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In the area of what we call Chicago and the surrounding burbs, they are plenty of golf courses, almost each one holds it’s share of golf outings.

One of the premier outings in all of the Chicago area is hosted by Medinah Member Mark Slaby and it was played this past Tuesday on the Medinah No.2 course. Next year it moves off of No.2 to Medinah No.1.

But what really hits a home run here, is not just the course the event is played on, but what the Illinois Patriot Education Fund golf outing does, and who it does it for.


Now in it’s sixth year, the Illinois Patriot Education Fund sold out again in 2015 for a full field of over 140 golfers. The outing takes place the day after Memorial Day and raises money for educational scholarships supporting post 9/11 Illinois Military Families.

The event has grown every year and along with the list of corporate sponsors that included, Fifth Third Bank, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, Aon Corporation, Advanced Resources,Wintrust Banks, LawVision Group LLC, Avaya, Wheaton Academy, The Chicago Sun-Times Foundation, Joe Perillo Auto Group, Steve Cochran’s WGN Radio Morning Show, Clear Channel Outdoor, Cruises International, Tour Edge Golf, Pepsico, Maron Electric, the PGA Tour Superstore, Legacy Marketing, and Eaglewood Resort and Spa, each with their financial commitment has made an impact to help our military families.

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Mark Slaby (L) on the first tee of Medinah No.1 where the 2016 IPEF outing will tee off from.

Chicago Blackhawks National Anthem singer Jim Cornelison opens the day with a rousing rendition of our national anthem over breakfast.

Then the fund raising begins with outstanding donations that go up for auction. Many of veterans who get assistance do attend the outing, if you want to know where your money is going, no problem turn around and meet the scholarship recipient.

IPEF bridges a gap between expenses not covered by the 9/11 GI Bill, and helps with educational and job assistance. Deadline to apply for this year is May 31st. Interested applicants can learn more or apply

Illinois Patriot Day Director Mark Slaby, spoke with BIG 3 partners Len Ziehm and Rory Spears, on Medinah Patriot Day.

For more information on about next years event and when to sign up to make sure you can golf at Medinah see Come be a part of one of the Chicago area’s top charity golf outings.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.