Rick Heinz of Heinz & Associates in Hinsdale is a CPA and founder of Scoreboard Charities (which raises money for cancer research through its annual “Wine, Women & Shoes” event on September 29). He and his wife of 39 years enjoy their time with two dogs and a cat and support many local organizations. He also serves on multiple nonprofit boards, including the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities—which has raised close to $18 million for the same charities that Scoreboard Charities supports. “It will be 24 years since my Mom died of cancer this fall,” says Heinz, who founded the organization in her honor. “We netted and contributed $165,000 for cancer research (Lurie Northwestern Comprehensive Cancer Center) and camps for kids with cancer (Camp One Step). Every dollar truly makes a difference.” The slogan at Scoreboard Charities is “Winning the Game Against Cancer,” but as he explains, it’s not a game we can afford to lose. “We must find cures now.” Here are a few of this philanthropist’s favorite lasts:
Last great movie you saw that made you think?
Probably not one you’d think about but I saw it again recently … The Wizard of Oz. Sure, Dorothy’s quest to return home is a story of good over evil. But It also makes us wonder what we are capable of if we just embrace our courage, intelligence, love, and other inner resources.
Last moment that made you proud of what you’re doing?
Dropping off the checks. We have visited Camp One Step the past few years. You realize that these kids are just trying to have a normal life despite their cancer. Handing the organizational leaders a check for $30,000 to support their mission is awesome. And then handing Dr. Leon Platanais at Lurie Northwestern a check for $135,000 for cancer research was also great. He gave our team a tour of the labs and told us exactly where the money would be used.
Last meaningful book you read?
Hamilton … we’ve seen the musical twice … and the book is great, too, despite the volume of pages. The lyrics of the opening song lay it out in more colorful words than you can print but he was an amazing man.
Last vacation that you will not soon forget?
We were recently in Spain, and meeting up with old friends from Belgium in Seville was the highlight of the trip. It’s inconceivable that small town kids from Indiana would now find the world so flat. Indianapolis was the “big city” for us 45 years ago.
Last pair of shoes you’ve owned that have taken you memorable life journeys?
I am extremely superstitious. I know exactly the shoes I was wearing when the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox, and Cubs won titles. We were fortunate to be at some or all of games of those championship teams. I still have goosebumps thinking about Paul Konerko’s grand slam in 2005. I still have those shoes.