When his father Larry passed in 2010 he wanted to do something in his honor that embodies the person he was and how he raised my siblings and I. He couldn’t think of a better idea than starting a celebrity softball event in which he could raise money for charity and teach kids the game of baseball. In addition he was able to get kids up close and personal with some Chicago legends thus creating memories that will last a lifetime. He wanted other children to have similar opportunities that he had with his father and moments that truly helped him during the hardest time in his life. This year all proceeds will go to benefit GIRF which supports research and medicine in the gastro / liver department at the university of Chicago.
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. 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. Prior to the softball game, 6 “big hitters” will compete in a Home Run Derby. Over 30 well known athletes are scheduled to attend including Lance Briggs (NFL), Chris Chelios (NHL), Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye, Cliff Floyd, Ozzie Guillen, Fergie Jenkins, Scott Podsednik, Darryl Sutter, Frank Thomas, Carlos Zambrano and more. Come meet the athletes that help keep Chicago known as the best sports town in the USA! For those of you with younger kids, there is a kids clinic implemented by the athletes and the Chicago White Sox Camp that can be added on to an event day ticket (only 100 available). VIP ticket purchasers (only 200 available) will be invited to a private post game reception at Impact Field where you can meet and interact with most of the athletes that includes a BBQ dinner, beer and soft drinks. Whether you are 7 or 70 years old, you will love this event!
11:00am – 12:30pm: Kids Clinic
12:30pm: Gates Open / Athlete Warm-Ups
1:30pm: Home Run Derby
2:30pm: National Anthem and Line-ups
2:45pm: Celebrity Softball Game Starts
4:30pm – 6:30pm: VIP Ticket Holder BBQ
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 the University of Chicago. He was a long-standing board member and former president of GI Research Foundation (GIRF) which supports research at the University of Chicago that advances treatments and cures of digestive disease. The Pogofsky family and the GI Research Foundation are proud to present this event which honors Mr. Pogofsky‘s love for the sport and continues his legacy funding important medical research. In addition, it educates children on the game of baseball while providing memories that will last a lifetime.
Adam Burish (NHL)
Lance Briggs (NFL)
Darryl Sutter (NHL)
Chris Chelios (NHL)
*The athletes listed above have attended the All-Star Challenge
in prior years events and/or are invited for 2019.
Home of the
9850 Balmoral Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018
Parking will be $3.00
Event Chair & Founder
Mark de Souza*
Ozzie Guillen Jr
Lisa Pogofsky Sobelman
* Board Member