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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mark Your Calendars: 9.14.19 | All-Star Softball Game Benefits Nonprofit

Famous, Former Chicago Athletes Raise Funds For the GI Research Foundation

WHAT:      The Larry A. Pogofsky Chicago All-Star Challenge is the best family friendly celebrity sports event to attend in Chicago and supports the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation. More than thirty of Chicago’s biggest baseball (and hockey and football) legends will compete in a competitive North Side (Cubs) vs. South Side (Sox) celebrity softball game. This year the event moves to the brand-new Impact Field in Rosemont on Saturday, September 14th, home of the Chicago Dogs.

A VIP event for sponsors takes place the night before on September 13, at Rivers Casino. The party features local celebrities, former Chicago athletes, a DJ and a silent auction.

WHY:        Today, one in five Americans face a devastating digestive disease. Research is needed to improve diagnoses, treatments, to get us closer to a cure for all digestive diseases. Event proceeds support research at the Digestive Diseases Center at UChicago Medicine.

WHO:        The 2019 Larry A. Pogofsky Chicago All-Star Challenge features former Chicago athletes Fergie Jenkins (Chicago Cubs), Ryan Dempster (Chicago Cubs), Ozzie Guillen (Chicago White Sox), and Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks) For a full list of players, visit the event website. The event was founded by Benjamin Pogofsky, son of Larry A. Pogofsky, an original investor in the White Sox and former president of the GI Research Foundation.

WHEN:     Saturday, September 14, 2019

11:00am – 12:30pm: Kids Clinic                                2:30pm: National Anthem and Lineups

12:30pm: Gates Open / Athlete Warm-Ups               2:45pm: Celebrity Softball Game Starts

1:30pm: Home Run Derby                                        4:30pm – 6:30pm: VIP Ticket Holder BBQ

WHERE:  Impact Field. 9850 Balmoral Ave, Rosemont, Illinois 60018

PRICE:      General Game admission tickets begin at $22 with reserved seating at $37.50.  VIP tickets are $125 and includes premium seating and access to the post-game BBQ with the players..

TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS:          www.chicagoallstarchallenge.com. 

MEDIA:    Alysha Biehl; abiehl@girf.org or (312) 332-1350.

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About the GI Research Foundation: The Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to raising funds to support the physicians and scientists at UChicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders, and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases. https://giresearchfoundation.org/

About Larry A. Pogofsky: Larry A. Pogofsky, one of the original White Sox investors, was a die-hard baseball fan who loved and respected every player that had the privilege to put on a major league uniform. Mr. Pogofsky was also passionate about healthcare research thanks to a life-changing experience at UChicago Medicine. He was a long-standing board member and former president of the GI Research Foundation.


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