Tailgate For A Cause

A Tailgate With A Twist

Tailgating is defined as “Eating an informal meal in the back of a parked vehicle, typically in the parking lot of a sports stadium”.  A more informal definition might be “The practice of pounding excessive amounts of food and alcohol before a concert or football game”.  Whichever definition best suits you I suppose.  However, in either case we are looking at an event centered around food, drink, and entertainment.  And what better way to spend a weekend day, right?  That is…unless you throw a “good cause” into the mix, which is exactly what we did five years ago when O’Hare-Midway Limousine Service hosted our first ever Tailgate Event to Benefit The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. 

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Our goal from the beginning has been to help the foundation by collecting toys and funds for needy Illinois children, in hopes of making their Christmas a little merrier, based on a statement Walter himself had made;  “Gifts during the holidays for abused and neglected children may not seem like a lot, but in terms of establishing self-worth, confidence, and a feeling of pride, I believe it may mean everything.  I want them to feel good about themselves and to have self-esteem and self-respect.  They deserve just as much as the kid down the street.  Can you imagine the impact this has on these kids?  Can you imagine?”

Five Years Later

Five years and hundreds of donations later, our tailgate event is getting an upgrade.  Due to ever increasing attendance, we have partnered with Austin’s Saloon & Eatery in Libertyville to host the party this year.  Austin’s is known locally as a great family establishment as well as a concert venue.  Owner Mark Khayat and his staff has big plans for the event, and have set donation goals far in excess of years past.  We are lucky to have such a great partner, and look forward to setting new contribution records this year, and in the years to come.

Why It’s Important

Unfortunately, we live in a time where more and more people or groups need to seek outside assistance in order to thrive and survive.  We also live in a climate of “me first”, which has had an impact on how people feel and act toward those less fortunate than themselves.  It is due to these factors that anyone who has the resources; time, talent, or funds, should consider helping those in need of assistance.  Donating one’s time or skills to a worthy cause doesn’t cost anything, and can go a long way to help an organization.  It is important that we as members of the human family do this, because we can not only change the lives of those that are helps by our deeds, but we can also help ourselves.  In an article titled “Why Helping Others Makes Us Happy” (U.S. News, April, 2012), psychologist Mark Snyder states; “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.  All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up, which in reality, it does. It also improves their health and even their longevity.”

Mark Your Calendars

Save the date!  October 12th, OML Worldwide (that’s O’Hare-Midway Limousine for some of you) will be holding our 5th Annual Tailgate and Toy Drive to benefit The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation.  The event begins at 11:30, and will center around the Bears / Falcons game.  Toy or cash donations will be required to participate, with 100% of the proceeds going to WCPF.  See you there!!!

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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.