OCIF Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipient

Scholarship Recipient Pic-editedThe Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is proud to award Brittany Bentley with its annual Foundation scholarship. The $1,000 award provides tuition assistance to a full-time, college-bound student majoring in a health-related field and can be renewed for an additional three years.

Brittany is a senior at Glenwood High School and is the daughter of Harold and Rebecca Bentley.  She plans to attend Quincy University and Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing in the fall. She has a 3.88 GPA (un-weighted 4.0 scale) and ranks in the 90th percentile of her class of 327 students at Glenwood. Her school activities include the Senior Mentor Program, Dance, National Honor Society, and Key Club.

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation was formed to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Since its creation in 2004, OCIF has awarded almost $200,000 to local charities and those pursuing careers in the medical field.

OCI Named “Good As Gold”

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Dr. Tim VanFleet accepted the Good as Gold award on behalf of the OCI Board of Directors April 15.

For the second year in a row, OCI was named “Good as Gold” by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Junior League of Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois! The Good as Gold ceremony, held on April 15, 2015, recognized community volunteers and organizations who improve Springfield through volunteering their time and financially supporting programs that make an Good AS Gold Cert 1 wbimpact in the community. Thank you to the presenters and the hard work of the Good as Gold committee for a lovely event!

 

 

Underwater Marathon Benefiting Girls on the Run

 

Rounded photo web registerJoin the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation to support Girls on the Run of Central Illinois with a fun twist on the traditional relay race!

Underwater Marathon benefiting Girls on the Run of Central Illinois
Saturday, March 7, 2015 • 8am-3pm
Midwest Rehab at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois

*** REGISTER TO RUN ***

Twenty-six athletes of all ages and skill levels will complete one mile each on the underwater treadmill in the therapy pool at Midwest Rehab. Each athlete is encouraged to ask friends and family to pledge to support their mile so the runner can donate a minimum of $100. Runners must be at least 5’1″ to participate.

Sign up today to start your own fundraising page to share via email and social media. Runners will be able to choose their optimal run time through the reservation link on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prizes will be awarded, including Garmin race watches, for fastest time and highest fundraiser.

Midwest Rehab is located inside the Orthopedic Center of Illinois at 1301 S. Koke Mill Road (the corner of Koke Mill and Old Jacksonville Roads) in Springfield. Locker rooms are available for your convenience, but please bring a towel and bag for wet items.

All donations from the event will directly benefit Girls on the Run of Central Illinois.

Questions? Call (217) 547-9100.

OCIF to Award $1,000 Scholarship for Health Care Studies

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2014 scholarship winner Elizabeth Hamill with Drs. Tim VanFleet and Ron Romanelli

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is now accepting applications for the annual $1,000 OCIF Scholarship. The scholarship will recognize a graduating high school senior in Sangamon County who is beginning college in the fall and majoring in a health-related field.  The scholarship is renewable up to four years if the student is in good academic standing.

“The need for employees in health care continues to grow. Through this scholarship, we want to encourage students who are passionate about health care and who might need a little financial help to join the field and contribute in a meaningful way,” said OCIF Board President Ron Romanelli, M.D. “We also find it incredibly important to give back to a community that has supported us for more than 40 years.”

For more information about this opportunity or to download an application, please visit the OCIF website: www.ocif.net.  The deadline to apply is March 27, 2015, and the winner will be announced May 8, 2015. The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation supports projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education and regional charitable organizations. Since incorporation in 2005, OCIF has contributed more than $245,000 in scholarships and grants to Springfield area communities.

Assistance for Illinois Senior Athletes, 11th Annual Chip in Fore Charity

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Dr. Romanelli presents the $20,000 check to Jennifer Phillips, director of the Illinois Senior Olympics.

Springfield area business leaders and the physicians at OCI joined together to fund a $20,000 community impact grant through the 11th Annual Chip in Fore Charity. The weather compromised the original date, but everyone rallied two weeks later on Sept. 29th to benefit athletes 50 years and older through the Illinois Senior Olympics. The OCI Foundation proudly presented the $20,000 check to foster lifelong fitness and wellness for athletes in our community and across the state. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible year after year! In 11 years, this event alone has funded more than $200,000 in community grants.

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Second place team: Adam Springer, Jason Loftus, Ben Call, Dr. Idusuyi

Presenting Sponsors:
Memorial SportsCare
St. John’s Hospital
Zimmer

Corporate Sponsors:
DePuy Spine
Hanger Clinic
Isringhausen Imports
Levi, Ray & Shoup
US Bank

 

Education Sponsors:
B&B Electric
Harold O’Shea Builders

Lunch Sponsors:
Comprehensive Prosthetics + Orthotics
United Community Bank

Beverage Sponsors:
Entre Solutions II
Innotek Medical Products

Driving Range Sponsors:
A-1 Corporate Hardware
Bank of Springfield
Jason Loftus
Joe & Missy Mizera

Putting Green Sponsors:
American Central Insurance
Joe Iacono, AXA
Prairie State Bank and Trust
Sikich

Hole Sponsors:
DJO Global
Gallagher Healthcare
Game Ready
Green Family Stores
Hurwitz Enterprises
Randy and Barb O’Brien, CES
Smith & Nephew
Trimed

Patron Sponsors:
A&B Printing
Entec Services, Inc.

Gifts and Raffle Sponsors:
Anytime Fitness
BJ Grand Salon & Spa
Country Market
Denney Jewelers
Isringhausen Imports
Jim Herron Menswear
Norb Andy’s Tabarin
Robert’s Seafood Market
Saputo’s

Thank you to our official media sponsors, WICS NewsChannel 20 and the State Journal-Register, and our printing sponsor, Solution Printing.

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Illinois Senior Olympics Named 2014 OCI Foundation Chip In Fore Charity $20,000 Grant Winner

SnrOlym blue state torchThe Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) today announced that Illinois Senior Olympics was selected to receive $20,000 as the beneficiary for the 11th Annual OCIF Open: Chip in fore Charity. The community impact grant will be funded through proceeds from the OCIF annual golf outing scheduled for September 15 at Illini Country Club.

“We treat athletes of all ages at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois, and the grant review committee feels the Illinois Senior Olympics is a tangible representation of our goal to help people enjoy an active lifestyle,” said OCIF Board Member Ron Romanelli, M.D. “This year, Senior Services of Central Illinois took the administrative lead, instead of letting an organization outside of Springfield perhaps move the event. We felt sponsoring the inaugural event under SSCI leadership ensured the continued availability of this program to seniors in our community.”

Founded in 1977, the Illinois Senior Olympics is the oldest statewide games for seniors in the United States.  Men and women 50 years and older are able to participate with medalists advancing to the 2015 National Senior Games. The majority of Illinois Senior Olympics events will be held during September in and around Springfield.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of Chip in fore Charity and to date, OCIF has granted $205,000 to Springfield area organizations.  Past grant recipients include: genHkids (2013), Springfield Sharefest (2012), Camp Care-A-Lot (2011),  Springfield YMCA (2010), Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center (2009), Big Brothers Big Sisters (2008), Southwind Park (2007), Contact Ministries (2006), Boys and Girls Club of Springfield (2005), and Central Illinois Foodbank (2004).

For more information on the Foundation or to be a sponsor at this year’s event, please visit the OCIF website or call (217) 547-9100.

One Week Left to Apply for $20,000 OCIF Grant

Non-profits still have one week to submit their application for the annual $20,000 grant from the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF). The grant is funded through proceeds from the Chip in fore Charity golf outing, scheduled for Sept. 15 at Illini Country Club. The grant deadline is Friday, June 13; an application and additional information are available on the Foundation website.

2013 Grant Recap
OCIF awarded the 2013 grant to genHkids who used the funds to support and expand their nutrition and activity-based programming, geared toward reducing childhood obesity in the Springfield area and surrounding communities. Here are initiatives supported by grant funds last year:

  • Eat Real at School- OCIF Final2OCIF Final1lMoved Ball-Chatham School District from a heat-and-serve model of food production to a daily, from-scratch cooking model that impacted up to 3,200 children pre-K to 8th grade.
  • Destination Dinner Table- Hosted 20 programs to support families to transition back to cooking at-home, from-scratch meals, affecting approximately 500 children and their grown-ups.
  • Seeds of Possibility-Garden sites are now located in four high-need areas including East Cook Street, Brandon Court, MacArthur Park  Apartments, and downtown Springfield, for a total of more than 50 raised beds and 1,000 additional square feet of growing space.
  • Grow Your Own Grub- Elementary and middle school children at District 186 schools who host gardens are learning skills including soil composition, vermiculture, composting, planting, maintenance and harvest. Additionally, they work in the kitchen to learn how to prepare the vegetables they grow. Surplus food is donated to charity organizations to help fee homeless individuals and families.
  • Move More- Programming designed to get kids up and moving in the “moderate to vigorous” range, thus enhancing blood flow to the brain and improving cognition and behavior as well as moving children toward the recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity.

Congratulations to genHkids on their accomplishments and for providing these services to our community. OCIF looks forward to continued partnerships with area non-profits to support important community services.

About OCIF
OCIF was formed in April of 2005  to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Funding is secured through charitable gifts, donations and grants. The Foundation partners with donors to strengthen and support health and fitness in meeting the medical needs of the community. Find out more on the Foundation website.

OCIF Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipient

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(L-R) Dr. Tim VanFleet, Elizabeth Hamill, Dr. Ron Romanelli

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is proud to announce Elizabeth Hamill is the 2014 recipient of the annual foundation scholarship. The $1,000 award provides tuition assistance to a full-time, college-bound student majoring in a health-related field and can be renewed for an additional three years.

Hamill is a senior at Springfield High School and is the daughter of Tom and Cindi Hamill. She plans to attend Purdue University in the fall to major in nursing and ranks 2nd  in her class of 289 students at SHS. Her school activities include serving as class President for four years and as captain of the cross country and track teams. She is a member of the Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society, is an Illinois State Scholar and volunteers at St. John’s Hospital, Memorial Medical Center and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach.

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation was formed to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Since its creation in 2004, OCIF has awarded almost $200,000 to local charities and those pursuing careers in the medical field.

genHkids is 2013 OCI Foundation Chip in fore Charity $20,000 Grant Winner

genHKidsLogoOutlinedSPRINGFIELD, IL, July 29, 2013– The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) today announced that genHkids was selected to receive $20,000 as the beneficiary for the 10th Annual OCIF Open: Chip in fore Charity.  The community impact grant will be funded through proceeds from the OCIF annual golf outing scheduled for September 23 at Illini Country Club.

“We are really excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our event by honoring genHkids and the work they do in our community to provide healthy futures for our children,” said OCIF Board Member Ron Romanelli, M.D. “Many very deserving organizations applied for the grant, but ultimately the mission of genHkids paralleled that of the Foundation: to provide educational opportunities about health initiatives that impact our community.”

“The genHkids Coalition is pleased and honored to be the recipient of the 2013 OCIF Foundation Grant,” said genHkids President & Founder Kemia Sarraf, M.D. “We are grateful both for the acknowledgement of our efforts, and for the generous funding that will allow us to continue and expand upon our mission to create a generation of healthy, empowered kids through education, improved nourishment and increased daily physical activity — in other words:  Eat Real – Move More!  Our thanks to the OCIF Foundation and its Board for their vision and efforts on behalf of Springfield’s children.  genHkids looks forward to beginning a meaningful and long-lasting partnership!”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Chip in fore Charity and to date, OCIF has granted $185,000 to Springfield area organizations.  Past grant recipients include: Central Illinois Foodbank (2004), Boys and Girls Club of Springfield (2005), Contact Ministries (2006), Southwind Park (2007), Big Brothers Big Sisters (2008), Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center (2009), the Springfield YMCA (2010), Camp Care-A-Lot (2011), and Springfield Sharefest (2012).

For more information on the Foundation or to be a sponsor at this year’s event, please visit the OCIF website:  www.ocif.net or call (217) 547-9100.

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