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Golf outing supports special ed

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 11:16 a.m. CST

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University football head coach Dave Doeren and Jeff Dobie, owner of Fatty’s Pub and Grille in DeKalb, announced a donation of $10,000 each to the DeKalb and Sycamore school districts, to support special needs programs at the schools.

The $20,000 donation was raised through a joint charity golf outing, Huskies Fore Hope, and through the sale of paintings donated by artist John Bukaty of Kartma.com.

Huskies Fore Hope doubled last year’s donation to the schools. With the help of Bukaty, a New Orleans artist and one of Doeren’s high school classmates, additional funds were raised for the donation.

Bukaty painted and sold two paintings at the Soldier Field Showdown between the Huskies and Iowa.

The first painting was sold to Brian and Renee Bemis, with the proceeds going to Coach Doeren’s Family Charity for increasing special needs assistance in the local public schools. Bukaty’s second painting was sold in a public auction on NIU’s website.

“We are very grateful to Coach Doeren and Huskies Fore Hope, sponsored by Fatty’s Pub and Grille, for their $10,000 donation to special education programming for the Sycamore School District,”  said Jan Benson, director of special education for the district.

“The donation will be used to enhance students’ experiences in the areas of technology, life skills and core academics.”

“There are so many young people that have and will continue to benefit from the money raised through Huskies Fore Hope,” Doeren said.

“I am so fortunate that Jeff Dobie and his family have started such a pay-it-forward golf outing to help our community. To be able to have a friend like John Bukaty be a part of this process was really special to me and my family. I would personally like to thank Brian and Renee Bemis for being a great supporter of our cause.”

The Huskies Fore Hope golf outing is conducted every July at River Heights golf course in DeKalb. The outing has sold out for four consecutive years and features a banquet dinner with an extensive raffle and silent auction. For more information, call 815-758-7737 or email events@fattyspub.com.

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