LETR Plane Pull: Raising Money For Special Olympics Illinois

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Image credit: Special Olympics Illinois

 

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull is a charity event that benefits Special Olympics Illinois. Teams of 20 compete to see who can move a 99-ton Airbus A300 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. Essentially, it is like playing tug-of-war with a massive airplane. I have been involved with this event since 2010, and this year I am proud to say that Windy City Curling is fielding a team. To get a better idea of what this event looks like, check out this video of my team from 2011:

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 19th at O’Hare International Airport. In order to participate, a team must raise a minimum of $1,000. Again, all proceeds from the event go to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Last year, for example, 83 teams raised close to $150,000 for this cause.

 

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Image credit: Special Olympics Illinois

 

Our goal as a team is to raise at least $2,500. We need your help to reach our goal!

If you wish to contribute, you may do so via our team page at this link.

For more information on the event itself, check out the event page here.

 

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Phil Darin is Windy City’s resident armchair curler who even plays from time to time. He often loses on the ice, but he always wins at broomstacking. Would you like to hear more about curling, whisky, or gambling? Are you Eve Muirhead?

Want to contact Phil directly? Do you need a restaurant recommendation in Vegas?

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Raising Money For Special Olympics Illinois

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull is a charity event that benefits Special Olympics Illinois. Teams of 20 compete to see who can move a 99-ton Airbus A300 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. Essentially, it is like playing tug-of-war with a massive airplane. I have been involved with this event since 2010, and this year I am proud to say that Windy City Curling is fielding a team. To get a better idea of what this event looks like, check out this video of my team from 2011:

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 19th at O’Hare International Airport. In order to participate, a team must raise a minimum of $1,000. Again, all proceeds from the event go to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Last year, for example, 83 teams raised close to $150,000 for this cause.

Our goal as a team is to raise at least $2,500. We need your help to reach our goal!

If you wish to contribute, you may do so via our team page at this link.

For more information on the event itself, check out the event page here.

New Home & Open House

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Windy City Curling recently moved from Rocket Ice Arena in Bolingbrook to Seven Bridges Ice Arena in nearby Woodridge. In order to celebrate the move (and to give the ice a whirl) we hosted an open house for the public last Saturday.

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To start things off, some ceremonial “first stones” were thrown.

 

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After that, some members played pick-up games, while others helped teach the game to first-timers…including several members of the Seven Bridges staff.

 

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A big thank-you to Seven Bridges for all their hard work and hospitality. We look forward to working with you, and we can’t wait for our new season to start!

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Phil Darin is Windy City’s resident armchair curler who even plays from time to time. He often loses on the ice, but he always wins at broomstacking. Would you like to hear more about curling, whisky, or gambling? Are you Eve Muirhead?

Want to contact Phil directly? Do you need a restaurant recommendation in Vegas?

prdarin@gmail.com 

Celebrating Our First Year In Style

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We held our first annual spring banquet last Saturday, and the event was a big success! Members, family, and friends joined together for drinks, food, and fun as we celebrated our first year together as a club.

Image Credit: Taphouse Grill

Image Credit: Taphouse Grill

Our event was held at Taphouse Grill in Westmont. Some members arrived early to watch the Kentucky Derby, many cheering on Keen Ice…son of Curlin’ no less! How can you not like a horse with a name and a pedigree like that? Anyway, after the race we officially kicked off the evening with cocktails, appetizers, and socializing. Our usual ice time is around 9:30-10:00 on Thursday nights, and we broomstack beforehand, so it was nice to be able to have a few drinks and socialize at a more “normal” time.

After an hour or so it was time to eat. The food was excellent, and enjoyed by all. Many compliments to the chef! As we finished up eating our president, Jeff Sampson, had a few remarks.

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After that, Team Richardson was presented with their trophy for winning the first Club Championship!

L-R: Josh Richardson, Chuck Justis. (Not pictured: Dan Mulka, Dan Burrows)

L-R: Josh Richardson, Chuck Justis. (Not pictured: Dan Mulka, Dan Burrows)

You can read about their championship run here.

After dinner, it was time to draw the winners in our big spring banquet raffle! We enlisted the help of some of the waitstaff to draw names, and they were happy to oblige. Our own Josh Richardson won the grand prize of $1000, while several other members and their spouses won some of the other prizes. All in all the raffle was a big hit.

Following the raffle, we had a drawing for our door prizes. Matt Galas had some packages from Dollar Shave Club, while four-time Olympian Debbie McCormick sent us a miniature curling stone and a signed Team USA shirt…very cool.  Afterwards, the evening started to wind down. All in all it was a great time.

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First and foremost, on behalf of Windy City Curling Club a big and hearty thank you to everyone who came out for the banquet. Our members make our club, and we can’t thank you enough for all that you do on and off the ice. It’s been a great first year, and here’s to many more!

Secondly, a big thank you to everyone who bought and/or sold tickets for our raffle! Your efforts and contributions will help us to one day get our own dedicated ice, and we can’t thank you enough for helping us towards making that dream a reality.

Furthermore, thank you to Matt Galas, Dollar Shave Club, and Debbie McCormick for the door prizes! Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and the prizes were a big hit!

Finally, an extra special thank you to Taphouse Grill Westmont for the service, hospitality, and excellent food! We had a great time, and look forward to coming back again next year.

Dollar Shave Club is a great place to get all your shaving supplies. Why pay retail prices? Check them out here.

Debbie McCormick runs a Goldline Mobile Pro Shop in Wisconsin. Goldline makes outstanding curling gear at reasonable prices, and Debbie provides excellent service. Check out her website here.

Taphouse Grill has locations all throughout the suburbs. Their beer selection is top notch, their food is outstanding, and their service is excellent. Definitely better than your usual pub food, I can’t recommend them enough. Check out their website to find your nearest location.

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Phil Darin is Windy City’s resident armchair curler who even plays from time to time. He often loses on the ice, but he always wins at broomstacking. Would you like to hear more about curling, whisky, or gambling? Are you Eve Muirhead?

Want to contact Phil directly? Do you need a restaurant recommendation in Vegas?

prdarin@gmail.com 

Congratulations To Team Galas – 2015 Playdown Winners!

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Image Credit: USA Curling

Last Thursday, April 30th, Team Galas secured their spot as Windy City’s representative to the 2015 Arena National Championships. This year’s event will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from July 16-19. A newer event, Arena Nationals is open to teams from clubs (such as Windy City) that do not play on dedicated ice. Curling is growing in the US, and most of this growth is coming from arena clubs. As such, Arena Nationals is growing as well, with this year’s event featuring one men’s and one women’s team 16 arena clubs in total.

As is tradition with curling, Windy City held playdowns to determine which team would earn the right to represent the club in Cedar Rapids. The following four teams faced off against one another, round-robin style:

Team Galas: Matt Galas, Jeff Galas, Steve Parke, Jeff Sampson

Team Moore: Matt Moore, Dave Faxel, Noah Mattern, Tim Orisek

Team Mulka: Dan Mulka, Neil Darin, Phil Darin, Wes Darin

Team Reithel: Eric Reithel, Chuck Justice, Josh Richardson, Greg Torkelson

In week 1, Team Galas defeated Team Mulka, while Team Moore defeated Team Reithel. Team Mulka and Team Reithel had byes in week 2, while Team Galas defeated Team Moore. Team Mulka defeated Team Reithel in week 3, while Team Galas and Team Moore had byes. In the final week, Team Moore defeated Team Mulka, while Team Reithel Defeated Team Galas. Thus, at the end of the round-robin play Team Galas and Team Moore both had 2-1 records, while Team Mulka and Team Reithel each had a 1-2 record. Team Galas won the tiebreaker against Team Moore.

There was no women’s playdown, but we are sending a team.

Team Deresinski: Sharon Deresinski, Kitty Lam, Noel Luchinski, Rebbeca Tulloch

Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at both our teams prior to Arena Nationals. For now, let’s congratulate Team Galas on their victory!

 

For more information on Arena Nationals, check out this link.

 

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Phil Darin is Windy City’s resident armchair curler who even plays from time to time. He often loses on the ice, but he always wins at broomstacking. Would you like to hear more about curling, whisky, or gambling? Are you Eve Muirhead?

Want to contact Phil directly? Do you need a restaurant recommendation in Vegas?

prdarin@gmail.com