100 Club Throws Back to Route 66
at First Look for Charity
Karin Lijana Matura
FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
Secretary: Liz Livingston Howard
Treasurer: Robert A. Sullivan
Chairman Emeritus: James V. Riley
President Emeritus: James J. O'Connor
William J. O'Connell
Fred J O'Connor
Larry R. Rogers, Jr.
Glenn F. Tilton
Lawrence J. Wert
As I look back on the work of the 100 Club, I'm proud of the achievements our scholars have made utilizing our programs. Our scholars, evident in the article on Zack Smetana, have gone on to begin successful careers after graduation. Your support helps our families carry on. During our 50th Anniversary year, I plan to continue getting to know our first responders through endeavors such as Giving Tuesday and at this year's Valor Awards where we will honor those who have gone above and beyond in the line of duty. I look forward to seeing all of you at the Valor Awards as well.
Thank you for your continued support.
Robert H. Asher
Hon. Anne M. Burke
Russell H. Ewert
Peter A. Fasseas
Sheldon F. Good, CCIM
Martin E. Janis
Jeanne Randall Malkin
Thomas F. Meagher, Sr.
Dennis I. Mudd, Sr.
B. Michael Pallasch
Elizabeth M. Rochford
William P. Sullivan
Edward S. Weil, Jr.
We would like to thank Mike McGrath, Jr. and everyone at McGrath Lexus who ensured that this year's 2017 First Look for Charity was a success for the 100 Club of Chicago. In addition to their contributions, Mike also served as an ambassador for the 100 Club by spreading the word about our mission. It is with the support of companies like McGrath Lexus that the 100 Club is able to continue providing for the families of fallen first responders. Thank you!
Thank you, McGrath Lexus!
We are humbled to serve our 100 Club families, like the Flisks, shown in the above PSA. In partnership with Downtown Partners, we were able to bring awareness about our mission and honor our heroes.
We also want to give a special thank you to those who supported the 100 Club at First Look for Charity. The success of that evening was a great kickoff to what's sure to be an excellent 2017.
Board of Directors
Hon. Edward M. Burke
Thomas J. Cashman
Juan Gaytan, Jr.
Cover Photo: 100 Club family member, Alyssa Baker and Victoria Bucaro enjoy the Chicago Auto Show floor during the First Look for Charity event. (David Miller Visual)
Chairman: Ralph B. Mandell
President Darrell B. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer: Joseph J. Ahern
Executive Vice President: Michael J. Meagher
Vice President: Denis J. Healy
"...it really was the 100 Club that bridged the gap and made attending Northwestern a real possibility, and I can't thank the organization enough." - 100 Club Scholar, Zack Smetana
In this edition of The Siren, we remember the historical anniversaries of our fallen heroes.
Officer William Y. Bell, Chicago Police Department, February 6, 1967
Sergeant Gerald Doll, Chicago Police Department, March 29, 1967
Deputy Sheriff Ralph Probst, Cook County Sheriff's Department, April 10, 1967
Officer Herman Stallworth, Chicago Police Department, May 23, 1967
Firefighter Robert J. Campbell, Chicago Fire Department, May 29, 1967
Chief John Spellman, Chicago Fire Department, June 1, 1967
Firefighter Martin M. Gillan, Maywood Fire Department, January 18, 1972
Officer Robert E. Mackey, Chicago Police Department, May 19, 1972
Officer Robert Gallowitch, Chicago Police Department, May 24, 1972
Firefighter Wallace Marsek, Westchester Fire Department, January 3, 1977
Sergeant Michael A. Palese, Chicago Police Department, March 21, 1977
Firefighter Leonard Kaiser, Mount Prospect Fire Department, June 23, 1977
Sergeant Lloyd M. Wickliffe, Cook County Sheriff's Police, January 11, 1982
Officer Edgar A. Clay, Jr., Chicago Police Department, January 25, 1982
Officer James E. Doyle, Chicago Police Department, February 5, 1982
Officer Richard J. O'Brien, Chicago Police Department, February 9, 1982
Officer William P. Fahey, Chicago Police Department, February 10, 1982
Firefighter Robert W. Danaher, Chicago Fire Department, March 5, 1982
Officer Robert Perkins, Chicago Police Department, March 7, 1992
Firefighter Richard C. Heller, Jr., Elk Grove Township Fire Department, April 4, 1992
Officer Donald J. Mitchell, Chicago Police Department, April 4, 1992
Firefighter Michael F. Drobitsch, Chicago Fire Department, June 20, 1997
Detective Alvin Perez, Bellwood Police Department, January 17, 2002
Officer Donald J. Marquez, Chicago Police Department, March 19, 2002
Firefighter William F. Grant, Chicago Fire Department, March 23, 2007
100 Club Scholar Zack Smetana graduated from Northwestern University in June 2015. We caught up with him to learn about his college experience and where he is now:
Why did you decide to go to Northwestern?
I knew I wanted to go to a highly-regarded and ranked academic university, and Northwestern checked this box. I also knew I wanted to stay relatively close to home. Family is extremely important to me, and being able to visit my mom, sisters and grandparents regularly was something that I knew I wanted to be able to do.
What are you up to now and what are you considering for the future?
In September 2015 I started work as a Consultant at Accenture Strategy. I like the work I'm doing, and it really is different every day. In the future, I really do want to work in Germany, as well as go back to school for my MBA.
How has the 100 Club helped you along the way?
To be completely honest, if it wasn't for the financial support of the 100 Club, there is no way I would have been able to attend a school even remotely close to Northwestern. After my dad passed away, my mom had to support myself and my two younger sisters on her own. Affording Northwestern on top of that was out of the question, and it really was the 100 Club that bridged the gap and made attending Northwestern a real possibility, and I can't thank the organization enough.
REMEMBERING OUR HEROES
Left: Local 2 President Tom Ryan and FOP President Dean Angelo pose for a photo.
Right: CEO Joe Ahern smiles with 2017 Chicago Auto Show Chairman Mike McGrath Jr.
At First Look for Charity, the 100 Club honored its founding in 1966 by paying homage to America's Main Street, Route 66. With sliders and milkshakes on the menu and The Clients playing classic hits from the era, the evening was full of 1960s fun. At the end of the night, the event raised over $2.8 million dollars for the 18 charities that were present--including the 100 Club. Thank you to all attendees, donors and sponsors for your efforts.
Left: 100 Club of Chicago Board Member and The Clients lead singer, James Papajohn took the stage playing 1960s hits. Below: Video of the 100 Club suite with The Clients playing "Surfin' USA"
Top Left: The check presentation of the total raised for all of the charities. The final amount was over $2.8 million.
Top right: Our sponsor Jack Daniels helped craft milkshakes to go with our Route 66 theme.
Left:100 Club Family Kirwin, Kirby and Diane Patmon enjoy the music in the 100 Club Suite.
KICKIN' IT WITH THE 100 CLUB
Right: 100 Club Family Member and Board Member Jay Vincent sings with the band on stage after announcing the auction winners.
To coincide with the holiday season, November and December were filled with events that gave back to first responders and their families.
100 Club Staff celebrated Giving Tuesday by partnering with Jewel-Osco and delivering cookies to various police and fire locations around Cook and Lake Counties. Above, the police and fire academy classes enjoyed their cookies.
Below left, the Chicago Bulls invited our 100 Club families to enjoy a holiday party and meet some of the players.
Below right, Gold Star Families and the Chicago Police Department gathered together to wrap presents for local victims of domestic abuse.
Above, the CPD Honor Guard posed with a group of superheroes at Local Heroes Night with the Windy City Bulls.
Right, the 100 Club partnered with the Chicago Blackhawks for a special ticket promotion. The Hawks defeated the Buffalo Sabres in overtime!
Below right, the 100 Club held our annual young members' event, First Salute, at Untitled Supper Club. Lead actor of Chicago Med, Nick Gehlfuss, stopped by and posed with our families.
Below, everyone toasted our fallen heroes to the sounds of Amazing Grace played by the Band of Brothers Bagpipers at Rock Bottom Orland Park.
The Valor Awards Friday, April 28 from 6-8:30 PM Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
The 100 Club honors first responders in Cook and Lake County who went above and beyond to protect their communities. All 100 Club of Chicago members are invited to attend.
SAVE THE DATE
Rock Bottom Orland Park - 10 Year Anniversary Wednesday, March 22 from 6-10 PM Rock Bottom is celebrating 10 years in Orland Park with a celebration full of food and drink, raffle prizes and live music by Faith in the Fallen. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Battle of the Badges - Boxing Exhibition Friday, March 24 from 6-10 PM
Fire takes on Police in the boxing ring and proceeds benefit various Chicago Police and Fire Department charities, including the 100 Club.
Chicago Wolves First Responders Night Saturday, April 15 at 7 PM The Chicago Wolves and Turtle Wax are hosting a First Responders Night. First responders and their families can reserve tickets by contacting the 100 Club at (312) 265-0920 or at email@example.com
Cubs Game-Firefighter Appreciation Night Wednesday, May 3 at 7:05 PM The Cubs are offering specially priced tickets to firefighters and their families to watch the Cubs host the Philadelphia Phillies. Included with your game ticket, participants will receive a Cubs firefighter beanie cap. Get your tickets here.
Lake County Municipal League Five-0 5K Sunday, May 7 at 9 AM Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to hit the trail at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the 100 Club. Register here.
Kendra Gives Back Event Tuesday, May 9 from 5-7 PM Kendra Scott Jewelry will give 20% of all proceeds during the event to the 100 Club. Perfect opportunity to get jewelry for Mother's Day gifts!
Guns and Hoses 5K Honoring Patrick Hannon Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 AM Registration Now Open Here
100 Club White Sox Game Outing Friday, June 23 at 7:10 PM Print and Mail in This Flyer for Tickets
Golf Outing: First Responder Open Thursday, August 3 Registration Now Open Here
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