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Upcoming Events

MARCH 16, 2024

2024 Lights & Sirens Ice Jamboree

Lace up your skates and hit the ice for an extraordinary cause! We're inviting you to be part of a unique event that celebrates and supports Chicago's brave first responders. Participate in an exhilarating cross-ice 3 on 3 hockey jamboree, open to kids aged 8U Mites through 18U Midgets. Plus, don't miss the chance to be part of the first-ever public skate event held simultaneously!

This is your opportunity to show appreciation for those who keep our city safe while contributing to the vital efforts of Light the Line and Ignite the Spirit. Your participation will help make a significant difference in their missions.


MAY 15, 2024

Ignite the Spirit 1st Annual Golf Outingy

Join us for a day on the greens at the Ignite the Spirit 1st Annual Golf Outing on May 15, 2004. Gather your team for a competitive 4-Person Scramble format with the chance to win cash awards for 1st and 2nd place based on Gross and Net scores. Excitement is guaranteed with raffle draws, door prizes, a Closest to the Pin challenge on all par 3 holes with a $500 prize for the winner, and a Longest Drive competition. Enjoy a complimentary lunch during the event and unwind afterwards with a 2-hour open bar featuring appetizers. Please note, the participant cap for this exclusive event is set at 144 golfers, so be sure to secure your foursome quickly as spots are expected to fill up fast! For registration details, contact Rich Pinskey at 773.218.1114 or via email at Don’t miss out on what promises to be a memorable outing!


In the News

May 16, 2023

Ignite the Spirit Visits NBC5

Matt Straley, the board member of Ignite the Spirit, joins “Chicago Today” to discuss how the nonprofit help Chicago Fire Department Families in time of need and the upcoming Firefighter Paramedic Ball.


January 6, 2022

Chicago Firefighters Create Unique Fundraising Campaign

A group of Chicago firefighters have come up with a unique fundraising campaign to keep you hot all year round!


May 29, 2020

Rock The Badges to Go Virtual in 2020 and to Feature Lake Effect’s ‘First Responder Brew’

The eighth annual “Rock The Badges” fundraiser, usually held in the Jefferson-Portage Park area, is going virtual in 2020.


November 18, 2017

Firefighters Pose for Calendar to Raise Money for Charity

Ignite the Spirit is helping raise money for charity with another calendar starring Chicago firefighters.


Past Events

NOVEMBER 3, 2023

Ignite the Spirit Calendar Release Party

Experience an electrifying evening with Chicago's bravest at the 2024 Ignite the Spirit Calendar Launch! Join us TONIGHT for an exclusive meet-and-greet with the heroic firefighters-turned-models from the Chicago Fire Department. The sparks fly at Rizzo's Bar & Inn, from 6 PM to 9 PM. Don't miss your chance to mingle with these local legends! 3658 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL 60613


October 8, 2023

Chicago Marathon

While registration may be closed, there's still an incredible opportunity to make a difference. Although you can't participate in the marathon this year, you can join the cause by making a donation. Every contribution counts and helps support our mission. By donating, you become an integral part of our community, showing your support for runners and the cause they run for. Your generosity can have a lasting impact, and we're grateful for every dollar contributed. Together, let's make a meaningful difference!


August 24, 2023

19th Annual Golf Outing SOLD OUT

Thank you for your overwhelming response and support! We are excited to announce that the Lake Geneva Golf Outing is now SOLD OUT. We sincerely apologize to those who were unable to secure a spot.

Going on Now

Fundraiser for the Fallen

Chicago Fire Department continues to experience loss. In April, we had two Line of Duty Deaths in less than 48 hours. This month again we mourn the loss 2 more active members.

This fundraiser is to raise money for those families directly effected by the loss of our members. All proceeds will be donated directly to Ignite the Spirit Fund Chicago to be given to the families. Sales will remain open through the month of June. Each raffle item will be randomly selected shipped directly to winners. We will announce winners via live video over Social Media and winners will also be contacted by email for shipping address. Thank you all for your support! Our goal is to sell 200 entries and raise at least $10,000. Please help share!

May 20, 2023

Firefighter Parademdic Ball

Join us for a Night of Revelry Be a part of an elegant evening as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ignite The Spirit, an organization dedicated to supporting Chicago's Firefighters, Paramedics, their Families and the Communities they serve. Indulge in a night of glamour and revelry, as we celebrate in a 1920s Flapper and Gent themed extravaganza. With the accompaniment of a live band, you will also have the opportunity to partake in a silent auction and an after party that would leave even Al Capone envious.

Friday, April 21, 2023

Join Us on April 21st to Support the Families of Jermaine A. Pelt & Lt. Jan Tchoryk

On April 21st, we are hosting a fundraiser to support the families of Firefighter Jermain A. Pelt and Lt. Jan Tchoryk, two brave heroes who lost their lives while serving our community. This event is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and show our support for the families of these fallen firefighters. There will be food, drinks, live auction, and a raffle with amazing prizes. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the families of Firefighter Pelt and Lt. Tchoryk to help them during this difficult time. Please join us in honoring the sacrifice of these heroes and showing our support for their families. 5-9 pm

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Fundraiser for the Fallen

Please come out and help us funrasie money for the families of the two CFD firefighters who had their last alarm this week. American Legion SSG Jason Vazquez Post #939 | 4355 N. Western Ave.

April 1, 2023

Join Us for the Final Four Fundraiser, Benefitting Chicago Firefighter Walter Stewart

We cordially invite you to join us at The Firehouse Grill on April 1st to celebrate the Final Four Fundraiser while supporting a noble cause. The event will include door prizes, raffles, and a 50/50 draw, with all the proceeds going towards the benefit of Chicago Firefighter Walter Stewart. We hope that you can attend this fantastic occasion and contribute to this worthy cause. Moreover, if you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation by clicking on the link below. Thank you for your generous support, and we look forward to seeing you there!

March 29, 2023

First Responder Wives

This is an invitation for a private event aimed at First Responder wives. The event will take place at Nonno Pino's and will include networking and socializing. Attendees will be required to pay $20 for admission, which will go towards the Ignite the Spirit & Behind the Vest charities. The cost will cover drinks and appetizers for the evening.

January 13, 2023

2023 Calendar Release Fundraiser

Please join us for the 2023 Calendar Fundraiser Friday, January 13th at The Wolfhound Bar and Kitchen. Autographs, split the pot, raffles and more!

December 1 -13, 2022

Ignite the Spirit Toy Drive

Ignite the Spirit's Toy Drive helps bring holiday cheer to local families! We have partnered with Nonno Pino's to provide families with support during the holidays. Drop off an unwrapped gift December 1st through December 13th at Nonno's and receive a $10 gift certificate.

December 13, 2022

Ignite the Spirit Toy Drive Party

Help us celebrate our annual Toy Drive at Nonno Pino's!

December 20, 2022

Ignite the Spirit Calendar Release Party

Help us celebrate the release of our 2023 Firefighter Calendar. Come on down to Tavern on the Point, have some fun and meet a few of the calendar models!

November 27, 2022

The Return of the CFD Stache Bash

The Stache Bash is Back! Join us at the Old Crow Smokehouse for this exciting event. All proceeds to benefit Ignite the Spirit.

September 7, 2022

Ignite the Spirit Night at Wrigley

Come out and support a charity that has been there for CFD families since 2003. $100 for a Wednesday night game at a Wrigley Field Rooftop. Ticket includes food, drink, raffles, split the pot and door prizes. Doors open 6:10pm/First pitch 7:10pm [3643 N. Sheffield Avenue].

August 11, 2022

18th Annual Golf Outing

Please join us for some morning or afternoon golf at the Hawksview Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI.

June 25, 2022

Marino's Jeep Jam

Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is proud to present a special one-day event to bring our community together in support of 5 worthy causes. Join us on Saturday, June 25th to enjoy live music, entertainment, food vendors, drinks, kids’ activities and more! There is no admission charge for this special event, and everyone is welcome.

June 18, 2022

2022 Cycle for a Cure Ride

Cycle for a Cure to Pediatric Leukemia is an annual fundraiser that culminates in more than 200 bike riders trekking from Illinois to Wisconsin. Join us as we ride from Wilmette, IL to Milwaukee, WI to support pediatric leukemia & fungal infection research.

In the News

Chicago firefighters create unique fundraising campaign

A group of Chicago firefighters have come up with a unique fundraising campaign to keep you hot all year round!

January 6, 2022  FOX 32   STEAMY

Rock The Badges to Go Virtual in 2020 and to Feature Lake Effect’s ‘First Responder Brew’

The eighth annual “Rock The Badges” fundraiser, usually held in the Jefferson-Portage Park area, is going virtual in 2020.


Firefighters Pose for Calendar to Raise Money for Charity

Ignite the Spirit is helping raise money for charity with another calendar starring Chicago firefighters.

November 18, 2017  5 CHICAGO   MAKING A DIFFERENCE

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