Twenty former professional athletes will gather in Bloomingdale in support of children and adults with developmental disabilities as they join nearly 200 others at the Marklund 32nd Annual Golf Classic. Held Thursday, May 29, at the Hilton Chicago-Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, the golf outing is a major fundraiser for Marklund, a nonprofit organization that provides residential, educational, therapeutic and supportive services to children and adults with profound disabilities.
Topping the list of celebrity golfers who will be assigned to the many golf foursomes is Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champion Emery Moorehead. Other notable celebs playing the course include:
Bob Avellini, Chicago Bears
Ronnie Bull, Bears
Bill Campbell, Cubs/Red Sox
Buzz Capra, Mets/Braves
Robin Earl, Bears
Brian Glasgow- Bears
Ted Hendricks, Oakland Raiders/Green Bay Packers (Hall of Fame)
Gene Hiser, Cubs
Carlos May- White Sox
Emery Moorehead, Super Bowl Champion Bears
Rich Nye, Cubs
Dan Pasqua- Yankees, White Sox
Jack Perconte, Dodgers/White Sox
Bill Pierce, Detroit Tigers/White Sox/San Francisco Giants (World Series Champion – ’45 Tigers)
Paul Popovich, Cubs
Reggie Smith, Denver Broncos
Eric Soderholm, White Sox
Steve Trout- Cubs, White Sox
Tim Tyrrell, Atlanta Falcons, LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers
Al Weis, Sox/Mets (World Series Champion – ’69 Mets)
“We are very appreciative to these former professional athletes who will take time out of their schedule to support this special event,” said Gilbert Fonger, president and CEO at Marklund. “At Marklund, we make everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities, and thanks to these gentlemen, sometimes everyday life includes the chance to meet professional athletes. We could not do it without the support of the many donors and volunteers who believe in our mission.”
The tournament will feature a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and will play on all three of the Indian Lakes courses. The event will conclude with a dinner and silent auction in the Resort.
For information about participating in the Marklund Golf Classic or attending the dinner auction, visit the website at www.marklund.org/golfclassic, or call Jeannine Zupo, Director of Special Events, at 630-593-5445.
Marklund is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that annually serves nearly 200 families throughout the greater Chicagoland area. It has locations in Geneva and Bloomingdale, as well as a resale shop in Wood Dale.
For information, visit its website at www.Marklund.org.
Originally published in the Chicago Tribune.