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What started in 2002 as a simple effort to help Barrington native Paula Guzzetta, left, raise money for a cancer walk blossomed into the full-fledged Beat Tom and Bill Foundation, which gives money to local people struggling with cancer. Paula's husband, Paul, right, now serves of the board of the charity founded by brothers Tom, center left, and Bill Latourette, center right.

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While some celebrities merely lend their names to charities, Dennis "Silky D" McKinnon, center, of the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears is a board member and hardworking volunteer for the Beat Tom & Bill Foundation founded by brothers Tom, left, and Bill Latourette.

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Not afraid to taunt the competition, brothers Bill, left, and Tom Latourette muscle up support for their annual charity golf tournament and charity event.

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Golf teams who beat Tom and Bill Latourette get this coveted bobblehead trophy and the satisfaction of knowing that they helped people with cancer.

When Tom, left, and Bill Latourette play against each other, they are average golfers. But team them up and the suburban dads play better than they dress.

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Founders of a charity golf event that features silliness from clowns and a polka band, brothers Bill and Tom Latourette are serious about helping local people struggling with cancer.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Nothing like a blast from a vuvuzela to get attention for the Beat Tom & Bill Foundation's annual golf outing and charity event. Brothers Tom, left, and Bill Latourette orchestrate a wild and wacky outing that since 2002 has distributed almost $400,000 to local people affected by cancer.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

One of the most popular events at the annual Beat Tom & Bill charity fundraiser is the Wheel of Meat. Winners could take home everything from 5 pounds of python meat to a "Summer of Spam." Brothers Tom, left, and Bill Latourette founded the charity in 2002 to help local people struggling with cancer.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Clowning around in their Arlington Heights office, brothers Bill and Tom Latourette use their competitive drives to fuel a charity that helps local people struggling with cancer. Since 2002, the Beat Tom and Bill Foundation has raised almost $400,000 and earned a reputation as the wackiest fundraiser.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Brothers Tom and Bill Latourette have been competitive since they were kids. So when the suburban dads took to the golf course to raise a few bucks for a friend with cancer, they vowed to raise more the next year. A dozen years and nearly $400,000 later, they're pushing to raise more through the wackiest fundraiser ever.
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    • What started in 2002 as a simple effort to help Barrington native Paula Guzzetta, left, raise money for a cancer walk blossomed into the full-fledged Beat Tom and Bill Foundation, which gives money to local people struggling with cancer. Paula's husband, Paul, right, now serves of the board of the charity founded by brothers Tom, center left, and Bill Latourette, center right.
    •  While some celebrities merely lend their names to charities, Dennis “Silky D” McKinnon, center, of the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears is a board member and hardworking volunteer for the Beat Tom & Bill Foundation founded by brothers Tom, left, and Bill Latourette.
    •  Not afraid to taunt the competition, brothers Bill, left, and Tom Latourette muscle up support for their annual charity golf tournament and charity event.
    •  Golf teams who beat Tom and Bill Latourette get this coveted bobblehead trophy and the satisfaction of knowing that they helped people with cancer.
    •  When Tom, left, and Bill Latourette play against each other, they are average golfers. But team them up and the suburban dads play better than they dress.
    •  Founders of a charity golf event that features silliness from clowns and a polka band, brothers Bill and Tom Latourette are serious about helping local people struggling with cancer.
    •  Nothing like a blast from a vuvuzela to get attention for the Beat Tom & Bill Foundation’s annual golf outing and charity event. Brothers Tom, left, and Bill Latourette orchestrate a wild and wacky outing that since 2002 has distributed almost $400,000 to local people affected by cancer.
    •  One of the most popular events at the annual Beat Tom & Bill charity fundraiser is the Wheel of Meat. Winners could take home everything from 5 pounds of python meat to a “Summer of Spam.” Brothers Tom, left, and Bill Latourette founded the charity in 2002 to help local people struggling with cancer.
    •  Clowning around in their Arlington Heights office, brothers Bill and Tom Latourette use their competitive drives to fuel a charity that helps local people struggling with cancer. Since 2002, the Beat Tom and Bill Foundation has raised almost $400,000 and earned a reputation as the wackiest fundraiser.
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