Several Chicago athletes past and present using their name and influence to raise funds for causes. Athletes such as Charles “Peanut” Tillman and James “Big Cat” Williams not only use their names to support other charitable organizations they also raise fund for the organizations that bear their name and benefits others with the help of their teammates and fans. Although we are a little over a week away from the start of Bears Training camp both athletes recently held fundraisers; At Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports Charles Tillman hosted the Charles Tillman PRO BOWLer Tournament and James “Big Cat” Williams hosted his 2nd annual “Celebrity Bash for Cash.”
The Charles Tillman PRO BOWLer Tournament with guests raised $160,000 for the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. Team sponsors included: Meijer, Miller Coors, LiveActive Foundation, Sierra Realty, Crowe Horwath, Geneca, Greyfield Legacies, Karl Knauz, Choose Chicago, Hilco Merchant Resources, The Greenbrier Companies, The Custom Companies, EMC, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and the Village of Rosemont.
In attendance were current and former Chicago Bears Matt Forte, Major Wright, Tim Jennings, Shea McClellin, Craig Steltz, Alex Brown, Patrick Mannelly, Johny Knox, Adrian Peterson, Rashied Davis, Chris Harris; Antoine Walker, Kenny Battle, Jitim Young, Jarrett Payton, Anthony Parker, Marques Sullivan, Anthony Adams, Bryce Fisher, James Loving, Ray McElroy and Jason McKie were also part of the fundraiser.
James “Big Cat” Williams hosted his 2nd annual “Celebrity Bash for Cash” to benefit Big Cat Charities at Cinespace Chicago Film Studio.
Joining Big Cat and emcee Summer Jackson were over 200 guests including Richard Dent, Allan Ellis, Roberto Garza, Olin Kreutz, Jeremy Lincoln, Marc May, Ray McElroy, Marques Sullivan, Donnell Woolford, along with Ashley Hooks( Miss Illinois USA 2012) and Reality TV contestant Russ Swan from Survivor: Samoa and Survivor: Philippines , Rev Tom Behrens, founder of The Night Ministry.
Big Cat Charities’ mission is focused on eradicating hunger and homelessness among women, single parents and families. Proceeds raised provides much needed support for the three charities with whom Big Cat Charities partners: Deborah’s Place (Supportive housing for women in Chicago), Maryville Crisis Center ( Short-term care for children who are experiencing a severe disruptive crisis and are challenged with an urgent matter) and PADS -Providing Advocacy, Dignity, Shelter- (Immediate, critical services to homeless families, children, men and women in Lake County).