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Proceeds To Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® 
of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

MB Financial Park at Rosemont has partnered with the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association to present the fourth annual “Skate with the Greats” Saturday, Jan. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI).

“Skate with the Greats” will offer hockey fans the opportunity to meet current Chicago Blackhawk players Trevor Van Riemsdyk and Andrew Desjardins as well as legendary Chicago Blackhawk alumni including the great Denis Savard, who will be on-site at MB Financial Park signing autographs. Attendees can also meet and skate amongst other Chicago Blackhawk alumni including Cliff Koroll, Eric Daze, Troy Murray, Murray Bannerman, Phil Russell, Brian Noonan, Grant Mulvey, Reggie Kerr, Dave Mackey, Peter Marsh, Reid Simpson, and Steve Konoryd (players subject to change). 

“We are grateful to the Blackhawk Alumni Association for their continued support and dedication to Ronald McDonald House Charities and thrilled to partner with them again on this year’s Skate with the Greats event,” said Holly Buckendahl, CEO of RMHC-CNI. “Skate with the Greats is such a unique opportunity and makes the perfect holiday gift for hockey fans of all ages.”

“The winter season is always an exciting time of year for Rosemont with the fun activities offered at FROZEMONT in MB Financial Park,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. “We are excited to team up with the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association to add “Skate with the Greats” to the Park’s winter programming and raise money for such a great organization.”

Tickets to “Skate with the Greats” can be purchased online at Adult tickets are available for $150 each and $100 tickets are available for children ages 12 or younger. A special family four-pack of tickets is available for $450, with each additional ticket available for $100. Each ticket will provide attendees a 30-minute skating session on the MB Financial Park ice rink. Tickets will also allow access to a 30-minute autograph session at Kings Bowl. A silent auction, offering exclusive items including Chicago Blackhawks memorabilia and experiences, will also be offered at a site to be determined. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

When ordering tickets, fans will be able to indicate their preferred time frames for ice skating and autographs by selecting a session number. Session number details can be found below. Each session is limited to 125 registrants. “Skate with the Greats” overall attendance is limited to 500 attendees. Guests may bring their own skates, but free skate rentals will also be available at MB Financial Park.

Session 1                                           
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ice Skating                                  
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Autograph Session         

Session 2
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Autograph Session
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  On Ice

Session 3
2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. On Ice                  
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Autograph Session         

Session 4
2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Autograph Session
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. On Ice

In order to ensure participation from all event attendees, “Skate with the Greats” guests are limited to one autograph and one photograph from each legend and current Chicago Blackhawk player.
About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois: Rosemont, Illinois, Chicagoland’s business and entertainment suburb, is conveniently located five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago’s downtown. Rosemont is home to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, the Allstate Arena, the Rosemont Theatre, and a host of entertainment and retail venues. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve based on the new vision of Mayor Bradley A. Stephens. MB Financial Park at Rosemont features an array of great dining and entertainment options. For more information, visit

About The MB Financial Park at Rosemont: MB Financial Park at Rosemont is a 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining complex whose 10 venues offer upscale international cuisine, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film, bowling and more. Conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is easily accessible from Chicago as well as the suburbs. The address is 5501 Park Place, a new looping street situated west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral Avenues.  A 20-minute drive from Chicago’s Loop, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is walking distance from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the CTA Blue Line Rosemont station and Rosemont Theatre. Convenient parking is available. For more information visit

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana:
RMHC-CNI is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a ‘home away from home’ while their child is being treated in the hospital.  Every night, 153 families heal together because of the comfort, compassion and community at five area Ronald McDonald Houses® and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®.  That’s 43,000 nights each year where RMHC-CNI families are able to stay close to their child, helping them to heal faster and saving them over $7 million in hotel costs.  We are located near Advocate Children's Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Edward Hospital in Naperville and Central DuPage Hospital.  For more information visit RMHC-CNI is an approved BBB Accredited Business and holds a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator. Stay connected - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram.

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