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Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event Committee Members with Bobby Hull

44th Annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event

Portrait of Chuck Kane holding a golf club.

The NEIU Foundation’s annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event attracted 113 golfers and raised $29,750 for student scholarships this year.

The Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event, the University’s biggest annual fundraiser, is held in memory of former athletic director and golf coach Charles “Chuck” Kane.

“The mission of this event is to support our students with scholarships and to honor the memory of a consummate professor,” said Liesl Downey, executive director of the NEIU Foundation and Northeastern’s vice president for Institutional Advancement. “It is one of the most symbolic efforts of the Foundation, and we are grateful to everyone who joins us in our efforts.”

The tournament, held Aug. 8 at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, was attended by former Chicago Bulls great Bob Love as well as Chicago Police Department Commander Marc Buslik (B.A. ’88 Criminal Justice).

After Chuck Kane’s passing in 1972, his colleagues initiated the golf outing in his memory. Over time, the event has focused not only on sport and leisure, but has also emphasized the values of giving back by providing much-needed scholarships for deserving Northeastern Illinois University students.

In total, seven scholarships are funded by the Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event, which has now raised more than $281,337 over just the past 10 years. With an endowment of $424,723, the scholarship has provided scholarships for more than 145 students. Fourteen more scholarships will be awarded before the end of this year.

The tournament has drawn a number of notable alumni over the years, including NBA referee Danny Crawford and former MLB pitcher Alan Hargesheimer.

Check out photos from the 2016 Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Chevy Chase Country Club
Wheeling, Illinois

Golf and Lunch: $135 per player
Golf, Lunch and Dinner: $200 per player
Dinner Only: $75 per person

View the 2016 sponsorship opportunities brochure


Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 11:00 a.m.
Cocktails: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

Day Includes:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Putting contest with a chance to win a cash prize
  • Chance to win $10,000 at our hole-in-one contest
  • Silent auction featuring many exciting items
  • Awards for all top foursomes
  • Box lunch, cocktail hour and dinner 

Featuring 2016 Celebrity Speaker:
Bob "Butterbean" Love of the Chicago Bulls

Bob Love serves as Bulls Goodwill Ambassador, representing the organization at various functions throughout the Chicago community.  

Bob’s NBA career spanned 11 years - eight of those seasons with the Bulls. On Jan. 14, 1994, Bob became the second Chicago Bull to have his jersey (No. 10) retired. He is a three-time NBA All Star and is ranked third on the Bulls’ all time scoring list with 12,623 points.

Bob serves as an honorary spokesperson for the National Stuttering Federation of America.  Additionally, Bob serves on the board of the National Brain Injury Association of Illinois. He also released a documentary about his life titled, “Find Yourself a Dream: The Bob Love Story”, and spoke across the country to audiences about the film, which documents his struggles to overcome adversity and his stuttering disability to make his dreams come true.

Bob is a native of Bastrop, Louisiana and attended Southern University.  Additionally, he was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Carthage College (Humanities) and the University of Rhode Island (Laws).

Featured 2016 Alumni Speaker:
Marc Buslik

Featured speaker Marc BuslikCommander Marc Buslik (B.A. ’88 Criminal Justice) is a 36-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and is currently the liaison to the U.S. Department of Justice during their civil rights investigation of the CPD.  Previously he was the District Commander of the 14th (Shakespeare) District. A member of the FBI’s Terrorism Liaison Officers Committee, he was also on the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force. Marc has authored several articles and book chapters on policing and is a nationally recognized expert on the use of police body cameras. Marc is also an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Illinois at Chicago, and is pursuing a doctorate in criminology from UIC where he earned an M.A. in Public Administration.

Contact Us

For questions or more information please call Jake Meding, Office of Development, at (773) 442-4223,

Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, Illinois

Check out the course tour

Beautiful shot of the Chevy Chase Country Club golf course.

The 2016 Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event is generously sponsored in part by:

Dinner Sponsor

Sponsor logo Zaptones

Beverage Cart Sponsors

 Sponsor logo Kessler Orlean Silver 
Thomas F. Power, Jr.

Chuck Kane Sponsor

Sponsor logo Chuck Kane Family

Contest Hole Sponsor

American Campus Communities

Gift Sponsor

Tom R. Gramins, CPA, PFS

Hole Sponsors

Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni and Krafthefer, PC
Larry Bernstein and Friends of Jimmy DiMatteo and Doc Waechter
Blue Leaf Lending
DiMeo Schneider & Associates, L.L.C.
Liesl V. Downey and Michael Downey
The Findley Family in Honor of Melissa Findley Thompson
President Sharon K. Hahs and Dr. Billy G. Hahs, Jr.
Provost Richard Helldobler and Robert E. Brown III
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Department
Melissa Reardon Henry and Brendan Henry
Kids Playing Camp
Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Daniel Lopez
Lawton Realty Group, Inc
NEIU Alumni Association
NEIU Student Government Association
Private Asset Mangement
Melba Rodriguez and Angela M. Salas
Signage Plus
Snow Systems
Transystems Transportation
Heather and Tom Truffer

Thank you for additional support from

Danny Crawford
Dan Creely
The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc.
Evolution Volleyball Club
Kate Hahn
Mike Hines
Mid American Printing
Wiliam Pollakov
Philip Raffaelli
Right at School
Madeleine and Hank Slingerland

2016 Kane Committee

Jonathan J. Stein, Committee Chair
NEIU Board of Trustees Member
NEIU Alumnus
Inland Real Estate Group, Inc.

Lawrence Bernstein
NEIU Alumnus and Former Student Athlete
Retired NEIU Coach
Anderson Landscape Supply

Max Caviness
NEIU Student pursuing a degree in Political Science and a minor in Media.
2015 Chuck Kane College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Recipient

Sylvia Daniels
NEIU Director of Development

Tom Gramins, CPA
NEIU Foundation Board President

Mike Hines
NEIU Director of Public Relations

Heather Hynds
NEIU Assistant Director of Development

Mark Kipp
NEIU Alumnus amd Retired NEIU Employee

Jake Meding
NEIU Development Officer

Dave Merrill
NEIU Director of Campus Recreation

Jessica Mueller
NEIU Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Jean Potillo
NEIU Alumna and NEIU Director of University Technology Systems

Gina Ridge
NEIU Student pursuing a degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
2015 Gus Ziagos Award Winner

Eric Rojas
NEIU Alumnus
Kale Realty

Dr. William Quinn
NEIU Professor and Chairperson
Health, Physcial Education, Recreation and Atheletics

Ralph Zia
Retired NEIU Assistant Vice President of Facilities


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