Savills Studley’s 11th Annual Landlord Challenge Raises $100,000 for SGA Youth & Family Services

03 October 2016

SGA Youth & Family Services, a Chicago-based charity focused on empowering at-risk children, families and communities; will receive $100,000 donation from the participants of Savills Studley’s 11th Annual Landlord Challenge. The charity golf tournament took place at the Northmoor Country Club and was hosted by Savills Studley Executive Vice President John Goodman. Savills Studley Executive Vice President John Goodman, SGA Vice President of Development Liz Mason“I am thrilled and humbled by the commercial real estate community’s amazing support for this year’s event,” said Goodman, who chaired this year’s event and also serves on the SGA board. “With this donation we will support an organization that aids fellow Chicagoans in the most dangerous situations, and ultimately saves lives.”

SGA’s goal is to ensure that all children and families are given the support they need to overcome challenges and have the opportunity of a brighter future. The organization provides services to over 15,000 people each year, including early childhood education; parenting and wellness programs; counseling for children who have been traumatized by the fatal shooting of a loved one, neighbor or friend; support to help vulnerable teenagers graduate high school; and employment training and job placements so these young people have the chance to pursue a career.

“We are so grateful to John Goodman, Savills Studley, Northmoor Country Club and all of the participating golfers and sponsors for their generous contributions to SGA,” said SGA Vice President of Development Liz Mason.“The support of this event will allow us to provide vital cradle-to-career services to families living in some of Chicago’s most impoverished communities.”Savills Studley Senior Managing Director John Conerty, Executive Vice President John Goodman, Senior Vice President and Chicago Co-Head Eric FeinbergOver $1.5 million has been raised through the Savills Studley Landlord Challenge in the last 11 years. These funds have been distributed to Chicago-area charities focused on serving the needs of underprivileged children. Goodman and Savills Studley’s Maria Jens-Kerr have overseen the event since its inception. Their efforts have been supported by Savills Studley’s Chicago Office Community Involvement Committee. In addition to Goodman and Jens-Kerr, committee members include Joe Learner, John Conerty, Christopher Tarzon, Peggy Conway and Eric Feinberg.Savills Studley Annual Landlord Challenge Golf Outing winner Michael Lirtzman, with TranswesternMajor sponsors for this year’s Landlord Challenge include Piedmont, John Hancock, Riverside Investments, The John Buck Company Foundation, The Telos Group and USAA Real Company. Of the over 100 golfers that participated in the tournament, a team representing Transwestern took first place, closely followed by the Fulcrum/Lincoln team in second. For more information on SGA Youth & Family Services, please visit




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