As a valued and respected business owner in the McHenry County area, we are inviting you to take part in a very special event. As you may know, on February 22, 2004, a nine year old boy from our community, Randy Palya, passed away from an inoperable brain stem tumor. This young man was involved in many activities in the McHenry County area. One of his favorite activities was soccer. He played in the MASF soccer league for 4 years, and when he was no longer able to play, he still came to the games with his family to cheer on his teammates.
Randy’s strength, faith, courage and spirit inspired the MASF to create a soccer scholarship in his memory. Since this scholarship was established, several deserving children have been given the opportunity to participate in soccer, which they otherwise would not have had. We would like to be able to continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for these children, as well as support various charities including; the Richmond/Spring Grove food pantry, Home of the Sparrow (McHenry), the Make-A-Wish Foundation and more.
For the past three years, a very special event has been held in celebration of Randy Palya’s life. The event is called the “Run for Randy”. It is a fun 3 mile run/walk in Spring Grove (Download Sponsor Form Here: Run-for-Randy-Sponsor-Form). In 2004 approximately 125 people participated, and has grown to almost 1000 participants in 2008. It’s so exciting and heartwarming to see the growth of this meaningful event.
We would like to invite you to be a sponsor of the “Run for Randy” this year. The event will be held on Thursday, June 4th at 6:30pm at Horse Fair Park in Spring Grove. As one of the first 25 sponsors with a donation of $100 or more, your business name or logo will be proudly displayed on the “Run for Randy” tee-shirt.
We hope you will consider this special invitation as an opportunity to celebrate the life of a very special boy and a chance to provide a wonderful experience for many well deserving children, as well as make a contribution towards some very worthy charities.
• Please e-mail your business logo or name as you wish it to appear to:
or mail to: Dean and Nancy Palya
6914 Tall Grass Ct.
Spring Grove, Il 60081
• Please make your check payable to The Randy Palya Memorial Fund
With sincere thanks,
Run for Randy Committee
Dean & Nancy Palya
Mark & Rachael Williams