2007 Josh Sycks Memorial Golf Classic Scrapbook

On September 24, 2007, the fourth annual Josh Sycks Memorial Golf Classic teed off at the Orchard Valley Country Club in Aurora, in memory of a young man who died of a heroin overdose before he could get treatment. The event, which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, dinner and auctions, benefits the residential substance abuse treatment program at the Behavioral Health Services Center in Elgin, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI).

Over the past four years, the charity golf outing has raised a total of $140,308. The cost of funding one bed at the treatment center is $65,000 a year, so each year the outing has made it possible to fund a bed for approximately half a year – and that’s six people a year who are able get the help they need.

Randy and Sue Sycks of Geneva initiated the fundraising effort after their son Josh died from a heroin overdose. They were determined to find a way to help other people struggling with addiction to obtain what Josh could not – a safe, secure place for treatment and rehabilitation. They wanted to find a way to help others avoid their son’s fate.

LSSI’s Elgin-based program, known for its successful residential treatment services, is the “second step” (after detox) for people who wish to come to terms with their addiction. After completing four-week residential treatment, individuals either return home, if it is an environment that is supportive to their recovery, or they live at a halfway house or recovery home. The Elgin Center also offers a men’s halfway house on its premises.

“If we can spare another parent – or six parents – this anguish, we have achieved our goal,” says Sue Sycks. “This problem is not going away, and help is even harder to find for this disease. This disease doesn't have any boundaries or social levels to follow; it can hit each and every one of us in some way. We are grateful to our friends and business associates that [through this event] we are able to at least do something to [help some people get the help they need].”

For more information on the Josh Sycks Golf Outing – which will be held September 22, 2008 – contact Ed Newton at 847/635-4656, or at Edward.Newton@LSSI.org.