Lendlease and Related Midwest joined Sept. 15 to host their 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Harborside International.
More than 300 professionals in the real estate and construction industries were in attendance and the event altogether raised more than $450,000 for three local children’s charities– the Children’s Heart Foundation, Saturday Place, and SOS Children’s Villages Illinois.
The Golf Classic has donated over $2 million to various children’s charities since 2004.
The event was no typical game of golf. The day began with the National Anthem, sung by the Chicago Blackhawks full-time anthem singer, Jim Cornelison.
There were competitions held throughout the day, including fastest hole, closest to the pin, and an opportunity to win $1 million by shooting a hole-in-one. In addition to the round of golf, each year the event offers auction items that include trips to Belize and Mexico, a week’s stay in a premium condo in Florida, and Skybox tickets and memorabilia for Chicago sports teams.
The Golf Classic has a history of being successful, with foursomes typically selling out soon after invitations are sent. Prior to the outing and in recognition of the event sponsors, a special reception was held at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart that was attended by approximately 75 people. The event presented an opportunity for the charities to extend their personal appreciation and thanks for the sponsors’ ongoing commitment and contributions to this event.