Orland Park Dave & Buster’s opening to benefit foundation of late Mokena teen
By Mike Nolan email@example.com September 19, 2012 3:00PM
Mount Carmel High School players hug Mark Bajenski after a 2010 memorial service for his son, Steven. A portion of proceeds from Saturday's grand opening of Dave & Buster's in Orland Park will benefit a foundation in Steven's memory. | File photo
Dave & Buster’s Grand Opening
As part of the grand opening of Dave & Buster’s in Orland Park on Saturday, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Powercards — refillable cards patrons can use to play arcade games — will benefit the Do it Stevie’s Way 2:19 Foundation, founded after the death of Steven Bajenski, a senior at Mount Carmel High School. Dave & Buster’s is located at 49 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park.
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:42PM
Despite being born with a heart defect, Steven Michael Bajenski was active in sports growing up in Mokena, ultimately winning the starting role of second-baseman with the Caravan at Mount Carmel, arguably, and consistently, one of the state’s top high school baseball programs.
In 2009, he was 17 and preparing to enter his senior year at Mount Carmel when doctors performed surgery in an effort to repair the defect. Complications arose, and Bajenski died in late August of that year.
His family founded the Do it Stevie’s Way 2:19 Foundation, which provides a scholarship for a senior baseball player at Mount Carmel and benefits, among others, Ronald McDonald House, where Bajenski’s family stayed during his hospitalization.
On Saturday, in tandem with the opening of Dave & Buster’s in Orland Park, a portion of proceeds from the sale of Powercards — refillable cards that are used to play arcade games — will go toward the foundation. Bajenski’s dad, Mark, will cut the ribbon around 10:45 a.m.
On Sunday, former Chicago Bear Steve “Mongo” McMichael and Mark Grote from WSCR-AM (670) will take part in pre-game discussions and giveaways leading up to the kickoff between the Bears and the Rams. Dave & Buster’s will open at 10 a.m. that day, and the company will make a donation of $10,000 to the Bears’ charitable arm, Bears Care.
The 25,000-square-foot entertainment center, sports bar and restaurant, 49 Orland Square Drive, is northeast of the intersection of LaGrange Road and 151st Street, directly south of Orland Square Mall. It will boast more than 140 games, and the center of the adjacent bar is ringed by a dozen 65-inch televisions, while a few 80-inchers hang on one wall of the dining area.
For more information about the Bajenski family’s foundation, visit www.doitsteviesway219.com/.