61st Pro Amateur Golf Championship and Celebration
Hosted by the Founders’ Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Dinner on the Bluff
Sunday, August 29, 2021
1601 Shore Acres Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Pro Amateur Golf Championship
Monday, August 30, 2021
300 Green Bay Rd,
Lake Forest, IL 60045
The Founders’ Board is hosting the 61st annual Dinner on the Bluff and Pro Amateur Golf Championship on August 29 and 30, 2021. The Pro Am is the most successful annual fundraising event in the Hospital’s history, with cumulative proceeds totaling more than $20 million.
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On August 30, amateur foursomes will be paired with golf professionals from 50 prestigious private country clubs across the country for the exciting Golf Championship. Groups of five golfers (four amateurs and one professional) will tee off at Onwentsia Club in either a morning or an afternoon round and will have the opportunity to participate in either the Best Ball or Scramble format. Groups who participate in the Best Ball format will compete for the coveted June Seaman Trophy, named in honor of Mrs. June Seaman, the chair of the first event in 1961. Prizes are also awarded to the second-, third- and fourth-place finishing teams in Best Ball — Net category, and the top-finishing groups in the Scramble and Best Ball — Gross formats. In 2021, the Founders’ Board is delighted to award the Women’s Low Amateur Award for the first time. Thank you for being a steadfast champion of Lurie Children’s.
Event Safety Guidelines
The Pro Amateur Golf Championship adheres to all CDC, IDPH, and CDPH or applicable local guidelines for capacity restrictions, face covering/masking, food and drink service, hand hygiene, cleaning and social distancing. As of Monday, August 30, masks are required in public indoor settings in the State of Illinois, regardless of COVID vaccination status. Participants and attendees must be free from symptoms of COVID-19 or recent COVID-19 exposure and agree to comply with (i) all applicable law, (ii) the current recommendations and guidance regarding COVID-19 and other contagious diseases issued by the CDC and applicable public health authorities, and (iii) all rules of the venues and hosts. COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged and all recommendations and guidance is subject to change. Guests must sign and accept the Participation Terms and Conditions, including the Waiver of Liability.
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Virtual Paddle Raise
In Lieu of the Dinner on the Bluff event, we will host a Virtual Paddle Raise from June 27-29. Paddle raise presented by J.P.Morgan.
Gather together (safely, of course!) or stay in and make the Pro Am’s signature cocktail, the Swing and a Spritz!
Spending the evening in with your family? Download the Pro Am’s paddle and showcase your or your kids’ artistic skills—this year’s paddle can be colored however you choose! Once your artist has created something just right, raise your paddle up high and post the art on Instagram using #60thProAm.
If you’ve invited a few close friends for a gathering at home, share a selfie of your party and post your photo on Instagram using #60thProAm.
And while you’re joining in all the fun, don’t forget to participate in this year’s Virtual Paddle Raise!
2 oz. Cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 oz. Vodka (your favorite kind)
1/2 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liquer (optional)
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
Mint and cucumber slices for garnish
Muddle cucumber and mint
Add the cucumber mix to shaker, along with the simple syrup, St. Germaine, lemon juice, and vodka, and then shake.
Add your favorite club soda and garnish.
If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s Pro Am, please contact Joanna Riester at email@example.com.
The Pro Am has a notable history dating back to 1960 when Sissy Wheeler first presented the idea of a pro-amateur golf fundraiser to her fellow members of the hospital’s Founders’ Board (called the Woman’s Board at the time). Little did Mrs. Wheeler know that her idea would inspire the support and involvement of thousands and create a tradition of giving that continues to thrive today, more than half a century later.
In planning the inaugural Pro Am, members of the Founders’ Board wisely enlisted their friend John Ames, past president of the U.S. Golf Association, to help recruit professional golfers to take part. Originally the tournament was held on the Monday following the Western Open to attract PGA tour professionals to stay and compete for the $10,000 purse, a relatively large sum at the time. The tournament model was so well-conceived, it remains largely unchanged today.
The first Pro Am was held on Monday, July 31, 1961, at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. It raised $65,000 for the hospital’s “Free Care Fund,” designated for families who could not afford to pay for their children’s lifesaving treatments.
In its early years, the Pro Am attracted a number of golf legends, including Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriquez, Jack Nicklaus, Homero Blancas, Gene Sarazen, Julius Boros and Lee Trevino, in addition to entertainer Bob Hope. Today, golf professionals from top-rated, prestigious country clubs across the country are invited to play with the amateurs.
In 1970, the Pro Am added its first corporate sponsor: Marcor, Inc., the parent company of Montgomery Ward. Northern Trust was another early partner. In 1984, United Airlines joined as a sponsor and has supported the Pro Am every year since. United is the co-presenting sponsor of the 60th annual event and festivities, along with The Boeing Company. Corporate support has allowed the Pro Am to achieve record-breaking success for the hospital. Today, the event raises nearly $2 million annually.
To celebrate the Pro Am’s sponsors, golfers, and donors, in years past we have held the annual Dinner on the Bluff, which serves as the official tee-off event for the Pro Amateur Golf Championship. This elegant dinner is held at Shoreacres, the perfect setting to celebrate the Pro Am’s decades of friendship and philanthropy and to honor the important life-saving work taking place at Lurie Children’s.
The Pro Am is the most successful annual fundraising event of the Founders’ Board, as well as in the hospital’s history. Cumulative proceeds total more than $20 million, which has enabled Lurie Children’s to enhance patient care and to recruit renowned leaders in pediatric medicine and science.Donate Now
All proceeds from this year’s event will support the Founders’ Board’s newest funding commitment: a two-year $5 million gift to support the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities. The funds raised align directly with the Magoon Institute’’s highest priorities: helping children thrive in the communities where they live, love, learn and play.
Promoting the health and well-being of children and adolescents beyond the hospital walls is a critical part of our mission. For decades, Lurie Children's experts have partnered with community organizations throughout the city to reach youth where they live, learn and play and help them thrive. Now, with the support of philanthropy, we are excited to elevate this important work by launching the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities.
Named for our previous President & CEO, the Magoon Institute will continue his 23-year legacy of unwavering commitment to pediatric health within the community context. It will serve as the hub for all community-focused initiatives at Lurie Children’s, expanding the efforts of the Healthy Communities program that was established in 2017. We will continue to build strong collaborations with community organizations and facilitate community-engaged outreach and research initiatives to advance and implement evidence-informed child and adolescent health programs and practices.
Lurie Children’s programs and services directly benefiting from recent Pro Am proceeds include: Medical Ethics; Perinatal Origins of Disease, Center for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases; Epilepsy Center; Division of Neurology; Division of Neonatology; Division of Endocrinology; Section of Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV Infection; and Department of Family Services.Donate Now
Thank you to the following corporations, organizations and individuals for helping to Celebrate the Tradition in support of the 2021 Lurie Children’s Pro Amateur Golf Championship.
The Murphy Family
Dinner on the Bluff Sponsors
George and June Block Family Foundation
Karen and Matt Kaplan
The Quinn Family
Sophie & Doug Goodwillie
Annie & Gregory K. Jones Foundation