Fundraisers for Cary-Grove grad Carone planned

Rick Carone’s personality and impact on others is evident in the outpouring of support from people all over.

Friends are rallying around the 42-year-old Cary-Grove graduate, who is battling pancreatic cancer, with multiple benefits to help him with medical costs in the fight.

On Saturday, the Cary Junior Trojans football program is having “Rick Carone Day” to raise money for his trust fund. The Junior Trojans will have a 50/50 raffle, sell T-shirts and sell tickets to the “Cary for Carone” benefit Oct. 12. C-G baseball coach Don Sutherland and others will speak about Carone, a former football and baseball star at C-G, between the Junior Trojans’ noon and 1:30 p.m. games.

The “Coaches for Team Carone” will pitch in later this month at the home of Rob and Laura Baker. Sutherland and Prairie Ridge baseball coach Glen Pecoraro are among those who will donate their time with lessons.

Young players can take lessons from the coaches, and the money will go toward Carone’s fund. Laura Baker, a Prairie Ridge assistant and former classmate of Carone’s at C-G, will give softball pitching lessons. Baker is a former pitcher and a private pitching instructor.

Connie Weathersby, the director of McHenry County Heatwave, and Kurt Farman, Crystal Lake Tidal Waves 13U coach, also will give softball pitching lessons.

Prairie Ridge coach Mike Buck and Mike Johnson, coach of the Crystal Lake Slam, will give softball hitting lessons.

Sutherland, Pecoraro and Joey Maurer, the director of the Crystal Lake Bulldogs baseball program, will give baseball hitting lessons.

Prairie Ridge pitching coach Andy Deain will give pitching lessons.

Players may set up 30-minute lessons by emailing Rob Baker at The cost is $30 and lesson times run on various dates between Sept. 23 and Oct. 5.

The “Cary for Carone” event is a 21-and-older celebration that will have a pig roast, a “Rick Roast” and live music from Brushville, a group that has opened for Carone’s friend Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum.

That event will be at Bob Wegener’s farm in Prairie Grove. Tickets are $100 and 59 are still available. Sales are supposed to run through Thursday. Attendees must have pre-purchased tickets.

Event organizers still are accepting sponsorships and auction or raffle items. Those who cannot attend but who would still like to contribute may make checks payable to: BMO Harris Bank, c/o Carone Family Trust, 122 W. Main St., Cary, IL 60013.

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