Serving Hope: T4Youth Ping Pong Event Raises Over $130k for Chicago’s Underserved Youth
The T4Youth Ping Pong event has wrapped up, marking another resounding success for a night filled with thrilling matches, friendly competition, and a collective dedication to supporting Chicago’s underserved youth and young professionals. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the highlights of an evening that united companies, executives, and sponsors in the spirit of giving back:
1. Champion Showdown: ABN AMRO Claims Victory
The highly anticipated final match saw a face-off between two formidable contenders—Magnetar Capital, a two-time winner from 2019 and 2022, and ABN AMRO. The competition was fierce and in the end, ABN AMRO emerged triumphant, claiming the 2023 championship and adding another chapter to the event’s storied history.
Previous Tournament Winners Include:
- 2022: Magnetar Capital
- 2019: Magnetar Capital
- 2018: Hudson River Trading
- 2017: Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois
- 2016: Enova
- 2015: Slalom
- 2014: DRW
2. Executive Challenge Triumph: Hisham Petry Takes the Crown
In the spirit of friendly competition, the executive challenge saw Hisham Petry rise to the top. His exemplary performance added an extra layer of excitement to the event, demonstrating that the spirit of competition extends beyond the professional realm.
3. Cheers to Our Sponsors & a Special Thanks to Hudson River Trading
A heartfelt shoutout to all our sponsors for making this event possible, with a special mention for Hudson River Trading, our beer sponsor. Despite a minor hiccup with the misplaced cups featuring their logo, the support and enthusiasm from Hudson River Trading added a refreshing touch to the event. Cheers to them for ensuring the drinks kept flowing and the spirits stayed high!
4. Auctioning for a Cause: Showcasing Awesome Items
Although the silent auction has concluded, it’s worth celebrating the incredible items that were up for grabs. From unique experiences to valuable memorabilia, each item played a pivotal role in the overall success of the fundraising efforts. Heartfelt thanks to all who generously donated.
5. Fundraising Success: Over $130k Raised
The T4Youth Ping Pong event has raised over $120,000 for two years in a row, with this year’s total surpassing an impressive $130,000. This substantial amount will play a crucial role in directly impacting the lives of the city’s underserved youth, fostering education, mentorship, and opportunities they might not have otherwise. These funds will create a positive ripple effect, opening doors and creating opportunities for a brighter future.
As a parting shot(pun intended), the T4Youth Ping Pong event not only showcased exceptional ping pong skills but, more importantly, demonstrated the power of community coming together for a greater cause. As the funds are channeled into programs for Chicago’s underserved youth, the impact will be felt for years to come, proving that a small ball on a table can make a big difference in the lives of those who need it most.
Until next year – see you then!
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