On Friday, February 6, 2015, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will host the inaugural Patrick J. Ryan Main Event charity boxing match to support the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program. The event has been established by former Attorney General of Illinois Jim Ryan and his wife Marie and their family after the loss of their son, Patrick J. Ryan to suicide. Jim and Marie Ryan will act as co-chairs for the event.
LOSS is a non-profit support program of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet, IL. LOSS strives to aid grieving family members struggling in the wake of a loved ones’ suicide. LOSS provides its members with education, therapy, group support and hope for the future. Through LOSS’s efforts, its members can better deal with their grief through positive coping mechanisms.
The Drury Lane in Oakbrook will be transformed into a boxing hub and will feature an exciting night of eight to 10, Golden Glove-style amateur boxing fights, cocktails, hors d’oevures, a raffle and ringside seating with dinner. The “main event” will feature a match up with 139 lb. novice 2013 Golden Glove Champion, 19-year-old Joey Ryan of Villa Park. Joey started boxing when he was 13, following in his family’s footsteps and will be boxing to honor his uncle, Patrick J. Ryan.
Boxing has been a family tradition for the Ryan’s, starting with Jim Ryan Sr. who won the Middle Weight Golden Glove Championship in 1964. John, Jimmy and Matt Ryan all grew up boxing.
“The Patrick J. Ryan Main Event was created to honor the memory of my brother, whom we lost to suicide,” said John Ryan, Chief of Staff for Catholic Charities. “Over its 30 year history, the Catholic Charities Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide program has supported thousands of families and more than 165 children as they work through the grief process, all without cost to anyone. This event will directly support the LOSS program for children and youth, which specifically addresses the unique needs and emotions that children experience after losing a loved one to suicide.”
Guests can purchase tickets for standing room to watch the matches and enjoy cocktails and appetizers, or have the option to purchase a seat at a ringside table and enjoy cocktails, appetizers and a plated dinner, with all proceeds going towards the LOSS Program.
WHEN: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Cocktail hour – 6 p.m.
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
$100 for standing room. $150 for ringside seats. Please click here to purchase tickets, or call 312-655-7018.