2nd annual draft party

A chance to have dinner with a Bear and kickoff training camp with a bang. The second annual Training Camp Draft Party, the official kickoff of the 2003 Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University is set for Thursday, July 24.

Mancino's Pizza and Grinders traded the Chicago Bears' Todd McMillion to Manteno Lumber for Jason Wiltz. Bennett Commercial traded Stanley Pritchett and a Bobby Douglas-autographed football to Dr. Kent Guebert for Chris Chandler. Riverside HealthCare walked away with the top draft pick, Brian Urlacher.

It wasn't quite the NFL Draft, but last summer's Chicago Bears Training Camp Draft Party featured plenty of wheeling and dealing, as Kankakee County-area residents and businesses vied for their favorite Bears and joined the pep rally to welcome the Bears to town.

The second annual Training Camp Draft Party, the official kickoff of the 2003 Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University, promises more of the same. The event is set for Thursday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Chalfant Hall on Olivet's campus. Reservations for draft picks and dinner are being accepted at (815) 928-5455.

The $150 cost includes a draft pick, dinner for two at the Training Camp Draft Party, a 2-by-3-foot poster of the drafted player or coach, two training camp T-shirts and four training camp license plate frames. Additional dinner tickets can be purchased: $20 for adults, $15 for students or $300 for a table of eight.

A business that drafts a Bear can, for example, use the player's name in in-house promotions, including the display of the 2-by-3-foot poster of the player or coach and naming a product after that Bear.

The event will include a silent auction of Bears memorabilia and a live auction for the top 5 draft picks, with proceeds benefiting Bears Care, the Bears' charitable organization.

Players and coaches drafted will not be in attendance, but will be introduced to the business that drafted them via a gift basket that Olivet will place in each Bear's room on campus.


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