Published on July 06, 2021

Silver Cross 30th Anniversary Charity Golf Classic Raises $294,000 for Patient Care

The Silver Cross Foundation raised $294,000 at the 30th Anniversary of the Annual Charity Golf Classic held at Crystal Tree Country Club on June 28, 2021. More than 200 golfers and friends of Silver Cross came out to support the Hospital.  Proceeds from the event will support new facilities, programs and technology including more medical, surgical, and birthing rooms and a 24-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) opening in 2022. 

“This past year has been like no other,” said Tracy Simons, Executive Director of the Silver Cross Foundation, the fund-raising arm for the Hospital.   “Yet, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our many corporate partners, medical staff, clinical staff and event volunteers, Silver Cross can continue to bring advanced treatments and medical expertise so patients don’t have to leave the area for safe, high quality healthcare.” 

To commemorate the fundraiser’s 30th anniversary, Silver Cross honored Block Electric Company with the first Silver Cross Corporate Citizen Award. The new award recognizes a local business that has demonstrated meaningful leadership through corporate social responsibility programs, philanthropy and volunteerism in our community and at Silver Cross Hospital. 

“Block Electric is truly deserving of this honor as their employees exemplify the values of caring service to others that are the bedrock of Silver Cross Hospital tradition,” said Scott Paddock, SVP, External Affairs at Silver Cross Hospital. 

Check Presentation

Golf Outing Chairman Rudy Mahalik, Jr., presents Silver Cross President/CEO Ruth Colby with a check for $294,000 raised at the 30th Anniversary Silver Cross Charity Golf Classic on June 28 at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park to support new facilities, programs and services.

Block Electric Company has a longstanding tradition of giving back.  Since 1991, the Block Family Foundation has contributed over $2.5 million to many charitable organizations including the Silver Cross Foundation. Their commitment to ensuring quality healthcare is available in our community dates back more than 30 years.  Not only are they a loyal corporate philanthropy partner, but they literally help keep the lights on at the Hospital.   In addition to supporting Silver Cross and many other hospitals, Block Electric has provided college scholarships to their employees’ children and participated in the American Cancer Society’s Walk and Roll event in Chicago for the past 10 years.  

“Giving back to Silver Cross all these years has been a great privilege, and if this year has show anything, it has always been worth it,” said Scott Block, Vice President at Block Electric Company. “It is really Silver Cross that deserves all the credit for what they do every day.” 

Silver Cross also paid tribute to Bob Filotto and Frank Margaron - two of the original members of the first Silver Cross Charity Golf Classic Committee, for laying the groundwork to raise over $5 million since 1992 with the annual fundraising event. 

Block Electric Golf Photo

Ruth Colby, Silver Cross Hospital President/CEO of Silver Cross Hospital with Scott Block, Mike Block, Jim McCormick and Scott Schultz of Block Electric Company

With more than 70 organizations participating in the 2021 Silver Cross Charity Golf Classic, the presenting sponsor was Reed Construction.  Other sponsors donating $5,000 or more to support the Hospital’s Foundation included AHEAD, Block Electric Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Capital Strategies Investment Group, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgical Associates, S.C., Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, EM Strategies, First Midwest Bank, Heart Care Centers of Illinois, Hollywood Casino Joliet, Huron Consulting Group, Irgens,, LincolnWay Community Bank, Low Voltage Solutions, Inc., MOC Sports Medicine, Oak Orthopedics - a division of IBJI, PFS Group, Power Construction, PREMIER Design & Build Group, Sentinel Technologies, Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, Silver Cross Medical Staff, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, and Village of New Lenox. 

The 31st annual Silver Cross Charity Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 27, 2022 at Crystal Tree Country Club.  For more information, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 300-7105. To make an online donation, visit


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