MIX golf outing brings out heroes for pediatric cancer
Ann Widman of Gurnee, founder of The Super Jake Foundation, performs a superhero pose with (from left) Tony Rouse of St. Charles, Chris Reiser of Naperville, Jeff Howicz of South Elgin & Matt Byron of Chicago. | Natasha Wasinski~For Sun-Times Media
Event: 12th Annual Eric & Kathy Charity Golf Outing
Benefiting: The Super Jake Foundation
Location: Willow Crest Golf Club at Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort
Updated: July 16, 2012 7:05PM
Jeff Garlin, golf and goodwill headlined the 12th Annual Eric & Kathy Charity Golf Outing on June 15 at the scenic Willow Crest Golf Club at Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort.
The afternoon-into-eve event hosted by the popular radio duo at 101.9 The MIX sold out in record time this year.
Before 140 golfers hit the green, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” comedian and Chicago native Garlin took some cracks at his hometown. One of his funnier — and tamer — retellings involved him coaching Kid Rock on singing the seventh inning stretch at a Cubs game. The result: the rock-rapper yelling over the intercom “Let’s get some lunch!”
Outside more fun was to be had, particularly near a dunk booth where Brian “Whip” Paruch kept cool with the Kiddie Pool Posse looking on.
At the 11th hole, golfers wore capes as a reminder of why they teed up that hot, sunny day: to raise over $36,000 for The Super Jake Foundation.
Ann Widman of Gurnee created the foundation to support neuroblastoma research and help families of children with cancer. Widman’s son Jake Robert, a superhero fanatic, succumbed to the disease at age 4 in 2005.
Capes and costumes, Widman said, “gave him strength and now he gives us strength.”
“He truly is our superhero.”