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Running and Drinking for Charity

By Timmy Watson in News on Apr 14, 2007 8:03PM

Rarely do we have a little extra cash around, but with the weather being how it's been we have managed to save money that would otherwise have been spent at a beer garden. What to do with the extra cash? How about drinking and running for a good cause? We thought we'd highlight a few charitable events coming up this month that are sure to put a benevolent smile on your face.

07_04_14_aidsmarathon.gifThe AIDS Marathon is a program where a group of athletes train you to run either a marathon or half-marathon. The idea is that leading up the marathon you will spend 30 minutes a week of your own time training and once on the weekend training with a group. The program will culminate in running either the LaSalle Bank Chicago Distance Classic Half Marathon on Sunday, August 12, 2007 or the 30th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7, 2007. The fund raising comes in at the Marathon, you will essentially be required to raise $1,400 in sponsorship. The money raised will be used by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and services.

07_04_14_ccfa.gifThe Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is working to find a cure for the disease that affects approximately 1.4 million people in the United States. The Chicago area chapter of the CCFA Young Professionals Group will be holding their annual benefit at Fizz Bar & Grill,
3220 N. Lincoln on April 28th. The benefit runs from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. and is $40 for all you can drink beer, wine, and well drinks. The group raised $10,000 in 2006 and the funds raised this year will be used, in part, to create a Summer camp for children affected by the disease.