The rain ended in time for the Maxtravaganza fundraiser June 21 at Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff. Then again, for the spiffy cars parked indoors, they didn’t have their new car shine affected by rain droplets at 990 N. Shore Blvd.
The James Bond-worthy sportscars were an ideal photo backdrop for the more than 200 guests who came out to support the memory of Max Schewitz, who died suddenly at the age of 20 from a hidden heart condition.
His mother Mary Beth Schewitz of Lake Bluff has continued with one life purpose of raising awareness about the condition and EKG testing, to help youth become diagnosed before a tragedy strikes. Research is vital. She serves as the foundation’s executive director.
“It’s absolutely incredible what my mom has done,” said Max’s brother Adam Schewitz of Lake Bluff. “It’s just unbelievable.”
Of attending a fundraiser in his brother’s memory: “It’s just a great moment, a healing moment, hard to put into words,” said Adam.
An estimated $180,000 was raised. Mary Beth Schewitz made certain to personally say hello to as many guests as possible. Folks here congratulated Max’s mom on being recognized as 2014 Volunteer Citizen of the Year from Direct Energy. The award has resulted in national talk show invitations and other outreach opportunities.
“I feel very overwhelmed and honored but it (the award) truly belongs to everyone in this room and not in this room (for their hard work and fine support),” said Mary Beth Schewitz.
The Max Schewitz Foundation is a non-profit, grant-making entity started by Max’s family and friends after sudden cardiac arrhythmia caused Max’s 2005 death. The foundation encourages education about sudden cardiac death among young people while supporting environmental conservation which Max Schewitz loved to champion.
Audrey Larsen of Northbrook, an event guest, is about the same age Max Schewitz was when he passed. Thanks to foundation-supported screenings at Glenbrook North High School where she was a student in 2010 (as a sophomore), Audrey learned she had a heart syndrome.
“I have a list of restrictions,” said Audrey, of managing her condition.
To the memory of Max Schewitz: “I want to thank you…”
“For the ultimate sacrifice,” added Audrey’s mother Anne Larsen, completing an emotional sentence.
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Benefiting: The Max Schewitz Foundation
Location: Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff
Raised: $180,000Website: www.maxandthewildthings.com