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.

Pro Amateur Golf Championship

Announcing the

60th Pro Amateur Golf Championship and Celebration

Hosted by the Founders’ Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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Sept 12, 2020

Onwentsia Club
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

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.

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If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s Pro Am, please contact Concy Richards at


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.

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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.

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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.

Presenting Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

Eagle Sponsor

Birdie Sponsors

Par Sponsors

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