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Wednesday, July 2

Brian Cook, Graue Inc. and Lincoln IGA
join for LCHS fund-raiser

[JULY 2, 2003]  Two area businesses, Graue Inc. and Lincoln IGA, are the local sponsors for the newly released book "Brian Cook: An Illini Legend." Both businesses donated the books they received as sponsors to Lincoln Community High School and its basketball program.

Cook signed copies of the book for 2 hours at Graue Inc. on June 29. The book-signing event raised over $4,000 for the high school's general education fund and the basketball program.

He will be returning to Lincoln on Aug. 23, during the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival. Times and locations for book-signings are yet to be determined.

"Brian Cook: An Illini Legend" has been well received in Springfield and Mahomet as well. Cook signed more than 700 books for fans in Springfield and nearly 600 in Mahomet.

As shown the book, former University of Illinois basketball star Brian Cook worked his way from a tough, poor upbringing (often eating syrup sandwiches), having been raised by his loving mother and dealing with self-esteem issues and a lack of confidence. From that beginning he slowly built himself into a McDonald's all-American basketball player in high school and eventually into the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year with the Fighting Illini.


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He resisted the temptation to leave college early, instead staying for what he called "the best four years of my life." He grew from a boy to a man while at college and maintained a tremendous relationship with his mother (his best friend) and his sisters. Now Cook awaits a career in the NBA and looks forward to the day when he can use his money to buy something wonderful for his mother.

In an era filled with players best described as "punks," "Brian Cook: An Illini Legend" tells the story of a man who is sweet, sensitive and caring.

[Press release]

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