Anthony Rizzo Strikes Out Cancer With @properties

@properties co-founder Mike Golden and Anthony Rizzo (Photos by Mary Carol Fitzgerald and Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography.)

Cancer is something that hits far too close to home for the Rizzo family. At the age of 18 and on the cusp of his professional baseball career with the Boston Red Sox organization, Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His grandmother was simultaneously battling breast cancer.

In September of 2008, Rizzo was told he was in remission. “At that point I knew I wanted to become a role model to help cancer patients and their families,” said Rizzo. Thus, in 2012, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation began.

Founded by the Chicago Cubs first baseman, the organization is devoted to raising money for cancer research and providing support to children and families battling the disease.

On June 7, @properties’ nonprofit foundation, @gives back, partnered with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation for the cancer-kicking fundraising event Strike Out Cancer. More than 300 guests attended the lively evening held at Ravenswood’s Architectural Artifacts. The event raised $130,000 for Rizzo’s Foundation.

The evening included a VIP reception with the one and only #44 himself. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction, live entertainment, and appetizers.

Anthony Rizzo and @properties co-founders Thad Wong and Mike Golden

Anthony Rizzo and @properties co-founders Thad Wong and Mike Golden thank everyone for attending and supporting the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation and @gives back.

Anthony Rizzo's Strike Out Cancer: Lindsay Guhl and Charles Guhl

Lindsay Guhl (president of @gives back) and her brother, Charles Guhl

Anthony Rizzo's Strike Out Cancer: @gives back board with Anthony Rizzo

The @gives back board and Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo with Andrea Mohr and Natasha Patla

Andrea Mohr, Anthony Rizzo, and Natasha Patla

Anthony Rizzo's Strike Out Cancer event

Guests enjoyed a variety of baseball-themed bites including hot dogs, sliders, Cracker Jacks, soft pretzels, nachos, and Big League Chew.

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

Impact: The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is dedicated to raising money for cancer research and providing support to children and families battling the disease (Photo courtesy of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.)

 

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Emily Stone is Associate Editor at Make It Better. She earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work is published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.

 

 

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