On behalf of everyone involved with The Shriner Kids Foundation and the Sycamore Shriners Scramble, thank you for your generosity and support for the last 13 years! Together we have all fulfilled our mission of making an impact and spreading awareness to our communities about Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Chicago. To date we have donated $194,500 to the hospital, referred 9 families, funded a speech therapy app, a summer camp, contributed to a Fluoroscopy System, and much more!
As you are very aware, we have all been impacted in some way from this heath crisis. It is important that you understand how we value and care about you and your family. The change in our economy and welfare has created a massive disruption for all of us. However it has paved a way for us all to revisit our priorities and be sensitive to other’s priorities. We are fortunate to have people like you in our communities that are still able to help kids live a healthy life. Think of how challenging this has been for us recently. Imagine a lifetime of this, which is what many Shriner patients face without the help of philanthropists like you to give them a future of hope and healing.
As a result, now more than ever, Connor and I feel it is critical for us to maintain our momentum of making an impact for more kids like him. That is why we are thrilled to announce the 2021 Sycamore Shriners Scramble will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021. After months of careful and thoughtful consideration, we have decided to plan for our annual event again. There will be a few changes this year to make accommodations to existing COVID restrictions. I have tried my best to explain those changes in this packet. Please read this carefully and do not hesitate to call me with questions!
We also want you to know because of these changes registration will be much different. You are receiving this letter, giving you priority to register before the online registration goes live on March 25, 2021. The last seven years we have filled all 38 foursome spots within the first 4 days of our website going live for registration. If you would like to participate in the 2021 Shriners Scramble, I strongly urge you to register as soon as possible and definitely before March 25, when the website goes live. The only way your foursome spot is reserved is by payment for the entire foursome.
Please note all of the changes to this year’s Shriners Scramble is a result of COVID. We have had many meetings with community leaders, park board members, city managers, caterers, business owners, etc. that have helped us determine the safest way to host a fundraiser during the pandemic. Our goal is to have a great day filled with fun and games while raising funds to help more kids receive specialty medical treatment regardless of their family’s ability to pay. However, we want to do that while being very mindful to the challenges we have all faced over the last year with health, business, financials, and social emotional needs of every person. We promise to stay committed to health and wellbeing of business owners, donors, volunteers, and employees.
Kelly & Connor
2021 Shriners Scramble Changes
As a return golfer, you understand the work and time that goes into our 32 raffle baskets valued at a minimum of $150 and the 10-15 silent auction items of trips, autographed memorabilia, sports tickets, etc. Those items are how we raise the money we do for SHC-Chicago! However, this year will be different. We have decided to not solicit our local business that provide all the prizes for the Raffle Baskets and Silent Auctions as many of them have been impacted negatively by the pandemic restrictions the last year.
Instead of selling raffle tickets and making bids for our silent auction items, we have hired a third party company to take care of this for this year only. Additionally, this company will provide on the course games that will speed up play, offer great chances to win cash, and opportunities for great fun!
SMT Golf Entertainment will provide prizes for golfers to bid on. SMT determines the minimum bid and the bidding increments that are allowed for each prize. This will be different than bidding has been in the past at The Shriners Scramble. The prizes that are brought to us to bid on come in mass quantities. Therefore, if you make a bid, you will win the item at your bid price. You are better off bidding early on them item you want because you will get it at the lower price. This company will bring one of every item, the first person to bid on the item will get to take it home, and the rest of the bidders will have their item mailed to their home. You will be notified of the auction and the bidding will start online the week of the outing so you can do your bidding before you even come!
Golf Games on the Course
There will be on the course games that are new and fun! SMT Golf Entertainment will be running these games and providing the cash prizes for them. As part of your registration fee you will be given one opportunity to play each game. No more digging out that wallet! IF you choose to play the game more than the one time then you can pay additional money to play again. 100% of the of additional attempt costs comes back to us for SHC-Chicago! These games are super fun!!!
Foursome Price $400
- Hot Dog, Chips, Soda Lunch for each golfer.
- Boxed Dinner for each golfer and post golf.
- Tent, Music, Cash Bar Post Golf Party at the golf course.
- One attempt at each on course game, free for each golfer.
- Lots of awesome swag this year for playing!
We will NOT be selling Shriners String or Raffle Tickets!
Golf Registration Price Increase
The price increase this year is to cover the cost of us to have SMT Golf Entertainment provide our silent auction prizes and on course games and prizes and a few other added expenses that we are incurring this year with tents, outside seating, etc. However again, you will not be asked to purchase Shriners String at $20 per foursome and Raffle Tickets ranging in cost from $10 to $60.
Due to the unknown pandemic restrictions that will be in place for banquet halls and caters in June, we are cancelling our post golf dinner banquet. We are very disappointed about not being able to gather together to reflect on the day and celebrate the success of our day and Shriners Hospitals for Children Chicago. However, with the best interest of everyone’s health in mind, we cannot safely plan for 250+ people to gather. Please note how we will replace these activities in the agenda below. Please remember, this is only for THIS YEAR 2021 and in 2022 we will be back to normal at the Regale, with our sit down dinner and presentation and celebrate an awesome day!