Round of Applause

Getting Down to Business with the OPRF Chamber

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By Cathy Yen

Executive Director OPRF Chamber of Commerce

A hole-in-one, beautiful weather and a sold-out event! 

Congratulations to the volunteers, sponsors and golfers who together made this year's golf outing at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont a huge success!  This was the third year that the chambers of Oak Park – River Forest and Forest Park joined forces to present a single outing to the business community.  The result is collaborative, fun event that each year grows in popularity and impact.

The big news: Scott McAdam Jr. of McAdam Landscaping hit a hole in one on the twelfth hole of Gleneagles' Red Course. The excitement was palpable – everyone loves being a part of something so extraordinary!  Scott's hole-in-one prize is a five-day Carnival Cruise courtesy of Currie Motors in Forest Park. Congrats and bon voyage!

By the numbers, this year's event was our most successful.  Fifteen event sponsors, thirty on-course hole and game sponsors, over forty raffle and auction donors, ten goody bag contributors, thirty plus volunteers and, most importantly, a full house of 144 golfers.  We appreciate all of you. 

Golf outings are hard work, with a committee simultaneously pursuing sponsors, prizes and golfers while managing logistics – food, carts, games, registration, volunteers.  Fortunately, Ed Gutierrez from Rush Oak Park Hospital led a team of about a dozen committed Chamber members.  We owe them a debt of gratitude and thank Ed for his leadership.

Nevertheless, no matter how hard the committee works, how many golfers and sponsors participate, or how terrific the on-course Kinslahger pilsners are, success depends on Mother Nature.  And Mother Nature smiled on us this year, offering a beautiful 80-degree summer day:  not too hot, not too buggy, not at all humid.  Without a cloud in the sky, golfers teed off knowing that regardless of the final scores, a day like this one was pure joy.

Special shout-out to Janice Moskoff from the Oak Park – River Forest Chamber and Laurie Kokenes from the Forest Park Chamber.  These Chamber professionals kept things organized and running smoothly, making the hard work look easy.  Kudos for a job well done.

A beautiful day and a tremendously supportive business community.  Save the date for next year: July 24, 2018.

Email: Twitter: @OPRFChamber

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