Dan Hampton to speak at MILL fund-raiser Sept. 27

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Chicago Bears All-Pro, Hall of Fame defensive lineman and Super Bowl XX Champion Dan Hampton, No. 99, will be the guest speaker at The MILL’s 14th Annual Celebrity Celebration Dinner and Auction on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Giovanni’s Restaurant.

A private VIP golf outing with Dan Hampton and only 12 guests (spots available) will be held at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club with lunch served immediately following golf. Hampton will spend some time with the kids at The MILL, and afterward attend a private VIP reception, which will be held for the major sponsors. Dinner for all guests will be served immediately following the private reception at Giovanni’s in Rockford.

Hampton is an engaging sports personality who is well known for his anecdotal and motivational speaking style. This, with his down-to-earth personality, makes him a captivating speaker.

Dinner tickets can be purchased for $75 each at The MILL, by calling 282-7750 or by e-mailing, vsharp@themillrockford.com. To obtain sponsorship packages or to donate auction items, contact Sandy Whitson at 282-7712, or e-mail at swhitson@themillrockford.com.

Auction and $20,000 raffle

The event will feature a live and silent auction and a Grand Prize 50/50 Raffle for up to $20,000. A second prize for $500, and third prize for $250 will also be selected by random drawings the evening of the event. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 each, three for $50, or seven for $100. Raffle tickets are available at The Mill, 3445 Elmwood Rd., or call (815) 282-7750.

Dan Hampton, nicknamed “Danimal” for his intensive playing style, was a force on one of the most fearsome defenses in NFL history. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Although Hampton has retired from the gridiron, he keeps busy as a spokesman for companies such as Chevrolet and Firestone as well as hosting pre- and post-game shows for the Bears on WGN Radio. Hampton is also a staff member and hosts a weekly cable show for Pro Football Weekly.

All proceeds from this fund-raiser will support educational and counseling programs offered to at-risk youth at The MILL (Motivating Individuals for Learning and Living).

The MILL is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization on Elmwood Road in the northwest section of Rockford. Students are referred to The MILL because school or other treatment interventions have not been effective. Many have learning disabilities, substance abuse, or truancy issues that cause them to perform below grade level.

The agency provides comprehensive counseling and educational programs and reflects a diverse ethnic population. The MILL is currently serving 63 kids in its residential and day programs, of which half are from the Rockford vicinity. In addition, The MILL serves youth from several other counties in northern Illinois.

The MILL seeks to help abused, neglected and at-risk youth and their families to develop appropriate attitudes, behaviors and skills that lead to responsible and productive lifestyles. The MILL serves as a residential treatment center and therapeutic day school that focuses on positive outcomes for youth, ages 8-21.

Many youth have been rehabilitated. Their lives have been transformed at The MILL since its inception as a child care agency serving Rockford and the surrounding communities since 1978. The MILL, providing residential and day school programs, is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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