Events are the backbone of two of Shield 23 Foundation's Objectives: Fundraising and Awareness. We aim to engage in many ways, as evident by these prior Events: a Fall Social & Gift Basket Raffle; Restaurant Proceed Events; Third-party Fundraisers designating S23F as Beneficiary, and 50/50 Raffles. Presentations to Fire Departments and Unions;  Fire Service-related Conventions and Events; Info Tables & Media Interviews, and Community Events.

Then the year 2020 saw the arrival and impact of Covid-19. Like many NFPs our Fundraising efforts were severly affected. As we pivot and adapt to how to raise funds in the current climate, and plan our next Events, we do so with the knowledge that Firefighters/Paramedics don't rest, and unfortunately, neither does Cancer.

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Russell Constantino Memorial Bike Ride

September 25, 2021 @ 9:00 am 6:00 pm


The Shield 23 Foundation is cordially inviting you to participate in our first annual Russ Constantino Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, September 25th, 2021.
The Shield 23 Foundation was founded in 2018 in memory of 20-year veteran of the Gurnee Fire Department, Russ Constantino, who passed away in 2009 from job-related brain cancer. The foundation’s mission is to raise and gift funds to firefighters who battle job-related cancer and the families that stand beside them.
Our event is designed to raise money to fund our mission as well as raise awareness to the deadly illness that is caused by on-duty conditions and environment. The event will consist of a 23-mile bike ride from the Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago to Evanston where we will hold a reception at the Firehouse Grill. The real fundraising will occur before the event where fire departments will compete against each other to raise as much money as possible. The winning departments, as well as other top fundraisers, will win a variety of different prizes.
Registration is currently open on our website.
$100 per person
Sign in will open at 9am with our launch set for 10am.
We will then ride 23 miles in honor of Russ’ badge number from the Great lakes Navel Station to the Firehouse grill in Evanston. In which we will have a ceremony. Food will be provided.
Your $100 registration includes
23 mile bike ride
Food at Firehouse grill
Participation medal
Fire Department Fundraising Competition
The winner of the fire department fundraising competition will receive a catered dinner for all three shifts on us, as well as, bragging rights for years to come with a traveling trophy with your departments name
Individual Fundraising Prizes
1st place
$500 or equal to amount raised
S23F Snapback hat
Free entry to next years bike ride
2nd place
$100 gift card to Firehouse grill
S23F Snapback hat
Free entry to next years bike ride
3rd place
$50 gift card to Firehouse grill
S23F Snapback hat
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September 25, 2021
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
3355 Illinois St
North Chicago, IL 60088 United States