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posted: 7/21/2014 3:06 PM

Ditka golf event hits long for people with visual impairments

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  • Mike Ditka tees off at The Chicago Lighthouse's second annual Mike Ditka Charity Golf Tournament, held at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

      Mike Ditka tees off at The Chicago Lighthouse's second annual Mike Ditka Charity Golf Tournament, held at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview.
    Courtesy of Kevin Sherman

  • The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Group at the second annual Chicago Lighthouse's second annual Mike Ditka Charity Golf Tournament.

      The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Group at the second annual Chicago Lighthouse's second annual Mike Ditka Charity Golf Tournament.
    Courtesy of Kevin Sherman

 
Submitted by Jeremy Ruthstein, The Chicago Lighthouse North

Over 65 golfers came out to support Chicago Lighthouse North at The Chicago Lighthouse's second annual Mike Ditka Charity Golf Tournament.

The event, which took place at the prestigious North Shore Country Club in Glenview, kicked off with a shotgun start at noon, with lunch served on the course and 18 holes of golf. Immediately following play was a celebratory reception, silent auction and awards ceremony, in which Lighthouse president and chief executive officer Dr. Janet Szlyk, extended her appreciation to all of the golfers, tournament namesake Mike Ditka, host North Shore Country Club and Lighthouse board member Sandy Forsythe, who headed the tournament's golf committee.

Other highlights from the event included celebrity golfers and NHL legends Stan Mikita, Reggie Kerr, Cliff Koroll and "Miracle on Ice's" Jack O'Callahan. The event received coverage from various media agencies.

All proceeds from the golf outing benefited programs and services for people who are blind or visually impaired at The Chicago Lighthouse North in Glenview.

Since 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired has been committed to providing the highest quality educational, clinical, vocational and rehabilitation services for children, youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired, including deaf-blind and multi-disabled.

Since 2012, The Chicago Lighthouse North brings the same world-class services to Chicago's Northern suburbs, offering a state-of-the-art low vision care clinic, a retail store featuring assistive tools for independent living, cutting-edge adaptive technology devices, and an array of enrichment programs.

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