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NEWS AND EVENTS

With the support of the FWFD, a 18 month firefighter calendar has commenced (first time in almost a decade)! Your corporate sponsorship donations were greatly appreciated in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)! To purchase your calendar visit www.DougSchenkel.com

When LLS was founded in 1949, a blood cancer diagnosis was almost always fatal. Most leukemia patients, especially children, died within three months. Even by the mid-1950s, when the first-generation chemotherapy drugs began appearing, the disease remained a stubborn challenge. Thanks in part to innovative research funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), survival rates have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled for blood cancer patients. LLS is a driving force behind breakthroughs in treating blood cancer patients.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Contact: Patti O'Neal, Campaign Manager (877) 422-8389 • Patti.ONeal@lls.org

The 6th Annual Tippmann-McArdle Women's Care Center Classic will be held May 1th 2016. This prestigious tournament provides funding to further the mission of the Fort Wayne Women's Care Centers. Proceeds help pregnant women choose life, educate new mothers, and assist them in taking care of themselves and their new babies. The work of the Women's Care Center is so important and your participation in the tournament makes a difference in so many lives in Allen County.

Proceeds from the tournament support the local Allen County Women's Care Centers, which are part of the largest pregnancy resource organization in the United States. Currently, the Women's Care Center serves more than 25 percent of the pregnant women in Allen County, offering free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, parenting classes, goal setting counseling sessions and a Crib Club self-sufficiency program where parents earn items like cribs, car seats, clothing, and diapers for their children. The Crib Club program is supported by the Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne.

"John Tippmann and I are happy to support the Women's Care Center in Fort Wayne. It's a wonderful organization that provides a vital, life-saving service in Northeast Indiana and we wanted our golf classic to reflect this same high level of commitment. Our committee is dedicated to making this event the most prestigious in the area and we welcome all those who can join us in 2016."
– Don McArdle, Co-Founder of the Tippmann-McArdle Women's Care Center Golf Classic

"Because we are 100 percent privately funded, the support we are receiving through this tournament is vital to our ability to love and serve so many families," remarked Anne Koehl, director of the Women's Care Center.
www.wccfortwaynegolf.org

The NKFI/Steel Dynamic's 15th Annual Golf Classic at Bridgewater Golf Club will be held June 14 & 15 , 2016, please contact Janine Moore at (260) 456-0654 for more information.

The event benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana. The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

Now in its 15th year, the outing has grown from raising $6,000 in its first year to 50 times that today.

The winners of the tournament will go to a three-day golf competition in November in Sarasota, Florida. The Winners' tournament for the Fort Wayne and South Bend Golf Classics will be in Sarasota, Florida November. Courses played: The Ritz-Carlton and The Concession. Buy-in foursomes available for the winner's tournament. Contact jmoore@kidneyindiana.org or call 260-456-0654.

Tee up for Cougar Athletics at the fourth annual Cougar Classic golf outing! It's a chance to show support for USF student-athletes while enjoying a round of golf on a beautiful course with alumni and friends.

Bridgewater Golf Club, 6095 Auburn, Indiana Friday, July 3

8:00 a.m. - Registration/Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Tee-off, 18 holes
Lunch, awards and reception

But that's not all!
Each golfer is invited to a VIP reception at the Fort Wayne home of 11-year National Football League veteran Jason Fabini on Thursday evening, July 30, before the Cougar Classic. Steel Dynamics CEO and founder Keith Busse will co-host.

Business friends can also take advantage of a number of sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Mike McCaffrey at 260-760-0071 or mmccaffrey@sf.edu.

The next big game is coming soon. Check here for details: http://www.nationalsoccerfestival.com/ It all started fourteen years ago when Terry Stefankiewicz, "Stanks," was watching the NIT basketball tournament on television. Terry thought to himself that it was time for college soccer to have the same type of event. He picked up the phone and called his ex-coach who happened to be the legendary six-time national championship winning coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, Jerry Yeagley. Jerry agreed with the premise but didn't have the time to put the event together, however, he promised Terry that if he were to do it that the Hoosiers would participate. The following week Terry started to make his dream a reality by calling other coach acquaintances at national powerhouses such as Duke, Rutgers, South Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and St. Louis. In a week's time the field was set - not one school turned down the offer. Now that the teams had committed, the difficult task of fundraising for university guarantees, officials, insurance and much more was the next step. Terry's fundraising efforts were successful and the event became known as the Soccer Showcase.

What began as a local dream has now become a nationally known phenomenon: the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. What started as a simple event has turned into a hands-on community supported soccer festival. In order to ensure the success and longevity of this event the ShindigZ National Soccer Festival reached out to the community, and the response was extraordinary. Barnes and Thornburg volunteered many hours to obtain a very difficult to achieve non for profit status. The Fort Wayne Sport Club and their hard working volunteers diligently provided the ShindigZ National Soccer Festival a facility worthy of Division I standards. The backbone of the festival are volunteers who donate hundreds of hours of their time to bring this event to fruition. The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne and its national recognition it receives, the youth for the hands on interaction with the major universities and their players, the local business people (i.e., hotels, gas stations, restaurants, etc), the three major universities in Fort Wayne, and families who know nothing about the game but love to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere, and, of course, soccer fans who are treated to top level college soccer!

The ShindigZ National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true festival including youth clinics put on by major universities, golf outings, a wide range of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, tailgating parties, giveaway prizes, and, for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents. Starting in 2010 a spring event was added, featuring in-state rivals Notre Dame vs. Indiana University. In the spring, Division I soccer programs are only allowed to play other universities on five different days, all of which contribute to their spring record. Fort Wayne was treated to one of the five allowable playing dates from IU and Notre Dame. For the first time ever Fort Wayne's Parkview Field (baseball park) was transformed to a soccer field in order to allow spectators to watch as Notre Dame and IU battled it out through double overtime and a game deciding shoot out. ShindigZ National Soccer Festival is honored every year to bring in teams that are top ranked in the country. Due to the great history of the event, ShindigZ National Soccer Festival has been recognized nationally as the premier collegiate soccer event!

Allen County Right to Life hosts its third annual “LinksFore Life” golf outing in September at Coyote Creek Golf Course. The 3rd Annual Links Fore Life Golf Outing was a great success. Thanks to all of the generous participants and volunteers whose gifts and efforts greatly contribute to the mission of Allen County Right. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, hot dog cart(available for lunch), goodie bag, cart, dinner, beverages and prizes.Registration is $800 for a team or $200 for an individual. More information is available at www.ichooselife.org or by calling Allen County Right to Life at 260-471-1849.