Nearly 1,000 guests rubbed shoulders with an all-star lineup of Chicago sports greats at the fifth annual Champions for Children’s benefiting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago held November 1, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago. Since its inception, this event has generated over $1.6 million in net revenue for the 149,000 patients treated at the hospital each year.

The event was a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating Chicago’s professional sports teams and individual athletes who came together to support one very important cause — our children. Event highlights included:

  • Jeff Joniak, Play-by-Play Announcer, Chicago Bears and Director of Sports, WBBM-AM and 105.9FM, as Master of Ceremonies
  • Presentation of the Champions for Children’s Award to the Chicago Bulls in recognition of their commitment to the health and well-being of the more than 149,000 patients treated at Lurie Children’s each year
  • Presentation of the Corporate Champions for Children’s Award to Tom Richards, CEO, CDW in honor of their 25 years of support to Lurie Children’s
  • A star-studded line-up featuring some of Chicago’s most admired current players, unforgettable legends and other Chicago sports personalities
  • Interactive entertainment allowing guests to go one-on-one with participating athletes, with fun games and experiences, including air hockey and Pop-a-Shot
  • Spirited competition in a one-of-a-kind, high-end live and silent auction
  • A post-party following dinner for all guests

Six Chicago sports teams and 32 athletes participated in the evening. Athletes that attended the event include:

  • Anthony Adams, Former Chicago Bears
  • Sandy Alomar, Chicago White Sox
  • Gary Bennett, MLB
  • Austin Berry, Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Maury Buford, Chicago Bears
  • Jose Cardenal, Chicago Cubs
  • Dave Corzine, Chicago Bulls
  • Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Marvin Freeman, Chicago White Sox
  • Sidney Green, Chicago Bulls
  • Jay Hilgenberg, Chicago Bears
  • Hunter Hillenmeyer, Chicago Bears
  • Michael Huff, Chicago White Sox
  • Ron Kittle, Chicago White Sox
  • Bob Love, Chicago Bulls
  • Rob Mackowiak, Chicago White Sox
  • Dennis McKinnon, Chicago Bears
  • Minnie Minoso, Chicago White Sox
  • Emery Moorehead, Chicago Bears
  • Grant Mulvey, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Charles Oakley, Chicago Bulls
  • Dave Otto, Chicago Cubs
  • Daniel Paladini, Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Milt Pappas, Chicago Cubs
  • Dan Pasqua, Chicago White Sox
  • Billy Pierce, Chicago White Sox
  • Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls
  • Will Perdue, Chicago Bulls
  • Gonzalo Segares, Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Reid Simpson, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Tom Thayer, Chicago Bears
  • Calvin Thomas, Chicago Bears
  • James “Big Cat” Williams, Chicago Bears
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