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53rd Annual Little City Invitational Golf Classic Honors John F. McDonough of the Chicago Blackhawks

The August 22nd event raised over $280,000 to support children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities

Little City’s 53rd annual Little City Invitational Golf Classic was a tremendous success, raising over $280,000 for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Approximately 160 golfers gathered at the renowned Twin Orchard Country Club on Aug. 22nd for the Little City event which is recognized as one of the most prominent and established charity golf tournaments in the Greater Chicago area.

Little City Honoring John F. McDonough at Invitational Golf Classic
Left to Right: John Stevens, Merrill Lynch; Kenneth Kolmin & Marcus Montanye, LCI Event Co-Chairs; Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director of Little City; John F. McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks; Ed Hockfield, Chief Development Officer for Little City.

In memory of Morrie Kellman, creator of the Little City Golf Classic, the organization honored John F. McDonough, president and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Morrie Kellman Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a friend of Little City and the community who embodies Mr. Kellman’s spirit of giving.

The partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks and Little City has already proven to be a big win for people with developmental disabilities thanks to John McDonough’s passion and commitment to Little City’s mission.

In addition to offering several Chicago Blackhawks game day packages that raised thousands of dollars for Little City, McDonough and the Blackhawks also contributed to Little City’s Fund-A-Need, a sensory and therapeutic gym.

John F. McDonough with Little City Special Olympians
John F. McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, with Little City Special Olympians.

“John McDonough and the Chicago Blackhawks have been a leader in supporting important causes in the Chicago area for years,” said Little City Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers. “We’re extremely proud to recognize John McDonough’s dedication to Little City and look forward to a strong relationship with John and the Chicago Blackhawks for years to come.”

Little City thanks the generous sponsors who made the event possible:

Birdie Sponsors: RSM US LLP and The PrivateBank; Par Sponsors: The Chicago Blackhawks, Breakthru Beverage Illinois, Denton’s, Timothy Desmond, Fifth Third Bank, Gianaras Family Foundation, The Hal Wolken Family & Sonic Drive-In’s, Hockfield/Rose Families, Keystone Capital, MB Financial Bank, Mesirow Financial, Reyes Holdings LLP, Winstrust, Wipfli LLP and Zurich; Golf Ball Sponsor: Wipfli LLP; Golf Cap Sponsors: The Chicago Blackhawks and The PrivateBank.

About Little City
Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.


Tina Maraccini, Director of Communications & Marketing
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