5/2 Dempster 3rd annual Casino night May 9

One week from tonight, the third annual Casino Night will be held at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago to raise money for the Ryan & Jenny Dempster Foundation. The event includes a live auction, and among the items to bid on is a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, which was donated by Steve Sutherland of Naperville, Ill. Last year, Sutherland donated a ball autographed by Ruth which sold for $21,000.

“I figured we had to top that,” Sutherland said.

He had never met Dempster before donating the baseballs to the foundation.

“I can do this or [the ball] can sit in my house,” Sutherland said. “It can do much more for them.”

For more information, go to the Dempster Foundation website: http://bit.ly/IWxI06

— Carrie Muskat

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