Eric Fischer Memorial Ride raises over $ 5,000 for North Suburban YMCA’s financial assistance aid – Chicago Tribune

The Second Annual Eric Fischer Memorial Ride and Celebration on June 18 at North Suburban YMCA, attended by more than 100 friends and family, raised over $ 5,000

Fischer unexpectedly died in 2020 at age 54 due to COVID-19. Fischer was known by the community for his generosity, loving spirit, and larger than life personality, according to a news release.

“Eric was the kind of man who’d pay the tab for a veteran, senior, or youth in need at a local restaurant, or stick up for someone being bullied. He was the kind of man that the phrase ‘he’d give you the shirt off his back’ was written about, ”Frank Karkazis, friend of Eric and owner of FGK Service, said in a statement.

To commemorate his life and legacy, Fischer’s family and friends continued his philanthropic work by creating the NSYMCA’s Eric Fischer Memorial Fund in 2021, the release said. The 2022 event raised over $ 5,000 helping to fund the North Suburban YMCA’s financial assistance aid to families, seniors, and children in need.

The memorial event began at Willow Creek Church in Barrington with a motorcycle ride of over 70 riders and another 50 guests, that ended with a celebration at the North Suburban YMCA’s outdoor campus in Northbrook. The festivities included speeches, food, music by Bach to Rock Northbrook, and motorcycles.

According to the release, sponsors of the Ride included FGK Service, Horcher’s Service, Inc., Kilcoyne’s Redwood Inn, Concept Machinery Tool Co., Sunset Foods, Northbrook Chamber of Commerce, Bach to Rock, Dairy Queen and Devon Bank.

The Eric Fischer Memorial Fund provides a legacy of giving back to the community, the release said. The money raised allows more people in need to participate in life-changing and enriching programs at the NSYMCA. The fund ensures the Y’s 15 communities it serves can build strong families and the health of each individual’s spirit, mind, and body in an inclusive, welcoming environment.

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