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Fundraiser hopes to keep Waukegan kicking

WAUKEGAN – Heart of the City will host its first fundraiser Jan. 20 at Robert Abbott Middle School in Waukegan. 

Adrienne Wright, director of development for the nonprofit and organizer of the event, said she hopes the community will support its mission to keep kids kicking by helping to sustain its life-changing soccer programs.

The fundraising event offers youth ages 10 and under the chance to take penalty kick shots against a local community leader, a news release stated.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, Lake County Board Member Vance Wyatt and 4th Ward Alderman David Villalobos will donate time to serve as goalies alongside other community leaders during the festivities. 

Sponsorships from Family Chiropractic Sports & Rehab, Soccer Paradise, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, and the Landa Insurance Group help to underwrite the family-friendly event. 

“Fundraisers like this one are important events for our teams, particularly for our recreation league, because our families rely on our program’s continued affordability,” Wright said in the release. 

The event is open to the community. Participants may register at There will be a $5 entry fee (six penalty kicks) for participants ages 10 and under.

Older youth can enter to participate in a soccer ball juggling contest at noon for $5. 

Opportunities to try to score a goal will be sold at the door for $1 per kick. Robert Abbott Middle School is at 1319 Washington St., Waukegan.

Vendors from businesses and organizations around Lake County will be on-site to share information with families.

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