Just who was Jim Lang anyway? And what does he have to do with college tuition assistance for students from single parent homes?
Find out at The James P. Lang Scholarship Foundation’s 14th Annual Clubber Open Thursday, July 12 at , 1010 S. Northwest Highway. Established in 1999 by the Lang family to honor their deceased younger brother, to date the foundation has provided 76 graduating students from single parent families with $1,500 for each of their four years in college. Many of these scholarship recipients are from the Northwest suburbs.
Generous donations and participation in past golf outings, has enabled the foundation to expanded the scope of its scholarships to include donations to educational funds for several families who have lost a parent in tragic accidents. The 2012 award in this category is earmarked for the John Hanlon Childrens’ Fund. It will aid four children, ages 8 to 15, whose father died in a November hunting accident.
The event honors the memory of Jim "Clubber" Lang who grew up in a single parent home and, according to his brothers Mike of South Barrington and Chris of Inverness and their sisters Patricia and Mary, was a "student of life." Jim’s plan to return to school and study medicine was thwarted by his unexpected death.
Jim’s love of golf inspired his family to launch the annual golf outing as the foundation’s primary fund raiser. It includes lunch, golf, cocktail hour, silent auction, auction, raffle and dinner. Cost for the entire day is $225; $50 for post golf activities only.
Lunch and registration is at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. A reception and dinner follow play.
Some of this year’s raffle items include autographed items from Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Derrick Rose and Dick Butkus. Also Chicago Bulls tickets, a split the pot raffle and drawing for a Wisconsin Dells weekend.