2023 Charity Softball Game
Our Charity Softball Game for 2023 was a HUGE success! It was the biggest charity game we have ever thrown!
Find out how much we raised and everyone who was involved by the article below.
Charity Softball Game Raises $5,250 for NWSRA
SCHAUMBURG, IL – On August 19th, Bear Family Restaurants, local McDonald’s owner-operator, and Elgin and Schaumburg Police Departments came together for a friendly, yet competitive, game of slow-pitch softball to raise money for the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA).
For the fourth year, the game had a new home at Wintrust Field, Home of the Boomers. “We are excited to partner with Bear Family Restaurants on this great event. It’s an honor to be a part of this community opportunity and raise donations for the NWSRA,” said Michael Larson, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Schaumburg Boomers.
The game was hosted by the energetic voices and personalities of Kenzie & Roman, co-creators / co-hosts of The MVP Game on Marquee Sports Network. They emceed the event and kept the crowd excited and engaged throughout the game. “We were honored to emcee such a great event for an even better cause! Special thanks to Bear Family Restaurants, NWSRA & the Elgin / Schaumburg Police Departments for having us be part of it! We love supporting our community,” said Kenzie & Roman.
The game on the field went back and forth between the Bears from Bear Family Restaurants and the Elgin and Schaumburg Police Departments. It had many home runs and big plays and came down to the bottom of the 7th, with the Bears getting their first win of the series with a walk-off home run.
The Elgin Police Department began this game in 2019 with Bear Family Restaurants, but it grew larger this year by involving several other area first responders as well. “On behalf of the Elgin Police Department, we would like to thank Bear Family Restaurants, Schaumburg PD, Schaumburg FD, Bloomingdale PD, and all of our community partners,” said Sergeant Rick Demierre of the Elgin Police Department. “Most importantly, we would like to say thank you to the citizens we serve that continue to work with us in the effort to build stronger community relationships and raise much-needed funds for a special organization, NWSRA.”
The event raised $5,250 which included 100% of ticket sales, raffle ticket sales with items donated from several local companies, and additional donations by the Elgin Police Department and Bear Family Restaurants. “We could not have been more grateful for everyone who came out to support this great event. Bear Family Restaurants, the Elgin Police and Schaumburg Police Departments do such great work supporting our communities, and for them to choose to donate the proceeds to NWSRA to support children and adults living with disabilities – we are so incredibly thankful,” said Tracey Crawford, Executive Director of NWSRA.
The family-friendly atmosphere at the ballpark also offered concessions, music provided by the Schaumburg Highschool band, community partner booths, face painting, mascots, and giveaways.
“We are so grateful and appreciative of Sergeant Rick Demierre and the entire Elgin Police Department. Their commitment to our community is unmatched, and our partnership is building exposure for valuable organizations and the incredible work they do,” said David Bear, President of Bear Family Restaurants. “Each year we are growing attendance and contributions. Thank you to the Schaumburg Boomers for providing this exceptional venue. Whether we win or lose (and this year we won!) the community always wins! We are already beginning the planning for next year’s event.”