Napleton honored as Bum of the Year
Bum of the Year Bill Napleton addresses the crowd.
Bill Napleton of Burr Ridge is honored to be called a bum. In fact, Misericordia officially bestowed upon him the title Bum of the Year on June 11 at Olympia Fields Country Club in recognition of his contributions and commitment to the Chicago home for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.
The Misericordia Bums was started 38 years ago by a group of five Chicago friends as a golf outing and fundraiser for Misericordia. Founding member Brian O. Shannon was fond of saying that “a bum is no good with money in his pocket,” which led to the idea of calling the group the Bums. Each year the golf tournament honors a Bum of the Year.
The group has become a fixture on the Chicago golf charity circuit. Hall of Famer Mike Ditka annually heads the outing, which regularly draws more than 500 golfers.
This year’s fundraiser attracted more than 600 golfers, 100 volunteers and raised more than $580,000 for Misericordia. The event included dinner, live and silent auctions, and speeches by Sister Rosemary, Mike Ditka, previous Bum Rob Figliulio and present Bum Bill Napleton. Sports personality Chet Coppock served as auctioneer.
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