More than two years after the death of 24-year-old Kathleen Garrigan, a charitable softball tournament established in her honor is partnering with an upstart organization seeking to provide services to people with developmental disabilities. Proceeds from this year’s KG Classic tournament, being held Sept. 26 in Forest Park, will be donated to Opportunity Knocks.
Garrigan, a former Oak Park resident and waitress at Molly Malone’s, drowned in May 2007 while serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Alaska. She was a three-sport student-athlete at Oak Park and River Forest High School, and a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Indiana.
Opportunity Knocks was established in 2009 by Michael Carmody, a special education instructor at OPRF.
During the first two years of the softball tournament, proceeds grew from $3,000 to more than $13,000, according to a statement released by event organizers. This year’s tournament includes 20 coed teams who’ll compete from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 7501 Harrison.