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Family Celebrates Megan Hurckes’ Life With Bowling Fundraiser

"Megan's Birthday Bash" kicks off Saturday, Feb. 1, at Arena Lanes in Oak Lawn. Proceeds benefit scholarship fund helping local grammar and high school students.

The Hurckes family in 2009 (left to right): Jerry, wife Mary Ann, the late Megan Hurckes, and Jenna. Credit: Family Photo.
The Hurckes family in 2009 (left to right): Jerry, wife Mary Ann, the late Megan Hurckes, and Jenna. Credit: Family Photo.


An image of her face is part of Oak Lawn’s 9/11 monument at the Metra station. Kids play with a maze given in her name to the Children’s Museum. Walk through Kolb School, you’ll see her portrait hanging in a hallway, and her name on a stone beneath a tree on the playground and a sign at Westside Baseball field.

Even though she has been gone four years, Megan Huckes' memory is as strong and live as ever. Megan, daughter of former Oak Lawn trustee Jerry Hurckes, died at age 10 in an ATV accident in September 2009. She was a straight-A student at Kolb, played on a championship winning team for Westside girls’ softball, and was an actress in the Oak Lawn Park District's theater program.

Her dad, mom Mary Ann, and big sister, Jenna, have worked diligently to keep Megan’s memory alive by starting a scholarship fund for local students in grammar and high school. Megan's fund also helps families by funding scholarships for the Westside Girls Softball program and exhibits at the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn.

This Saturday (Feb.1), the Hurckes family will host their annual birthday bash in Megan’s memory at Arena Lanes, 4701 W. 103rd St. (103rd/Cicero Ave) in Oak Lawn. The party starts at 7 p.m.

“Megan would have been 15 this February,” her father Jerry said. “She loved bowling and loved to have big parties, so this celebration for her birthday is our way of celebrating her life.”

Megan's birthday bash offers an evening of family bowling and fellowship with other neighbors and friends while supporting a great cause that benefits children in the local area.

Tickets to bowl are $10 (which is optional), or sponsor a team of ten bowlers for $150. Food, a cash bar and plenty of chances to win prizes and raffles throughout the evening are also featured.

The event is always looking for raffle prizes, sponsors, and bowlers. People interested in helping this worthy cause can call the scholarship committee at 708-599-7302.

Megan's Birthday Bash kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Arena Lanes, 4701 W. 103rd St. (at 103rd St. and Cicero Ave.). Tickets are $10 (optional) or sponsor a team of ten for $150. Call 708-599-7302 for more information. 

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