From noon to midnight on Saturday, February 4th, a group of patriotic paddle players from Westmoreland Country Club will host their 6th Annual Paddle Marathon to benefit the USO of Illinois.
The event will run from noon to midnight that day. The four previous USO Paddle Marathons were quite an “event” – marked by an even-greater-than-usual spirit of camaraderie and good feelings. Courts are reserved for members of the Paddle Platoon for a $50 donation per person, per hour or $200 per court per hour. You can sign up as an individual, and you will be paired with another attendee.
The Chicago Cubs Visit USO Great Lakes for No-Dough Dinner for the Troops
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have announced the 2012 Cubs Caravan Tour, which includes the winner of the 2012 Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest. The annual Cubs Caravan will feature two buses of players, coaches and front office personnel, including President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer and Manager Dale Sveum. The tour will visit seven schools, two hospitals and a police station on January 11 and 12. The Caravan will also stop at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Lincoln-Belmont Library, O’Brien Field/River Plex and the USO of Illinois at the Great Lakes Naval Academy.
The Cubs Caravan will make an appearance at Ernst Prussing Elementary School, winner of the Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest. Ernst Prussing (4650 N. Menard Ave., Chicago, IL) was selected as the winner of a Cubs Caravan visit because of the school’s enthusiasm and inclusion of Chicago Cubs baseball into its curriculum. The faculty integrated the team’s schedule and statistics into classroom assignments, including geography lessons based on the team’s away games, math problems using player earned run averages and winning percentages, and writing assignments that include drafting player biographies. Students are encouraged to wear Cubs attire instead of their school uniforms on Opening Day, and students sing “Go Cubs Go” during the morning announcements. The school participated in a walk-a-thon to support Juvenile Diabetes research—a trademark cause of beloved Cubs Hall of Famer Ron Santo. The school’s list of Cubs-related activities has earned them a well-deserved visit from their favorite team.
The January 12th No-Dough Dinner welcomed – Darwin Barney, 2B, Jeff Beliveau, Andrew Cashner, Jed Hoyer, EVP & GM, Rudy Jaramillo, hitting coach, Jason McLeod, SVP scouting and player development, Keith Moreland, Color Analyst, James Russell, P, Lester Strode, Bullpen Coach, Dale Sveum, Manager and Randy Wells, P.
The USO of Illinois and The Crystal Cave have Partnered to Create a One-of-a-Kind Holiday Gift Designed by the Son of Two Illinois Active Duty Parents
There’s holiday cheer in the air and the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois invited area military children to capture the spirit of the season and submit their original drawings for the annual “Design Our Ornament” Contest. The son of two Illinois active duty military parents, submitted the winning design. The winning drawing is etched onto a luxury crystal ornament created by The Crystal Cave in Wilmette, IL. The special ribbon-tying event will feature USO of Illinois volunteers and The Crystal Cave giving the ornaments a finishing touch by tying a little red ribbon to each crystal ornament. The USO of Illinois ornament contest was created to give area military children the opportunity to express their creativity and the chance to receive a monetary gift to put towards their future education. The winer will receive a $400.00 college savings contribution through The Freshman Fund (www.thefreshmanfund.com) plus a $100.00 gift certificate to Toys ‘R Us®!
The Limited Edition 2011 USO of Illinois Ornament will be available for a $35 donation beginning Friday, November 25, 2011. Proceeds from the sales of the ornaments will benefit the USO of Illinois’ Discovery Kids and military support programming. USO Discovery Kids provides specially designed year-round educational, recreational, and cultural events and programs lift the spirits and nurture quality family time together for military families. The contest is an example of the programs and services the USO of Illinois provides to enhance the quality of life of America’s troops and their families.
United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois and Goodman Theatre will give 600 free tickets for the closing day performance of A Christmas Carol to Active Duty Military and their families. Before the show, the audience will be treated to a holiday celebration featuring the Shurz High School choir, an enchanted Victorian ‘scrooge’ weaving his magic spell, and festive holiday cheer! This year marks the third anniversary of partnership between Goodman Theatre and the USO of Illinois.
About Goodman Theatre’s 34rd Annual Production of A Christmas Carol
Based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol is the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is opposed to holiday cheer and indifferent to the sufferings of the poor in Victorian London. Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who offer him the opportunity to sympathize with his fellow man. Dickens’ famous characters include Scrooge’s kind-hearted clerk Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the merry-making Fezziwig couple and the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Throughout its history at the Goodman, over 1 million people have experienced A Christmas Carol and the production has hosted six directors, seven Scrooges, 27 Tiny Tims and nearly 20,000 “Bah, Humbug!”s.
IL Lottery, the USO of Illinois and IL Dept of Veterans’ Affairs send care packages to deployed troops
The Illinois Lottery, the USO of Illinois and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs brought some holiday cheer to the Bloomington-Normal community today to support deployed troops with a USO Care Package Day hosted at American Legion Post in Bloomington.
Speakers: Mike Jacobs, Illinois State Senator ; Michael Jones, Illinois Lottery Superintendent; Erica Borggren, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs; Alison Ruble, President & COO USO of Illinois
USO of Illinois Supports Homebound Troops During the U.S. Armed Forces Annual Holiday Mass Exodus This Weekend at O’Hare
United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois will offer food, shelter, travel assistance and all the comforts of home to thousands of troops making their way home for the holidays during the U.S. Armed Forces annual Holiday Mass Exodus. USO O’Hare centers will stay open 24 hours a day beginning Friday, December 16th through Sunday, December 18th, 2011. USO Centers are a “Home Away from Home” for active duty military and offer reading libraries, free Wi-Fi access, lounge facilities, computers, phone, snacks and TV/DVD/Video Games. This holiday weekend marks the One-Year Anniversary of the USO American Airlines Cyber Canteen O’Hare Center and the launch of the United Through Reading® program at the airport. United Through Reading® offers parents who are about to be deployed the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which helps unite families emotionally while they are separated physically.
The USO of Illinois serves over 300,000 active duty, guard and reserve military and military families throughout Illinois and the Midwest region with over 300 programs and services offered year-round, and USO Center facilities at Navy Pier, Midway Airport, Great Lakes Naval Station, O’Hare Terminal 2, USO American Airlines Cyber Canteen at O’Hare Terminal 3 and the Rock Island Arsenal.
For this very special holiday build, the Craftsman Experience welcomes the good folks from Operation Support Our Troops, USO of Illinois, Katy’s Goodness, and Boy Scout Troop 181 to the studio.
USO of Illinois & American Airlines to Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of the American Airlines Cyber Canteen USO Center at O’Hare Airport
United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois in partnership with American Airlines will celebrate the one year anniversary of the USO American Airlines Cyber Canteen at O’Hare. The Cyber Canteen has been a “Home Away From Home” for over forty thousand active duty military traveling through O’Hare Airport during its first year. Located in Terminal 3, the Cyber Canteen offers a reading library, free Wi-Fi access, lounge facilities, computers, phone, snacks and TV/DVD/Video Games. The anniversary event will be the official launch of the United Through Reading® Program at O’Hare. United Through Reading® offers parents who are about to be deployed the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which helps unite families emotionally while they are separated physically.
The USO of Illinois serves over 300,000 active duty, guard and reserve military and military families throughout Illinois and the Midwest region with over 300 programs and services offered year-round, and USO Center facilities at Navy Pier, Midway Airport, Great Lakes Naval Station, O’Hare Terminal 2, American Airlines Cyber Canteen at O’Hare Terminal 3 and the Rock Island Arsenal.