Mokena Community Park Foundation golf outing committee members show off a check for the $8,000 in proceeds raised during the second annual President’s Cup Golf Outing. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 16, 2014 6:02AM
The Mokena Community Park Foundation recently conducted its second annual President’s Cup Golf Outing at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.
The event raised $8,000 for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, of Orland Park.
“The Mokena Community Park Foundation gives back to children in need,” golf outing committee chairman Jim Romanek said.
“A lot of people have asked why we chose to help the Treasure Chest Foundation again with our second annual golf outing.
“Our foundation’s mission is to support children whether it is through financial help or physical support. We are happy to once again support such a worthy cause.”
Mokena Community Park Foundation board member Dennis Bagdon, who lost his daughter Megan to cancer, said he recognizes the positive impact the Treasure Chest Foundation provides to childhood cancer patients.
“My daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13 and endured three bone marrow transplants,” he said.
“For a short time in her young life the Treasure Chest Foundation put a smile on her face. These kids go through such horrendous procedures.”
Colleen Kisel, founder and chief executive officer 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 for this enormous gift,” she said.
“We are thankful to all of the golfers for contributing their time and talent and for their tremendous gift of $8,000.”
The President’s Cup Golf Outing provides much needed funds to benefit the brave children and teens fighting cancer who are served by the Treasure Chest Foundation.
The Mokena Community Park Foundation received donations from numerous raffle prize sponsors including Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Invent Horizon, Network Real Estate Group Ltd., Olivieri Brothers Inc., Ozinga Brothers and Tower Contracting.
The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens diagnosed with cancer by providing a toy, gift or gift card in 45 hospitals nationwide.
Official said that nowhere else in the United States does such a program exist.
Kisel founded the organization in 1996 after her then 7-year-old son Martin had been diagnosed with leukemia in 1993.
She discovered that giving her son a toy after each procedure provided a calming distraction from his pain, noting that when children are diagnosed with cancer their world soon becomes filled with doctors, nurses, chemotherapy drugs, surgeries and seemingly endless painful procedures.
Martin celebrated his 20th anniversary of remission from the disease earlier in 2013.
Information about the Treasure Chest Foundation is with Colleen Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or at treasurechest.org.