Causes & Giving

Category: Causes & Giving

249. Two Barrington Women Ride the Coast with Bob Lee

 I just discovered the best way reach a 70-year-old guy riding his bike 2,000 miles down the west coast to raise $1,000,000.  Pick up the phone and call his cell number!  I was shocked when I heard a couple of ring tones and then a live voice on the other end of the line.  “Bob Lee”, he answered, as though he was right down the street.  And then I heard voices and laughter in the background and I knew I had called just in the nick of time.  Three guests riders joined Bob on his journey for five days this past week, including the man in charge of mapping Bob’s ride and two Barrington women behind the causes he’s riding for.
American Cancer Society Medal of Honor recipient, Kim Duchossois, and Northeast Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Vice President of Development, Beth Raseman, are physically fit, but they’re not avid bike riders.  Despite the physical challenges and not long before Bob’s departure, Kim and Beth decided to join him, riding down the Oregon coast into California for five days of his journey.
They pedaled alongside Bob this past week for about 160 miles of his ride, sharing winding roads with intimidating traffic and pushing their limits, and their bikes, up incredibly steep inclines and down “screaming descents” to the backdrop of breathtaking coastal scenery.
I called to find out how Kim and Beth fared, what they learned and whether they’d do it again. And I could hear Bob smiling when said,……

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228. Bob Lee’s “Ride for 3 Reasons” Send-off Celebration

 He’s been planning his 2,000 mile bike ride for the past two-and-a-half years, and 70-year-old Barrington cyclist and cancer survivor, Bob Lee, says he’s finally ready to go!  Bob set his departure date for one week from today, next Wednesday, September 5th, when he’ll fly to Vancouver.  On Thursday, he’ll get on his bike in the center of the city, and pedal his way down the west coast for the next six to eight weeks, ending in Mexico.  But Bob’s mission is much bigger than a bike ride.  He hopes to raise $1,000,000 in the process to fund research for Cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Hospice end-of-life care.  We’re all invited to join Bob and his community of supporters at a send-off party this Sunday, September 2nd.
Bob’s latest journey will be the third in a personal series of long distance rides, crossing a total of more than 12,000 miles and completing a philanthropic tour around the perimeter of the country to support these three focus charities, which are Bob’s “3 Reasons” for his ride.

Bob says he’s mapped out his route and plans to meet up with supporters along the way, including an ALS patient close to the route and a friend who just lost his wife to cancer.  “When I visit with people and they tell me about their experience with these causes, that just energizes me to know that I’m on the right track.”
Bob’s Send-off celebration starts at 4 p.m. this Sunday, September 2nd, with a group ride from Station Middle School to Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar in Barrington.  We’re all invited to join the ride and the party at Wool Street where there will be ice cream sundaes for everyone.  Here’s the itinerary for Sunday followed by a few quick thoughts from Bob about his upcoming ride……

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198. Concours D’Elegance Rare Car Rally, Show & Gala

 Some of the world’s finest and most rare classic vehicles will be cruising through Barrington this weekend as part of the community’s annual Concours D’Elegance road rally, rare car exhibit and charity gala.  Tickets are still available to all events and there are some exciting new highlights planned for this year.
Concours D’Elegance is a two-day event, taking place on both Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th, 2012.  It’s an opportunity for fine car owners and enthusiasts from Barrington and beyond to gather, share and appreciate some of Chicagoland’s most prized collector vehicles.  It’s a popular social event that benefits an important local cause and they’ve opened everything up to the public this year. Here’s a look at the itinerary, the cause and what’s new for Concours D’Elegance 2012……

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197. “Guess Where Wednesday” & Last Week’s Winner

 United Way’s painted horses are back in Barrington and on display at locations throughout the community.  They just started putting the horses up and you’ll soon be spotting them all over town, giving us some great “mystery photo” material for our weekly Guess Where Wednesday photo contest.  Can you guess where in Barrington this United Way painted horse is standing?  Take a close look at the bricks in the background.  If you’re super sleuthy, they just might be the clue that gives it all away ;).

“Roundup II” is the United Way’s second painted horse campaign in Barrington.  The horses will be on display throughout town until they’re auctioned off to support community causes during the United Way’s Roundup II Gala Horse Auction this October 13th.  For more information, visit BAUW.org.  If you know where I was standing when I took the horse photo above, just enter your guess in the comments box below. The rules are simple, the prize is super cool and I even have a clue for this week!  But first, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and her name is……

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187. “Rock the Ride” Music Fest for Bob Lee’s “3 Reasons”

 This September, Barrington dad, grandfather, cancer survivor and avid cyclist, Bob Lee, will hop on his bike in Vancouver, Canada and ride 2,000 miles down the west coast, ending in Mexico.  Bob’s journey will be the third in a series of long distance rides, crossing a total of more than 12,000 miles and completing a philanthropic tour around the perimeter of the country.
At the end of Bob’s 2012 ride, he hopes to have raised $1 million for 3 causes before “The Bike Stops” on his family’s front lawn in Barrington’s Fox Point neighborhood.  That’s where he recently celebrated his 70th birthday along with dozens of neighbors and kids who rode there on, what else?  Their bikes!
As if completing a 2,000 mile bike ride just after turning 70 isn’t remarkable enough, Bob will finish Part III of his “Ride for 3 Reasons” almost a decade after he was diagnosed with colon cancer.  This summer also marks Bob’s wife, Anne Lee’s second year as a breast-cancer survivor.  Facing cancer sparked a fire that Bob says is a major source of his pedal power.  “If someone hadn’t done a walk or run or some fundraiser, would the research dollars have been there to give us this opportunity?  This is our way of paying back a little bit.  I’m hoping to raise the funds to give researchers the resources to help other people.”
Supporting people with cancer is just one of Bob Lee’s 3 reasons.  He is also riding to help those diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and for people needing hospice care at the end of life.  “My toughest day going up over a mountain is nothing compared to someone getting up this morning with ALS and wondering what motor neurons aren’t going to work today and whether they’ll be able to pick things up, hug their kids, walk or talk.”  These are causes that have touched us all, in big ways and in small.  And that’s why we’re invited to celebrate Bob’s upcoming journey with Rock the Ride, a 9-hour music festival and party happening at the Brat Tent in Barrington’s North Metra Lot between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 1st.

The six local bands performing at the fest are The Road Not Taken (1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.), White Shadow (3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.), Moonlander (4:30 to 5:15 p.m.), Vinyl Richie (6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.), The Guys (7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) and Between the Lines (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.).  There will also be Bataille Academie dance performances and activities for kids during the day.  Admission is $5 for adults after 6 p.m. and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Bob’s ride and put even more power in his pedals as he crosses the finish line before returning home by Thanksgiving.
Bob’s 3 rides for 3 reasons span 3 countries and involve volunteers from 3 generations working for the cause.  The easiest way to visualize the ground he will have covered is to see it on the map……

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184. Pop In to Help Teens at New Pop Up Art Gallery

 A Barrington artist opened a temporary a “Pop Up Gallery of Art” next door to the drive-through Starbucks on Northwest Highway in Barrington earlier this month. For the past four weeks, Janet Mamon has used the space to feature her art and host yoga classes, gong baths and Creative Journey workshops. And tonight, she’s giving back by hosting an art sale for a local cause devoted to helping kids with thoughts of suicide.

Janet says she’ll give 50% of the proceeds from the sale of her artwork tonight to HERE in Barrington, a coalition of youth, parents and community members providing resources to promote positive mental health and reduce the occurrence of suicide.  For Janet, it’s a cause that hits close to home.  “I was in that very place years ago and struggled as a teenager with some of my own thoughts….”…

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180. Ride Hogwarts Express & Tour the Train Lady’s Railway Gardens

 The Train Lady is opening the doors of her private property tomorrow, June 23rd, to let the public view her amazing train garden railways and she has some exciting new highlights planned for this year. If you’ve never seen her gardens, you do not want to miss this awesome opportunity to experience something really special and only found right here in North Barrington. Train Lady, Elaine Silets, has been hosting tours of her property once a year since 1990, but this year she’ll be introducing us all to some very special guests.
Elaine designs model railroad gardens for a living and your jaw will drop when you see the garden scenes she’s created in her own back yard. It’s 10 luscious acres she calls Gardens at Wandering Tree.
The grounds are covered with gorgeous flowering gardens, laced with miniature tracks and spotted with whimsical model train vignettes.
One of many highlights is the Glorée & Tryumfant Garden Railway, complete with 6,000 square feet of waterfalls, streams, lakes, bridges, trestles, city and country scenes.  And Elaine is raving about her roses this year, “I don’t know what happened to the roses, but I think they got hormones from this weather.  They’re absolutely gorgeous!”
Her gardens are stunning, but one of my kids’ favorite features is Elaine’s train which carries children as passengers and circles around her drive. It’s called “Hogwarts Express” and tomorrow it’ll be the hottest ticket in town!
More details on her gardens in a minute, but first, here’s what’s new this year……

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169. Be Inspired at Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire

 If you love searching for ideas to inspire your garden and one-of-a-kind treasures for your home, there’s one event in Barrington that you do not want to miss and it’s coming up this Friday and Saturday, June 15 & 16.  Once a year, the owners of three outstanding Barrington estates open their properties to the public. Guests are invited to tour their remarkable gardens in a special 2-day event that helps poverty-stricken women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It’s called the Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire and it’s one of the coolest and most unique things to do in Barrington.…

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166. Join the Community at Tonight’s Relay for Life

 Barrington will be in the spotlight tonight, with WGN-TV personalities and camera crews taking part in TONIGHT’S Barrington Relay for Life. Many months of hard work, team building and fundraising have gone into preparations for the Relay and organizers say now they’re hoping the community comes out in force to make Barrington’s event shine.

According to the Barrington Relay’s website, more than 800 people signed up to participate on 92 teams by walking laps at Barrington High School Stadium tonight, Friday June 8th, to raise money for programs supported by the American Cancer Society.  Relay for Life Chair, Joanne Dalessandro, says the goal is to raise $350,000 in this year’s Relay.  For every dollar raised, 93 cents will go back to the Barrington community for cancer-related causes.

If you’re not familiar with the Relay, here’s how it works and what’s in store:…

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165. Help Team “Elena Rocks” Fight Back Against Cancer

 The 2012 Barrington Relay for Life is happening TOMORROW and team leaders like 14-year-old Nick Rodriguez are in the final stages of preparing for the big night.  Nick’s team, called Elena Rocks, is one of over 90 teams participating in this year’s Relay.  The event itself is an impressive feat in planning, preparation and fundraising, but what I find most inspiring are the personal stories motivating many of the teams to take part.  For team Elena Rocks, it’s a story about two young siblings taking charge in the face of cancer to support their 10-year-old sister, who is a survivor.
Elena Rodriguez was diagnosed with a cancer called Neuroblastoma when she was just 13-months-old.  She has been in some form of treatment nearly her entire life and has undergone four major brain surgeries in the last 18 months to address serious complications caused by treatments for the disease.…

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149. Go the Distance with Mom this Mother’s Day

 Flowers, shmowers! Instead of giving your mom that ‘same old’ spring bouquet this Mother’s Day, why not give her a pair of running shoes and a spot in this weekend’s Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk ;). It’s happening Sunday morning on the streets of Barrington and it’s a fun experience you can share while helping a non-profit raise $8,000 for cancer research.

The Gateway for Cancer Research’s 3rd annual Mother’s Day 5k Run/Walk is expected to be even bigger than last year’s event.  Gateway donates 99 cents of every dollar raised towards research for cancer cures, and they’re focusing Barrington’s May 13th event on raising funds specifically for breast cancer research.
The event will begin and end at 200 Spring Street in Barrington……

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143. Fulfill a Promise with a Plea for Wellness Place

 Four months ago, a Tower Lakes dad and his two young children lost the most important woman in their world to breast cancer.  Carlos Randolph’s wife, Margie, had just recently celebrated her 40th birthday when the disease took her life this past January 7th. Today, Carlos is making good on a promise he made to Margie.  “In the end, her number one concern was always the kids and me.  I told her that, when she did pass, I would make sure I would do everything I could for Wellness Place.”
Wellness Place is a non-profit organization that helps people with cancer and their loved ones deal with all types and all stages of the disease.  Carlos says Wellness Place is where Margie turned when she needed support and strength during her three year battle. “Cancer is a very terrifying thing. I’m speaking for Margie but, when you get it, I think you feel like the loneliest person in the world…”…

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