Local golfers raise more than $110,000 for cancer research

  • Honorary survivor and Glenview resident, Vicki Bednar.American Cancer Society

    Honorary survivor and Glenview resident, Vicki Bednar.American Cancer Society

Amy Jo Steinbruecker
Updated 7/19/2019 7:27 AM

Glenview's North Shore Country Club, one of the oldest clubs on the North Shore, recently hosted the American Cancer Society Windy City Golf Open. Formerly known as the William T White Jr., Memorial Golf Tournament, the event drew nearly one hundred fifty participants. Glenview resident, Vicki Bednar, was the honored cancer survivor this year and shared her inspirational message of overcoming Hodgkin's Lymphoma with the event participants during a cocktail reception.

More than $110,000 net was raised through direct donations, participant fees and exclusive silent auction packages. American Cancer Society Windy City Golf Open Executive Committee member and Northwest Group Manager for Wintrust Commercial Banking Russ Larsen said, "We were humbled by everyone's generosity in providing such a significant contribution towards cancer research."


In 1981, William T. White, Jr., initiated a golf tournament to bring friends together to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society. The tournament was named in his memory after his death from leukemia in 1993 and remained so until 2017. In 2018 the executive committee agreed to change the name of the event going forward to the Windy City Golf Open to honor all those currently fighting cancer and memorialize those we have lost to the disease.

Since the event's inception, participants and sponsors have raised more than $2 million to fund research and patient support services.

The success of this event could not be possible without individual and corporate sponsors. For more information about those sponsors, please visit www.acswindycitygolfopen.org.

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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