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Fox Valley Marines Detachment’s 4th Annual Hoops for Troops Tournament Raises $7,500 to Benefit Military Families at Hines VA Fisher House

FOFH-IL Salutes This Partner Whose Financial Support Amounts to a Remarkable $12,500 since 2013

4th Annual Hoops for Troops
The Fox Valley Marines Detachment #1233 annual Hoops for the Troops is a highly successful basketball event resulting from tremendous advance planning and effort. Each year, this program is spearheaded by the energetic Sarah Rashkow with her husband, Steve, Judge Advocate with the Fox Valley Marines Detachment team members working in all areas.

The 2014 tournament at the Vaughn Athletic Center in Aurora resulted in a championship playoff between Naperville Department and Kendall County Sheriff’s Department with Naperville taking first place. The full roster of 10 teams for the two-day event included: Department, the Police Departments of Aurora, Montgomery and Naperville; the Sheriff’s Departments of DuPage and Kendall County; the Fire Departments of Aurora, Little Rock-Fox and Oswego, plus Team Home Depot of Geneva and the Illinois National Guard of Aurora.

The two-day, action-packed event featured a Chicago Wheelchair Bulls and Jr. Bulls Basketball Exhibition Game, Miss Illinois 2013, Bob Love of the Chicago Bulls, Tom Tomasuelo of WGN Sports, 94.7 FM & 89 AM WLS Road Crew, plus 95.9 FM The River Road Crew.

Tremendous legwork, phone solicitations and volunteer recruiting have resulted in this annual event with raffle prizes raising some $10,000 each of two successive years to support various veteran-related charities selected by Fox Valley Marines: Friends of Fisher House-Illinois, Hope for Tomorrow, Operation Welcome You Home, Illinois, Inc., and a portion retained by Fox Valley Marines to help military and women.

Westwood College Bonus for Volunteers

Westwood College O’Hare Program Chairs and Faculty Volunteers Team (l - r:) John Boland, Ann Varchetta, Kurt Szaltis and Carl Cooper worked with FOFH-IL Volunteer Barb Kemp (r) to build awareness of the need to support military families during medical crises at Hines VA Fisher House.

Bonus for Volunteers
Carl (l) and Barb Kemp (r) was meeting 2013 Miss Illinois Brittaney Smith.
Special $250 Donation from Naperville Police Dept. Fox Valley Marines Donation 
Special $250 Donation from Naperville Police Dept. is presented to FOFH-Il President Betty Stamatis. FOFH-IL Development Officer Barb Kemp receives $7,500 contribution from Fox Valley Marines Detachment #1233 to help support military families during medical crises at Hines VA Fisher House.


Military Families Express Heartfelt Appreciation

Fisher House is a Godsend. So many of us want to be with our family members but can’t always afford it with the cost of travel, lodging and food. Thanks to Fisher House we can!

What a blessing! The Fisher House has relieved me of so much stress. Don’t know what I would have done.

This is such a great opportunity for families of veterans affected by war and illness. It warms my heart to see the government, community, families and those who serve out nation working together for the greater good.

My grandmother and I stayed at the Fisher House to keep my father company during his long treatment/recovery… If not for this home, my father would have been a sad and lonely man.

…The Fisher House provides peace of mind for the patient as well as their family…the manager and staff are a true blessing…

Military Families Hosted