Chicago Fire team writer Jeff Crandall has a great writeup on the fact that Section 8 Chicago raised over $10,000 for charity in 2010. The article is best read in its entirety so be sure to check it out. Congratulations to the board of Section 8 Chicago: President Tom Dunmore, Vice-President Joel Piktel, Communications Director Dan Martin, Events Director Joshua Graning, Finance Director Mario Ortega, Operations Director Michael Giacometti, and Merchandise Director Peter Bychowski. While many other volunteers helped in raising that money, the board members volunteer so much time and effort into things besides the regular game day operations you would expect. Special kudos to Ben Burton for putting together the 11th hour fundraiser at Kinderhook Tap to put Section 8 Chicago over that $10,000 mark in '10.
In that great Chicago tradition of not resting on your laurels, the Independent Supporters' Association that is Section 8 is partnering up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to host a post-holiday food drive. The need for donations is actually highest in the month of January as the winter weather gets colder and the donations from the holiday season start to dwindle. Donations can be dropped off at Small Bar at 1415 W. Fullerton between 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Saturday, January 15. If you can't make it to the event, you can donate online at the link right here. The Greater Chicago Food Depository makes it easy for you to select the amount of Chunk Light Tuna, 2% Milk, Large Eggs, Quick Oatmeal, Beef Stew, Fresh Apples, Baby Food, Creamy Peanut Butter, Canned Peas, or a straight monetary donation you would like to give. Those that can make it to the event should feel free to stick around for the annual Section 8 Chicago post-holiday party taking place inside of Small Bar. There is no cover but there is the option to purchase a $20 voucher that includes different food and beverage specials while part of the $20 goes to charity. If you want to help out people in your community while also seeing some old friends and making some new ones, there's no better event in town. Again, major credit to Section 8 Chicago for all of their charity work. Keep up the great work. I'll be there on the 15th for sure.