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Inaugural golf outing raises $6,500

Committee members (from left) Steve Thomas Dennis BagdPatty Parli Jim Romanek Jim Richmond are pictured during President’s Cup Golf Outing

Committee members (from left) Steve Thomas, Dennis Bagdon, Patty Parli, Jim Romanek and Jim Richmond are pictured during the President’s Cup Golf Outing to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: October 24, 2012 6:04AM



The Mokena Community Park Foundation recently held its inaugural President’s Cup Golf Outing to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. The event raised $6,500 for the group, which gives toys, gifts and gift certificates to children and teens fighting cancer.

“The Mokena Community Park Foundation gives back to children in need,” said event chairman Jim Romanek. “Our board president, Dennis Bagdon, came to me with the idea to raise funds to benefit the Treasure Chest Foundation.”

Bagdon’s daughter, Megan, was diagnosed with cancer at 13. Treatment did not go well for her, and she succumbed to the disease.

“There were times when my company would send baskets of fruit to the hospital where Megan was being treated and she would say, ‘Give it to that family, Dad; they don’t have anything,’ ” Bagdon said. “We are hosting this event because the Treasure Chest Foundation helps put a smile on the face of a child suffering from cancer.

“If you can do that for just a moment, that is a wonderful thing.”

Colleen Kisel, founder and CEO of the Treasure Chest Foundation, expressed her appreciation for the Golf Outing Committee’s efforts.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. Romanek and his committee ...,” Kisel said. “We recently moved our headquarters, and raising funds has been a struggle with the amount of work required by the move. We are truly thankful to all the golfers for contributing their time and talent and for their tremendous gift of $6,500.”

Information: Kisel, (708) 687-8697 or www.treasurechest.org.

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