On Monday, August 29th the GI Research Foundation hosted the Larry A. Pogofsky All-Star Challenge—On the Greens at Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood. Pro-athletes – including Chicago greats Ozzie Guillen, Chris Chelios, Willie Gault and more – joined foursomes to honor Larry’s love of sports and continue his legacy of funding research to better treat, prevent and cure digestive diseases.

Golfers enjoyed breakfast, contests, a barbeque lunch along the course, and golf until the skies turned dark. The rain did not dampen the high spirits. Guests moved indoors for a 19th Hole Reception featuring heavy appetizers; cocktails donated by 8 Hospitality, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and El Bandito Tequila; silent and live auction packages from Bergie’s Sports Card Dugout, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Bucks, Rich Harvest Farms and more; and music from Gold Coast Events.  Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, the All-Star Challenge raised more than $176,000 for digestive diseases research.

“We built on last year’s momentum to put on a fun and profitable outing. We are thrilled with the results. It is because of the event committee, celebrity athletes who donated their time and talents, the enthusiastic guests and donors, and the amazingly generous sponsors that the GI Research Foundation can continue transforming lives,” said Benjy Pogofsky, event co-chair and GIRF Board Member. The event was also chaired by GIRF Board Member Jonathan Merel.

Planning for next year’s event is already underway! Save the Date for the next Larry A. Pogofsky All-Star Challenge—On the Greens on August 7th, 2023, at Bryn Mawr Country Club.