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Mari-Rae’s Dream

A gala fundraiser — “Mari-Rae’s Dream” — was held March 9, 2002 at the Excalibur nightclub in downtown Chicago. Thanks to the many contributors, over $12,000 was raised!

We had a blast, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Thanks to all who attended and supported our gala event.


Prize Winners!

The Colorado Gymnastics Institute won two “Teaching Tumbling” training tapes for the club who sold the most prize tickets (193)
Ceil Klinowski won the trip for two to the World Gymnastics Championship for the individual who sold the most prize tickets (440)
Annie Hernandez won the autographed Women’s World Gymnastics Championship poster for the individual selling the second-most prize tickets (96)


First: Three-day stay for two at the Wyndham Orlando resort (including airfare from anywhere Air Tran Airlines services) and a round of golf for two, donated by Pillar Financial Mortgage
Winner: Connie Fuller
Second: Airfare from anywhere in the US to Seattle, hotel stay and VIP passes to the Reese’s Cup Gymnastics Meet on October 4 and 5, donated by USA Gymnastics and National Travel Systems
Winner: Michelle (Hernandez) Mathieson
Third: DVD Player, donated by Sue Martino, Countrywide Home Loans
Winner: Cheri Cage
One night stay at Ironhedge Inn Bed and Breakfast, West Dundee (northwest Chicago suburb) donated by Ironhedge Inn; and dinner for 2 at Duran’s by Brian in East Dundee donated by Duran’s
Winner: Corky Scott
Weekend stay at Doubletree in Palatine (northwest Chicago suburb) donated by the Doubletree
Winner: Mark Longnecker
2 tickets to the Oprah Show, donated by Harpo Studios
Winner: Marilou Casey
Oprah sweatshirts, donated by Harpo Studios
Winners: Meghan Smith, Joan Gall
5 books “Women’s Gymnastics Trivia” donated by author, Cristy Tsui
Winners: P Bezazian, Maria Rutrigligro, Mary Fran Stauter, Mary Kubalewski, Marilou Casey
12 Your’s, Mine, & Our’s cookbooks donated by author, R. Bruce Laudermilk
Winners: Keith Mitchell, Angela Scasso, Karen Skpzypczysnki, Mary Fran Stauter, Michael Mahoney, Kathy Abbate, Evelyn Thacker, Patricia Sconza, Carol Ramljak, Rosemary Digan, Shirley Ensor, Marilou Casey
Software donated by Jeremy Goldberger, Valusoft (100+ Great Games 3, Hard Truck, Extreme Motorcross, Forms Pro, TaxAct 2001 Federal, Primal Prey, Monster Truck Rumble, Print Workshop 2002 and more)
Winners: Diane and Eric Routman, R E Griffith, Patty Mancini, Mike Souter, Gary and Karen Verploegh, Katie Clemens, John Schrammel, John O'Neill, Joe Gillespie, Jim and Diane Mlyniec, Jane Dion, Jayne Malouf, Hedy Braun, Glen Kosierwoski, Bernie Rosenthal, Maria Chaires, Dan Czuba
New York Knicks # 8 Latrell Sprewell jerseys donated by the Anson Group, Inc.
Winners: Kathy Abbate, Anita Mitchell
Milwaukee Bucks # 34 Ray Allen jersey donated by the Anson Group, Inc.
Winner: Laura Weaver
Dallas Mavericks # 4 Michael Finley jersey donated by the Anson Group, Inc.
Winner: Barbara Barsanti
Red, white and blue USA flag piggy bank, donated by Creations by Suzanne
Winner: Vern Boelkens
$55 gift certificate to the Sybaris of Northbrook, donated by the Sybaris of Northbrook
Winner: Stephanie Baruch
Overnight stay at Holiday Inn, Rolling Meadows, donated by Holiday Inn, Rolling Meadows
Winner: Barbara Barsanti
Overnight weekend stay at Homewood Suites, Schaumburg, donated by Homewood Suites, Schaumburg
Winner: Jennifer Eastman
Overnight weekend stay at Radisson Hotel, Schaumburg, donated by Radisson Hotel, Schaumburg
Winner: Mike Jacoby
$50 gift certificate for dinner at Freddy’s, Chicago, plus Freddy’s t-shirt, donated by Freddy’s
Winner: Nancy Taylor, Riisa Petersen
Blanket and cloth Bag, donated by Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
Winner: Diane and Eric Routman
Handmade wooden cutting board, donated by Larry and Sally Thoms
Winner: Mary Kubalewski

Special Thank-Yous

We would like to especially thank:


Plum Grove Printers, Hoffman Estates, for donating printed thank-you notes
PS Graphics, Chicago, for donating the printing of the tickets for Mari-Rae’s Dream
Pinata Graphics, Chicago, for donating the printing of the prize tickets
Ala Carte Entertainment for donating the use of the Excalibur, the deluxe dinner buffet, DJ services and many hours of planning and assistance, including the design and layout of posters and tickets



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