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Skydivers making a child's dream come true

Team Funnel will be hosting its 3rd Annual Team Funnel Memorial Boogie May 28-31, 2004 at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, IL USA in support of Make a Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Team Funnel is a loose organization of skydivers dedicated to the belief that no one should have to jump alone. We specialize in jumping with low-timers -- an informal mentoring program with an emphasis on safety -- but go out of our way to make visitors feel at home as well. With an international membership spanning 4 continents, whether visiting another drop zone or jumping at the DZ we call home, it is our mission to spread the joy and camaraderie that is skydiving.

In the fall of 2001, we lost three members to tragic accidents. In honor of these members, and in honor of all passed skydivers, Team Funnel held the first annual Team Funnel Memorial Boogie on Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Skydive Chicago, in Ottawa, Illinois. The tradition continues.

Our Goal!

The past two years we did fantastic, however this year we hope to surpass our accomplishments from 2001 ($5400) and 2002 ($5000). Any additional funds we raise above and beyond what is needed for our child will be distributed to help other children and their wishes.

Through the Make a Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois our child for this year is Crystal. Crystal is a 13-year-old girl who lives in Dekalb County with her mom and sister. Her friends and family describe her as fun loving, outgoing, bubbly and creative. She loves to eat pizza and cauliflower, but not at the same time! She enjoys reading, arts and crafts, making jewelry and rollerblading. Her favorite actor is Sean Connery and she loves watching Oprah! She also enjoys playing with her pet rabbit.

Crystal was diagnosed in May of 2002 with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a fast-growing, highly malignant tumor that accounts for over half of the soft tissue sarcomas in children. Rhabdomyosarcoma often causes a noticeable lump on a child's body. She is currently done with treatment and is taking it easy. She has returned to school and is doing well. She lost her hair during treatment, but it is already starting to grow back.

Crystal's wish is to be in a movie! One of her favorite books is being made into a movie and she would like to be a part of that film. The name of the book is Ender's Game. The movie is not in production yet, but Crystal wants to wait to see this dream become a reality! This amazing wish will be granted thanks to the Team Funnel and Skydive Chicago Memorial Boogie! We hope Crystal can come out and be a part of this special event!

This years Boogie is scheduled to include!

Organizing! - RW organizing by Max Meijer, Bill Homer and TJ Hine!!

Charity Raffle - Our most popular Boogie event. Close to 100 prizes to be given away, from Pack Jobs to Massages, Weekend getaways to Clothing, Gear Discounts, Jewelry and more. (Tickets available online! @

Silent Auction -- Will include any number of items, from used (but in good condition) gear to stereo equipment, Jewelry to Weekend getaways, to Fishing Cruises and Hunting trips.

Dunk Tank -- The ever-popular Get Somebody Wet tank. Yes, it'll be there again. An opportunity to dunk some of the most notable skydivers around, even the Loki freefly team has volunteered!!!

Cook Out -- Saturday night cook out on the docks. If you haven't been to Skydive Chicago and seen the docks around the pond, you just can't appreciate how beautiful this is. And this year, SDC has finished the Tiki Hut on the double deck! With our very own Paul Wold doing the grilling again, what more could you ask for?

Live Music -- Some of the best music to come out of Chicago, and we've got them!! Serilian! They've become a tradition at our Memorial Boogie. Also Sunday night, we have a band new to us -- the Solar Rhythm Band, featuring SDC skydiver Jeremy. Check them out!

Bake Sale -- So far, this hasn't been able to last for more than an hour. We sell out so fast! Thanks mostly to Rae and Gretchen and Melanie, we have some really gooooood stuff here (at least, that's what the lucky tell me). This year, I've been assured the product quantity will increase.

TaterHead Competition -- Now this should be fun, and make for great video! The idea behind this is to put together a Mr. Potato Head in freefall.

Record Attempt -- We'll be trying to set a Team Funnel Record for a Big Way over the weekend as well. Come join in (if you have a number), or get your number on Saturday and join the jumps on Sunday!

Surprise Monday! -- We're doing something GUARANTEED to make the evening news! Want to know what it is? We're not going to tell you here! You have to show up to find out. I'll give you a hint -- It will warm your heart, bring a tear to your eye, and make you proud to be part of the skydiving community. Think you know what it is? I bet you don't. You can't possibly guess what this is! The only way to find out is to show up and be a part of it, or hear about it later (and wonder why you didn't take the opportunity to be a part!)

A helping hand!

With the help of the following sponsors: 2K Composites, GoWear, TonySuits, SkyVenture, Velocity Sports Equipment, Freedom Means Choice, The Drop Shop, Relative Work Shop, Mirage, Big Air Sports, Aerodyne, ParaConcepts, GoFast, River Adventures, TieDye Lisa, Enzo, SwoopSigns, BEK Media, SwoopHosting, MidWest Sports Massage, Marriot, Packer Allen, Packer Tim, Packer Kevin, Rook Nelson, Missy Nelson, Lucky Mike, SkySystems and YOU we are working towards making Crystal's wish come true. How can you help? It's real easy, Visit and click the 2004 Memorial Boogie link! We will be selling raffle tickets and taking donations using paypal thru our site!

By Renee Kostreva on 2004-05-24 | Last Modified on 2017-01-16

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