The Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Chopper made an appearance to some very lucky students at the Golf Middle School in Morton Grove, IL this morning. Mrs. Bari Levin’s class was met by Bob Perna of Aaron Equipment Company, the sponsor of the bike. The students had a chance to take photos with the Chicago Blackhawks Championship Chopper and Bob explained its purpose as a symbol of what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. Bob also explained features of the bike. After a once in a lifetime opportunity to take their photo with the bike, Bob presented the students with a photo of the bike when it was introduced to a capacity crowd at the United Center on October 13. The photo shows Paul Teutel, Sr., the creator of the bike and owner of Orange County Choppers of New York riding the chopper onto the ice.
Special Kids Network held its 11th Annual Golf, Tennis and Mah Jongg event Aug. 2 at Twin Orchards Country Club in Long Grove.
More than 500 guests attended and helped raise about $125,000 for the recreational programs of Keshet, which serves children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities as well as pediatric gastrointestinal research foundation at the University of Chicago Hospital, the National Stuttering Association and the Pediatric Foundation for Retinal Research. Co-chairs were Garry Benjoya, of Lincolnshire, Steve Harra, Greg Solk and David Kaufman, all of Highland Park, Michael Rosen, of Northbrook, Chad and Debbie Coe, Scott Rudin and Steven Hartenstein, all of Deerfield, Barry Levin of Buffalo Grove, Trevor Brody and Kim Ward, of Chicago, and Jody Hansen, of Vernon Hills. The event was underwritten by the Morris Silverman Family Foundation and the Sy Taxman Family Foundation. The festivities began the evening before with a dinner, donated by Gibson’s of Chicago, for the celebrities, sponsors and committee members. A live auction included a trip to the Masters, donated by InterSport, a bat boy experience donated by New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi and a piece of fine jewelry donated by Shelle Jewelers, of Northbrook.
Special Kids Network is one of the proud sponsors of an evening with REO Speedwagon, Dec. 4 at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie with all proceeds going to Keshet. Also, Special Kids Network is proud to be partnering with the Chicago Blackhawks and Orange County Choppers in a raffle for a motorcycle built by Paul Tuttle Sr., with the proceeds going to Chicago Blackhawks’ charities, Orange County Foundation and Special Kids Network. This motorcycle will be available for viewing at various Blackhawks games and different venues throughout the Chicago area until April, 2011. Please mark your calendar for next year’s Special Kids Network event which will be held July 25, 2011 at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove. For information about any events that Special Kids Network is involved in feel free to visit the website at www.specialkidsnetwork.org.