It started with rather simple, social idea. Myself and some of the other Chicago Bears Bloggers in the city would get together to meet each other—many for the first time outside of the vast twitterverse—have a beer or two and watch a Bears game. Simple enough…
As one thing led to another, we had another thought: “Why not invite our followers and blog subscribers? And if we’re doing that, why not our colleagues at our respective host sites … and if we’re doing that, why not put on an actual event … and have door prizes … and run a live pre-game podcast … AND (this was the big one) why not do it all for charity?!”
So, we are doing just that. And YOU’RE invited. On Sunday, December 11, starting at 1:00 PM, we will kickoff what I hope will be the first annual Chicago Bears Bloggers Charity Tweet-Up. The event will take place at Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, Chicago.
The venue will offer a food/drink package, including a brunch buffet , Bud, Bud Light and Bloody Mary's, ($30) with all proceeds going towards our charity. In addition to that, we will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of many excellent prizes. “Prizes,” you ask? Yes! You will have a chance to win Chicago Bears ticktes, Chicago Blackhawks tickets, an autographed copy of Jeff Pearlman’s Sweetness, autographed Bears and White Sox memorabilia, tickets to the Israel Idonije youth football camp, dinner for two and SO much more. And every penny will go to the cause.
“What cause is that,” you ask? We have partnered with the Israel Idonije Foundation on the event and will be donating all proceeds to help extend positive, life-changing opportunities to families and individuals in economically disadvantaged communities throughout Chicago and beyond. And we’re very excited and humbled to have the responsibility of making our efforts worth-while.
In addition to our random consorting and tweeting during the event, Rob Zielinski and Josh Catlow, hosts of Chicago Sports Fix on Chicagoland Sports Radio, will be participating in a live pre-game show/podcast. They will be joined by our very own Darren Doxey as the third panelist (he’s flying all the way up from Florida to do so, people).
There is no doubt THIS will be an event to remember. I want to extend a special thank you to my event partners, Mike Burzawa of Bear Goggles On and Jonathan Carroll, who covers the Bears for Rant Sports.com. This was mostly their idea! I’m just here for my pretty face!
PLEASE, if you cannot make it to the event, perhaps you can find a few extra bucks to donate to the cause and help us make the event a success by going here and making a donation.
This event is no longer about us; it’s about those we help. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and we hope to see you all there!