September 21, 2016

Alive and Licking

The 7th Annual Kenway Consulting Golf Outing benefitting Alive Rescue was held on September 10 at Tamarack Golf Club in Naperville, IL. Alive Rescue was chosen as our new beneficiary after a lengthy survey process amongst Kenway employees. Being Chicago-based, receiving no government funding, and focusing on helping lives that would have otherwise been forgotten, Alive Rescue fit the bill perfectly. Alive Rescue ( was founded in March of 2008 by Kristen Gerali. They primarily take in animals from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding areas. They believe that every animal deserves a full life by choosing to take animals that other adoption organizations may overlook such as seniors, pets with special needs and unpopular breeds. They believe that every animal has the right to a well-balanced, socialized and fulfilled life. ALIVE Rescue opened their facility (The Little Barn) in Roscoe Village in May of 2013.

Although the weather didn’t cooperate at tee off, the day shaped up to be beautiful as the round continued. ALIVE Rescue brought 6 dogs out to the event to meet the golfers and volunteers that were raising money for them. The winning foursome with a score of 58 was Clay Wolff, Jeff Wolff, Alex Barnes and Tim Fehrenbacher. After the golfing was over we had lunch and had plenty of raffle prizes to give away! Some of the prizes awarded were hotel stays in Chicago and in New York, Bears and Bulls tickets, countless restaurant gift certificates and a $250 gift card to Abt. One of the most exciting parts of the golf outing was that the cash raffle was entirely sold out before the day even began, the first time that has ever happened! We congratulate our winners, David ($7K), Rich ($2K) and Becky ($1K).

We want to thank our many sponsors, our Platinum Sponsor CDW, our Putting Green Sponsor Sherrie VanKoevering of Northwestern Mutual, and our Gold Sponsors the Olson Family, St. Charles Bank & Trust, My Favorite Pups, Aimee Daniels of Vistage, River West Meeting Associates, Quarles & Brady, McDonnell Investment Management and the Hoopis Group. A big thank you to all the many restaurants, hotels, salons and stores who donated gift cards and merchandise. Thank you to our 132 golfers! And thank you to all of you who bought general and cash raffle tickets. Each component of this outing helps increase interest, which ultimately helps Alive Rescue.

Kenway’s Why is “To Help and Be Helped”. ALIVE Rescue gave us the opportunity to help them and in turn they will help many animals to lead better lives. It’s extremely satisfying for those of us at Kenway to help raise money for ALIVE Rescue and know that the money will go a long way toward making other animals’ lives better than they otherwise would have been. Kenway was able to contribute $30,000 to ALIVE Rescue from the golf outing, the most money that we have ever raised from that event! Thank you so much for your support. We are already looking forward to next year!

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