Dress blues

Carmel honors first responders


The bookstore sold almost the entire stock of blue t-shirts to honor the 100 Club of Chicago.

Kelli Smith, Photo Editor

At tonight’s home football game, first responders in Cook and Lake Counties are being honored along with the families of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The events are all in support of the 100 Club of Chicago, a charity organization that has supported such families for 50 years.

This week blue t-shirts that honor the 100 Club have been sold in the bookstore and students and faculty are wearing them today in support of the organization.

Bookstore manager Wanda Pucci said that she received 405 of the donated shirts and sold 370 of them in three days.

“There has been an amazing turnout for how many t-shirts have been sold,” Pucci said. “But there will still be many more available at the game tonight.”

Student shirts will run $10 and $20 for adults. Because the t-shirts were donated, all of the proceeds from the shirts go directly to the 100 club.

All first responders and their families are invited as honored guests to attend an end zone reception at 6:30 p.m. at Baker Stadium where sandwiches and soft drinks will be served.

Tonight before the game begins, an honor guard from Mundelein and other areas of Lake County will join as Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and Chicago Bears owner, Pat McCaskey, will participate in the coin toss. Curran is the father of senior George Curran.

Immediately following the coin toss, the crowd will have the opportunity to offer a blessing to the first responders and their families.

Pregame activities begin at 7:00 p.m. and the kickoff of the varsity game against Notre Dame is at 7:30 p.m.