Taylor Radtke Benefit Wrap Up

This is Choice!! Thanx, Taylor Radtke

Taylor Radtke Autographs Craig's Shirt

This morning I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to write about. It wasn’t because I had a lack of topics. I mean we had an earthquake in Chile, the threat of a tsunami in Hawaii and the issues that Haiti is dealing with. But today, I am thinking about how a community rallied around a family and a little girl.

Her name is Taylor Radtke and she is one of the coolest little girls I know. She showed up at the benefit and even won the dart tournament! Her mother Laurie told me that she has had some serious setbacks but, you would have never known it. She was so polite, happy, and of course social. Meeting Taylor made my weekend. She is an incredible individual.

This past Saturday night I witnessed young and old come together to eat, drink, dance and donate for a wonderful cause. This event didn’t make CNN or even CLTV for that matter but for one cold February night in northern Illinois, a group people tried to make a difference. Four different groups – Walla-Pa-Looza, Peter & The Versatiles, The Johnsburg Lions and The Woodstock Infantry Club – organized a great benefit. I am not sure at this point how much money was raised but I can tell you I saw a ton of money being spent. I saw money being spent on meat raffles, 50/50 tickets, pizza, beer and much, much more. That just shows me that even in this lousy economy that people still want to help.

I am hoping that whatever we brought in helps take the load off of the family because they have gone through way too much. Nobody deserves the pain and anguish that Laurie and Jeff are going through. I told Laurie that I put this together because I was hoping if something ever happens to our family people would do the same, and you know what? I have a feeling that they would!

My only other hope is that I get to see Taylor show up at other Walla-Pa-Looza events because her smile and her courage are contagious and I would love to have her sign every benefit shirt I ever wear for the next 50 years.

Taylor, you’re the one that is "choice" not me……


  • Just another incredible night of people coming together to make a difference in the community for a great cause. Thanks again to all the Walla supporters that come out time after time to spend their hard earned money on great causes.It is pretty incredible that after 3 events we see this same core group of supporters that come out and donate and spend their money.These people drive us make our events a success and as i always tell people that say i want to volunteer but do not have a lot of time one of the biggest ways to support us is just attend the event and whether you have $20 bucks to spend or $500 to spend it does not matter we want you there having a good time buy a couple of drinks and a raffle ticket and just have a Great time. Special thanks goes to Bob here is a man that has cancer so bad he was loaded up on pain patches and pain pills and he worked for 8 hour selling meat raffle tickets even though his pain level was high…he never complained and was always coming up to me to let me know i just grabbed another $100 in tickets. He helped make the meat raffle such a success so ……Thank you Bob and an absolute pleasure meeting you.

    God Bless,

    Comment by Mike Betts — March 1, 2010 @ 9:56 am

  • Thank you Craig and Co. for all that you do! It so warmed my heart to see so many people working together to help my brother and his family. What a great party! You guys are incredible! Please let me know what I can do to help with future ventures.

    Comment by Robbin Pierce — March 3, 2010 @ 8:00 pm