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Join Chicago professional athletes to put muscle behind the search to find treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases. The 2019 Muscle Team provides help for today and hope for tomorrow to
the MDA Buddies and thousands of families affected by neuromuscular diseases. This year’s event will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, live and silent auctions and much more.

Friday
October 25, 2019

Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

VIP Reception: 5:30PM-6:30PM
Cocktail Reception: 6:30PM – 7:45PM
Dinner Program 8:00PM-10:00PM

About the MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency—a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering 43 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than one million Americans. MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization in the world. MDA scientists are at the forefront of gene therapy research and have uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie Tooth disease and ALS—more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Locally, MDA offers comprehensive medical services at our Care Centers at University of Illinois at Chicago, Shriners Hospital for Children, Rush University Medical Center, Northwestern University, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. We also host valuable support groups, an inspiring week of summer camp for children and young adults and maintains a loan closet for individuals to rent hospital beds, wheelchairs, hoyer lifts and more.

MDA does not solicit government grants, United Way funding or fees from those it serves.

Committee Members

Chris Brown
CITGO Lemont Refinery

Jim Cristman
JAC LLC

Eric Davis
Boilermakers Union Local 1

April Elashik
CITGO Lemont Refinery

Kevin Hray
Iron Workers Local 444

Marty Karlin
Rally for Ryan Foundation

Heather Maier
Flint Hills

John Manta
BMWC Constructors

Frank Martinelli
Structural Preservation Systems

Jim O'Malley
Xtreme Fire Protection

Chris O'Neill
Per Se Group, Inc

Kristen O'Neill
Per Se Group, Inc

Dave Pasyk
BMWC Constructors

Tony Sanchez
Sanchez Group

Joel Sauer
Structural Preservation Systems

Scott Seibert
AUX SABLE

Jennifer Stocks
CITGO Lemont Refinery

Jerry Siadek
Morrison Construction

Bob Silvestri
Imperial Crane

Mark Staunton
MB Financial

Mike Uremovich
Manhattan Mechanical

Tom Vana
Jay It Forward Foundation

Michele Vana
Jay It Forward Foundation

Michael Wesa
MKD Electric

Dennis Willig
CITGO Lemont Refinery

Brad Winczewski
CITGO Light Oils Marketing

2018 Athletes

  • Prince Amukamara
    Chicago Bears
  • Ron Kittle
    Chicago White Sox Alumni
  • Denis Savard
    Chicago Blackhawks Alumni
  • Haley Augello
    American Freestyle Wrestler, 2016 Olympics
  • Rylan Bannon
    Orioles AA Affiliate
  • David Diaz
    Boxing Alumni
  • Mike Garcia
    Boxing Alumni
  • Chrissy Kearns
    Windy City Rollers
  • Becka Leathers
    American Freestyle Wrestler, 2016 Olympics
  • Hannah Morley
    Windy City Rollers
  • Ashley Perrin
    Windy City Rollers
  • Kyle Schulze
    American Ninja Warrior

2017 Athletes

  • Denis Savard
    Chicago Blackhawks Alumni
  • Otis Wilson
    1985 Chicago Bears NFL Alumni
  • Josh Sitton
    Chicago Bears
  • Haley Augello
    American Freestyle Wrestler, 2016 Olympics
  • David Diaz
    Boxing Alumni
  • Tony Furjanic
    NFL Alumni

2016 Athletes

  • Ron Kittle
    Chicago White Sox Alumni
  • Jeff Joniak
    NFL Alumni
  • Denis Savard
    Chicago Blackhawks Alumni
  • Tom Thayer
    NFL Alumni
  • David Diaz
    Boxing Alumni
  • Tony Furjanic
    NFL Alumni
  • Michael Garcia
    Boxing Alumni
  • Dan Morjal
    NFL Alumni
  • Ashley Perrin
    Windy City Rollers
  • Bill Schick
    NFL Alumni
  • Mike Garcia
    Boxing Alumni
  • Chrissy Kearns
    Windy City Rollers
  • Angel Lopez
    Green Bay Packers
  • Corey Mays
    Chicago Bears
  • Ryan Taylor
    Green Bay Packers

2015 Athletes

  • Denis Savard
    Chicago Blackhawks Alumni
  • Carlos May
    Chicago White Sox
  • Bill Schick
    Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Mike Garcia
    Professional Boxer
  • Ray McElroy
    Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts
  • Mark Inkrott
    Carolina Bears,
    New York Giants

  • Chris Roe
    Minnesota Vikings
  • Hoosier Mama
    Windy City Rollers
  • Killer Nois
    Windy City Rollers
  • Dan Morjal
    Chicago Bears

2014 Athletes

  • shea mCCLELLIN
    Chicago Bears
  • CHARLES BROWN
    Chicago Bears
  • BILL SCHICK
    KC Chiefs, Cleveland Browns
  • DAVID DIAZ
    Professional Boxer
  • RASHIED DAVIS
    Chicago Bears/Arena FB
  • Hoosier Mama
    Windy City Rollers
  • Varla vendetta
    Windy City Rollers
  • malice in chains
    Windy City Rollers
  • MICHAEL GARCIA
    Professional Boxer
  • HAWKS ICE CREW
    Chicago Blackhawks
  • MIKE HUFF
    Chicago White Sox
  • RON KITTLE
    Chicago White Sox
  • RAY MCELROY
    ndianapolis Colts/ Chicago Bears
  • STEVE MCMICHAEL
    Chicago Bears/ Chicago Slaughter
  • DAN MORJAL
    Chicago Bears
  • KILLA NOIS
    Windy City Rollers
  • BRENT NOVOSELSKY
    Chicago Bears/ Minnesota Vikings
  • ERIK PAPPAS
    Chicago Cubs/ St. Louis Cardinals
  • DON CARLOS PASSMORE JR.
    San Diego Chargers
  • JEREMY ROENICK
    Chicago Blackhawks
  • BILL SCHICK
    Kansas City Chiefs
  • SOUTHPAW
    Chicago White Sox
  • SPARKY
    Chicago Fire
  • MARQUES SULLIVAN
    Buffalo Bills
  • JIM THORNTON
    Chicago Bears
  • TAMMY WILLIAMS
    Chicago Bandits
  • VARLA VENDETTA
    Windy City Rollers

2013 Athletes

  • Anthony Adams
    Chicago Bears

  • Dave Blaha
    Atlanta Falcons/
    Denver Broncos


  • Greg Bloedorn
    Seattle Seahawks

  • Brandon Bollig
    Chicago Blackhawks

  • Charles Brown
    Chicago Bears

  • Chicago Fire
    Chicago Fire

  • David Diaz
    Professional Boxer

  • Rashied Davis
    Chicago Bears/Arena FB

  • Robin Earl
    Chicago Bears

  • Ruth Enasia
    Windy City Rollers

  • Ska Face
    Windy City Rollers

  • Michael Garcia
    Professional Boxer

  • Jenna Grim
    Chicago Bandits

  • Hawks Ice Crew
    Chicago Blackhawks

  • Mike Huff
    Chicago White Sox

  • John Janata
    Chicago Bears

  • Ron Kittle
    Chicago White Sox

  • Bob Love
    Chicago Bulls

  • Hoosier Mama
    Windy City Rollers

  • Marc May
    Minnesota Vikings

  • Ray McElroy
    Indianapolis Colts/
    Chicago Bears


  • Steve McMichael
    Chicago Bears/
    Chicago Slaughter


  • Dan Morjal
    Chicago Bears

  • Killa Nois
    Windy City Rollers

  • Brent Novoselsky
    Chicago Bears/
    Minnesota Vikings


  • Erik Pappas
    Chicago Cubs/
    St. Louis Cardinals


  • Don Carlos
    Passmore Jr.

    San Diego Chargers

  • Jeremy Roenick
    Chicago Blackhawks

  • Bill Schick
    Kansas City Chiefs

  • Southpaw
    Chicago White Sox

  • Sparky
    Chicago Fire

  • Marques Sullivan
    Buffalo Bills

  • Jim Thornton
    Chicago Bears

  • Tammy Williams
    Chicago Bandits

  • Varla Vendetta
    Windy City Rollers

2012 Athletes

  • Dave Blaha
    Atlanta Falcons/
    Denver Broncos


  • Michael Blair
    Green Bay Packers

  • Charles Brown
    Chicago Bears/
    Buffalo Bills


  • Ron Cheatham
    Chicago Bears

  • David Diaz
    Pro Fighter

  • Mike "The Fly" Garcia
    Pro Fighter

  • Hawks Ice Crew
    Chicago Blackhawks

  • Major Hazelton
    Chicago Bears/
    New Orleans Saints


  • Hoosier Mama
    Windy City Rollers

  • Israel Idonije
    Chicago Bears

  • Michael Jennings
    New York Giants

  • Ron Kittle
    Chicago White Sox

  • Bob Love
    Chicago Bulls

  • Ray McElroy
    Chicago Bears/
    Indianapolis Colts


  • Steve McMichael
    Chicago Bears/
    Chicago Slaughter


  • Tony Rice
    Notre Dame

  • Southpaw
    Chicago White Sox

  • Nate Turner
    Bills/
    Panthers


  • Varla Vendetta
    Windy City Rollers

  • Windy City Rollers

2011 Athletes

  • Dave Blaha
    Atlanta Falcons/
    Denver Broncos


  • Charles Brown
    Chicago Bears/
    Buffalo Bills


  • Ron Cheatam
    NFL

  • David Diaz
    Pro Fighter

  • Allen Ellis
    NFL

  • Mike "The Fly" Garcia
    Pro Fighter

  • Reggie Gray
    Chicago Rush

  • Major Hazelton
    Chicago Bears/
    New Orleans Saints


  • Robert Mackey
    NFL

  • Hoosier Mama
    Windy City Rollers

  • John Janata
    Chicago Bears/
    Miami Dolphins


  • Ron Kittle
    Chicago White Sox

  • Bob Love
    Chicago Bulls

  • Luvabulls
    Chicago Bulls

  • Marc May
    Dallas Cowboys/
    Minnesota Vikings


  • Bob McMillan
    Rush

  • Dan Morjal
    NFL

  • Amber Patton
    Bandits

  • Bill Schick
    Cleveland Browns/
    KC Chiefs


  • Reggie Smith
    Denver Broncos/
    Dallas Cowboys/
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  • Tammy Williams
    Chicago Bandits

  • Varla Vendetta
    Windy City Rollers

2010 Athletes

  • Charles Brown
    Chicago Bears/
    Buffalo Bills


  • David Diaz
    Pro Fighter

  • Joe Dunigan
    Seattle Mariners

  • Mike "The Fly" Garcia
    Pro Fighter

  • Brian Glasgow
    Chicago Bears

  • Ron Kittle
    Chicago White Sox

  • Peter Mannino
    Chicago Wolves

  • Hoosier Mama
    Windy City Rollers

  • Jamie Hunt
    Chicago Wolves

  • John Janata
    Chicago Bears/
    Miami Dolphins


  • Glen Kozlowski
    1985 Chicago Bears

  • Bob Love
    Chicago Bulls

  • Luvabulls
    Chicago Bulls

  • Drew MacIntyre
    Chicago Wolves

  • Marc E. May
    Dallas Cowboys/
    Minnesota Vikings


  • Bill Schick
    Cleveland Browns/
    KC Chiefs


  • Reggie Smith
    Denver Broncos/
    Dallas Cowboys/
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  • Tim Tyrrell
    Atlanta Falcons/
    Los Angeles Rams/
    Buffalo Bills/
    Pittsburgh Steelers


  • Varla Vendetta
    Windy City Rollers

2009 Athletes

  • Charles Brown
    Chicago Bears/
    Buffalo Bills


  • Joe Cermak
    Pro Golfer

  • Samantha Findlay
    Bandits

  • Mike "The Fly" Garcia
    Pro Fighter

  • Hoosier Mama
    Windy City Rollers

  • John Jonata
    Chicago Bears/
    Miami Dolphins


  • Glen Kozlowski
    1985 Chicago Bears

  • Bob Love
    Chicago Bulls

  • Malice in Chains
    Windy City Rollers

  • Jack O'Callahan
    1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team

  • Erik Pappas
    Chicago Cubs/
    St. Louis Cardinals


  • Erica Rose
    Olympic Swimmer ('08)

  • Bill Schick
    Cleveland Browns/
    KC Chiefs


  • Reggie Smith
    Denver Broncos/
    Dallas Cowboys/
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  • Tim Stapleton
    Chicago Wolves/
    Atlanta Thrashers/
    Winnepeg Jets


  • Marques Sullivan
    Buffalo Bills

  • Christian Van der Velde
    Garmin-Slipstream

  • Varla Vendetta
    Windy City Rollers

  • Stephanie White
    Chicago Sky

  • Tammy Williams
    Chicago Bandits

Sponsorship

Click the link next to the sponsorship level you’d like to confirm via a secure online payment or click here to download a commitment form in PDF format. Please email the form to Akonopka@mdausa.org or mail to 550 E. Boughton Road, Suite 230, Bolingbrook, IL. 60440.

Presenting Sponsorship - $50,000    SPONSOR >
— Four tables of 10 at main event with preferred seating
— VIP reception admission for all guests
— Complimentary Valet for all guests
— Athlete seated at one of your tables at main event
— Full page color ad on the inside front cover of the printed program
— Customizable sponsorship recognition package to include prominent event logo placement at event, company mention in all PSA and event promotion, recognition through email blasts and Social Media posts

Winner's Circle Sponsorship - $25,000    SPONSOR >
— Three tables of 10 at the main event with prime seating
— VIP reception admission for all guests
— Complimentary Valet for all guests
— Athlete seated at one of your tables at main event
— Company logo on all printed materials
— Verbal mention during the evening program as a Winner’s Circle Sponsor
— Full page color ad in the printed program
— 20 Social Media mentions
— Company logo displayed on signage at event
— Logo on event sponsor reel

Championship Sponsorship - $15,000    SPONSOR >
— Two tables of 10 at the main event
— VIP reception admission for all guests
— Complimentary Valet for all guests
— Verbal mention during the evening program as a Championship Sponsor
— Full page color ad in the printed program
— 10 Social Media mentions
— Logo on event sponsor reel

Hall of Fame Sponsorship - $12,000    SPONSOR >
— One table of 10 at the main event
— VIP reception admission for all guests
— Complimentary Valet for all guests
— Half-page black & white ad in the printed program
— Logo on event sponsor reel

MVP Sponsorship - $6,000    SPONSOR >
— One table of 8 at the main event
— Half-page black & white ad in the printed program

All Star Sponsorship - $3,500    SPONSOR >
— One table of 8 at the main event
— Recognition in the printed program as an All Star Sponsor

VIP Reception Sponsorship - $10,000    SPONSOR >
— Company logo on VIP Reception signage including photo backdrop
— One table of 10 at main event
— VIP admission for all guests
— Complimentary valet for all guests
— Half-page ad in printed program

Bidding for Good Sponsorship - $10,000    SPONSOR >
— Company logo on the back side of all guest bidder cards (think of this as your own portable billboard as guests “raise the paddle to bid” during the evening program!)
— One table for 10 at main event
— VIP admission for all guests
— Complimentary valet for all guests
— Half-page ad in printed program

Heads or Tails Sponsorship - $10,000    SPONSOR >
— Company logo on all signage at event
— Opportunity for company representatives to sell chances and wear company logo shirts or provide shirts for volunteers to wear during sales at event
— Company representative to “flip coin” during evening program on stage
— One table for 10 at main event
— VIP admission for all guests
— Complimentary valet for all guests
— Half-page ad in printed program

Photo Sponsorship - $10,000    SPONSOR >
— Company logo on photo backdrop banner at main event
— Company logo on printed photos distributed to guests at photo station
— One table for 10 at main event
— VIP admission for all guests
— Complimentary valet for all guests
— Half-page ad in printed program

Silent Auction Sponsorship - $7,500    SPONSOR >
— Company logo displayed on all guest smartphone bidding devices through Text2Bid Software
— Company logo on all auction signs
— One table for 10 at main event
— VIP admission for all guests
— Complimentary valet for all guests
— Half-page ad in printed program

Official Buddy & Athlete Sponsor - $6,000    SPONSOR >
— One table for 10 at main event
— Company logo on jerseys provided to athletes and MDA Buddies to wear during event
— Company logo featured on athlete and buddy presentation during main entrance

Volunteer Sponsorship - $5,000    SPONSOR >
— Company logo on all volunteer name badges
— Opportunity for company to provide volunteers during event and promote wearing company attire
— Six guest tickets to main event
— Half-page ad in printed program

Valet Sponsorship - $2,500    SPONSOR >
— Company logo on all printed valet vouchers
— Company logo on Valet Signage at entrance of event
— Four guest tickets to main event
— Complimentary valet for guests

Sponsor a Child to MDA Summer Camp -  $2,000    SPONSOR >
Individual Event Ticket -  $350    SPONSOR >

Make a Donation

If you can't attend the event you can still make a tax-deductible donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Click the link below to donate via a secure online payment or click here to download a commitment form in PDF format. Please email the form to Akonopka@mdausa.org or mail to 550 E. Boughton Road, Suite 230, Bolingbrook, IL. 60440.

MAKE A DONATION TO THE MDA >

Almost all funding comes from voluntary private donations raised throughout the year. The Association seeks no governmental funding, United Way funds or fees from those it serves. MDA is consistently rated one of the most efficient of national voluntary health agencies.

MDA is currently funding 177 research projects worldwide totaling to a commitment of $48 million, supporting more than 170 projects. The Muscular Dystrophy Association funds and supports over 150 MDA Care Centers across the country, including more than 35 MDA/ALS centers across the country. MDA Clinics are staffed by teams of top health professionals skilled at diagnosis and medical management of neuromuscular diseases. Services provided at MDA clinics may include occupational therapy, selected diagnostic tests, respiratory therapy and more.

MDA annually sponsors nearly 54 week-long summer camp sessions, serving more than 4,000 children across the country and in Puerto Rico. MDA’s equipment program accepts donations of gently used durable medical equipment and provides them to individuals with neuromuscular disease to enhance mobility, independence and quality of life.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the driving force that enables MDA to accelerate its worldwide research program, and provide diagnostic and follow-up care through a nationwide network of over 150 MDA Care Centers. And, volunteers are the backbone of the Association's programs, helping with summer camp, support groups, seminars, special events and many other programs.

To volunteer or learn more about events in your local area, please email Akonopka@mdausa.org or call (630) 598-0700.

MDA SUMMER CAMP

MDA-sponsored summer camps offer a wide range of programs for young people ages 8 to 17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease. Campers attend weeklong sessions organized by MDA volunteers and staff. Camp activities are geared to the abilities of campers, and may include fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating, field hockey and baseball. Less physically demanding activities include arts and crafts, nature study, talent shows, cookouts and entertainment.

Volunteer counselors (who must be at least 18 years old) receive an orientation and training that includes wheelchair techniques, lifting and transfers, personal hygiene and emergency procedures. The primary responsibility of each counselor is to provide both physical and psychological support to their camper, thereby helping him or her enjoy camp. Medical staff are available throughout the week to meet any health care needs that may arise.

For more information or to purchase sponsorships contact Amanda Konopka Akonopka@mdausa.org or call (630) 598-0700.

Contact Us

For more information or to purchase sponsorships contact Amanda Konopka Akonopka@mdausa.org or call (630) 598-0700.