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Allie & Friends Golf Classic Celebrates 10 Years of Helping to Fight Childrens Cancer
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Super Bowl Champion Ryan Diem, comedian Ralph Harris (‘Dreamgirls’) and a chance to win tickets and backstage passes to see Darius Rucker at Ravinia Festival

LAKE IN THE HILLS, Illinois, April 10, 2014 – In the fight against children’s cancer, numbers matter. Less than 1 percent of research funding by the American Cancer Society goes to study pediatric cancers. The Allie & Friends Golf Classic ( has raised $1 million for the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF). Every penny helps fill the funding gaps so that children with neuroblastoma have a fighting chance.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Allie & Friends, which returns to Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills on May 5. Its host and biggest backer Ryan Diem, who played on the 2007 Super Bowl championship Indianapolis Colts team, will be joined by the Chicago-area business leaders. This year, “The Night Before the Allie” pre-golf tournament event includes a night of comedy on May 4 at the Improv Comedy Club, 5 Woodfield Rd., in Schaumburg. The featured comedian is Ralph Harris, host of the family-friendly culinary competition “My Momma Throws Down” on the TVOne network. Harris made his film debut in “Dreamgirls” with actor Jamie Foxx. Raffle prizes include four tickets and backstage passes for the Darius Rucker concert this summer at Ravinia Festival.

“Every year, I am extremely impressed with the level of fundraising that our golfers and sponsors make possible,” Diem said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to raise more than $1 million to fund pediatric cancer research and education. This year is special, because it is our tenth, an achievement that symbolizes the commitment and excellence of the people who work hard to make Allie a success every year.”

Allie & Friends honors the memory of a little girl who died of neuroblastoma just shy of her fourth birthday. More than 1,700 golfers have participated in the event, among them celebrity athletes like Peyton Manning, Super Bowl–winning coach and NBC analyst Tony Dungy, Robbie Gould, Dan Hampton, Emery Moorehead, Jeff Saturday, Dallas Clark and Richard Dent.

“We’re out to make this year our biggest Allie ever,” said Patricia Tallungan, president of CNCF, who lost her son, Nick, to the disease. She added that a significant amount of the $2.3 million CNCF has donated to research and educational programming has been raised through Allie & Friends. “We’re asking supporters to help us get more and bigger sponsors, tap their networks and tell their friends and business cohorts about this wonderful, worthy cause.”

Tickets for “The Night Before the Allie” are $60 and should be purchased at to benefit CNCF. Golf packages are $300 per golfer, $1200 per foursome. Golfers can register at

Visit to learn about sponsorship opportunities from $250 to $25,000. You can also contact Kevin Haracz at, or call 847-754-5298.