Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears stands on the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on Nov. 27, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Bears fans have two chances coming up to meet some of their favorite players and spend money on worthwhile causes.
On July 21, Devin Hester will hold an autograph signing in Crystal Lake. He'll autograph any item for $79 and add a personal inscription for an extra $30. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit 4-year-old Sean Keller, who is fighting leukemia. His family needs help with hospital bills, and they are thrilled Sean's favorite player is lending a hand.
According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Keller will get to meet Hester at the event, and he has just one question about the Bears kick returner and receiver.
“He’s like, ‘How big is he? Is he bigger than Daddy?’ That’s what he wants to know,” Sean’s mother, Val Keller, said with a laugh.
The signing starts at 6 p.m. at Joseph’s Market Place, 29 Crystal Lake Plaza, in Crystal Lake. Click here to buy tickets.
The next night, Earl Bennett will host a dinner at III Forks in downtown Chicago. Attendees will get a chance to meet Bennett and other Bears players, have a three-course dinner, and win raffles and auctions. Proceeds will benefit Bennett's Legends for Literacy Foundation, which helps with literacy programs in and around Chicago.
"It is important to encourage our youth today to turn off the TV and put down the video game controllers, and pick up a book and read. Join me as I work to increase the literacy proficiency rates around the Chicago community,” Bennett said.
Tickets are $200, or $250 for a VIP seat which includes a rooftop reception. Call III Forks at 312-938-4303 to purchase tickets.