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Meet Chicago Bears Pro Bowler Charles Tillman at the Fatherhood Dinner Celebration

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When it comes to giving back to the community, no one does more than Chicago Bears Pro Bowl corner back Charles Tillman. Whether though his own organization, The Cornerstone Foundation, through the charitable programs of the Bears, or the numerous others around the Chicagoland area, Charles Tillman is as sincere and giving as they come.

On June 12th, the Wednesday before Fathers Day, Tillman will be appearing at the Fatherhood Dinner Celebration, an event organized by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI). The goal of the IFI is to "address the increasing problem of father absence in society", and it's their belief that "every child deserves to grow up in a home with a loving, caring and involved father or father-figure".

With over one million Illinois children growing up in fatherless homes, this is a serious problem.

My parents divorced when I was very young, but fortunately my Dad remained in the picture. I'm a step-father to three great, albeit sometimes nerve racking kids, and I have a little sassy girl of my own. Being a father to my four kids is something I take pride in and it's a responsibility I'll never take lightly.

The Fatherhood Dinner Celebration will take place on June 12th, at the Union League Club of Chicago on 65 W. Jackson Blvd., in Chicago. Others slated to attend are former Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark, Chicago Bears Board Member and Senior Director of Special Projects Patrick McCaskey, and Chicago Tribune Columnist John Kass. Both Tillman and Kass are being honored as Fathers of the Year.

For more information of the IFI visit their website, www.4fathers.org.

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