Recent News

Third Annual “Trash to Treasure” a Success
September 15, 2017
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On September 14, Pat Mac’s Pack partnered with Kendra Scott for a “Kendra Gives Back” event. A shopping fundraiser was held at the Michigan Avenue store, where Kendra Scott provided complimentary drinks and appetizers and 20% of all jewelry sales went to Pat Mac’s Pack — including three pieces of jewelry designed by Dee McNamara using grey stones (grey is the color of pediatric brain tumor awareness). Thank you, Kendra Scott!

 

 

 

Pat Mac’s Pack Featured in DNAInfo
March 9, 2017
The sixth annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser was featured in Beverly’s DNAInfo. Click here to read the story, which provides a great overview of the history of our organization and the roots of this fundraiser tradition.

Downtown “Crawl for a Cpmp-crawlause” raises more than $2,000 for Pat Mac’s Pack
December 2, 2016
More than 30 young supporters of Pat Mac’s Pack participated in an annual bar “crawl for a cause” — organized by cousins of Patrick — in early December. The crew made a loop of four bars downtown, spreading holiday cheer and raising more than $2,000 for Pat Mac’s Pack.


Third Annual “Trash to Treasure” a Success
November 17, 2016
For the third year in a row, Pat Mac’s Pack hosted the South Side version of HGTV’s Flea Market Flip — an event where people donate a repurposed or rehabbed item to be bid on and/or can purchase a unique piece to decorate a house, office, apartment and more. This year the event was hosted at Cork & Kerry and attracted approximately 175 attendees. From a vintage bracelet to a custom made bar, everyone left with something new to bring home, and Pat Mac’s Pack raised over $7,500. Check out some photos from the event in our gallery, here

Pat Mac’s Pack meets with leaders to impact funding for pediatric cancer research
August 31, 2016
On August 31, Tom and Dee McNamara, along with members of other families of Lurie Children’s Hospital, met with Dr. Stewart Goldman, the National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to discuss funding for pediatric cancer.
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The main focus of this meeting was to encourage Senator Durbin and
members of Congress to pass the 21st Century Cures Act and to
reauthorize the Creating Hope Act, a pediatric cancer research priority review voucher program.

Update: On December 7, which happens to be the birthday of our hero — Patrick McNamara, Congress passed and sent the Century Cures Act to the President. Pat Mac’s Pack is thrilled to report that Obama signed this Act into law on December 13. 

Pat Mac’s Pack presents $125,000 to Lurie Children’s Hospital
August 18, 2016
On August 18, 2016, Pat Mac’s Pack presented $125,000 to Dr. Stewart Goldman, head of Lurie Children’s Hospital’s division of hematology, oncology, neuro-oncology and stem-cell transplantation. The donation was our organization’s latest major contribution to the hospital, following a donation in February 2015 of $43,000.

The August presentation was made at an event at the Tortoise Supper Club, which donated a portion of its sales the month of August to Pat Mac’s Pack.

 Third annual “Pat’s Pedaling Pack” raises more than $55,000
June 24, 2016
On June 24, Pat’s Pedaling Pack hit the road for the third annual 100-kilometer ride from the South Side of Chicago to Long Beach, Indiana. Riders departed from St. Barnabas Church in the Beverly neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago and were led by Leaders Of The Pack Bradon Wiggins and Anthony Papayas. With more than 50 riders, the event raised over $55,000. View photos from this year, and past years, in our gallery by clicking here.