In light of the current events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of the health and wellbeing of all in the Lurie Children’s family, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Dinner on the Bluff celebration, and to postpone our 60th annual Pro Amateur Golf Championship to Saturday, September 12, 2020.
60th Pro Amateur Golf Championship and Celebration
Hosted by the Founders’ Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Sept 12, 2020
300 Green Bay Rd,
Lake Forest, IL 60045
The Founders’ Board is hosting the 60th annual Pro Amateur Golf Championship on September 12, 2020. 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 September 12, 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.
Although this year’s event will look a bit different from years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that your support means more now than ever and we are excited to continue the Pro Am tradition and have a great time together on the green! While we will not be able to hold Dinner on the Bluff this year, we look forward to next year when we can once again gather at Shoreacres for Dinner on the Bluff, and to an exciting 61st annual Pro Am. In the meantime, we hope that you, your family and your loved ones are in good health. Thank you for being a steadfast champion of Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Player Safety Guidelines
Any players with any symptoms of covid-19 should not play.In addition, any players from a household with someone with symptoms of covid-19 should not play.
Players and employees should maintain social distance (of at least 6 feet) on practice areas, tees, greens and throughout the round.
Players should wear a mask at registration and all off-course locations of Onwentsia Club. Players should handle their own golf balls.
Players should leave the flag in place while putting.
Players should bring hand sanitizer with them and use during your round and at the end.
Players should bring their own supply of balls, tees, ball markers and any other equipment needed to play golf.
No handshakes at the beginning of the round or at the 18th hole.
For more information, please contact Concy Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Concy Richards 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.
Due to complications around COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Dinner on the Bluff event. We look forward to next year, and to years to come, when we can once again gather for a wonderful evening of celebration at Dinner on the Bluff.
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 go toward the Founders’ Board’s three year, $7.5 million gift supporting New Frontiers in Pediatric Medicine and Research. This pledge, which directly aligns with the hospital’s strategic plan, Vision 2025, provides philanthropic support to three key areas: Transformational research, community-based healthcare delivery and an innovative endowed chair in medical ethics.
Specifically, this commitment will:
- Support a new frontier of research focused on investigating the Perinatal Origins of Disease, while also providing funding to recruit a placental biologist. This researcher will focus on identifying and understanding causes of infant disease before the child is even born in order to optimize neonatal infant outcomes.
- Establish a new frontier of community health care providers. These individuals, which represent a new kind of healthcare professional at Lurie Children’s, will bring the expertise of Lurie Children’s into the homes and communities where it is needed the most. Specifically, our goal is to provide young moms with the resources they need to create a safe and healthy environment for their unborn babies, thereby ensuring a healthier start for these children.
- Create and fund a new frontier of leadership, through an endowed chair in Medical Ethics. This important thought leader will provide guidance and counsel to our caregivers as they support families facing challenging situations and decisions as a result of their child’s illness and suggested treatment protocol.
As was the case 135 years ago when Julia Foster Porter founded our hospital, the Founders’ Board continues to blaze new trails in Chicago and beyond through the adoption of this commitment.
Lurie Children’s programs and services directly benefiting from recent Pro Am proceeds include: 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 2020 Lurie Children’s Pro Amateur Golf Championship.