Berkot’s Super Foods raised a record-breaking $40,000 at its 10th annual golf outing on Aug. 21 in honor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research.
All of the proceeds will be donated to JDRF on behalf of the “Ryan’s Rescuers” team.
Berkot’s has been a financial supporter of JDRF since 2007, when Ryan Kotara, son of Kristin and Luke Kotara, Berkot’s vice president, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Almost 300 people attended the sold-out golf outing in late August, including Berkot’s employees and company vendors.
Those guests were able to participate in the golf tournament, as well as a raffle and silent auction. Auction items included sports memorabilia and “experience” items, such as the “Man Cave Experience,” which included a new TV, a new chair with a built-in cooler, and the opportunity to have a former Chicago Bear watch at least half of a game with the winner and 11 friends.
Raffle items included gifts such as spa packages, golf bags, a bike and more. The proceeds from the silent auction, the raffle and the team fees for the golf tournament added up to approximately $40,000 – the most Berkot’s has ever raised for JDRF at the golf outing.
An additional $10,000 was donated to JDRF by National Hockey League Hall of Famer, former Chicago Blackhawk and Dean Foods’ celebrity golfer Denis Savard.
“Everyone’s hard work paid off,” Luke Kotara said about the golf outing. “All of the time, the dedication and preparations were worth it.”
Berkot’s is also currently collecting donations for JDRF via “Sneaker Sales” in each of the 13 stores. Paper sneakers can be purchased with any size donation at the cash registers at any Berkot’s location.
Last year, Berkot’s Super Foods was able to donate about $15,000 on behalf of the Ryan’s Rescuers team just from the Sneaker Sales. Those sales brought the grand total donated to JDRF for 2012 to $87,757.15.
Kotara has challenged the company’s cashiers to increase the Sneaker Sales amount by at least 10 percent in 2013 by the closing date of Oct. 6.