Chicago (Aug. 23, 2012) - The Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association is excited to announce the 5th Annual Blackhawks Alumni & Friends Charity Softball Classic presented by BMO Harris Bank, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Saint Xavier University in the Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field. Gates open at Noon. The event benefits the Chicago Firefighters' EMWQ Retirees’, Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
“The Blackhawks Alumni are excited to organize this event for our fifth year. As former members of the Chicago Blackhawks, we love Chicago and have the utmost respect for the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. We are honored to be able to help their families,” said Jack O’Callahan, Blackhawk Alumni and gold-medalist with the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team. “We are particularly fortunate to have so many great sponsors and especially appreciative of the continued generosity of our presenting sponsor BMO Harris. It’s a great free, family event, and we look forward to everyone coming out to enjoy the day!”
Chicago Blackhawks current players and alumni will "face-off" in a 16" softball game with members of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Chicago Fire Departments (CFD). The event also features the annual CFD vs. CPD City-Wide 16” Softball Championship. The event marks the third year BMO Harris has served as a presenting sponsor. Other major sponsors include NBC 5 Chicago, Ferrara Candy Company, CME Group and Saint Xavier University.
“BMO Harris Bank is proud to return as the event's presenting sponsor, which celebrates a number of charities that benefit Chicago's first responders and their families,” said Chris McComish, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking, BMO Harris Bank. “Together, our support of the Chicago Police and Fire Department charities reinforces that their loved ones will never be forgotten, that we honor their service, and that we stand together in support of their families.”
“The Blackhawk Alumni have given back to the community in so many ways,” remarked Lt. Anthony Martin, President of the EMWQ Fund. “Their generosity to the families of Chicago Fire Department, particularly our neediest widows and children, is deeply appreciated.”
“It is extraordinary that the Blackhawks alumni have found a great way to give back to Chicago,” said Phil Cline, Executive Director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. “I want to thank them on behalf of the families of the Chicago Police Department for their generosity and for organizing this fun, family event.”
The "puck drops" at our new location, the Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field at Saint Xavier University (SXU), which is home to SXU’s defending NAIA Football Champions. The field is located in Chicago’s Mt. Greenwood Community at 3700 W. 103rd Street.
“Saint Xavier University is proud to support the Chicago Firefighters’ EMWQ Retirees’, Widows’ and Children Assistance Fund and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation through this wonderful event. We welcome the community to join us for an afternoon of fun at this charity softball classic,” said SXU President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.
Admission is free. Families will enjoy food, non-alcoholic beverages, an inflatable play-area and games for children, raffles and autographs from players. Miss Illinois 2012 Megan Ervin will sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Special Units from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments are scheduled to participate and variety of antique fire and police equipment will be on display.
Mark your calendars and plan to join in this premier event on Sept. 16, 2012. For more information, please visit: www.widowsandchildren.org.
About the Blackhawk Aumni:
In 1987, a group of retired Blackhawk players got together to discuss their future in the Chicago community. Their main objective was to "give something back" to Chicago and to the sport of hockey. In that meeting they developed a three-fold mission statement for their non-profit Alumni Association.
- To provide a scholarship fund for the "most deserving" high school hockey players in Illinois.
- To become involved in community affairs and charitable causes.
- To protect and take care of their fellow alumni: "Players helping Players."
About The Ende, Menzer, Walsh & Quinn Retirees Widows and Children’s Assistance Fund:
The EMWQ Fund is a not-for-profit organization created to support the neediest widows and children of the Chicago Fire Department. The fund provides annual support to nearly 800 widows and 100 children of deceased Chicago Firefighters and Paramedics. For more information visit www.widowsandchildren.org,
About the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation:
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. For more information visit http://www.cpdmemorial.org
About BMO Harris:
Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 650 branches and approximately 1,350 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris BankSM is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.
About Saint Xavier University:
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving more than 4,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 43 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.