Beginning in the 1997-98 season, the Chicago Wolves have designed a special jersey to be auctioned and raffled, with proceeds benefiting Chicago Wolves Charities. This season, the team wore commemorative jerseys, presented by Chase, in honor of Chicago’s Police and Fire forces at four home games in January and raised nearly $27,000 for Chicago Wolves Charities. Listed below are some of the charities that benefited from the Wolves Police and Fire Jersey Auctions thanks to our loyal fans.
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation:
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. In light of the money donated from the Police and Fire Jersey Auction, the Chicago Memorial Police Foundation gave the Wolves the opportunity to become part of their Gold Star Society.
The Gold Star Society helps commemorate and honor fallen police officers by adding a commemorative brick to the Gold Star Memorial Park near Solider Field. The Chicago Wolves’ brick honors Chicago Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham, who was killed during an armed robbery attempt near his family’s home in the 8400 Block of South Martin Luther King Drive on May 20, 2010.
Officer Wortham joined the Chicago Police Department in June 2007 and served with distinction in the Englewood District. He also served our country as a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard and completed a tour of duty in Iraq on March 30, 2010.
For more information about the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, visit their website at www.cpdmemorial.org.
Illinois Fire Saftey Alliance – Camp I am Me:
The money raised by Wolves fans will help pay the expenses for seven children to attend the camp next summer. The camp provides a setting for burn survivors to share their experiences, while being able to play and not feel self conscious about their scars.
Chicago Wolves mascot Skates visited this year’s camp and participated with the campers in their Fun Fair.
For more information about the Illinois Fire Saftey Alliance – Camp I am Me, visit their website at www.ifsa.org/burn_camp/.
100 Club of Chicago:
The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The 100 Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education.
“The 100 Club of Chicago is sincerely grateful to the Chicago Wolves and their fans for their generosity in assisting the Club in continuing our mission of providing for the surviving spouses and dependents of Cook County law enforcements officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Michele Rabenda, the 100 Club of Chicago’s Director of Development. “The Board of Directors and members of the 100 Club of Chicago look forward to a continued partnership with the Chicago Wolves organization.”
For more information about the 100 Club of Chicago, visit their website at www.100clubchicago.com.