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Tenth annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship awarded
April, 2017
Charlie Ling, outfielder for the Stevenson Patriots, was awarded the 2017 $1,000 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Pat Block (who was a Stevenson High School baseball teammate of Chris) said. "Like his namesake, Charlie is one of our hardest workers. He took extreme pride in the offseason to get in shape and dedicated himself to all around life improvement. His work ethic had an impact not only for himself but others on the team as well. Like Chris, Charlie was a foundation for the younger players and his senior peers. As captain of our players, Charlie has taken the younger pitchers and position players under his wing, and showed them what it takes to be a winner. He is also the guy that I can count on to hold other players accountable, and make sure they are always focused. As a three year varsity player, Charlie went about his preparation regardless of the situation, he knew to take nothing for granted, and that everything in life needed to be earned. Charlie has always been a team first guy. 'Whatever helps the team win, coach.' was always his attitude. His hardworking, determined, genuine character will be deeply missed next year. I am proud to be able to call him one of my players and students; just like I was proud to be able to call Christopher Steele my friend."
Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Charlie and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana) and in all of his future endeavors.
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Tenth "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2017
Jason Spector, #15 on the varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the tenth annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 13th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Tom Wood said, "Jason was a center for the past couple of seasons on the Varsity. Jason actually started his senior season on the Junior Varsity Team. He took on a leadership role for the younger guys just as Chris did. After showing some improvement at the beginning of the season we had a final roster spot to fill out on the Varsity about quarter way through the season and Jason was selected to take that slot. Jason handled himself on and off the ice in a manner that any coach or parent would be proud of. Jason was asked to change his style of play to be a more gritty and defensive player. He was able to make that change and was a great part of our team's success this year."
We wish Jason continued success as he pursues his academic and athletic career at Augustana College, where he hopes to play hockey, and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Jason.
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Important Foundation News
January, 2017
2016 was another great year for the Foundation and everyone at the Foundation thanks you for your continued support. While we didn't host a golf outing, we had another great turnout for the Long Grove Race and also received many donations throughout the year from our loyal supporters.
All that being said, we have continued to reflect and revisit our thoughts around the organization. After many emotional yet practical discussions we made the difficult decision that the Foundation as we know it must come to an end. The Foundation officers and directors are now married with young families and busy careers. As much as everyone would like to keep the Foundation going, the reality is that no one feels they can devote the time and energy to do it justice. Our last golf outing was one of our most successful and the race, as usual, drew a good crowd. Everyone feels that if we need to end that it's best to end on these high notes.
Since we made the decision to disband we've been working hard to determine how best to disburse the funds remaining in our treasury. We awarded the 2017 $1,000 Tough As Steele Hockey Scholarship to Jason Spector and the $1,000 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship to Charlie Ling earlier this year.
In addition we will:
• Direct $20,000 to the Stevenson High School Foundation which will continue to award these two annual scholarships to a hockey and baseball player for the next ten years.
• Direct $2,500 to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of our mission to fund cancer research. This makes our total donations to them $138,000.
• Direct $2,500 each to Bear Necessities, Ronald McDonald House in Chicago and Dr. Jennifer Reichek at Lurie's Children's Hospital to support their programs for pediatric cancer patients. These donations align with our mission to support cancer patients and their families.
It has been an amazing journey and we cannot say "Thank you" enough. The Foundation was and remains a tremendous success for honoring our friend, buddy, son. We established a footprint and positively impacted cancer research, studies, trials, students, those fighting cancer and our community. Almost $200,000 to support our missions was raised and distributed. We couldn't have done it without your friendship and support and for that we will always be so thankful.
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Allstate Insurance Company employees support the Foundation during Allstate's Annual Giving Campaign
June, 2016
The Foundation thanks all of the Allstate Insurance Company employees in the Northbrook, IL Home Office who remembered the Foundation during the annual Allstate Giving Campaign. These donations, along with Allstate's contribution, help us support the angiosarcoma cancer research work of Dr. Mark Agulnik, Chris' doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and fund our two annual scholarships at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater.
When members of the Foundation meet with Dr. Agulnik he always reviews the clinical trials they have in progress and shares how our donations help them and their patients. He is always so appreciative of our support of his work and meeting with him always reinforces to all of us no matter how large or small our donation we truly make a difference. Your support help make it all possible.
We know you have many charities to which you could direct your donation and it means so much to us that you chose to remember Chris, as well as Tom and Ellen even after all these years.
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for our on-going support
June, 2016
Stephen Falk, President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, thanked the Foundation for its ongoing support and recent $18,000 donation. He writes, "Thank you for being part of the hope and healing at Northwestern Medicine once again. From transplant surgery to the dawn of customer cancer therapy to charity care to those who might not otherwise get medical treatment, this work couldn’t happen without friends like you."
The Foundation thanks everyone who attended an event, made a donation or otherwise supported the Foundation. This year’s donation brings our total donation to Northwestern $135,500 and the Foundation is recognized on the $100,000 plaque in the Donation Gallery housed in the Galter Pavilion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Please stop by and see it if you’re ever there. You made the donation possible and are helping make a difference.
Click here to read the full letter from Stephen Falk.
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Ninth annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship awarded
May, 2016
Christian Dutler, catcher for the Stevenson Patriots, was awarded the 2016 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Pat Block (who was a SHS baseball teammate of Chris) said. "Like his namesake, Christian is one of our hardest workers. Every day in practice and in the off-season, he pushed himself to make himself a better baseball player, and held other players to the same standard. Like Chris, Christian was a foundation for the younger players. As captain of the infield and pitchers, Christian took the younger pitchers and position players under his wing, and showed them what it takes to be a winner. He is also the guy that I can count on to hold other players accountable, and make sure they are always focused. As a two-year varsity player, Christian went about his preparation regardless of the situation, he knew to take nothing for granted, and that everything in life needed to be earned. If Christian was playing well or not, he always carried himself the right way, and that was putting the team first. Christian has always been a team first guy. 'Whatever helps the team win, coach.' was always his attitude. His hardworking, determined, genuine character will be deeply missed next year. I am proud to be able to call him one of my players and students just like I was proud to be able to call Christopher Steele my friend."
Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Christian and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at Truman State University and in all of his future endeavors.
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The Foundation makes its tenth donation to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation
May, 2016
On May 23 the Foundation proudly made an $18,000 to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation bringing our total donation to date to $135,500. David Sack, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation Director, thanked the Foundation for our continued support of Dr. Mark Agulnik’s cancer research work that has allowed him to grow the number of clinical trials he has in the area of cancer research. He reiterated that Dr. Agulnik’s research and data have come a LONG way and that he has several Phase 3 Clinical trials that he’s excited about.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in a 2015 event, made a donation or pledge, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or volunteered for an event which made this donation possible. You are truly helping the Foundation make a difference.
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Ninth "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2016
Daniel Dowd, one of the co-captains of the varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the ninth annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship. The announcement was made at the Winter Sports Award night on March 14th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Daniel is a 4 year varsity defensemen who has been a leader and mentor on and off the ice. He assisted the coaching staff in leading off ice weight training sessions and has fought thru a back injury the last two seasons. He is a physical player with a huge heart. His relationship with the younger players on the team was very much like that of Chris. His work ethic and his continued effort to improve his skills have been great examples for his teammates."
We wish Dan continued success as he pursues his academic career at Indiana University in the Fall and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Dan.
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for our on-going support
September, 2015
Stephen Falk, President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, thanked the Foundation for its ongoing support and recent $15,000 donation. He writes, "From the grateful patients and families you may never meet, to the dedicated physicians, caregivers and researchers whose healing work can continue, all of Northwestern Medicine is grateful for Christopher Steele Foundation’s philanthropy."
Dr. Mark Agulnik, whose angiosarcoma research work we support, added his thanks. He said, "I am extremely appreciative for your continued fundraising efforts and support and would like to congratulate you on your continued success. Our clinical trial portfolio remains robust and we are able to offer patients throughout the Midwest the latest drug therapies and cutting edge treatments for Sarcomas. Private fundraising efforts are crucial toward maintaining our robust program at Northwestern, and every penny raised is used to support the mission set forward and carried out through the Christopher Steele Foundation."
The Foundation thanks everyone who attended an event, made a donation or otherwise supported the Foundation. This year’s donation brings our total donation to $117,500 and the Foundation is recognized on the $100,000 plaque in the Donation Gallery housed in the Galter Pavilion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Please stop by and see it if you’re ever there. You made the donation possible and are helping make a difference.
Click here to read the full letter from Stephen Falk.
Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Mark Agulnik.
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The Independent Order of Odd Fellows supports the Foundation with a second donation
July, 2015
The Foundation was very happy and surprised when Fred Weissman presented the Foundation with a $1,000 donation from the Three Links Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) at last year’s golf outing. The Foundation was equally surprised and thrilled to receive a second $1,000 donation again this year. These donations are especially meaningful to us because the I.O.O.F. was founded by ordinary people, just like our Foundation founders, who banded together to create a common fund to help others during unfortunate times such as sickness, losing a job and even death.
The I.O.O.F. also parallels our Foundation in that it, too, was founded on friendship, love and truth. It came to be known as "Odd Fellows" because it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. It was believed that they were "an odd bunch of fellows" who would behave in such a selfless and seemingly impractical fashion. Today, they have nearly 10,000 lodges in approximately 26 countries consisting of men and women united together for mutual aid and conviviality, providing social and practical support for each other and their communities in every way possible.
The Foundation is proud that The Three Links Lodge feels that our missions are aligned with theirs and are proud to accept their kind donation. We thank Carol Day, Noble Grand of the Lodge, Fred Weissman, Recording Secretary and all the members of the Lodge for their generosity and hope they will consider us for future donations.
If you’d like to learn more about the I.O.O.F. please visit their website, www.ioof.org.
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Eighth Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship Awarded
May, 2015
Jimmy Marchese, a senior outfielder for the 2015 Stevenson Patriots, was awarded the 2015 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Paul Mazzuca said. "Like his namesake, nobody practiced harder than Jimmy. His work ethic had an impact not only for himself but for others on the team as well. Like Chris, Jimmy was a foundation for the younger players. He had the difficult task of leading a young Patriot team but still found time to take the younger players under his wing and mentor them. He kept the team focused during games and especially at practice. As a thee-year varsity player, Jimmy went about his preparation regardless of the situation. If Jimmy was playing well or not, he always carried himself the right way, and that was putting the team first. He used the practices as opportunities to make himself a better player. Jimmy has led this team from the first practice and it is because of the type of person he is. All this work has paid off because Jimmy is doing a great job as a senior leader and his love of the game always shows." Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Jimmy and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at the University of Illinois and in all of his future endeavors.
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The Foundation makes its ninth donation to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation
May, 2015
On May 13 the Foundation proudly made a $15,000 to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation bringing our total donation to date to $117,5000. Kevin Zakrzewski, Foundation President, and Bryan Komornik, Foundation Director, had the pleasure of presenting the check to David Sack of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Dr. Mark Agulnik whose cancer research work we support. Dr. Agulnik, who became the Medical Director of Research at the end of 2014, provided an update on his work and the fact that they’ve been able to grow the number of clinical trials in this area from 7 to 50. He says their research and data have come a LONG way and they have several Phase 3 Clinical trials that he’s excited about.
In describing the meeting, Kevin said, "It's incredibly inspirational to continue our growth as a foundation and to honor Chris knowing that what we do and the money we raise is making a significant impact on people's lives and on ground breaking research."
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in a 2014 event, made a donation or pledge, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or volunteered for an event which made this donation possible. You are truly helping the Foundation make a difference.
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Eighth "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship Awarded
March, 2015
Johnny Daul, captain of the JV hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the eighth annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 16th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Like Chris, Johnny is a senior who played on the JV this year. He has continually improved his skills and his interaction with his younger team mates both on and off the ice resulted in his being named captain of the JV Team. I can truthfully say that he plays for the love of the game and the pride of representing Stevenson. I am proud that he chose to stay with our program this year." We wish Johnny continued success as he pursues his academic career at Marquette University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Johnny.
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United States Gypsum Company (USG) Supports Foundation at Their 10th Annual USG+ You Giving Back Golf Event
November, 2014
For the past ten years, a small group of USG employees has hosted a charity golf outing with company colleagues, vendors and customers. This “Giving Back” charity outing supports charities based upon a request from individuals who have participated in the outing in some way. In the past they have selected two or three large organizations to help, including Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Ester Seals, JDFR and Special Olympics Young Athletes. This year they expanded their reach and spread the proceeds over several smaller organizations. The Christopher Steele Foundation is proud to have been recommended by Matt Ackley, a good friend of both the Foundation and Kevin Zakrzewski, Foundation President.
On August 21, they held their 10th Annual USG + You Giving Back Event and had a great turnout with over 210 very generous individuals participating. The event was a great success and the Christopher Steele Foundation is thrilled to accept their donation of $2,500. Everyone at the Foundation thanks USG for their support and especially Matt Ackley, a USG employee, for nominating the Foundation and helping us make a difference in angiosarcoma cancer research.
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The International Order of Odd Fellows Surprises the Foundation with a Donation
August, 2014
The Foundation’s 9th Annual Tee It Up For a Cure Golf Outing dinner reception on August 23, 2014 was already a great success when Fred Weissman, Recording Secretary of the Three Links Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) asked to make a presentation. We didn’t know what to expect and were thrilled and surprised when he presented the Foundation with a $1,000 donation from his I.O.O.F. lodge. It was especially meaningful to us because the I.O.O.F. was founded by ordinary people, just like our founders, who banded together to create a common fund to help others during unfortunate times such as sickness, losing a job and even death.
The I.O.O.F. also parallels our Foundation in that it, too, was founded on friendship, love and truth. It came to be known as "Odd Fellows" because it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. It was believed that they were "an odd bunch of fellows" who would behave in such a selfless and seemingly impractical fashion. Today, they have nearly 10,000 lodges in approximately 26 countries consisting of men and women united together for mutual aid and conviviality, providing social and practical support for each other and their communities in every way possible.
The Foundation is proud that The Three Links Lodge feels that our missions are aligned with theirs and are proud to accept their kind donation. We thank them for their generosity and hope they will consider us for future donations.
If you’d like to learn more about the I.O.O.F. please visit their website, www.ioof.org.
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Dr. Mark Agulnik Thank the Foundation for Our On-going Support
August, 2014
Stephen Falk, President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanked the Foundation for its ongoing support and recent $30,000 donation. He writes, “Whenever healing hands touch the life of another here at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Christopher Steele Foundation’s generosity and compassion will be there. Thank you for affirming your support of the hospital with your wonderful gift to support Mark Agulnik, MD’s sarcoma clinical trials and work with sarcoma patients.”
Dr. Mark Agulnik, whose angiosarcoma research work we support, provided an overview of the clinical trials the Foundation supports. He also wrote, “I am extremely appreciative for your continued fundraising efforts and support and would like to congratulate you on your continued success. Private fundraising efforts are crucial toward maintaining our robust program at Northwestern, and every penny raised is used to support the mission set forward and carried out through the Christopher Steele Foundation.”
The Foundation thanks everyone who attended an event, made a donation or otherwise supported the Foundation. It is especially meaningful because this year’s donation brings our total donation to $102,500 and the Foundation is now recognized on the $100,000 plaque in the Donation Gallery housed in the Galter Pavilion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. You made the donation possible and are helping make a difference.
Click here to read the full letter from Stephen Falk
Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Agulnik and an overview of the clinical trials we support.
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The Foundation makes its eighth donation to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation
May, 2014
(left to right) David Sack, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Kevin Zakrzewski, CSF President, Ian Weissman, CSF Past President, and Dr. Mark AgulnikOn May 7 the Foundation proudly made a $30,000 to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation bringing our total donation to date to $102,500. Kevin Zakrzewski, Foundation President, and Ian Weissman, Foundation Past President, had the pleasure of presenting the check to David Sack of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Dr. Mark Agulnik whose cancer research work we support. It was especially meaningful this year because the Foundation will now be recognized on the $100,000 plaque in the Donor Gallery housed in the Galter Pavilion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Agulnik also updated us on the clinical trials they have in progress and shared how our donations help them and the patients.
Kevin can best explain the afternoon as follows; “The pure excitement expressed by Dr. Agulnik about his work and the progress they have made is hard to explain. The fact that our donations are supporting such a passionate and hard working individual only makes our work as an organization more gratifying.” Dr. Agulnik has an incredible group of people on his staff and around the Midwest region that he works and collaborates with which is only making his research more efficient.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in a 2013 event, made a donation or pledge, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or volunteered for an event which made this donation possible. We especially thank the Stevenson High School National Honor Society for selecting the Foundation to be the charity supported by their 2013 Spirit Fest which kicked off the 2013 Homecoming week. We were extremely proud to accept the $21,381 raised at the event. (You can read more about Spirit Fest in the Events section.) We also thank the Stevenson Hockey Association which continues to support us throughout their season and our Allstate friends who support us during the company’s annual Giving Campaign. You are truly helping the Foundation make a difference.
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Seventh annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is awarded
May, 2014
Alexander Perry, a pitcher on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Paul Mazzuca said. “Like his namesake, nobody practiced harder than Alex. His work ethic had an impact not only for himself but for others on the team as well. Like Chris, Alex was a foundation for the younger players. He had the difficult task of leading a young Patriot team but still found time to take the younger players under his wing and mentor them. He kept the team focused during games and especially at practice. When Alex was not pitching, he always cheered on his teammates and the other players looked up to him for guidance. Alex always carried himself the right way whether he was pitching well or not and always put the team first. Alex was a great senior leader and his love of the game always shows.” Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Alex and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at DePaul University and in all of his future endeavors.
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The Foundation Thanks the Heart and Soul Fund for Their Donation and Support
May, 2014
The Foundation is proud to accept the $4,700 the Heart and Soul Fund raised for us at their 10th Annual Pig Roast and Baggo Tournament.
The Heart and Soul Foundation, based in Crystal Lake, IL was founded when a few friends, while socializing at a local establishment, were approached by a friend with the story of a 13-year old year who needed a heart transplant but lacked the financial resources. Moved by this situation, the friends dedicated themselves to raising money for the girl’s needs. Through neighbor to neighbor appeals, by making connection with people and by drawing energy from their own hearts and souls, they were able to raise the necessary funds for a successful transplant. The roots of the Heart and Soul Fund were established.
Every year since then the Heart and Soul group hosts a Pig Roast and Baggo Tournament with the proceeds being directed to local charities. It’s an afternoon of fun filled with volleyball, bocci horseshoes, activities for children and of course the highlights, the baggo tournament and the much awaited pig roast. The Christopher Steele Foundation thanks everyone at Heart and Soul for their donation and also everyone who made the Pig Roast and Baggo Tournament the success it was. Everyone at the Christopher Steele Foundation thanks Heart and Soul for their support and generosity. A special thanks goes out to the Rabinowitz family from the CATS Aquatics Team in Libertyville, IL, who were gracious enough to nominate the Christopher Steele Foundation to the Heart and Soul Foundation.
The Foundation will use these funds to support our goals and the goals of the Heart and Soul organization.
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UConn’s NCAA Tournament Win is a Big Win for the Foundation
April 2014
Allstate’s Customer Experience Department got a head start on the Allstate Annual Giving Campaign with some March Madness of its own. With a $10 donation, employees could match their favorite charity with a randomly assigned NCAA tournament team. Sandy Downer, a Marketing friend and colleague of Ellen’s, sponsored the Christopher Steele Foundation as her charity entry and was assigned to UConn, which entered the tournament with 40-1 odds. And from there the fun began. It was thrilling to watch UConn advance but bittersweet when UConn had to play Michigan State, Sandy’s alma mater. And what a final two games! We’re all still smiling that UConn managed to hold-off the late game surge Kentucky is famous for and walk away with the national title.
Everyone at the Foundation is thrilled to accept the almost $500 Customer Experience Department donation from the tournament. Ellen and Tom always say how proud they are to be part of the Allstate family and are honored that Sandy Downer chose to remember Chris during this year’s Giving Campaign. The generosity of everyone in the Customer Experience Department will help the Foundation continue to support the cancer research work of Dr. Agulnik, Chris’ doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, who always tells us that we truly make a difference, what the Giving Campaign is all about.
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Seventh Annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship Awarded
March, 2014
Blake Johnson, who plays both offense and defense on the Varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the seventh annual “Tough As Steele” Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 17th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris’ memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, “Blake is a first time member of the Varsity team. He works extremely hard and has accepted every role the coaching staff has asked him to perform. He has a team first attitude and has been a leader on the ice and in the locker room.” We wish Blake continued success as he pursues his academic career at the University of Iowa and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Blake.
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Michael Goldfine Recognized at Stevenson High School Graduation
June, 2013
Bruce Lubin, District 125 Board of Education President, addressed the Stevenson Class of 2013 at their Graduation on June 6 at the Sears Center Arena. During his speech he highlighted several students who inspired him and one of those students was our Student Ambassador, Michael Goldfine. And in recounting why Michael inspires him, Bruce included Michael's work on the Foundation. Click here and advance to about 19:30 in the broadcast to hear Bruce's recognition of Michael. Don't worry if you get an error message when the screen appears. The video will start after the commercial. And Chris would have loved the fact that he got more recognition here than at his own graduation. (If you want to see Michael receive his diploma advance to about 1hr. 11 min. The students will be crossing the stage from the left.)
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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Thanks the Foundation for our Recent Donation
May, 2013
Stephen Falk, President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for its ongoing support and recent $10,000 donation. He writes "Please know how grateful we are to caring donors like the Christopher Steele Foundation for helping ensure that the finest medical care is available at Northwestern Memorial. Gifts like this also allow us to quickly move research from the lab to the patient…"
The Foundations thanks everyone who attended an event, made a donation or otherwise supported the Foundation. You made the donation possible and are helping make a difference.
Click here to read the letter from Stephen Falk.
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Sixth Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship Awarded
May, 2013
Anthony Heiser, centerfielder on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Tony played second base his junior year but moved to the centerfield this year when his talents were needed there. According to Varsity Coach Paul Mazzuca, "Like the namesake of this scholarship, nobody practiced harder than Tony. Like Chris, Tony was a foundation for the younger players, taking them under his wing. When Tony wasn't in the lineup, he always cheered on his teammates. Tony always puts the team first. He's doing a great job as a senior leader." Tony will attend Loras College in the fall. Congratulations, Tony, and good luck at Loras and in all of your future endeavors.
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation Features Chris and the Foundation on their May 15 (Chris' birthday) Blog
May, 2013
Chris and the Foundation were featured in Northwestern Memorial Foundation's blog on May 15, what would have been Chris' 31st birthday. The story, which was beautifully written by Caitlin Larkin, provided an overview of Chris' illness and his subsequent treatments. It also focused on the works of the Foundation and how it benefits Northwestern Memorial Hospital and others.
Click here to read the blog.
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The Foundation Makes Its Seventh Donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation During Visit
May, 2013
On May 7 the Foundation proudly made another $10,000 to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation bringing our total donation to date to $72,500. Members of the Foundation board had the pleasure of meeting with David Sack of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and Dr. Mark Agulnik whose cancer research work we support. Presenting them with our annual donation in person made it even more meaningful to us. Dr. Agulnik updated us on the clinical trials they have in progress and shared how our donations help them and the patients. It reinforced to all of us that no matter how large or small our donation we truly make a difference. We also toured the donor gallery and were so proud to see the Christopher Steele Foundation recognized there.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in a 2012 event, made a donation or pledge, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or volunteered for making this donation possible. We especially thank the Stevenson High School Hockey Association which continues to support us throughout their season and our Allstate friends who support us during the company's annual Giving Campaign. You are truly helping the Foundation make a difference.
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Allstate Corporate Governance Department Remembers Foundation During Allstate's Annual Giving Campaign
April, 2013
Every year the Allstate Corporate Governance Department supports a charity during Allstate's annual Giving Campaign and the Foundation is very pleased that they chose the Christopher Steele Foundation. The Foundation gratefully accepts their $935 donation which will help us support cancer research, cancer patients and their families and fund the baseball and hockey scholarships that will be awarded annually at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater.
The Foundation is very appreciative of the on-going support of everyone in the Allstate Corporate Governance Department, and truly understand why Tom and Ellen speak so highly of their friends there.
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Stevenson High School National Honor Society Selects Christopher Steele Foundation as their 2013 Spirit Fest Charity
March, 2013
The Foundation is very honored and excited to be selected by the Stevenson High School National Society chapter as the charity that will benefit from Stevenson's 2013 Spirit Fest. This year's Spirit Fest will be held Saturday, September 21.
Several years ago the 5K charity Spirit Walk that kicked off homecoming week activities expanded into a Spirit Fest. This Fest includes musical entertainment, carnival games, a variety of food and other attractions to create a family fall festival atmosphere and typically raises about $20,000. Every year NHS members select a 501(c)(3) charity that meets their criteria to benefit from the event with the goal to:
• Give visibility and monetary consideration to charities that are often overlooked;
• Mobilize the community around a community relevant cause;
• Educate the school and community about a disease or socially relevant issue/problem;
• Attract members of the community who haven't historically been involved with Stevenson activities;
• Capture the passion of the students for a cause that is relevant to their lives, families and friends; and
• Promote the values of community service and good citizenship by kicking off Homecoming week with a school-wide service project.
The process began in February when the National Honor Society Spirit Fest Committee reviewed our application and the typically 20-30 others that were submitted and voted on 8 charities that were invited to present to the Committee. This committee then presented the 8 charities to the general NHS membership who voted to select the winner. We are honored to be selected and thank the National Honor Society and entire Stevenson community for their support. We invite everyone to come out on September 21 and help make this the best Spirit Fest ever!!!
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Stevenson High School JV Hockey Team Wins State Hockey Tournament
March, 2013
Everyone at the Foundation congratulates the Stevenson High School JV Boys Ice Hockey team on their exciting 3-2 double overtime win over Loyola Academy on March 20 to win the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois state championship. And what a nail biting win it was. The Patriots kept their hopes alive by scoring with 4:50 left in regulation play to tie the game at 2-2. A goal in the first regulation overtime that brought the fans to their feet was cancelled when the refs said the net was askew. But the Pats didn't relent and "took care of business" with just three minutes left in the second regulation overtime to bring the Black Hawk cup and title home. Congratulations to all the JV team members on their win and 25-21-5 season and to all the Varsity members for their 29-22-5 season. Chris, a former Pats JV hockey member, is smiling.
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Sixth Annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship Awarded
March, 2013
Michael Goldfine, a goalie on the Stevenson Varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the sixth annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 11th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Mike is one of the hardest working student athletes I have ever met. He is also one of the most unselfish." Michael exhibits the same fearless determination and competitive spirit that drove Chris whether he's fighting his illness or facing an opponent in the net. We wish Michael continued success as he pursues his academic and hockey career at Arizona State University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Michael.
May, 2013 Update:
Below is the transcript of the scholarship presentation to Michael at the Stevenson High School Local Scholarship Award Night on May 23.
This evening we are pleased to award two scholarships in honor of 2000 Stevenson graduate Chris Steele, who succumbed to cancer a few years ago. Chris was a most accomplished athlete and so his family and friends have established a foundation to honor his memory.
The first award this evening, the "Tough as Steele" Scholarship, focuses on Chris' love of hockey and is awarded to Michael Goldfine. He has been extremely involved with the Christopher Steele Foundation throughout high school, personally raising $7500 for the Steele Foundation and eventually being elected to the Board of Directors. Mike was instrumental in having the Christopher Steele Foundation be the beneficiary of our fundraising effort during Stevenson Spirit Fest.
Of his challenges, Mike writes, "I don't know why I have been led down this path but I am going to make the most of it by working hard every day and helping others along the way. We never know how long we have in life but we need to always have a positive attitude. I believe that a positive attitude helped me maintain my overall health throughout the difficult treatments I endured and provided me with an incentive to give back to the community." Michael, you have already inspired so many people; thank you for your tireless work to improve the lives of others. Presenting this award is one of Chris' close friends and President of the Christopher Steele Foundation Kevin Zakrzewski.
The name of this scholarship certainly speaks to Chris' character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Michael will be heading west to Arizona State this fall, taking him with incredible insight, leadership skills and compassion for others. It is so fitting that Michael wins this scholarship, as he like Chris, is battling a life-threatening illness, leukemia, but he is certainly winning that battle with his grit and determination. [By the way, he has not missed one practice or game this entire season.] With the help of the Stevenson Hockey Board and the Athletic Department, especially the cheerleading team, Mike helped raise $18,000 to create a teen lounge at the new Lurie Children's Hospital, allowing other students a place to watch movies, work on homework or play computer games while receiving therapy.
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Foundation's Student Ambassador Receives the District 96 Crystal Apple Rising Star Award
February, 2013
Michael Goldfine, the Foundation's Student Ambassador, was awarded Kildeer School District 96 Foundation's 2013 Rising Star Award that recognizes and celebrates junior and high school students who go beyond what would normally be expected of them. The District 96 Foundation says these Rising Stars "are the unsung heroes and remarkable individuals who deserve to be honored for their service and commitment to the community. These amazing young individuals are the leaders of the future."
Michael, a Woodlawn Class of 2009 alum, was recognized for his role in helping spearhead a fundraising initiative for a much-needed teen lounge at Children's Memorial Hospital where he was undergoing chemotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Michael said that when he was in the hospital, "there wasn't anything for teenagers to do." A teen lounge is currently under construction at the recently opened Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. "Now there will be a more age-appropriate place to hang out, do homework and be with other kids the same age," Michael says.
Michael's also been one of the Christopher Steele Foundation's strongest supporters and the Board of Directors recognized his passion and commitment and named him to serve on our Board of Directors as our Student Ambassador. He first became involved with the Christopher Steele Foundation 3 years ago when he ran for the Foundation in the Long Grove Race with his hockey teammates. Over the years he's raised thousands of dollars in race pledges going door-to-door in his neighborhood and reaching out to family and friends. He also promotes the Foundation whenever he's interviewed or otherwise has the chance.
Everyone at the Foundation is proud of Michael on his selection as this year's Rising Star and for all he does for the Foundation. Congratulations, Michael.
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Stevenson High School Student Wins Countrywide Poster Contest and Donates His Prize to the Foundation
February, 2013
David Whisler, a senior at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL was selected the winner of a poster contest sponsored by Sodexo, one of the school's service providers. David's poster outlining his commitment to charity and community service will be reproduced and hung in high schools around the nation. As winner of the contest he was given $500 to donate to a charity of his choice and he selected the Christopher Steele Foundation.
Everyone at the Foundation congratulates David on his win. We know he had many charities to which he could have directed his prize donation and it means so much to us that he chose us.
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Dr. Mark Agulnik thanks the Foundation for our on-going support
October, 2012
Dr. Mark Agulnik, Assistant Professor of Medicine and member of the sarcoma research team, thanks the Foundation for our continued support and congratulates us on our continued success. He writes, "Private fundraising efforts are crucial to maintaining our robust program at Northwestern and every penny raised is used to support the mission set forward and carried out through the Christopher Steele Foundation."
The Foundations thanks everyone who attended an event, made a donation or otherwise supported the Foundation. You made the donation possible and are helping make a difference.
Click here to read the letter from Dr. Mark Agulnik
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Joe Ghanem hosts a Christopher Steele Foundation Day at Lifetime Health and Fitness Center
September, 2012
The Foundation extends a special thank you to Joe Ghanem, a personal trainer at Lifetime Health and Fitness Center in Vernon Hills, IL who generated $300 in donations for the Foundation on September 22. Joe learned about the Foundation through Michael Goldfine, Foundation Director, who trains with him and decided to support the Foundation by designating a day as Christopher Steele Foundation day. Joe promoted this at the club and and donated the proceeds from his training sessions that day, along with the donations he received, to the Foundation. The Foundation thanks Joe and all the people who supported him for their generosity. And if you would like to work with a personal trainer, look up Joe.
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for our on-going support
May, 2012
Stephen Falk, President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for our ongoing support and recent $10,000 donation. He writes "Please know how grateful we are to caring donors like the Christopher Steele Foundation for helping ensure that the finest medical care is available at Northwestern Memorial. Gifts like this also allow us to quickly move research from the lab to the patient…"
The Foundations thanks everyone who attended an event, made a donation or otherwise supported the Foundation. You made the donation possible and are helping make a difference.
Click here to read the letter from Stephen Falk
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Fifth annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is awarded
May, 2012
Zachary Gordon, a starting pitcher on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Zachary had the misfortune of hurting his shoulder his junior year which required season ending surgery. After a 10-month recovery he had hopes he could pitch again his senior year but unfortunately his recovery has been slow and he hasn't be able to return to the mound. Varsity Coach Paul Mazzuca said that this did not get Zach down and he's been a constant team leader in practice, mentoring the younger players and guiding them in the Patriot Way. He said that during games you can hear him cheering on his teammates. Zachary will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall. Congratulations, Zachary, and good luck at South Carolina and in all of your future endeavors.
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The Foundation makes its sixth donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation
May, 2012
The Foundation proudly made another $10,000 donation to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. These funds were generated by the 2011 Foundation events, from activities of the Stevenson High School Hockey Association, from the CATS aquatic programs, from Allstate employee donations during the company's annual Giving Campaign, along with other kind donations from Foundation friends and supporters. These funds, along with our earlier $52,500 in donations, are being used for cancer research and to support sarcoma (the rare type of cancer Chris had) clinical trials being conducted by Dr. Mark Agulnik of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Sarcoma Research Team. Click here to ready more about what our donation is helping Dr. Agulnik accomplish.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in an event, volunteered, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or made a donation or pledge, for making this donation possible. You are truly helping the Foundation make a difference.
Click here to read more about the relationship between the two Foundations and the work being done in the Sarcoma Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with the funds donated by the Christopher Steele Foundation.
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Fifth annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is awarded
March, 2012
Zachary Spieler, a forward on the Stevenson Varsity hockey team for 2 years, was recognized as the recipient of the fifth annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 12th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When presenting the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Zach gives all that he has got in every practice and game." He also noted that Zach is like Chris in that he might not always be the fastest guy on the ice or always exhibit the best form. But as the third leading scorer on the team, especially within 3 feet of the opponent's net, he shows the same competitiveness and determination as Chris. As Coach Wood says, "The goals aren't always pretty but they are a great example of how hard work pays off." We wish Zach continued success as he pursues his academic career at the Ohio State University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Zach.
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Stevenson Hockey Association raises funds for the Foundation at Senior Night
January, 2012
The Metro North hockey league allows each high school hockey team to sponsor a charity night where the team can charge a gate admission for a charity of their choice. The Stevenson Hockey program decided the Christopher Steele Foundation was their choice. Everyone who came to the Varsity and JV games at Twin Rinks on Senior Night, January 8, 2012, was asked for at least a $2.00 donation. The Stevenson Hockey Association proudly donated $200.00 to the Foundation from that night.
Between the JV and Varsity games, Stevenson Hockey honored each senior with a plaque for their years of playing and the young men presented their mothers with a yellow rose. If these moms are anything like Chris', there were probably not too many senior moms with dry eyes.
The Foundation thanks the Hockey Association and all the hockey families and fans for their continued support at this event and throughout the years. The Foundation also wishes all the seniors lots of luck as they finish their final year at Stevenson and in all of their future endeavors.
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Stevenson High School Hockey Association chooses the Christopher Steele Foundation as the charity they will support this season
November, 2011
Over the years the Stevenson High School Hockey Association (Lincolnshire, IL) has always been a strong supporter of the Christopher Steele Foundation. The Varsity and JV teams, along with coaches and family members, always run and raise pledges for the Foundation at the annual Long Grove Heritage Race, and their participation adds so much to the Steele gray team. The hockey club always chooses a charity they will support during their season and the Foundation was very excited when we learned they chose to support the Christopher Steele Foundation again this year. During their Thanksgiving weekend tournament they displayed the Foundation banner and had Foundation information available to help spread the word about us. They also collected $311 in donations from the coaches and players at the tournament, their families and friends.
Everyone at the Foundation thanks the Hockey Association Board, the coaches, the players, their families and everyone who made a donation for their continued support. We hope the teams have successful seasons and Foundation members will try to come to some games to thank, and cheer for, the teams in person. Go Pats!
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CATS Aquatic Swimmer remembers the foundation on her birthday
November, 2011
When you ask most teenagers what they'd like for their birthday, you'd expect them to respond with such things as gift cards, music related things or a myriad of other items teenagers love. But when people asked Zoe Marzouk, a swimmer with the CATS Aquatic Team in Libertyville, IL, what she'd like for her 13th birthday, she asked for donations to the Christopher Steele Foundation, the organization of which her age group swimming coach is president. To think that a young person who never even knew Chris would do this is truly amazing. And when everyone at the Foundation learned we received over $600 in donations because of Zoe's kindness and that of her family and friends, we didn't know what to say. There are no words that can convey what this selfless gesture means to us and cancer research.
Everyone at the Foundation wishes Zoe a happy belated 13th birthday and much happiness and good fortune in the years to come. She is a remarkable young woman and we are as proud of her as we're sure her family is.
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Dr. Mark Agulnik thanks the Foundation of our continued support
July, 2011
Dr. Mark Agulnik from Northwestern Memorial Hospital's sarcoma specific research team thanks the Foundation and also provides an update on their research efforts.
Click here to read Dr. Agulnik's letter
Northwestern Memorial Foundation will recognize the Christopher Steele Foundation in their Donor Recognition Galleries
July, 2011
The Northwestern Memorial Foundation will acknowledge the cumulative support of the Christopher Steele Foundation in their donor recognition galleries. The Foundation will be included in the $50,000 - $99,999 giving tier. The galleries are located on the third floors of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Galter Pavilion and Prentice Women's Hospital so please stop by and see them if you're ever at the hospital complex.
The Christopher Steele Foundation looks forward to a continued relationship with Northwestern and their Sarcoma Research team. We thank everyone who attended a Foundation event, made a donation or supported the Foundation in any way for their support and for making the donations possible.
Click here to read the letter from Stephen Falk, Northwestern Memorial Foundation President
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Stevenson High School Athletics remember Chris with a donation
June, 2011
The Stevenson High School Patriot Baseball programs, Sports Boosters and Athletic Department made a $500 donation to the Foundation from the proceeds raised at the first Stevenson Foundation Auction. Baseball felt strongly that some of the proceeds should be donated to the Christopher Steele Foundation.
All of us at the Foundation know how much Chris loved being a Patriot baseball player and how many happy memories his family has of their years as a member of the Patriot baseball family. It means so much to all of us that the Stevenson family continues to remember Chris…especially because these players and their families never knew him. We thank the Patriots for their continued support.
Go Pats!
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for its support
May, 2011
Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanked the Foundation for our recent $10,000 donation and for our ongoing support of their Division of Hematology and Oncology Research and Education programs. Stephen Falk, President of the Northwestern Foundation, wrote: "We rely on critical philanthropic support to keep pace with the constant changes in health care as well as to provide the state-of-the-art tools and technology necessary to offer premium care. Gifts like yours also allow us to quickly move research from the lab to the patient..."
The Foundation thanks everyone who attended an event, made a donation or supported the Foundation in any way. You made this donation possible and are helping us make a difference.
Click here to read the full letter from Stephen Falk.
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Fourth Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is Awarded
May, 2011
Dylan Douglas, recipient of the 4th annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship, and his parentsDylan Douglas was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. Dylan will attend the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Fall. Congratulations, Dylan, and good luck at Wisconsin and in all of your future endeavors.
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Children's Memorial Hospital thanks the Foundations for its support
April, 2011
Children's Memorial Hospital staff thanked the Foundation for our recent $2,000 donation to support their Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program. Dr. Jennifer Reichek, Director of the program, wrote, "At Children's Memorial, we believe that those whose young lives have been derailed by cancer deserve the chance to survive, to thrive and to smoothly transition to adulthood. Many teens living with cancer face difficult challenges, including uncertainty about the future, loss of independence, chances in appearance and the ability to one day have children. A successful program for this age group must include peer interaction, psychosocial support, fertility preservation, access to the latest clinical protocols, collaboration with adult institutions and close monitoring of patients to ensure treatment adherence and participation in clinical trials… Your gift to this program will send a message of confidence to our entire team, and enable Children's Memorial to continue the momentum of this very important program."
If you attended an event, made a donation or supported the Foundation in any way, you made this donation possible. Thank you for your continued support.
Click here to read the full letter from Dr. Reichek.
Click here to read more about the room and program being created at Children's Memorial Hospital.
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The Foundation makes its fifth donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation
April, 2011
The Foundation proudly made another $10,000 donation to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. These funds were generated by the 2010 Foundation events, from Allstate employee donations during the company's annual Giving Campaign, from funds raised in Chris' memory by the Stevenson High School Class of 2000 at their 10th reunion along with other kind donations from Foundation friends and supporters. These funds, along with our earlier $42,500 in donations, are being used for cancer research and to continue to build the database to track the clinical trials dealing with sarcomas, the rare type of cancer Chris had. It was especially meaningful to have Dr. Mark Agulnik from the Sarcoma Research Team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital stop by at the Golf Outing to thank everyone for their support and share his thoughts on what these funds mean to them and what it helps them accomplish in their quest to cure this disease.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in an event, volunteered, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or made a donation or pledge, for making this donation possible. You are truly helping the Foundation make a difference.
Click here to read more about the relationship between the two Foundations and the work being done in the Sarcoma Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with the funds donated by the Christopher Steele Foundation.
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The Foundation makes a donation to Children's Memorial Hospital
April, 2011
The Christopher Steele Foundation was proud to make a $2,000 donation to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL to help them set up and outfit the room being created for teenage patients. This is a project initiated by a family of a Stevenson hockey player being treated at Children's Memorial Hospital. They are working with Dr. Jennifer Reicheck to set up both the room and programs that will be outfitted with computers, games and other activities as well as programs to help the patients. While the main focus of our Foundation is to support cancer research, specifically the work of Dr. Mark Agulnik at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (where Chris was treated), another goal is to support cancer patients and their families. We are proud to help them create this room and know that their efforts will truly help cancer patients and their families during this difficult time of their lives.
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Fourth "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2011
Kevin Zakrzewski, President and Co-Founder, presents the 4th annual Tough as Steele Hockey Scholarship to Michael SchwartzMichael Schwartz, defenseman and Captain of the JV team, was recognized as the recipient of the fourth annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 14th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Michael leads by example and like Chris, has been a mentor to the many freshmen and sophomores on the team. In addition to his duties on the ice and his studies, Michael also battles a medical condition on a daily basis. He is a great kid and is exactly the kind of student athlete that represents all that Chris stood for." We wish Michael continued success as he pursues his academic career at Western Michigan University where he will be studying biological sciences/pre-med and also hoping to play hockey and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Michael.
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Stevenson High School Class of 2000 Remembers Chris at their 10 Year Reunion
November, 2010
The Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL) Class of 2000 remembered their friend and buddy and supported the Foundation at their 10 year reunion on November 27 at Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago. People were saddened to hear Chris's story and remembered him as we do…a fun, energetic, loving, caring individual. The Foundation thanks the reunion committee and SHS classmates for their donations of $950 in memory of Chris.
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Change in Foundation Leadership Announced
October, 2010
Ian Weissman, Foundation Co-Founder and President since its inception, announced that he was stepping down as President. He also asked that the Foundation Board accept Kevin Zakrzewski, also a Foundation Co-Founder and Golf Event Director, as the new President. In his letter, Ian wrote, "As you all know the last 2 years for me have been amazing. I got married to my beautiful wife Kristen and experienced the birth of my gorgeous daughter Zoe. I have realized that I have not been able to give the workings of the Foundation the attentions I have wanted. I have given it a lot of thought and have now realized that with my new responsibilities as a Father and Husband I will not be able to give as much time to the Foundation right now. I don't want to miss a moment of the wonderful family that Kristen and I have created."
The transition will be seamless as Kevin has always been a core part of the Foundation. His leadership skills, hard work and determination have been and will continue to be a great asset to the CSF. Kevin's fresh ideas and future goals will continue to expand upon what we have accomplished in the past four years. Kevin coaches full time for the Libertyville CATS Aquatic Team and is fully committed to continuing to build the CSF.
Ian also thanked everyone for their support and noted, "I am proud of everyone and everything that we have done. This has truly been a wonderful 4 years. I will still actively be involved with the Foundation helping Kevin as his wingman as needed." Ian will also be a Foundation Long Grove Heritage Race Director along with Dave Charlton until Dave and Kathleen sell their home and move to North Carolina.
The Foundation thanks Ian for everything he has done to make the Foundation what it is and congratulates Kevin on his new role. Chris would be so proud of you guys!!
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Stevenson High School hockey teams run for the Foundation
September, 2010
SHS Runs for CSFThe Stevenson varsity and JV hockey teams ran through the rain at the September 11 Rotary Club of Long Grove's Heritage Race/Walk race to help raise money for the Foundation. The players and coaches raised over $1,500 for the Foundation (one of their favorite charities) in memory of Chris, a past Stevenson hockey player.
Everyone at the Foundation thanks the coaches, players, parents and friends for their continued support and wishes them a victorious season. Go Pats!
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Northwestern's Dr. Agulnik provides a sarcoma research update
May, 2010
Dr. Mark Agulnik, a member of the sarcoma-specific research team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, provides an update on the recent developments of his research.
Click here to read Dr. Mark Agulnik's letter.
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for its generous support
Summer, 2010
Northwestern Memorial Foundation thanks the Foundation for its ongoing support and recent $10,000 donation. Stephen C. Falk, President of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, writes: "Your philanthropy makes a difference in the lives of our patients and their families in enabling Northwestern Memorial Hospital to provide individualized care in a healing environment. Gifts, like yours, allow us to quickly move research from the lab to the patient, and to recruit, train and retain the best physicians, nurses and caregivers. Donors like you are special to Northwestern Memorial Hospital because you are part of the team caring for our patients." Dr. Mark Agulnik, Assistant Professor of Medicine and member of the sarcoma research team, adds: "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 our patients have immediate access to cutting-edge knowledge, novel diagnostic approaches, and up-to-the-minutes therapeutic options."
The Foundations thanks everyone who attended a event, made a donation or otherwise supported the Foundation. You made the donation possible and are helping make a difference.
Click here to read the letter from Stephen Falk.
Click here to read the letter from Dr. Mark Agulnik.
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Third Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is Awarded
May, 2010
Kevin Zakrzewski, Director and Co-Founder, presents the third Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship to Corey Lasky.Corey Lasky, outfielder on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. In announcing the award, Varsity Baseball Coach, Paul Mazzuca, said, "Corey always pushed himself to become a better player and his work ethic had an impact not only for himself but others on the team as well. He was a foundation for the younger players and helped keep the team focused during games and especially at practice. Corey always went about his preparation regardless of how he was playing. Whether he was 4 for 4 or 0 for 4, he always carried himself the right way, and that was putting the team first. All his work has paid off because Corey is doing a great job as a senior leader and his love of the game always shows." Corey will attend St. Xavier University in the Fall. Congratulations, Corey, and good luck at St. Xavier and in all of your future endeavors.
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The Foundation makes its fourth donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation
April, 2010
The Foundation proudly made its fourth donation, this time of $10,000, to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. These funds were generated by the 2009 Golf Outing, the Long Grove Race, from Chad's Bobren (Ian Weissman's cousin) Chicago Marathon Run for the Foundation the his Halloween Dinner/Mystery Party, along with other kind donations from Foundation friends and supporters. These funds, along with our earlier $32,500 donations, are being used for cancer research and to continue to build the database to track the clinical trials dealing with sarcomas, the rare type of cancer Chris had. Dr. Mark Agulnik, head of the sarcoma team at Northwestern, reports, "We continue to see a large volume of sarcoma patients and have several exciting clinical trials to offer them. We remain active and enthusiastic about the progress currently being made. As of July, 2010, our sarcoma program at Northwestern completed four clinical trials; both phase II and phase III and have six clinical trials currently in development which will open in one to three months and are currently accruing patients on one active trial." In addition, Dr. Agulnik had the opportunity to present the results of a study on the use of bevacizumab (Avastin) as a treatment. The Northwestern social workers continue to provide assistance to patients, but unfortunately, a supportive care project they hoped to have in place by now is unable to proceed due to limitations in funding.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in an event, volunteered, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or made a donation or pledge, for making this possible. You are truly helping the Foundation make a difference.
Click here to read more about the relationship between the two Foundations and the work being done in the Sarcoma Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with the funds donated by the Christopher Steele Foundation.
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Third "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2010
Kevin Zakrzewski, Director and Co-Founder, presents the third "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship to Sean Hammond.Sean Hammond, a 3rd year varsity player, was recognized as the recipient of the second annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Sean is the definition of hard work. He excels at penalty killing and battles in the corners. He is fearless when it comes to blocking shots. Perhaps most importantly, like Chris, he puts the team first." We wish Sean continued success as he pursues his academic career at Illinois State University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Sean.
Scholarship Recipients
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Chad Bobren Supports the Foundation Running in the Chicago Marathon and by Hosting a Murder Mystery Party
October, 2009
Chad Bobren Hosts a Murder Mystery PartyChad Bobren, cousin of Ian Weissman, President and one of the co-founders of the Christopher Steele Foundation, raised $1,537 for the Foundation running in the Chicago Marathon on October 11 and then two weeks later by hosting a Murder Mystery Party at his home.
The Chicago Marathon is one of the five World Major Marathons (along with Boston, New York, London and Berlin) and draws elite runners from all over the world who have set American and world records during the race. Chad finished the grueling 26.2 mile race in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 23 seconds…. an average of 7.22 minutes per mile. In recent years, runners have elected to run for a charity and request friends and family to sponsor them. Chad said he decided to run for the Foundation because, "I have not been personally or directly affected by a brain tumor, but I have known several people who have been. A brain tumor is a frightening diagnosis to live with, but thanks to organizations like the Christopher Steele Foundation researchers can continue to develop treatments and provide patients with hope."
On Saturday, October 24, Chad hosted a Murder Mystery Party fundraiser at his home for the Foundation. As Chad said, "Fundraising can be difficult. It takes a lot of time, energy, patience and nagging. So I decided to have a little fun with it and throw a Murder Mystery Party with guests portraying specific characters." With his girlfriend, Rachel as the master chef and their apartment transformed into Club Hellfire, Chad hosted 18 costumed guests-turned-actors attempting to determine who killed Tom Speed. It didn't take long for everyone to dive headfirst into their roles. It was a memorable night with some entertaining tom-foolery and a large contribution made to the Christopher Steele Foundation.
The Foundation thanks Chad for choosing to run for the Foundation and host the Murder Mystery Party and also all of his supporters for going that extra mile to support us and cancer research.
Click here to see pictures of Chad at the Marathon and the Party.
Click here to see how the Foundation supports cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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Dr. Mark Agulnik Thanks the Foundation for Its Continued Support
August, 2009
Dr. Mark Agulnik of the Sarcoma Team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital shares his thoughts and thanks the Foundation for its continued support of the sarcoma-specific cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer.
Click here to read Dr. Agulnik's letter.
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Second Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is Awarded
May, 2009
Jan Weissman, Foundation Treasurer (left) and Ian Weissman, Foundation President and Co-Founder (right) present the second Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship to Alex Goldman.Alex Goldman, pitcher and outfielder, on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. Varsity Baseball Coach, Paul Mazzuca, describes Alex as a great kid who loves baseball, will do whatever is asked of him and pushes himself to become a better player. His accomplishments show that valuable contributions can be made to the team through hard work and dedication. Alex will attend the University of Missouri in the fall. Congratulations, Alex, and good luck at Missouri and in all of your future endeavors.
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The Foundation makes a third donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation
May, 2009
The Foundation proudly made a third donation, this time of $10,000, to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. These funds were generated by the 2008 Golf Outing, the Long Grove Race, from Allstate employees donations during the company's annual Giving Campaign along with other kind donations from the Foundation's friends and supporters. These funds, long with our earlier $22,500 donations, are being used for cancer research and to continue to build the database to track the clinical trials dealing with sarcomas, the rare type of cancer Chris had. Dr. Mark Agulnik, head of the sarcoma team at Northwestern, reports, "We are seeing a large volume of sarcoma patients and have several exciting clinical trials to offer them. We remain active and enthusiastic about the progress currently being made." He also says that in the upcoming months they are also looking to review their databases and publish on the successes that they've had. He is also in discussions with another physician about putting together a project to look at supportive care aspects that will help patient with sarcomas. Hopefully that project will see the light by summer's end.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in an event, volunteered, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or made a donation or pledge, for making this possible.
Click here to read more about the work of Dr. Mark Agulnik that is made possible because of our donations.
Click here to read more about the relationship between the two Foundations and the work being done in the Sarcoma Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with the funds donated by the Christopher Steele Foundation.
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Second "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2009
Jan Weissman, Foundation Treasurer (left) and Ian Weissman, Foundation President and Co-Founder (right) present the second "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship to John DiTallo.John DiTallo, the Varsity Goaltender for 3 years, was recognized as the recipient of the second annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said that John worked hard the entire year but more importantly, he constantly supported his teammates both on and off the ice and, like Chris, was a role model for the younger players. We wish John continued success as he pursues his academic career at Miami of Ohio University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, John.
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Morgan Dickson and the Libertyville High School CATS Aquatic Club Supports the Foundation
January, 2009
When Morgan Dickson, a swimmer with the Libertyville (IL) High School CATS Aquatic club, was looking for a community service project for school she thought of the Foundation. Even though she didn't know Chris, she was touched by the stories her Coach, Kevin Zakrzewski, told her about Chris and his illness and she wanted to help. As she said in her flyer promoting the event, "Kevin has devoted much time and effort to support events for the Foundation and we would like to help. I think we all have been touched by a friend or family member who has had cancer."
Remembering a pink hair extension she got to support Breast Cancer, Morgan worked with a local salon, Nails Under the Sun in Grayslake, IL, and hosted a hair extension event. Swimmers, both boys and girls, moms, dads and coaches got lime green hair extension which represented pride and unity within their swim club. The event was hosted over four days in January at the end of their season to show their team spirit as they approached the final meets and championship season.
The Foundation is proud to accept the $285 that Morgan and the CATS raised at this event. The Foundation also thanks the Libertyville JV Swim Team for their gift in honor of their coach, Stacy Golden, and the Varsity Swim Team for their gift in honor of Coach Kevin Zakrzewski, as well as for their donation. And special thanks to Morgan for organizing the event, to Nails Under the Sun for their support and to all the CATS family and friends who participated. Your kindness and support is greatly appreciated.
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Kevin Zakrzewski "Swims for Chris" at the Olympic Trials
June-July, 2008
Kevin Zakrzewski "Swims for Chris" at the Olympic TrialsThe Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska was the place to be on June 29 when Kevin swam in the 100M Breastroke Olympic trial preliminaries and again on July 2 when he swam in the 200M Breastroke preliminaries. It was amazing to see him standing on the starting block, rubbing the tattoo he has in memory of Chris and wearing his gold Foundation swim cap. The competition was fierce in both events and while Kevin didn't make the team, he's the Foundation's gold medal champion and we are all so proud of him. And he's still involved in swimming and will be competing in local events and has also just been named Assistant Head Coach at CATS Aquatic Team and also the Boys Head High School Coach at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL. Congratulations, Kev!!! (And when you talk to Kevin, ask him about the training during the Omaha tornado!)
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The Foundation attends the dedication of Jill's House
June, 2008
The Foundation attends the dedication of Jill's HouseIan Weissman, Foundation President and Co-Founder, and Bryan Komornik, Foundation Director, represented the Foundation at the dedication of Jill's House in Bloomington, Indiana. The Foundation is proud that the lobby of Jill's House is dedicated to Chris.
To learn more about Jill's House, click here.
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First Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is Awarded
May, 2008
First Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is AwardedJason Douglas, catcher on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the first annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. Varsity Baseball Coach, Paul Mazzuca, describes Jason as demonstrating incredible effort, just as Chris did, and said he always pushed himself to make himself a better player. Jason's strong work ethic had an impact not only for himself but others on the team. Like Chris, Jason was a foundation for the younger players, displaying great leadership both during games and at practice. Jason will attend Cornell College in Iowa and continue his athletic career on their baseball field. Congratulations, Jason.
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Legacy Brick unveiled at U.S. Cellular Field
April, 2008
Lauren Taustein and Rachel Auerbach with Chris' legacy brick.The unveiling of the Champions Plaza, commemorating the Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series Championship, took place on Friday, April 11, 2008 prior to the game with the Tigers. The Plaza, which is near Gate 4, includes a brick remembering Chris. You can see it along the baseline between 2nd and 3rd bases.
Chris loved the World Series Champion White Sox, so this is pretty special.
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First Annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2008
First Annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is AwardedRoss Dickson was recognized as the recipient of the first annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. In announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood described Ross as being a grinder all year, the player who got things done with little or no fanfare, just worked hard every time he was on the ice and, like Chris, made a difference for his team. Ross, a forward on the varsity hockey team, will attend Ohio State University in the fall and continue his athletic career on the soccer field. Congratulations, Ross.
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The Foundation Supports Jill's House
January, 2008
The Foundation made a donation of $12,500 to Jill's House, a temporary, home-like residence for patients undergoing outpatient therapy at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI) in Bloomington, IN. When Chris was undergoing his 8-week treatment at MPRI, he would have benefited from the comfort and comraderie Jill's House provides. The Foundation is proud that the lobby of Jill's House is dedicated to Chris.
Jill's House is more than just a place to stay. Jill's House is equipped with many of the comforts of home; bedrooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities at little or no cost to the patients and their caregivers. Most importantly, Jill's House professional staff provides an environment of comfort, healing, and understanding to the guests it serves. Jill's House is named in honor of Jill Behrman, a Bloomington resident abducted while riding her bike on May 31, 2000. In remembering Chris we are also remembering Jill and are providing a place of comfort for others who are in need of support.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in an event, volunteered, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or made a donation or pledge, for making this possible.
To learn more about Jill's House, click here.
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The Foundation makes a second donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation
January, 2008
The Foundation proudly made a second donation of $12,500 to Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. These funds, along with the Foundation's initial $10,000 donation, will be used for cancer research and to build a database to track the clinical trials dealing with sacromas, the rare type of cancer Chris had.
Click here to read more about the relationship between the two Foundations and the work being done in the Sarcoma Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with the funds donated by the Christopher Steele Foundation.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in an event, volunteered, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or made a donation or pledge, for making this possible.
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Northwestern Memorial Foundation promotes their relationship with the Christopher Steele Foundation
December, 2007
The Northwestern Memorial Foundation publication, Momentum, talks about the relationship between the two Foundations, and the work being done by doctors in the Sarcoma Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with the funds donated by the CSF.
Click here to read "Remembering a Friend Becomes a Philanthropic Mission"
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Christopher Steele Memorial bench at Stevenson Patriot Varsity baseball field is unveiled
October, 2007
Christopher Steele Memorial BenchChristopher Steele Memorial BenchHead over to the Stevenson High School Patriots Varsity Baseball field and check out the Chris Steele Memorial bench along the 3rd base line between the dugout and the Concession stand. (Chris played 3rd base his senior year so the location is very appropriate). Better yet, go for a baseball game and watch it from the best seat in the house.
The bench started as a rough sketch by Lori Lyman of the Lyman Group (Long Grove, IL) and her son, Mike, after Ellen (Chris' mom) and Lori talked while working together on the Stevenson High School Garden of Peace, Hope and Remembrance committee. The baseball bat and ball legs and a back made of backstop fencing made the bench perfect for a baseball setting. The necessary approvals were received and the bench became a reality. The memorial plaque completed it.
Thanks to Lori Lyman and her son, Mike, the folks at District 125 Administration for granting the necessary approvals and Jeff Green and crew for installing the bench.
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Allstate Employees Support Foundation During Giving Campaign
September, 2007
The Foundation thanks all of the kind Allstate employees who remembered the Foundation during the Allstate 2007 Giving Campaign. We know there are many charities to which these donations could be directed and it means so much that these Allstate friends chose to remember Chris. The $900 that we received so far in employee donations and Allstate's contribution (and they continue to trickle in) will help us continue to support cancer research, cancer patients and their families and fund the baseball and hockey scholarships we've established at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater.
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Allstate Legal Department Holds Raffle for the Foundation
September, 2007
Every year the Allstate Law Department does something special to support a charity during Allstate's annual Giving Campaign and this year it was a raffle. The Foundation is very pleased that the Law Department chose to donate the funds raised to the Christopher Steele Foundation for a second year.
Law Department employees donated money to put together 6 mystery boxes and 1 grand prize box (an iPod Nano and iTunes gift card). Employees bought raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the boxes, each with an average approximate value of $100. There was huge participation from both the Law department and their clients and the energy surrounding the fundraiser was quite impressive. Over $2,000 was raised, including Allstate's contribution. The Foundation gratefully accepts this donation which will support cancer research, cancer patients and their families and fund the baseball and hockey scholarships that will be awarded annually at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater.
The Foundation is very appreciative of the on-going support of everyone in the Allstate Law Department, and especially of the organizers of this event, and truly understand why Tom and Ellen speak so highly of their friends there.
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Stevenson High School Baseball Team supports the Foundation
June, 2007
Stevenson High School Baseball Team supports the FoundationThe Stevenson Patriots Baseball team and the Booster Club honored the memory of one of their alumni teammate with a generous donation of $2,500 to the Foundation. These funds were generated through the tickets they sold to the High School Baseball night held at U.S. Cellular field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, as well as at the 50/50 raffle held during the Junior Showcase event held at Stevenson.
The Foundation thanks the coaches and the baseball players and families for their support. Being a Patriot baseball player meant so much to Chris and he and his family have so many happy memories of those four years. It means so much that Patriots Baseball chose to remember Chris this way, and will help cancer research and patients in the process.
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Chicago Emmy Award Winning feature, "Swimming for Chris," airs on Comcast SportsNet
April, 2007
Kevin's Swim CapThe Comcast SportsNet feature, "Swimming with Chris," about two good friends, Chris Steele and Kevin Zakrzewski, and how Chris' illness inspired Kevin to continue to pursue his Olympic dream.
After this feature aired, Kevin continued his training and qualified for not one, but two Olympic trials….. the 100 meter breast stroke and the 200 meter breast stroke. He will really be "swimming with Chris" at the trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE from June 29, to July 3, 2008 and, hopefully, representing the U.S.A. and the Foundation in Beijing, China at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Check the "News" section of the web site in July, 2008 for his results.
UPDATE: November, 2007
"Swimming with Chris" was honored with an Emmy Award from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in November, 2007. Accepting the award for Comcast SportsNet were: Lissa Druss Christman, executive producer: Eric Fogle, Willie Parker, Jeff Korbitz and Sarah Lauch, producers; Pat Doyle, reporter. Congratulations from the Foundation. And as Willie Parker wrote when sharing the news of their honor, "Not only is Chris all of the wonderful things that we've talked about, you can also add these words: an Emmy Award winner".
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The bond between Chris and Kevin Zakrzewski is featured in a Barry Temkin Chicago Tribune article
April, 2007
Click here to read Barry Temkin's Chicago Tribune story, "From death, a dream is born," a story about how the passing of a friend inspired a former swimmer to set an Olympian goal.
Update:
After this story ran, Kevin continued his training and qualified for the Olympic trials for the 100 meter breast stroke and the 200 meter break stroke that will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from June 29 to July, 3, 2008. Check the "News" section of the web site in July, 2008 for his results. Congratulations and good luck in Omaha, Kevin!!
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The Stevenson High School Hockey Association supports the Foundation
March, 2007
The Stevenson High School Hockey Association supports the FoundationThe Stevenson High School Hockey Association supports the FoundationStevenson Hockey dedicated their 2006/2007 season to the memory of Chris, who played for the Patriot's JV team for three years. They adopted the motto, "Tough as Steele" for the season and all players wore an "86" patch, Chris's number, on their jerseys. They kindly let the Foundation adapt this motto for our use as well. The parents also actively raised funds during the season through 50/50 raffles at various home games. In addition, Varsity and JV coaches and parents made pledges based upon wins and ties of their teams and both teams had winning seasons. The Foundation gratefully accepted their very generous contributions of over $5,000.
In addition, the team initiated a "Tough as Steele" Grinder Award. The award is presented to the player who is the hardest worker on the ice throughout the season. This is in keeping with Chris' character and the toughness he exhibited throughout his life. The initial award was presented to Mike Tulini who will be permanently recognized with a Stevenson paver that will be placed near the circular drive in the front of Stevenson.
The Foundation thanks the coaches and the hockey players, families and fans for their support. Stevenson Hockey was an important part of Chris' life and remembering him in this way is especially meaningful.
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The Foundation Makes it First Donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation
November, 2006
CSF Makes Their First Donation to Northwestern MemorialThe Christopher Steele Foundation proudly presented $10,000 raised at the Foundation's 1st Annual Golf Outing to Northwestern Memorial Foundation for research into the rare form of cancer Chris had.
The Foundation thanks everyone who participated in the golf event, volunteered, provided a Silent Auction or raffle item, or made a donation or pledge, for making this possible.
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Allstate Law Department Holds Silent Auction for the Foundation
September, 2006
The Foundation was very pleased to accept the more than $1,000 raised during the Silent Auction the Allstate Law Department conducted during Allstate's annual Giving Campaign. There are many charities to which the Law Department could have directed the Silent Auction proceeds and the Foundation is very happy that the Law Department chose us. This donation, which includes an Allstate contribution, will help the Foundation support cancer research, along with cancer patients and their families, and establish baseball and hockey scholarships at Stevenson High School, Chris' alma mater.
The Foundation is very appreciative of the on-going support from the Allstate Law Department. They are truly visible proof of the Allstate Good Hands spirit.
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