Rockford, IL – RYAN DEMPSTER, Former MBL CUBS Pitcher and Two Time All-Star, Sports Analyst, Winning Red Sox Pitcher of the 2013 World Series, Motivational Speaker and currently working for the Chicago CUBS team, is coming to Rockford for our Annual MELD Sports Celebrity Event, Thursday, February 25, 2016.                                

Join us for MELD’s Annual Celebrity Evening – “PITCHING A WIN FOR MELD” with Sports Celebrity Guest and Speaker, Ryan Dempster. Event will be Thursday, February 25, 5:30-9:00PM, at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL.

Cost of event is $75 a person or Table of 10 for $700. VIP Meet and Greet Ryan Reception with autographed baseball and appetizers – $125 a person or Table of 10 for $1100. Meet and Greet Ryan VIP Reception at 5:30-7PM – including appetizers and autographed baseball. Silent Auction opens at 5:30PM for viewing and bidding. Social Hour from 6-7PM. Dinner at 7PM with Program following.

Evening includes dinner and program with Ryan as our guest speaker, MELD’s Signature Silent and Live auctions and Raffle (see below for listing of Raffle items)

All proceeds from “PITCHING A WIN FOR MELD” will benefit MELD (Mothers and Fathers Establishing Life’s Direction) Programs for young moms, dads and their children including our MELD Homeless Shelter, Transitional Living Program, MELD Young Moms and Dads Parent Support Groups, Education and Employment Assistance Program and Homelessness Prevention/Rapid Re-Housing Program.

Make reservations online at or call MELD office 815-963-6353×10.



  • 4 CUBS Tickets – with Limo to and from Wrigley Field, Catered Dinner and Snacks
  • Special Hosted and Prepared Giovanni’s Dinner for 8 – 4 course meal with wine
  • BLACKHAWKS Goalie Cory Crawford Autographed Hockey Puck
  • PACKERS Clay Matthews Canvas Print
  • Michael Jordan Last Shot Print
  • Walter Peyton Special Print
  • Saffire Grill with Accessories and Great Grilling Meat Package
  • Tastefully Simple Gourmet Food Package
  • Miscellaneous Sports Memobilia AND DÉCOR ITEMS, DINING PACKAGES AND MUCH MORE!



  • $1,000 CASH donated by Greenlee Textron, Inc. and Savant Capital Management
  • $50 Dinner for 2 at Giovanni’s Restaurant – Every Month for a Year donated by Giovanni’s Restaurant and Flowers Every Month for a Year donated by Pepper Creek Flowers – Value $1020
  • Diamond Pendant donated by Mincemoyer Jewelry – Value $ 500
  • $50 Mobil Gas Card Every Month for a Year donated by Kelley Williamson Mobil – Value $600
  • Bicycle donated by Area 251 Bicycle, Inc. – Value $599
  • SONY TV – LED 1080P-Smart HDTV includes set up and installation donated by Prime Time TV and Shelter Insurance – Value $1299
  • HP Laptop Computer 16” Screen and HP Printer donated by Entre Computer Solutions, Inc. – Value $800
  • Meat Package Every Month for a Year donated by 640 Meats and Ultimate Full Service Car Wash Every Month for a Year donated by SuperSuds Car Care Center Value $840


Purchase Raffle Tickets at Mincemoyer Jewelry, 640 Meats, all Fifth Third Bank locations, at the evening event, at MELD office – 107 N. 3rd St. or by calling  815-963-6353 x10.

Raffle Ticket Prices: $5 each or 5 for $20 (get one free) or 12 for $50 (get 2 free)

Only 2500 tickets available. Drawing held at the event. Need not be present to win.

For more info call MELD at 815-963-6353 x10