A Night to Fight: 1st Annual Barn Benefit

On behalf of the Von Schaumburg Family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those wonderful people who put their heart and soul into making our fundraiser, “A Night to Fight: 1st Annual Barn Benefit,” a huge success.  All those who graciously volunteered their time - our family, friends and neighbors - we are so very grateful for your hard work and dedication.

The donated items for the silent auction/raffle, whether they were from a company or individual person, were so much more than we could have imagined, and we cannot thank you enough.  All the sports tickets, concert packages, music memorabilia, trips to Florida and Vail, sports memorabilia, beautiful baskets, treadmill, restaurant & store gift cards, individual business donations, salon packages, golf packages, wine packages, and so many more items were the highlight of the event and what helped to make it so successful.  And last but certainly not least, the puppy who has become part of our family and is proudly named Ella Von Rudhman (Eric’s girlfriend Lindsay’s last name).  How perfect is that!!

A huge thank you to Old Town Pizza in Schaumburg for donating over 40 pizzas to feed the attendees. Keep them in mind when you get a pizza craving... they have awesome food and are very special people.  The salads and desserts were also donated by some very thoughtful neighbors and friends. I think we can all agree that they were delicious! Also, we want to thank Mike and “Arabian Knights” in Willowbrook for providing us with the perfect venue, as well as Danny Miller, who did an incredible job as our emcee for the evening.  Lastly, we want to acknowledge all those who worked endlessly through the night. You were all amazing!!

With all of the money we raised, Eric will be able to pursue any of the experimental drugs and surgeries that may be able to slow or reverse disease progression, as well as better afford any devices or equipment he may need in the future.  Although the money raised was extraordinary, the emotional support and camaraderie was equally important.  It was truly a remarkable feat, one that involved all our family, friends and the community coming together for one special night - to support Eric in his “Night to Fight Like a Champion.”

Most importantly we want to thank those who traveled near and far to be a part of this event!!  All the love, support, kindness and generosity we have received from everyone will forever live in our hearts.  Our 2nd annual “Barn Fundraiser” is planned for August 2014.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you again as we continue Eric’s fight with ALS.

Love and Blessings to all,
The Von Schaumburg Family


Date: Saturday, December 7th
Time: 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM (Open Bar 8:00 PM - 11:00) 
Location: "The Barn" at Arabian Knights
6526 Clarendon Hills Rd
Willowbrook, IL 60514
Payment: Purchase your ticket online for $40

Country attire is suggested (but not required)!

Transportation: There will be buses available for $15/person with pickup and drop-off at 2 bar locations (alcohol is allowed on the buses - BYOB!).  We will notify you via email of the exact pick-up time.  There is also free parking at the venue. 

1) Chicago - John Barleycorn River North

2) Schaumburg - Fox & Hound

Silent Auction Donations:

We are collecting donated items for the silent auction at the event.  If you would like to help us by donating an item or soliciting donations from businesses, please fill out the below form, and we will contact you.  Thanks for your help!

Name *

Cost: $40

Admission includes:
-3 Hour Open Bar (Domestic Beer, Wine, Non-Alcoholic Drinks)
-Salads and Desserts
-Silent Auction / Raffle Tickets
-Bags Tournament ($10 per team paid at event) - prize for winners
-Arcade Games
-DJ / Emcee
-Music, Dancing
-Jumbotron Movie Screen with Sporting Events

RSVP by purchasing your ticket at shop.fightlikeachampion.org
-You can pay with PayPal, any major credit card, or by mailing a check
-Visit the shop link, add the correct items to your cart, and check out by entering your billing information. If you are buying more than 1 ticket, change the quantity
-Once you complete the check out, you will be taken to a page where you can pay with PayPal / credit card or by check
-If you would like to pay with your PayPal account, simply log in. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can pay with your credit or debit card by clicking "Don't have a PayPal account?" A new box will open allowing you to enter your card information
-Once you have paid, you will receive a confirmation email
-Lastly, arrive at the fundraiser on December 7th, and a volunteer will look up your name for admission

This is a public event so remember to invite all of your friends!
-If you have any questions when purchasing your tickets, email info@fightlikeachampion.org