Apostolic Faith Church hosts Golf Outing to support local youth

CBS2 Lead Sports Anchor Ryan Baker to Serve as Honorary Chair

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All Golfers are invited to tee up and participate in the Apostolic Faith Church 10th Annual Golf Outing, which funds the church’s Summer Enrichment Program. Designed to educate and inspire students over the summer, the program is operated through Generations, the church’s 501c3 Community Development Corporation dedicated to helping youth strive for excellence in every aspect of their lives. This year’s golf outing will be August 11, 1:00 p.m., at the Glenwoodie Golf Course, 19301 S. State Street in Glenwood, Illinois.

“We are so pleased to announce that Ryan Baker, lead sports anchor at CBS2 Chicago is joining us to serve as Honorary Chair,” said Susan D. Smith, First Lady of Apostolic Faith Church, located at 3823 S. Indiana and a Board Member of Generations. “Ryan truly shares our commitment to youth, as evidenced by how he volunteers his time and talent to various local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities. It’s great to have Ryan support one of our most enjoyable annual events.”

Baker joined WBBM-TV/CBS 2 Chicago in April of 2008 as the lead sports anchor on the weekday evening newscasts at 5, 6, and 10 PM. Prior to coming to WBBM, Baker worked at WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 from 2003-2008 as a sports anchor and reporter. He served as host of Sports Sunday, as well as the host of Bears Game Day and Game Night Live. Baker is also the host of the Fighting Illini Insider show.  Baker’s career highlights include covering historic World Series wins for both the Cubs and White Sox, and three Stanley Cup championships for the Chicago Blackhawks.

He also reported from Athens during the 2004 Summer Olympics. Born in Chicago Heights and raised in south suburban Phoenix, Baker loves supporting programs that help develop Chicago-area youth.

Apostolic Faith’s Summer Enrichment Program has touched the lives of more than 1,000 young people, keeping them safe and engaged while on summer break. The day-long program services youth ages 6-15 years-old in a safe, educational learning environment. Students have weekly cultural field trips, and participate in sports and other physical activities, arts and crafts, and age-appropriate educational classes. STEM learning initiatives, designed to increase students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and math, are a central part of the curriculum. In addition, students receive three healthy meals a day.

Title sponsors for the 2018 golf outing are Safeway Construction Company and The George Sollitt Construction Company, primary contractors for Apostolic Faith’s new, state-of-the art ministry center in Bronzeville, which opened in November 2017. The team is currently converting the church’s formermain building into a youth multi-purpose center that will include classrooms.

The golf outing will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude at 6:30 p.m. with a special awards dinner. Individual golfers can participate for $100 per person. Sponsorship packages are also available at various levels that allow small businesses to gain brand exposure by sponsoring a golf hole and larger companies to participate in ways that reinforce their commitment to the community. For more information on the golf outing and various sponsorship opportunities, call 773-373-8500 or visit www.afcchicago.org/golf.

About Generations

The annual golf outing is administered by Generations Community Development Corporation, a 501c3 organization, in conjunction with Apostolic Faith Church. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Generations Community Development Corporation is dedicated to helping individuals and families facing cyclical poverty, poor health and lack of quality educational options, by creating faith-based and other positive opportunities so that they may fully thrive.

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