Supporters Association Pooling Resources To Celebrate Fire's 20th Anniversary
To celebrate the team's 20th anniversary, the Fire's independent supporters' association, Section 8 Chicago, is "pooling efforts to throw a killer birthday bash and inviting former players and coaches to return for the celebration," according to Dan Santaromita of CSNCHICAGO.com. The celebration will "take place Oct. 8 at the Chicago Cultural Center." It will mark "20 years to the day" since the team's first GM, Peter Wilt, "announced the name of the then-MLS expansion team at Navy Pier." Wilt will be "among the star-studded list of attendees." Section 8 BOD Chair Scott Greene was at the Fire's anniversary party five years ago, and the plan is to "continue them every five years." Five players from the original '98 team are "already confirmed to be attending." In order to get the former players to come to Chicago, Section 8 has "worked to raise funds to fly the players in." Greene said that ticket sales are the "main revenue portion, but they are also accepting donations and there is a silent auction" (CSNCHICAGO.com, 9/20).