Event Recap: Annual Golf Outing September 17, 2019

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019,  we held our 16th Annual Golf Outing fundraiser.  It was a very successful day!

As the golfers assembled into their golf carts, Dan Herzog welcomed them all to the event.   He reminded us that beyond the golf and fellowship we would experience that day, we were supporting the mission of Food For Friends.   He announced our new theme slogan for the upcoming serving events:  Connect and Give Hope.

Golfers are presented with our flag, thanks to the local VFW post and members of the Bartlett, Elgin and Chicago police departments.  See the video here.

In honor of the recent Patriot’s Day, Dan reminded us to remember those who serve us.  He thanked the following organizations who had assembled members to help us kick off our event with our traditional color guard ceremony (click here for video) and national anthem (click here for video).

  • Bartlett Fire Department
  • Bartlett VFW
  • Elgin Police Department
  • Chicago Police honor guard
  • Jennifer Vanslow – National Anthem singer

The event then started.  We had 133 golfers that were blessed with a beautiful day.  There was friendly competition on the course and lots of networking going on during the reception and dinner.  If you are on Facebook, you can check out our photo album from the event at 2019Sept17 Annual Golf Outing

A big THANK YOU is in order.   The fundraiser (our only one of the year) helped us raise just under $35,000 to help those in need right here in Chicago.

Thanks to Ken Murphy, www.AmpEventProfessionals.com for providing music on the course!

We wish to thank all the generous sponsors, golfers and hard-working volunteers who gave their entire day for this cause. We couldn’t do it without YOU! We appreciate all your assistance at the outing.

Some other organizations and individuals we would like to thank!

  • Bartlett Fire Department
  • Bartlett VFW
  • Elgin Police Department
  • Chicago Police honor guard
  • Jennifer Vanslow – Registration, National Anthem singer
  • Patty Umphress – Registration and betting hole
  • Joe Amato – Registration
  • Joel Rio and crew – Coffee pick up and set up
  • Ben Opsahl – Set up
  • Janet Pickett – Raffle Prize Area
  • Bob Bartilotta – MC
  • Colleen Wilke – Creativity with gift baskets and ticket sales
  • Jennifer Alli – Banquet set up
  • Jennifer Chamberlin – Raffle Prizes
  • Bartlett Hills Golf Course staff
  • Angelo Valdes – H.E.L.P.S Ministry (Partner)
  • Pam Orr – Fellowship Housing (Partner)
  • Juliana Frias – Fellowship Housing Speaker
  • Pastor Green – Pacific Garden Mission (Partner)
  • Brian Mattey – Speaker
  • DJ – Ken Murphy, www.AmpEventProfessionals.com
  • Jeff Turner – Together We’re Elgin founder
  • Food For Friends golf committee:  Dan Herzog, John Opsahl, Ken Rasbid, Joan Richards, Karen Vargas, and Christina Chacon.

We have already picked out a date for next year, so SAVE THE DATE: 17th Annual Food For Friends Golf Outing – Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (the day after Labor Day).  As we look to next year, we need to find a few more volunteers for our golf committee.  It does not take much time and we all have fun preparing and organizing the event.   Anyone interested in volunteering next year please email golf@foodforfriends.org

SAVE THE DATE: 17th Annual Food For Friends Golf Outing – Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (the day after Labor Day)