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posted: 9/21/2012 6:18 PM

Schaumburg company co-hosts fundraiser for Navy SEALS

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A Schaumburg company is helping host a fundraiser to raise money for the families of Navy SEALS this weekend.

Cushman & Wakefield, along with SEAL-NSW Family Foundation, are hosting an educational and entertainment event at 5 p.m. Saturday at the River East Arts Center in Chicago, said Craig Cassel, senior director with Cushman & Wakefield.

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Cassel, who has a close friend who is an active duty SEAL, and several co-workers toured a military base recently to learn more about the life of a SEAL, which he said was a meaningful experience.

"We left with so much more of an appreciation, so much more gratitude and thankfulness that these individuals are out there constantly protecting us," Cassel said. "We wanted to do something more for them."

Medal of Honor recipients Lt. Michael Thornton and Lt. Tom Norris will be special guests. Individual tickets are still available for $500 a piece.

"Because of the commitment they've made to the country they don't get to spend a lot of time their families," he said. "We just want to make sure people know about the sacrifices they make for us."

People can find out more about the event and the foundation at www.greatlakeseals.com.

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