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Hear the Cheers! Campaign Scored $18,200 to Help Young Female Athletes

Money Will Purchase Hearing Aids through Chicago Hearing Society

Sixth-grader Eliza Peters’ dream was to raise $10,000 to help young female athletes with hearing loss. Teaming up with Sarah Spain of espnW and ESP Radio and the Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anixter Center, Peters shattered that personal goal and will be able to help more fellow athletes than she ever thought possible.

In less than a month, Peters’ Hear the Cheers! Campaign to provide hearing aids for young female athletes raised more than $18,200 from approximately 290 donors located throughout the country.

Peters knows firsthand how important hearing is to an athlete. Thanks to her hearing aids, she can hear every cheer when playing basketball or running cross-country. But she also knows not everyone could afford hearing aids and that most insurance plans do not pay for the expenses related to hearing aids.

So she started Hear the Cheers! As word of the campaign spread, especially through social media, the donations rolled in and the total grew.

All donations will be used by Chicago Hearing Society to provide hearing aids, and related audiology services, to young female athletes around the Chicago area, including Kane County, where Peters lives.

9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing raises more than $143,000 to support the mission of Anixter Center


Northmoor Country Club host Tom Silberman with daughter, Louise,
and son, Peter, event chairman

More than 100 golfers enjoyed a day on the greens at the 9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing. Hosted at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park on June 25, the event served as an opportunity to honor the late Lester J. Anixter by playing the game he loved in support of Anixter Center.

Guests played a spirited 18-hole scramble where they competed for several awards, including the highly coveted hole-in-one award of a 2012 Jaguar XF, which was graciously donated by Howard Orloff Imports. While on the course, guests were also able to meet and greet with Chicago Sky center Carolyn Swords.

Golfers ended the day with a cocktail hour and delicious dinner at the clubhouse, where they had an opportunity to bid on incredible silent auction items, including thirty pounds of chocolate courtesy of Blommer Chocolate Company and prized Chicago sports memorabilia. During dinner, event chairman Peter Silberman led a live auction filled with luxurious vacation packages, golf excursions and more.

Thanks to the generosity of the event’s sponsors, including the Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation, Adams Plastics, LP, Summit Executive Centre, AIM Specialty Health and those in attendance, the 9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing raised more than $143,000 to support the mission of Anixter Center.

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