Second Annual Medinah Patriot Day Announced, Event Set To Support Illinois Military Families July 7

Chicago's own Tom Dreesen to headline gala dinner capping a full day of activities MEDINAH, Ill. - April 18, 2011 - The Second Annual Medinah Patriot Day will take place July 7 at Medinah Country Club, site of the 2012 Ryder Cup. The fundraiser will benefit the Illinois Patriot Education Fund (IPEF) whose mission is to provide educational scholarships for Illinois military service men and women and their families.

"We are honored to have such a historic venue like Medinah as the setting for our primary fund raiser of 2011," said founder and interim executive director Mark Slaby of the Illinois Patriot Education Fund. "This really is all about meeting the educational needs of our Illinois veterans' families considering the enormous sacrifice they have made for our country, and the fact that we are being hosted by the home of the 2012 Ryder Cup makes it all the more exciting and significant for our cause."

In its second year, the Medinah Patriot Day turns its focus to the State of Illinois, benefiting the newly-launched Illinois Patriot Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) chartered in Illinois and based in Chicago. The organization's mission is to raise scholarship funds on behalf of the spouses and children of Illinois military service men and women who have given their lives or become disabled in service to our country. IPEF is an Illinois-specific philanthropic effort. All donations will be distributed to assist families with local ties, ensuring that Illinois citizens may support their neighbors who have sacrificed so much.

The tentative schedule for the 2011 Medinah Patriot Day is as follows:

8:30 am - Registration
12:00 pm - Opening Ceremonies: Posting of Colors, Playing of TAPS, and Presentation by IPEF
1:00 pm - Course #1 Shotgun Start
6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 pm - Dinner, Presentation and Entertainment

Medinah Patriot Day will include a full schedule of activities, including an 18-hole golf tournament, silent auction, gourmet dinner, entertainment, and more. A very limited number of spots are being offered for play on Course #3, the Ryder Cup course, on a first-come, first-served basis. Celebrity comedian, charismatic golf enthusiast and tireless supporter of our troops, Tom Dreesen, will provide entertainment for the evening's festivities, which will be emceed for the second year by legendary Chicago TV and radio personality Steve Cochran.

Media are welcome to cover the event and should contact Lisa Gunggoll at for credential requests. The event is actively seeking corporate sponsors and volunteers. More information, including costs for foursomes and individual golf spots, corporate dinner tables as well as sponsorship and volunteer committee information can be found at, or by emailing Mark Slaby at To receive the latest updates, follow the event on Twitter @medinahgolfday and on the event's official Facebook page.

About Medinah Patriot Day

Medinah Patriot Day is a fundraising event taking place July 7, 2011, at Medinah Country Club to benefit Illinois Patriot Education Fund. The day's events will include a golf tournament, dinner, silent auction, entertainment and more. For more information, to become a corporate sponsor or to volunteer, visit

About the Illinois Patriot Education Fund

The Illinois Patriot Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) based in Chicago, whose mission is to raise scholarship funds on behalf of the spouses and children of Illinois military service men and women who have given their lives or become disabled in service to our country. We also support the education of active duty members of our Armed Services over and above the benefits provided by the Post-911 GI Bill. For more information please visit or follow and for the latest updates.


Lisa Gunggoll, LG-PR

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