Nearly 150 golfers marked the return of the Little City Invitational this past June, helping to raise $350,000 in support of Little City. Little City’s full return to in-person special events was hosted by longtime partner Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove and featured a silent auction, raffle and a special matching gift opportunity from John Duffey to raise money for a fifth home in the Duffey Family Children’s Village.

“It was incredible to see the energy everyone had at the event and the excitement there was in coming together again for a good time and great cause,” said Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director. “For John and his family to be here and encourage so many to give shows the passion and commitment they have to the Children’s Village and is exactly why we are building a fifth home.”

The event honored Nancy and Timothy Desmond with the 2021 Humanitarian Award for their decades of support and leadership at Little City, including their vital role in the development of
the Children’s Village. This was a long-deserved recognition of the Desmonds who have served and supported Little City in many ways over the decades. Because of their work, Little City will be a dynamic and supportive home for people with developmental disabilities, including their son Kevin, for years to come. The success of the Little City Invitational means the fifth home of the Duffey Family Children’s Village should be ready to welcome residents in 2023. These state-of-the-art homes have already had a life-changing impact on dozens of children.

“We are excited to see the Village continue to grow, which is only possible because of the incredible support people show at events like the Little City Invitational,” Shawn said.

Special thanks to the 2021 LCI sponsors for making this event a remarkable success!
Birdie Sponsors: Nancy & Timothy Desmond, John & Becky Duffey, TTSG; Par Sponsors: Abt Electronics, Barbara & Steve Anderson, Barbara Bradford and Bob Sherman, BMO Harris Bank, CDW, CIBC Bank USA, The Daily Herald Media Group, Fogelson Family Foundation, “Friends of Kevin Desmond”, Alec K. & Viena P. Gianaras Foundation, Hockfield/Rose Families, J. Krug & Associates, McHugh Construction, Mutual of America, Performance Wealth Partners, Project Management Advisors, RSM US, Wintrust, Wipfli LLP; Golf Hat Sponsor: CIBC Bank USA; Golf Ball Sponsor: Wipfli LLP; Golf Cart Sponsor: Zoom Crew for Kevin Desmond.