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Professional athletes to speak at Lisle fundraiser

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:42 p.m. CDT

LISLE – Three former NFL and NBA athletes will speak at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel benefitting Chetwyn Rodgers Drive Development Center.

The Lisle event is hosted by Precision Payroll of America President and CEO Tom Sodeika and proceeds go to the Chetwyn Rodgers Drive Development Center, which strives to empower people to become economically self-sufficient and helps revitalize the communities within the Chicago’s west side neighborhood.

The Chetwyn Rodgers Drive Development Center is a faith-based, non-profit organization led by Pastor Curtis Rodgers.

The event is named, “Teach2Fish”, as Pastor Rodgers is "teaching the community within the Austin neighborhood become self-sufficient by learning 'how to fish,'" a phrase that references a Bible passage, according to the press release.

Although Chetwyn Rodgers Drive Development Center has lost most of its city and state funding due to budget cuts, the non-profit continues it function with the aid of volunteer workers, according to the press release.

The latest effort of the organization includes the construction plans for a senior housing at the the intersection of Cicero Avenue and Washington Street.

Teach2Fish guest speakers include former Chicago Bear, Detroit Lion and Indianapolis Colt Ray McElroy; David Tyree, a former NY Giants wide receiver; and Anthony Bonner, former NBA player for the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks. National radio host and Fox News contributor Charles Butler will also speak during the event.

Tickets cost $100 and available on Eventbrite at

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