Every fall I look forward to Chopper Trading’s annual golf outing, and I was not disappointed this year. Held at the Oakbrook Hills Marriott Golf Club, we were able to enjoy some of the nicest weather Chicago has had all year: 70 degrees and sunny. I think my colleagues here at Chopper would agree that there is nothing like 18 holes of golf on a gorgeous day, to unwind after long hours at the office and further reinforce our “work hard, play hard” attitude.
While all of Chopper’s team members are highly talented and experts in their profession, some of us have spent more time on the green than others, so we decided to play a scramble format amongst the 72 participants. In the spirit of good sportsmanship I won’t mention who won – everyone had a great time, which is incentive enough!
And of course, as with any fun sporting event, good food is essential; the “19th hole” included delicious Illinois barbecue to refuel and cap off a great day!
When we – as a company – choose to sponsor an event or charity, we try to find a cause or organization that benefits the local Chicago community and has meaning to our team here at Chopper. Since Chopper Trading shares the city of Chicago with one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, sponsoring the 2013 Golf for the Bear tournament was a perfect fit!
The golf outing benefited the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research and pediatric care facilities through grants. The organization also strives to brighten the lives of child cancer patients by giving them “bear hugs”; these are customized support experiences that fulfill a wish of the child, and provide the family with immediate financial support, in addition to any other essential needs.
On June 13, three Chopper Trading employees volunteered to represent our firm, by presenting Bear Necessities with, what we hope will be, a helpful contribution. The trio also enjoyed a spectacular round of golf and a celebratory dinner at the Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, Ill., just outside of Chicago. We could not have asked for better weather, or for a better reason to spend a day outdoors.