 Homecoming week 2013 on Saturday, September 21 with Spirit Fest, an evening of fun, games, entertainment and an attempt at setting a world record. The Christopher Steele Foundation (CSF) is proud and honored to be the local charity selected to benefit from the proceeds of the evening’s festivities along with other events and activities sponsored by Stevenson teams and groups leading up to the main event.
      And what an evening it was. The National Honor Society (NHS), which sponsored the event, turned the football stadium into a venue full of fun and games and something for everyone. Student bands provided live music and kept the place rocking. And when folks got hungry, they could just hop on over to the food section and enjoy pizza, burgers, popcorn, ice cream and other delicious food and snacks provided by local restaurants and vendors. If they always wanted to race horses, they could challenge their friends while riding a bouncy balloon horse at the Fun Derby. Or, they could head over to the dunk tank and see which teacher or coach they could treat to a swim. Throughout all the festivities, people who were or had suffered from cancers were honored and remembered through pictures and notes posted on the “Tough As Steele” walls honoring cancer battles.
      When it came time to begin the 5K walk, Tom Steele, Chris’ dad, thanked everyone for their support, spoke briefly about the Foundation and what the support of the Stevenson family means to us. When everyone got back from the walk, it was time for another highlight….an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time, a record currently held by 366 people in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Eight hundred and ninety of the 1,263 paid Spirit Fest registrants, all wearing glow necklaces, took to the football field and, under the direction of the NHS, formed the CSF logo. The lights went out, the necklaces glowed and the bubble wrap popped. And while still waiting for official verification from Guinness, as far as we know, a record was set. The festivities ended with a firework display that rivaled 4th of July celebrations. It was a night we at the Foundation will never forgot. We know Chris would have loved it.
      While everyone knew Spirit Fest was a big success, it wasn’t until the homecoming assembly on the following Friday that everyone knew how big a success it was with the NHS unveiling of a big check for… drumroll please… $21,381. We were glad we were sitting when we heard the news and glad we had a box of Kleenex handy.
      When members of the Foundation Board visited with Dr. Agulnik, Chris’ doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and whose cancer research work we support, and Northwestern Memorial Foundation staff earlier this year and then saw our name on the $50,000+ plaque in their Donor Gallery we were proud and inspired to continue our fundraising to help find a cure. We also looked forward to moving to the $100,000+ donor plaque. Spirit Fest is helping make that dream a reality.
      The Foundation thanks the Stevenson High School National Honor Society and especially the Executive Board for their hard work in putting on the amazing event, the Stevenson faculty, staff, students, the event sponsors and the entire Stevenson community for their generosity, love and support. We also thank the Spirit Revolution, the boy’s hockey team, the boy’s football team, the Student Council for their role in making this possible. If we’ve overlooked anyone, please know it is unintentional and how much we appreciate all that everyone’s done.
      Go Pats!!!
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Foundation Participates in Long Grove Heritage Race for the 7th Year
      September 2013
      The Foundation Participates in the 2013 Long Grove Heritage RaceSome folks like to sleep in on Saturday and begin the day at a pace more leisurely than their normal work or school week. But not the ninety-nine runners and walkers who came out to support the Foundation at the annual Long Grove Heritage Race bright and early on Saturday, September 7, 2013, the 7th year we've participated. It was a beautiful Fall morning and no one let the sudden rain burst deter them from running or walking for Chris. No matter where you were on the course you were sure to see someone in a "Steele" gray tee-shirt, the Foundation's signature color that builds on our "Tough as Steele" motto. The support of the Stevenson Patriot's Hockey Association continues to mean so much to us and it's always inspiring to see the hockey players running as a team. We also appreciate the support from the Rotary Interact Club from Highland Park High School who asked if they could walk for the Foundation this year. It was fun to see all of the different age groups represented in the gray shirts…from our youngest, an almost 3 year old young boy, to the veterans. The pancake breakfast the Long Grove Rotary provided was delicious as usual and the "pigs in blankets" some of our Foundation members concocted may become a Foundation race staple.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $3,433 raised from registration fees, pledges and donations will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater, and continue to support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Our goal is to move one panel over, to the $100,000+ donor plaque, in Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Donor Gallery and your support and kindness is helping us come closer to achieving that goal.
      The Foundation extends an extra special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey program… the coaches, parents, players and their families who participated as a group. The Foundation also congratulates all the runners who had their personal bests that day and our young walkers who completed the course for their first time.
      We look forward to seeing you at next year's Race. Check the website for more information in 2013 or contact Dave Charlton, the Foundation's Race Coordinator, at 847-345-3167 or IL66pony@comcast.net.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      8th Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Country Club
      August 2013
      8th Annual CSF Golf OutingSaturday, August 24, 2013 dawned bright and sunny….a perfect day for the Foundation's 8th annual "Tee It Up For a Cure" Golf Outing at Chevy Chase Golf Country Club in Wheeling, IL. And what a turnout. Eighty-three golfers came out to enjoy a round of golf with friends, have fun with the challenges and games at the various holes and just have a good time. It was also so nice to see everyone visiting and enjoying themselves over dinner, a new feature this year. Through everyone's generous support we raised $7,000 for cancer research, making this our third most successful outing.
      The Foundation thanks you all…whether you attended, sponsored a hole, made a monetary or prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was. Congratulations to Team Dobslaf/Morand for having the lowest score (20 under par) and each winning a round of golf at Chevy Chase. Thank you to Matthew Swolsky who presented the Foundation with $54 in coins and bills he collected throughout the year in a special Tzedakah (Hebrew for charity) container he created using information about the Foundation and Chris. Thank you to Jorie Parwani from the Northwestern Memorial Foundation who dropped by to say hi and tell everyone at dinner just how much our support means to them and Dr. Mark Agulnik and his cancer research team. And Chevy Chase Country Club for their hospitality. And a special thanks to Rob Rosenthal from Merrill Lynch for his gold sponsorship of the event. Everyone's continued support of the Foundation means so much to us and is getting us closer to moving to the $100,000 recognition plaque in Northwestern Memorial's Donor Recognition Gallery.
      We look forward to seeing you all at next year's event! We'll keep you posted as we make those plans. You can check the website for more information next year or contact Kevin Zakrzewski, Golf Director (csfkevinz@gmail.com) And please check the website throughout the year for Foundation news and information on other Foundation events.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Click here for the list of raffle prize winners.
      Inaugural "Game for Chris"
      May 2013
      Cubs RooftopOn Sunday, May 5, the first of what we hope will be many "Games for Chris" was held at 1038 Waveland, a rooftop overlooking Wrigley's left field, for the Cubs and Reds game. And what a day it was. The day dawned bright and sunny and the forecasted possibly of showers never happened. In fact, we should have brought sun screen as many folks left with an unexpected surprise…a sunburn. The forty-eight baseball fans who attended enjoyed the great brats, hot dogs and other appetizers followed by burgers, chicken, salads, chips and more throughout the game along with plenty of beer (or wine or soda) and peanuts. And what about that view!! If you didn't look down and see Waveland Avenue below you, you never would have thought you weren't in Wrigley itself. It was an amazing day all around and we know Chris would have loved it. (We were all having so much fun does anyone even know what the final score of the game was?)
      The Foundation thanks you all for helping make the day the success it was. We'd like to extend a special thanks to everyone at Beyond the Ivy for their support in planning and hosting the event. They made it so easy to have such a fun event. And a special acknowledgement to our Canadian friends who made a special trip to "the States" for the event.
      We're already looking forward to next year's "Game for Chris" and hope you'll be able to join us. Check the website early next year for details and throughout the year for Foundation news and information on other Foundation events.
      Click here for "Game for Chris" pictures.
      Foundation Participates in Long Grove Heritage Race for the 6th Year
      September 2012
      The Foundation Participates in the 2012 Long Grove Heritage RaceIt's always so amazing to see the Long Grove Race field populated with so many "Steele" gray tee-shirts and this year was no exception. Ninety-three runners and walkers came out to support the Foundation Saturday, September 8, 2012, the 6th year we've participated. No matter where you were on the course you were sure to see someone in a "Steele" gray tee-shirt, the Foundation's signature color that builds on our "Tough as Steele" motto. And as in year's past, the support of the Stevenson Patriot's Hockey Association means so much to us and it's always inspiring to see the hockey players running as a team. And the pancake breakfast the Long Grove Rotary was especially tasty this year. It was a wonderful way to start a beautiful Fall day.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $5,320 raised from registration fees, pledges and donations was our most successful Race ever and will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater, and support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We could try to tell you what your support truly means to cancer research but think this letter from Dr. Agulnik of the sarcoma-specific research team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital says it best.
      The Foundation extends an extra special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey program… the coaches, parents, players and their families who participated as a group. And a special thank you to Michael Goldfine of the Stevenson hockey program who challenged his teammates to collect at least $100 in pledges each and personally collected over $2,050 in donations. The Foundation also congratulates all the runners who had their personal bests that day and our young walkers who completed the course for their first time.
      We look forward to seeing you at next year's Race. Check the website for more information in 2013 or contact Dave Charlton, the Foundation's Race Coordinator, at 847-345-3167 or IL66pony@comcast.net.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      7th Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Country Club
      August 2012
      7th Annual CSF Golf OutingOn Saturday, August 18, 2012, the Seventh Annual "Tee It Up For a Cure" Foundation Golf Outing was held at Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling, IL. Sixty-six golfers came out to enjoy a round of golf with friends, have fun with the challenges and games at the various holes and just have a good time. Through everyone's generous support over $3,000 was raised for cancer research. We could try to tell you what your support means to cancer research but think the letter from Dr. Mark Agulnik of the sarcoma-specific research team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital says it best.
      The Foundation thanks you all…whether you attended, made a monetary or prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was. Congratulations to Team Talbot for having the lowest score and each winning a round of golf at Chevy Chase. And a special thanks to Ralph Zakrzewski, winner of the 50/50 raffle, for donating his $400 prize back to the Foundation and to the Chevy Chase Country Club for their hospitality. Everyone's continued support of the Foundation means so much to us.
      We look forward to seeing you all at next year's event! We'll keep you posted as we make those plans. You can check the website for more information next year or contact Kevin Zakrzewski, Golf Director (csfkevinz@gmail.com) And please visit check the website throughout the year for Foundation news and information on other Foundation events.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
      Click here for the list of raffle prize winners.
      The Foundation Participates in Long Grove Heritage Race for the 5th Year
      September, 2011
      The Foundation Participates in the 2011 Long Grove Heritage RaceSaturday, September 10, was a beautiful, almost Fall day and what better to start it than by running or walking through the streets of Long Grove. And that's exactly what the 95 runners walkers did who came out to support the Foundation as we participated in the Long Grove Heritage Race for the 5th year. This year was one of our best turn outs and no matter where you were on the course, you were sure to see a "Steele" gray tee-shirt, the Foundation's signature color that builds on our "Tough as Steele" motto. And as in year's past, it meant so much to see the Stevenson Patriot's hockey team running as a team for the Foundation and especially to see Michael Goldfine lead them as they crossed the finish line. The support of the CATS Aquatic program was also evidenced by their turn out as well. The pancake breakfast the Long Grove Rotary was especially tasty this year and by the looks of the participants' empty plates we'd say everybody agreed.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $5,018 raised from registration fees, pledges and donations was our most successful Race ever and will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater, and support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We could try to tell you what your support truly means to cancer research but think this letter from Dr. Agulnik of the sarcoma-specific research team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital says it best.
      The Foundation extends an extra special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey program… the coaches, parents, players and their families who participated as a group. The memories Chris' family has of his years as a Patriot hockey player and cheering him and his teammates on are some of their fondest memories and the teams' continued support means so much to them and everyone at the Foundation. And a special thanks to the CATS Aquatic Club members and their families who came out to support us. And a special shout-out to Michael Goldfine of the Stevenson Hockey (and Baseball) program who collected over $1,000 in pledges and donations and receives the $50 gift card award for most pledges. He is truly an amazing young man in so many ways. The Foundation also congratulates all the runners who had their personal bests that day and our youngest walkers (or should we say riders) who completed the course for their first time.
      We look forward to seeing you at next year's Race. Check the website for more information in 2011 or contact Dave Charlton, the Foundation's Race Coordinator, at 847-345-3167 or IL66pony@comcast.net.
      Click here for pictures of the event.
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      Sixth Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Golf Course
      August, 2011
      6th Annual CSF Golf OutingOn Saturday, August 20, 2011, the Sixth Annual "Tee It Up For a Cure" Foundation Golf Outing was held at Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling, IL. Ninety-five golfers came out to play and support the Foundation, the most since our inaugural event. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces… and lots of new ones, too. And while it rained earlier in the day, it cleared before we were scheduled to tee off (fortunately delaying our shotgun start by only a half hour). The afternoon's overcast skies cooled things off making it perfect for 18 holes and then lots of comraderie in the bar afterwards. Dr. Mark Agulnik from the Sarcoma Research Team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was out of town and not able to join us this year. He sent a letter for the golfers, thanking everyone for their continued support and letting everyone know what it means to them and how we help them in their quest to cure this disease. Everyone should feel good knowing that in addition to having fun, their day on the course truly helped make a difference. The day was a tremendous success and over $6,200 was raised for cancer research. Throughout the day many of us said how Chris would have loved to be out there golfing with everyone and in some way, he probably was.
      The Foundation thanks you all… whether you attended, made a monetary or prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was. And a special thanks to Dan Stephenson, winner of the 50/50 raffle, for donating his $625 prize back to the Foundation and to the Chevy Chase Country Club for their hospitality. Everyone's continued support of the Foundation means so much to us.
      We look forward to seeing you all at next year's event! We'll keep you posted as we make those plans. You can also check the website for more information in 2012 or contact Kevin Zakrzewski, Golf Director. And please visit the website throughout the year for Foundation news and information on other Foundation events.
      Click here for pictures of the event. Hope to see you all next year!
      Click here for the list of event prize winners.
      Click here to read a thank you letter from Dr. Agulnik.
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      The Foundation Holds its First Cheers for a Cure Event in Wrigleyville
      April, 2011
      Cheers for a CureOn Saturday, April 30, what we hope will be the first of many "Cheers for a Cure" was held at Mullen's Bar and Grill on Clark Street in Chicago. This was the first Foundation event held in the city and we were so happy to see so many new faces. The evening was full of good cheer, whether it was from the drinks, wine, beer and soda or from just spending time with old – and new – friends. Everyone had a good time visiting, playing darts, bidding on some great Silent Auction items that included everything from personal training sessions to restaurant gift certificates or hoping to win one of the great raffle prizes. Everyone who attended should feel good knowing that in addition to have a fun, they also helped make a difference and raised $1,700 for cancer research. It was just the kind of evening Chris would have loved.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who attended, made a prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was. Your support of the Foundation means so much to us. And a special thanks to Mullen's Bar and Grill for their hospitality.
      We plan to do this again and hope to see you all at next year's event! So please check this website throughout the year for news of next year's "Cheers for a Cure" and for other Foundation news and events
      Check back soon to see pictures from the event.
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      Foundation Participates in the 2010 Long Grove Heritage Race
      September, 2010
      The Foundation Participates in the 2010 Long Grove Heritage RaceEven though Saturday, September 11, dawned cool and very rainy, it didn't deter the 76 Foundation runners and walkers from coming out and supporting the Foundation as we participated in the Long Grove Heritage Race for the 4th year. The event began with a very moving ceremony in remembrance of the tragedy that occurred nine years earlier that truly touched all in attendance. Once the race's starting run went off, it was amazing to see the streets of Long Grove full of "Steele" gray tee-shirts and even more so this year because of the weather. And as in year's past, it meant so much to see the Stevenson Patriot's hockey team running as a team for the Foundation and to hear the cheer from the crowd as they crossed the finish line together. It seemed that the pancake breakfast the Long Grove Rotary provided after the race was especially enjoyed by all the participants this year (and especially by the Hockey Team)… or maybe it was just that everyone wanted to get under the tent and out of the rain!!
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $3,668 raised from registration fees, pledges and donations will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater, and support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We could try to tell you what your support truly means to cancer research but think this letter from Dr. Agulnik of the sarcoma-specific research team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital says it best.
      The Foundation extends an extra special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey program… the coaches, parents, players and their families who participated as a group. Chris' years as a Patriot hockey player meant so much to him and the teams' continued support means so much to everyone at the Foundation. We also thank the Libertyville CATS Aquatic Club members and their families who came out to support us. And an extra special thank you to Michael Goldfine of the Stevenson Hockey (and Baseball) program who collected almost $900 in pledges and donations and receives the $50 gift card award for most pledges. What he did is especially meaningful this year and something we will truly remember. The Foundation also congratulates Mike Dietz, the overall winner of the race with a time of 18.38 (a 6:01 pace), as well as all the runners who had their personal bests that day.
      We look forward to seeing you at next year's Race. Check the website for more information in 2011 or contact Ian Weissman, the Foundation's 2011 Race Coordinator.
      Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Agulnik.
      Click here to see pictures from the event.
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      Fifth Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Golf Course
      August, 2010
      5th Annual CSF Golf OutingOn Saturday, August 21, 2010, the Fifth Annual "Tee It Up For a Cure" Foundation Golf Outing was held at Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling, IL. Even though the days leading up to the outing were rainy, the day of the outing was bright and beautiful and a great day to spend on the links. The fifty-two golfers who came out to support the Foundation had lots of fun both on the course and in the bar afterward. (And having a shot gun start made it especially nice that everyone could finish at about the same time. A special thanks to Chevy Chase Country Club for their help in making this happen). It was also especially meaningful to have Dr. Mark Agulnik from the Sarcoma Research Team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital join us and share his thoughts on what the funds raised by the Foundation at this - and other - events means to them and what it helps them to accomplish in their quest to cure this disease. Everyone should have felt good knowing that in addition to having fun, their day on the course was truly helping make a difference. The day was a tremendous success and over $4,700 was raised for cancer research. It was just the kind of day Chris would have loved.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who attended, kindly sponsored a hole, made a monetary or prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was. And a special thanks to Ernie Schweitzer, winner of the 50/50 raffle, for donating his $408 prize back to the Foundation and to the Chevy Chase Country Club for their hospitality. Your continued support of the Foundation means so much to us.
      Hope to see you all at next year's event! We'll keep you posted as we make those plans. You can also check the website for more information in 2011 or contact Kevin Zakrzewski, Golf Director. And please visit the website throughout the year for Foundation news and information on other Foundation events.
      Click here for pictures of the event. Hope to see you all next year!
      Click here for the list of event prize winners.
      Click here to read a thank you letter from Dr. Agulnik.
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      The Foundation "Strikes Against Cancer" at its second Bowl-a-Thon
      May, 2010
      CSF Bowl-A-THon 2010On Saturday, May 22, 50 bowlers and spectators came out to Brunswick Lanes Hawthorn to support the Foundation and "Strike Against Cancer" at its second Bowl-a-Thon. Everyone, from seasoned bowlers to novices, enjoyed bowling with Olympic swimmers Mike Alexandrov, Carly Piper and Adam Mania who showed that they are athletes both in and out of the water. And when the folks weren't on the lanes, they were enjoying the pizza, pasta and salad buffet lunch or checking out the Silent Auction items so generously donated by Ed Gallagher of Ebonite and local merchants. The day was a great success and $3,500 was raised to "Strike Against Cancer" and support cancer research. The Foundation thanks all the bowlers, the folks who came out to have lunch and cheer on the bowlers and everyone who sponsored bowlers through their kind pledges. You made the day the success it was! A special thanks to the staff at Brunswick Lanes Hawthorn for their hospitality and all they did to make the day run so smoothly; the Olympic athletes for taking time from their busy schedules to support the Foundation; Hi-5 Printwear for the incredible t-shirts given to each bowler; Ed Gallagher and Ebonite for donating prizes for the Silent Auction; Best Imaging Solutions for the incredible banners and everyone who donated a prize or Silent Auction item. And an extra shout out thanks to the Libertyville CATS Aquatic Club for their on-going support. Go CATS!!
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      Foundation Participates in Long Grove Heritage Race for the Third Year
      September, 2009
      The Foundation Participates in the 2009 Long Grove Heritage RaceOn Saturday, September 12, 2009, the Foundation participated in the Long Grove Heritage 5K Race/3K Walk for the third year. It turned out to be a beautiful day and 95 runners and walkers hit the Long Grove country roads for the Foundation. It was amazing to see a "Steele" gray Foundation tee-shirt almost everywhere you turned. There was a lot of fun and sharing of memories and stories about Chris during registration, on the course and at the pancake breakfast afterward.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who ran, walked, made a pledge or donation, volunteered to help or came out to support the Foundation. The $4,194 raised from registration fees, pledges and donations will help the Foundation fund the two scholarships established at Stevenson High School, Chris; alma mater, and support the cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We could try to tell you what your support truly means to cancer research but think this letter from Dr. Mark Agulnik of the sarcoma-specific research team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital says it best.
      The Foundation extends special thanks to all the Stevenson Hockey coaches, parents, players and their families who participated as a group, the Stevenson baseball coaches, players and their families and the swimmers from the Libertyville CATS Aquatic Club and their families who came out to support us. And an extra special thank you to Brian Boyle of the Stevenson Baseball program who collected over $1,000 in pledges and donation and receives the $50 gift card award for most pledges.
      We look forward to seeing you at next year's Race. Check the website for more information in 2010 or contact Dave Charlton, Foundation Race Coordinator, 847-345-3167.
      Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Agulnik.
      Click here to see pictures from the event.
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      Fourth Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Golf Course
      August, 2009
      4th Annual CSF Golf OutingOn Saturday, August 23, 2009, the Fourth Annual "Tee It Up For a Cure" Foundation Golf Outing was held at Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling, IL. It was a beautiful day for a round of golf… sunny and not too warm… and eighty-two golfers came out to hit the links for the Foundation. There was lots of fun, laughter and reminiscing about Chris both on the course and in the bar afterward. The day was a tremendous success and $4,300 was raised for cancer research. It was just the kind of day Chris would have loved.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who attended, kindly sponsored a hole or made a monetary or prize donation or volunteered to help make the event the success it was.
      And a special thanks to Kevin Dean, winner of the 50/50 raffle, for donating his $660 prize back to the Foundation. We could try to tell you what your support truly means to both the Foundation and cancer research but think the following excerpt from a letter we received from Dr. Mark Agulnik of the sarcoma-specific research team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital says it best.
      "The economy continues to be a concern to everyone and yet the need for developing better treatments, new therapies and better outcomes for patients with sarcomas is as important as ever. There is greater opportunity for public funding for cancer research and science but the competition for these funds has also become much greater than ever. Now more than ever individuals like you can have the greatest impact in charitable giving and support for cancer research.
      Our sarcoma research program is catalyzing the dedicated talent and resources of our great academic medical center to serve patients today and in the future. Together and with your support, we are building on Northwestern's nationally recognized expertise in treating and studying Soft tissue and bone sarcomas. Our sarcoma research program's robust basic, clinical and translational research efforts are ensuring that patients have immediate access to cutting-edge knowledge, novel diagnostic approaches, and up-to-the-minute therapeutic options."
      Thank you for your support. We hope to see you all at next year's event! Check the website for more information in 2010 or contact Kevin Zakrzewski, Golf Director.
      Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Agulnik.
      Click here to see pictures from the event. Hope to see you all next year!
      Click here for the list of event prize winners.
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      Foundation Participates in the 2008 Long Grove Heritage Race
      September, 2008
      Foundation Participates in the 2008 Long Grove Heritage RaceOn Saturday, September 6, 2008, 120 runners and walkers took the streets of Long Grove and represented the Christopher Steele Foundation for the second year at the Long Grove Heritage 5K Race / 3K Walk. It was incredible to see the steady stream of "Steele" gray Foundation Race / Walk tee-shirts. We doubled the number of last year's Foundation walkers and runners and our team was formally recognized as having the most participants of all the charities represented. It was also wonderful to hear people reminisce and share their memories of Chris as they gathered before the race and again after at the pancake breakfast provided by the Long Grove Rotary Club, the sponsor of the event.
      The Foundation thanks all the runners, walkers, volunteers and people who made pledges. A special thanks to the Stevenson Hockey coaches, players and their families who participated as a group. There were lots of smiling faces as folks watched the team cross the finish line en masse. Words cannot adequately convey how much their on-going support means to the Foundation. Thanks also to the Libertyville CATS aquatic club for their team support. And congratulations to the Murtha Family who won the $50 gift card for getting the most pledges. The registration fees, pledges and donations raised over $3,500, all of which will support cancer research, help cancer patients and their families and fund the two scholarships that have been established in Chris' memory at Stevenson High School. You all helped make the event a success.
      We look forward to seeing you all at the 2009 Race / Walk. Check the website for more information in 2009 or contact Dave Charlton, 847-345-3167.
      Click here to see pictures from the event.
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      Third Annual "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Chevy Chase Country Club
      August, 2008
      Third Annual Golf OutingOn Saturday, August 16, 2008, the Third Annual "Tee It Up For a Cure" Foundation Golf Outing was held at Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling, IL. Forty-two golfers hit the links for the Foundation. It was a beautiful day for a round of golf and good times with friends both on the course and in the bar afterward. The day was a tremendous success and $3,450 was raised for cancer research. It was just the kind of day Chris would have loved.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who attended, who kindly sponsored a hole or made a monetary or prize donation and the event volunteers. Special thanks to the Tim and Dustin Dobslaf and Greg and Brian Morand foursome who won the prize for best score and donated their winnings to the Foundation. Another special thanks to Bob Tucker, the winner of the 50/50 raffle, who also donated his prize to the Foundation.
      Click here to see pictures from the event. Hope to see you all next year!
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      Foundation Participates in the Long Grove Heritage Race
      September, 2007
      Foundation Participates in the Long Grove Heritage RaceOn Saturday, September 8, 2007, the Christopher Steele Foundation participated in its first Long Grove Heritage 5K Race/3K Walk. Sixty-three runners and walkers wearing "Steele" gray Foundation Race/Walk tee-shirts enjoyed an early morning run or stroll through the scenic streets of Long Grove. After all that exercise, they sated their appetites at the pancake breakfast provided by the Long Grove Rotary Club, the sponsor of the event. Their registration fees and pledges raised $1,700, all of which benefited the Foundation.
      The Foundation thanks all the runners, walkers, volunteers and people who made pledges. You all helped make the event a success.
      Images from the event are coming soon.
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      Second "Tee It Up For A Cure" Golf Outing Held at Old Orchard Country Club
      August, 2007
      Second Annual Golf OutingOn Saturday, August 25, 2007, the Second Annual "Tee It Up For a Cure" Foundation Golf Outing was held at Old Orchard Country Club. We couldn't hit the links because the heavy rains the week before had the course under water, so the festivities just started later in the day with an evening dinner and Silent Auction. Everyone had a good time eating, drinking, laughing and bidding on Silent Auction items and it was just the kind of party Chris would have loved. The day was a tremendous success and $7,700 was raised for cancer research.
      The Foundation thanks everyone who attended and to the event volunteers. Special thanks to the Old Orchard County Club staff for all of their help and to all of the individuals and local merchants who donated prizes or Silent Auction items.
      Images from the event are coming soon.
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      First Foundation Bowl-a-Thon Held at Hawthorn Lanes
      April, 2007
      First Annual Bowl-a-ThonThe First Christopher Steele Foundation Bowl-A-Thon was held Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, IL. It was wonderful to look across the 40 lanes and see so many people bowling, laughing and having a good time doing what Chris loved to do so much. The bowlers especially loved bowling with PBA Champion, Jason Couch, who was on hand to bowl with everyone, give bowling tips and autograph the picture taken with each bowler. And when people weren't bowling, they were eating the great lunch provided by Sam Dent or bidding on Silent Auction items, graciously provided by Ed Gallagher of Ebonite, co-sponsor of the event, PBA pro bowlers, and local merchants. The bowlers did an incredible getting pledges and the entire day was a tremendous success with over $17,000 being raised. While everyone left the event with a tee-shirt, prize or Silent Auction item, they also left the bowling center knowing they did something to help others who might be in the same position that Chris was.
      The Foundation thanks all the bowlers, people who sponsored bowlers with their pledges and the event volunteers. Special thanks to Ed Gallagher and Ebonite for co-sponsoring the event, Jason Couch, Bob and Barb Spigner of Hawthorn Lanes for their hospitality and Sam Dent for a wonderful lunch and everyone who donated a prize or Silent Auction item.
      Click here to see pictures from the event.
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      First Annual Golf Outing Held at Old Orchard Country Club
      August, 2006
      First Annual Golf OutingThe first Annual Christopher Steele Foundation Memorial Golf Outing was held on Saturday, August 26, 2006 at Old Orchard County Club in Mt. Prospect, IL. What started out as a simple idea, get a few friends together to play a round of golf in memory of a good buddy, quickly grew into a full-blown golf outing. Over 120 golfers hit the links and 30 more friends joined the festivities that continued into the evening with a dinner and a Silent Auction. The day was an amazing success and over $12,000 was raised for cancer research.
      The Foundation thanks all the golfers, dinner attendees and event volunteers. Special thanks to the Old Orchard Country Club staff for all of their help and to all the individuals and local merchants who donated prizes or Silent Auction items.
      Click here to see pictures from the event.
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