The world lost the sweet gentle soul Chris “Playboy” Saathoff on February 14, 2004. Every year since, I’ve organized an annual fundraiser, and this will be the tenth year.

Chris’ parents informed me that in the last decade, I’ve raised $7,311 for the Saathoff Foundation, along with the help of bands like Twin Peax, The Smith Westerns, Clone Defects, and Absolutely Not who volunteered to play the benefit concerts, and countless friends who have attended. Brad Saathoff writes,

“The amount you’ve raised has played a big part in allowing us to build funds to support Lurie’s Chicago Children’s Hospital, Judi’s House (a wonderful place where kids that lose parents or siblings can go for counseling/grief support) and The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.  We have also been able to support Intonation Music Workshop, A.A.I.M. (Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists), Heifer International, Compassionate Friends, Ozark Food Harvest, Music Cares Foundation, Children’s Tumor Foundation plus many more small contributions that we know Chris would have approved of.

The Chris Saathoff Foundation has donated over $34,000 directly to these organizations and have set up an additional $80,000 in perpetual giving vehicles to the aforementioned Judi’s House, Old Town School of Music and Lurie’s Children’s Hospital so that they will receive a donation from Chris forever from the interest of those funds. THANK YOU for your ongoing support and helping make this happen!”

Learn more about the Chris Saathoff Foundation.

**UPDATE – YEAR 11**

February 9, 2015

It is now year 11 without Chris “Playboy” Saathoff. My heart is so heavy missing my best friend, one of the few people on earth who offered a constant flow of 100% kind words and positivity.

So many times you propose an idea to someone, even a good buddy, and get a, “no” in return, with a bunch of reasons why it is not possible. Chris was a YES person— and that made the world open up to us. We started a record label together and released our first single “Miss Alex White & Chris Playboy” back in 2003.

Since the last update, Chicago raised another $1k for the Chris Saathoff Foundation, which brings the contribution up to $8,311, in addition to the fundraising his parents manage in Texas. Special thanks to Chris Dye for organizing a benefit this summer and Greg Strong from In The Garage Alliance for their donations.

Some say time heals wounds. It doesn’t.

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