Charity Briefs for March 20, 2012
March 19, 2012 3:28PM
Updated: April 21, 2012 8:07AM
Dine to End MS: As part of Dine to End MS, a restaurant program that raises awareness and funds for individuals with multiple sclerois, all Chili’s restaurants across the state will donate 10 percent of patrons’ bills to the National MS Society when presented with a special coupon through May 31.
Shoe sale: Share Your Soles is having a Spring Shoe Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through May at 5623 W. 115th St., Alsip. On sale are donated shoes that would be inappropriate or unusable to people in remote regions in which Share Your Soles distributes shoes. However, all proceeds from the sale benefit Share Your Soles.
Rockin’ the Runway: The 14th Annual Fashion Show and Dinner to benefit Restoration Ministries’ Tabitha House will be held March 20 at the Serbian Social Center, 18550 Stony Island Ave., Lansing. The theme is “Rockin’ the Runway.” The fashion show begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45. Tables of 10 are available. Graduates of Tabitha House, Trinity Christian College students who volunteer in Restoration Ministries’ after-school program, teens from Restoration Ministries’ Youth Group and Calvary Academy eighth-graders will be modeling. The Carson Pirie Scott store in Orland Square will provide the fashions. Call (708) 333-3370 or visit www.restorationministries.net.
Relay for Life: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of New Lenox will hold its annual kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at Prime Time Restaurant and Bar, 2387 E. Joliet Highway, New Lenox. Refreshments will be served and the registration fee will be waived for teams who sign up before or during the kickoff event. This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of New Lenox will be July 13 at Lincoln-Way West High School. Contact the American Cancer Society at (708) 633-7770 or visit Relayforlife.org/newlenoxil.
Filling the pantry: A fundraiser for the Orland Township Food Pantry will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. March 21 at 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Admission is $5 and will include a grand raffle ticket and appetizers. A nonperishable food item donation, intended for the food pantry, also will be accepted. The evening will include shopping, wine tasting, massages, appetizers, raffles and psychic readings. Call (708) 403-4222.
LARC appreciation: LARC, which serves people with development disabilities, will hold its annual appreciation dinner at 6 p.m. March 23 at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Ind. The evening will include recognition of LARC employees, supporters and clients for their service within the organization. Tickets are $50 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, meal and open refreshment bar. There also will be raffles and silent and live auctions. Buy tickets at LARC, 19043 Wentworth Ave., Lansing. Contact Garry Buell or Lisa Vale at (708) 474-1540.
Teacher vs. teacher: About 40 teachers from Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way West will participate in the annual Mike Davis faculty basketball game at 7 p.m. March 23 at Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox. The game raises money for the Lincoln-Way Teachers’ Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for future teachers from teachers. The schools’ student activities coordinators will hold contests for the student spectators throughout the evening. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Additional donations are encouraged.
Bald for a cause: Fifth-grader Seth Huisenga will be the first of about 20 shavees participating in the St. Baldrick’s event at Millenium School in Tinley Park at 12:30 p.m. March 23. Interested persons can support Seth’s cause by making a donation at www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/eventid/8198/eventyear/2012. Money raised by Seth and other students at the assembly will go to support children battling cancer.
Fish and jazz: The Music Boosters’ 4th annual Friday Night Fish Fry will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. March 23 and 30, at Lincoln-Way North High School, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort. Tickets are $10 each and can be bought at the door or through the Lincoln-Way North Music Boosters. Included are deep-fried fish, baked potatoes, french fries, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, bread, cole slaw, coffee and lemonade. Baked goods will be sold at an additional cost. The Lincoln-Way North Jazz Band and choir will provide entertainment. Curbside service will be available.
Fish fries: NINA Council of the Knights of Columbus is having its Annual Lenten Fish Fry event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on March 23 and 30, at St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish’s Sullivan Center, 4101 St. Lawrence Ave., Matteson. The Knights and the ladies auxiliary will serve fish, shrimp, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw and coffee for children and adults for a donation ranging from $4 to $10. Bottled water, tea and soda also will be available, along with desserts. Proceeds will be used for various causes in the parish and the parishes of St. Irenaeus and St. Mary, both in Park Forest.
Walk, run, donate: Running Excels, 10328 S. Western Ave., is sponsoring a 7 a.m. group walk (four to six miles) and a 7 a.m. group run (four to 12 miles) March 24 as a neighborhood sponsor of the communitywide Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day. A suggested donation of $25 would go to A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park, a nonprofit counseling and advocacy agency that serves victims of domestic violence. Running Excels also will be collecting donations for A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park. Call (773) 629-8587 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga benefit: Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St., Chicago, will provide a yoga class from 2 to 3:15 p.m. March 24 as part of the Morgan Park Juniors’ Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day. Suggested donation is $25. Alice Markel will instruct this slow, meditative, calm practice for all persons wishing to slow down. For additional information, visit beverlyyogacenter.com.
Yoga for a cause: Donna Wilkinson, of Yoga with Donna Wilkinson, is offering a one-hour yoga class 9 to 10 a.m. March 24 as a partner with the Morgan Park Juniors during its Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day. A suggested $25 donation supports A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. This class will take place in the Demonstration Room at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St., Chicago. Call (773) 881-3240.
Fore domestic violence victims: Klees Golf Shop, 10436 S. Western, Chicago, is partnering with the Morgan Park Juniors on March 24 for Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day. All golfers who stop by that day and make a $25 donation to A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park will receive a half-hour appointment with Duffy Callahan for a complete driver fitting, using a Vector pro launch monitor. Contact Charlie Klees at (773) 233-4000.
Doggie angels: Palos Community Hospital is accepting volunteer applications for its animal-assisted therapy program known as Wags. Specially trained owners and their docile dogs visit hospital rooms for five to 10 minutes each. Qualifying applicants will be invited to have their dog’s temperament tested March 24 at Palos Community Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights. If selected, you and your dog will complete a three-day training program. Interested dog owners must be at least 18 years old and have time to volunteer. Participating dogs must be at least a year old, demonstrate basic obedience, and be up-to-date on vaccinations, among other health standards. An online application is available at www.PalosCommunityHospital.org/Wags or call (708) 923-5593.
Transplant need: Volunteers are planning a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. March 25 at the Alpha Facility community center, 8236 S. Western, Chicago, to raise funds for Len Richard, of Matteson, who needs both a kidney and a liver transplant. The event will include light refreshments. There is no cost to attend, but donations are encouraged. Richard, 39, is a professional stunt man who is diabetic and has a life-threatening liver disease. Contact Anthony Richard at AR3194@msn.com or (708) 720-2024. To make a donation in Richard’s honor, visit www.transplants.org or send your gift to the NFT California Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write “in honor of Len Richard” in the subject line.
Pictures for Pantry: Wehmeier Portraits, 9540 W. 144th Place, Orland Park, is hosting an Easter Eggs-travaganza Portrait Event through March 25 to benefit the Orland Township Food Pantry. Portrait sessions are specially priced at $50 plus tax, which includes the studio session, an 8-by-10 gift print and a Facebook image, with a donation to the Orland Township Food Pantry. Schedule your session by contacing Elise at (708) 226-1593.
Brunch fundraiser: Bridges to a New Day counseling agency is hosting a spring brunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 at the Prairie Bluff Golf Course, 19433 Renwick Road, Lockport. Cost is $35 for adults and $15 for children and includes a raffle and silent auction. An antiviolence charitable organization, Bridges To A New Day offers local residents assistance programs related to counseling, domestic violence and parenting. Funds raised at the event will allow the organization to continue to help Will County residents. Call Bridges to a New Day at (815) 838-2690.
Polenta and sausage: Grand Lodge of Illinois & Wisconsin Order Sons of Italy in America is hosting a Polenta and Sausage Dinner from noon to 4 p.m. March 25 at Eiche Turners Hall, 16767 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park. The Sons of Italy Foundation raises funds for the following charities: Alzheimer’s research, autism, cancer, Cooley’s Anemia research and its Grand Lodge Scholarship Fund. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple and $7.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Call (708) 403-7822.
Wish cookies: From March 26 to April 8, participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes will donate 10 cents to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois for every Easter egg cookie sold for $2.25 apiece. Panera Bread has adopted 20 wish children for 2012 and is looking to raise $100,000 to grant all 20 wishes. In 2011, Panera Bread raised $166,321 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, enough for 33 wishes.
Eat and Earn: The Groll family, of Oak Lawn, is having an “Eat and Earn Fundraiser Day” March 26 at several Beggars Pizza locations to raise money for the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation in honor of their 3-year-old son Joshua, who has hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. Those wishing to participate must present a flier to Beggars when ordering or paying and Beggars will donate 20 percent of the tab to Josh’s Gift To Share. Participating Beggars Pizza restaurants are located at 12700 Kedzie Ave., Blue Island; 15600 Cicero, Oak Forest; 11329 W. 143rd St., Orland Park; and 650 W. Maple in New Lenox. The restaurants will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Relay for Life fundraiser: A Relay for Life fundraising event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 28 at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, 15690 S. Harlem Ave., Orland Park. All funds will go toward the goal of raising $5,000 to support Amy Pehlke and her family as they walk in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on June 9 in honor of Tom Wiencek, who lost his battle to cancer. Cost is $60 per person, which includes wine and food. Donate directly to Amy and her team at main.acsevents.org/goto/thefire. Contact Chris at (815) 467-4783.
For visually impaired: Oasis for the Visually Impaired is holding a free Vision Dynamics Resource & Products Expo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive in Orland Park. The expo will feature exhibits and workshops for those who are visually impaired and their families. Products for independent living, including the latest in assistive technology, will be spotlighted. Agencies for the visually impaired will also be represented. Contact Kim Kuster at (708) 460-6573.
Disco dogs: PAWS Tinley Park is throwing a 1970s party March 30 at the Orland Chateau, 14500 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and includes dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, raffles, entertainment and canine surprises. Also meet Ruff Ruff, the dog who survived a house fire. Tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds support the shelter.
Wine & Cheese for education: Crete-Monee District 201U Education Foundation’s 13th annual Wine & Cheese Gala will be from 6 to 10 p.m. March 31 at University Park Golf Club & Conference Center, 23520 Crawford Ave. Tickets are $50 at the door or $45 in advance. That includes fine wines, gourmet cheeses hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction, raffles and live music. Wine vendor Aged-2-Perfection will be sampling wines from Illinois and Michigan, as well as selections from California, Greece, Serbia and Chile. Tickets are available at the school district office, 1500 Sangamon St. in Crete, and other locations. Contact co-chairs Heidi Gonzalez at email@example.com, Carol Millsap at Millsap95@aol.com, or foundation president Karen Gilliam-Brown at (708) 609-6178.
Breakfast and shopping: Lincoln-Way Central Music Boosters is presenting Bunny Breakfast and Spring Craft Fair, its annual breakfast and shopping event, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31 at Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox. Tickets are $5, with children under 3 free. The event includes a pancake breakfast with activities for the kids including visits with the Easter Bunny, kid-friendly crafts and balloon animals. Crafters and home vendors will be featured. Enter through the main doors. The craft fair is in the gym. Call (815) 462-2301.
March Madness: The Community Board of The Cancer Support Center will present March Madness from 4:30 p.m. to the end of the final game March 31 at Jenny’s at 191 South, 10160 W. 191st St., Mokena. Cost is $30 and includes appetizers and two drink coupons. Games, raffles, squares and more are included.
Stocking the pantry: Frankfort resident Tom Luscombe, a State Farm agent and member of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, will use his booth at the chamber’s March 31 Business and Community Expo in Tinley Park to tell the story of Alicia’s House food pantry in South Chicago Heights. He hopes to collect nonperishable food items and small cash donations to help keep the shelves stocked at the pantry, which distributes tens of thousands of bags of groceries each year to residents of seven southeast suburban communities. The expo will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive. Contact Luscombe at (708) 365-5222, or visit www.aliciashouse.org. For details about the expo, visit www.chicagosouthland.com.
Seniors and spaghetti: Alvernia Manor Senior Living, 13950 Main St., Lemont, is having its Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. March 31. Cost is $12 for adults, and $4 for children 10 years and under. Call (630) 257-7721.
Helping Bob Get Back: A benefit fundraiser for Bob Balcerak, who became a paraplegic last year because of an ATV accident, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. March 31 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3350 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children if purchased in advance; $30 for adults and $20 for children at the door. Kids under age 6 are free. The cost includes a buffet dinner, desserts, wine, soda, water, entertainment, split the pot and gift basket raffles. Proceeds will help pay Balcerak’s many medical bills and expenses. Monetary donations can be sent to Helping Bob Get Back Fund at Archer Bank, 12701 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463. If you can donate a gift item or gift card for the raffle, contact Elizabeth Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity volleyball: Volleyball players and teams are needed for the Volleyball for Charity 32nd Annual Coed Volleyball Tournament and Party on April 14. Games will be played at select locations including the Chicago Ridge Park District and St. Xavier University. Proceeds will benefit Park Lawn. Players and nonplayers 21 and older can attend the After Tournament Party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Beverly Country Club, 8700 S. Western Ave., Chicago. There will be an open bar, food, hors d’oeuvres, cash and prize raffles, music and dancing. Party tickets can be bought at the door or in advance for $30 at email@example.com. The tournament team fee is $300. The tournament and party package is $400. Register at www.volleyballforcharity.org or call (708) 876-5943.
Email for Ronald McDonald House: For every letter, photo, card, sketch, joke or cartoon sent to a family staying at Ronald McDonald House near University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital through HP’s ePrint program, eSmiles, through April 15, HP will donate $1 up to $10,000 to support the hospital’s mission. Send your message to RMHChicagoCNI@ePrinteSmiles.com and it will print out directly at Ronald McDonald House, or visit www.hpesmiles.com.
Bowling for charity: Spina Bifida Association of Illinois is having a Charity Bowl-a-Thon April 15 at Centennial Lanes, 16050 Centennial Circle, Tinley Park. Registration is at 12:30 p.m., bowling 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, which includes two games, shoes, pizza and soda. Call (773) 444-0305 or visit www.sbail.org/bowl.html.
Fire up: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is running its 16th annual partnership with local fire departments with its Fire Chief Ale promotion through April 15. During the promotion, the brewery/restaurant, 16156 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park, will be featuring Fire Chief Ale and an accompanying seasonal menu, with a portion of the proceeds from every pint of Fire Chief Ale sold donated to local fire departments.
Habitat housing: Windy City Habitat for Humanity is holding an informational meeting for persons interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 19 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 1335 W. 115th St., Chicago. To qualify, you must have inadequate housing, have legal U.S. residency status, can help Habitat with a minimum of 350 hours of work and meet income requirements. Call (312) 563-0296 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrity guest: Mount Assisi Academy in Lemont announced that Michelle Relerford, NBC 5 Chicago anchor/reporter, will be the celebrity emcee at the high school’s Gala Night on April 20. Releford was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. The Gala Night benefits the tuition assistance fund and other special operating projects. Call (630) 257-7844, Ext. 22.
Light, leadership run: The 2nd Annual Light and Leadership 5K Run/Walk will be April 21 at Yankee Woods, 165th Street and Central Avenue, Tinley Park. Check-in starts at 8:15 a.m., the 5K starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 for adults who register by April 14 and $35 after April 14; $20 for students who register by April 14 and $25 after that date. Students must show a valid ID. Funds raised by the 5K Run/Walk provide free educational services to children and women in some of the poorest areas of Peru. Register at www.lightandleadership.org or call (708) 459-8803.
The Big Event: Sertoma Centre’s Big Event 2012, sponsored by the SouthtownStar and the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation, will be from 5 to 9 p.m. April 28 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Firemen will compete in a cookoff judged by sports celebrities. Dave Fleming, a magician and juggler, will perform on stage at 6:30 p.m., and live music will be provided by Sound Barrier. Event information, fireman registration and sponsorship details can be found by visiting www.sertomacentre.org or on Facebook and Twitter. Proceeds from the event benefit the almost 700 individuals with disabilities served by Sertoma Centre, Inc.
Run/walk/roll: Elim Christian Services’ 2nd annual Eagles’ Wings 5k Run/Walk/Roll will be at 9 a.m. May 5 at 13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights. The event is open to the public, and all participants are encouraged to raise funds for Elim Christian Services along with their registration fee. There also will be a free postrace kids dash, music and refreshments. All participants will receive free T-shirts. Online registrants must be 18 or older, and there is a convenience fee. All proceeds benefit Elim Christian Services. Visit www.elimcs.org or email elimeagleswings5K@elimcs.org with questions. Visit www.signmeup.com to register online and search “eagles”.
Rolling the dice: A Bunco Night fundraiser for Park Lawn will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 5 at Hammond Hall, 4343 Southwest Highway, Hometown. Cost is $25 per seat and includes bunco, door prizes and raffles. RSVP by April 21 by contacting Kathy at (708) 422-9569 or Joan at (708) 460-2996.
Celebration 2012: The Board of Trustees of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will host Celebration 2012, an annual endowment fundraiser for student scholarships and financial aid, on April 21 at the school, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago. The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Music and entertainment will be provided by the City Lights Orchestra. A raffle and auction are included. Contact Tom Geraghty at (773) 881-6557.
Walking to end hunger: Plans are under way for the 2012 South Suburban CROP Hunger Walk, scheduled for April 22 and beginning and ending this year at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway in Homewood. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the walk will start at 2 p.m. Walkers will walk through Homewood and Flossmoor, with designated rest stops at various churches along the route. All participating congregations and organizations are encouraged to have a representative at the CROPWALK Rally from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 10. Contact Lucy Kokal at (708)799-7953, or visit www.southsuburbancropwalk.com.
Spring spruce-up: Crisis Center for South Suburbia Auxiliary will host Spring Spruce Up, a dinner and program event that will feature home decorating and staging expert Julea Joseph, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 23. The event will be held at Fox’s in Orland Park, 9655 W. 143rd St. Tickets are $25 per person and include pizza, salad, beverage and Julea’s program. Tickets may be bought from a CCSS Auxiliary member or by phone at (708) 770-5888. Visit www.crisisctr.org/events for additional information or to download a ticket order form. Proceeds will benefit the Crisis Center for South Suburbia.
Pedal power: Students at Lincoln-Way East High School are on the hunt for old, unwanted bicycles, which they will be collecting from 8 a.m. to noon April 28 at the high school, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Students plan to donate the bikes to Working Bikes, a charity organization that repairs the two-wheelers and gives them to underprivileged children in the Chicago area or ships them to underprivileged countries, such as Ghana, Tanzania, Angola, Cuba, Guatemala and Peru.
Walk for kids: Champions4Children Walk, a 5K walk supporting the LaRabida Joli Burrell Children’s Advocacy Center in Park Forest, will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 28 at Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $20. The advocacy center provides free child-friendly trauma and abuse assessments and psychotherapy services to child victims and their families to all communities within the 6th Municipal District of Cook County. Register for the walk online at www.cacionline.org. Contact Myra West at (708) 481-9799 or email@example.com.
SSC gala: The South Suburban College Foundation is having its annual gala at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at Flossmoor Country Club, 1441 Western Ave., Flossmoor. Proceeds from the event, this year called “Showcase 2012: Premier Night,” support academic scholarships and technology improvements for SSC students. Tickets are $125 each and include an open bar and buffet-style dinner, silent auction, dancing and music. Sponsorships are available and auction donations are needed. Call (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2463, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save-A-Life raffle: The New Lenox Fire Foundation is holding its Annual Save-A-Life Raffle, with cash, a vacation trip to Cancun, Mexico; Apple iPad II and flat-screen TVs among the top prizes. A final drawing will be held at noon May 13 at Fire Station One, 261 E. Maple St. Winner need not be present. Raffle tickets are $10 each and are being mailed to everyone residing in the New Lenox Fire Protection District. Tickets also will be available at Fire Station One or at any of the remaining monthly pancake breakfasts. Donations help purchase lifesaving equipment for the fire district.
Walk for lupus: The Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter will host its Fourth Annual Southern Suburbs Walk for Lupus Now event on May 19 at Bicentennial Park, 3401 W. 203rd St., Olympia Fields. Registration opens at 9 a.m.; the walk starts at 10 a.m. The event includes a choice of one- or three-mile walks through Bicentennial Park and Olympia Fields. The family-friendly event will feature entertainment and kids activities. Registration is $25 for adults prior to the event and $30 at the event. Kids 12 and under can register for $10. Call (312) 542-0002 or register online at www.lupuswalkil.org.
Feeding starving children: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 295 Sauk Trail, Frankfort, will host a mobile packing event for Feed My Starving Children June 22 and 23. This is a community event that will pack 100,000 meals for children around the world. For more information, visit www.goodshepherdfrankfort.org/mobilepack.
Run for a cause: Athletes are invited to run this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7 as part of the Special Olympics Chicago team. Registration has opened at www.sochicago.org. There is no cost to join the Special Olympics Chicago running team, however, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000. Runners will also need to register for the Chicago Marathon at www.chicagomarathon.com.
Target St. Christopher School: St. Christopher School in Midlothian is continuing its participation in Target Corp.’s “Take Charge of Education” program. To help the school, individuals need to use their Target REDcard and inform the checkout person that they would like St. Christopher School to receive credit for the purchase. It does not cost the purchaser anything and Target Corp. will donate up to 1 percent of the REDcard purchases to the school.
Help for Share Your Soles founder: Donations are being accepted for Share Your Soles founder Mona Purdy, who lost her apartment building and nearly everything she owned in a fire earlier this year. Share Your Soles collects shoes for underprivileged people worldwide, but Purdy now is trying to get back on her feet personally. Ram Racing has set up an online donation site, at www.ramracing.org/mona. Checks made out to “Benefit for Mona Purdy” also are being accepted at and can be mailed to Standard Bank & Trust, 11901 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464.
Shopping for school: The Summit Hill Educational Foundation is part of the Dominick’s family of stores’ eScrip program. To participate in the SHEF fundraiser, individuals need to register their Fresh Values cards at Dominick’s. For information, call (815) 474-9052 or visit email@example.com.
Donations needed: Neat Repeats Resale stores in Orland Park and Worth are in need of gently used women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry along with small household appliances and kitchen items in good working order. The Neat Repeats stores depend on community residents to provide the inventory for the retail operations. All donations benefit women and children who are receiving services free of charge from the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. Items can be dropped off at either store location: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, (708) 361-6860; or 9028 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, (708) 364-7605.
Donations sought: The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is seeking donations as part of its annual appeal. In 2012, the museum is trying to raise money for its new “We the People” interactive exhibit, which will teach kids about the importance of patriotism and includes pieces of two beams from the World Trade Center. Donations can be made online at the museum’s website, www.cmoaklawn.org, by following the links to donate or become a member; by mail at Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or in person at the museum. Call (708) 423-6709.
Sharing soles: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia, is collecting shoes for the Share Your Soles organization, 5623 W. 115th St., Alsip. Any gently worn shoes will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The goal of the charity is to provide shoes to underprivileged families worldwide. Call (708) 403-4222.
Boot drive: Share Your Soles is seeking donations to help meet the needs of the thousands of bootless children in the Chicago area. Monetary donations and boot donations can be mailed to or dropped off at the Share Your Soles facility, 5623 W. 115th St., Alsip, IL 60803.
Pets for vets: To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, the Animal Welfare League offers all veterans with military ID an exclusive 20 percent adoption fee discount. Adoptions include a free leash and collar or cat carrier, AVID Microchip, 10-day health care and one-year rabies vaccination. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at www.animalwelfareleague.com or by visiting the Chicago Ridge location, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Veterans can also get a 10 percent discount off veterinary services through its clinic, which is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Information: visit www.PetsforPatriots.org or call (877) 473-8223.
Volunteers sought: Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help at “The Giving Tree” donation center at 3016 S. State St. in Lockport. Volunteers will assist with sorting, organizing and distributing a variety of items. Volunteers must be available to help on weekdays and be at least 18. Contact Marianne Holzhauer at (815) 774-4663, Ext. 3105 for information. If you are in need of services, contact Daybreak Center at the same phone number. For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
Ring up donations: South Suburban Family Shelter is seeking cell phone donations and new cell phone collection sites for its ongoing fundraising program. The agency works with a company that specializes in the collection and recycling of used cellular phones. Some cell phone collection sites include: SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road., Flossmoor. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303.
Opportunities for animals: The Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge is selling Golden Opportunities Books 2012 for $25 each to raise money for its homeless animals. The books offer 50 percent-off coupons and two-for-one discounts at local restaurants, movies, grocers, sporting events and more. The Chicagoland South Suburban/Northwest Indiana Edition is available at the shelter. Call (708) 636-8586, Ext. 268.
Filling pantries: Working to meet unprecedented demand at its pantries in Worth and Summit, Catholic Charities southwest regional office is accepting donations of food and money earmarked for the pantries at its office, 7000 W. 111th St. in Worth. Call (708) 430-0428.
Keeping kids warm: Together We Cope is seeking donations of new and gently used coats for distribution in its annual children’s winter clothing program. The donations will go to children of families registered with the agency for assistance. All sizes and styles are appreciated, but larger size boys coats are especially needed. Donations can be brought to the agency’s resale shop, Nu2u, at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. Contact Pat Hosman at (708) 633-9180 or www.togetherwecope.org
New program: Sertoma Centre Inc. hopes to reach a growing population of individuals who have been dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness. Its new program is a part of the Developmental Training Programs at Sertoma Centre, which will provide the opportunity for individuals to receive group or individual counseling. Participants in the program also will be given alternatives to talk therapies to better suit the needs of a wide range of individuals. Art, sand and play therapy techniques will be utilized for those who struggle with expressing their thoughts and feelings. Also, the utilization of poetry, music, and journaling will be implemented for relaxation and therapeutic interventions. Contact Heather Beckner at (708) 730-6333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Un-fundraiser set: The Lyndsey Whittingham Foundation did not host the annual “Lynzapalooza” fundraising event in 2011 but has been sponsoring an “un-fundraiser” in Lyndsey’s name. The foundation will continue its commitments to various causes with funds raised at past events and those received through the 2011 “Un-Fundraiser” campaign. Individuals may make a donation by credit card through a secure PayPal account at www.lyndseywhittinghamfoundation.com or send a check payable to The Lyndsey Whittingham Foundation, P.O. Box 42, Frankfort, IL 60423. The foundation honors the memory of Lyndsey Whittingham, a Frankfort woman who died after being hit by a taxi in Chicago in 2006 at the age of 23. Funds raised are used to provide donations to causes, charities and scholarships in her name. Contact John or Julie Pyle at (815) 474-6391 or email email@example.com.
Gift cards aid shelter: South Suburban Family Shelter is participating in Jewel-Osco’s gift card program. Gift cards are available for purchase in $25, $50 and $100 increments, and the shelter will receive a 5 percent rebate for cards sold by the agency. Payment is made to South Suburban Family Shelter for the face value of the gift card: Proceeds benefit the programs and services provided free of charge to victims of domestic violence and their families. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext.303, or visit the administrative offices at 18139 Harwood, Homewood.
Tickets for a cause: Sertoma Centre Inc. has joined Tix4Cause.com, a ticket exchange website, to offer a new way for supporters to donate. The Tix4Cause website provides an online platform where ticketholders can donate unwanted tickets to Sertoma Centre and receive a tax deduction. Buyers then purchase these tickets, often at reasonable prices, and Tix4Cause passes 100 percent of the proceeds on to Sertoma Centre. Tix4Cause handles every aspect of customer service including ticket processing and handling. Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park is the first to donate tickets on behalf of Sertoma Centre. The tickets are valued at $140 and include four rounds of open play, 1-18 holes on their course. Sertoma Centre Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides services to more than 625 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities and/or mental illness. Contact Melanie Jones at (708) 730-6206, www.sertomacentre.org or visit www.tix4cause.com.
Shop for PADS: South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has joined the network of charitable organizations that turn gently used fashions and accessories into cash at the Spree store at 151st Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park. All donations of gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses and other accessories donated at the Spree store can earn money for PADS. When individuals drop their items at Spree and select PADS as the charity of their choice, PADS receives a check for these donations. Information: Contact Dawn Thrasher at (708) 754-4357, Ext. 107, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furniture helps Sertoma: Sertoma Centre is seeking donations of furniture for resale at its Good as New thrift store, 4331 Lincoln Highway in Matteson. Sertoma will pick up used donated furniture items and provide a receipt for tax purposes. The thrift store sales benefit more than 625 physically or developmentally challenged clients being served at the Sertoma Centre each day. To schedule a free pickup, contact Karey Wentz, Thrift Store manager, at (708) 481-5627, or e-mail email@example.com.
Replenish the pantry: Elsie’s Pantry, located at Moraine Valley Community Church in Palos Hills, has an ongoing need for canned goods and monetary donations to keep up with the increasing need. Since June 2000, the pantry has served more than 27,000 people living in Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Hickory Hills and parts of Bridgeview, Justice, Orland Park, Willow Springs and Worth. However, donations have decreased over the past two years, forcing the pantry to use its reserves, which, if not replenished, would run out by the end of the year. Canned goods can be brought to the church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Donations by check may be made to Elsie’s Pantry, 8601 W. 107th St., Palos Hills, 60465. Information: (708) 598-4435.
Free bag of food: New Mercies Community Services was organized in 2003 to provide support services to low-income, elderly and disabled families in south Cook County. The organization operates a food pantry in Midlothian that distributes bags of food twice weekly to this same targeted population. Food distribution is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at New Mercies Community Services, 3824 W. 147th St., Midlothian. Donations to support the service also are sought. Information: Laurie Reed at (708) 606-2864.
Come clean: Together We Cope is seeking donations of personal care items — including shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and disposable razors — that will be shared with families utilizing food pantry services. Donations of any quantity may be dropped off at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. Information: Suellen or Tina at (708) 633-5040 or www.togetherwecope.org.
Reaching out: Together We Cope in Tinley Park has established an emergency outreach food program with Faith United Methodist Church as a partner. Emergency bags of nonperishable food will be delivered to the Orland Park church to increase outreach to families needing food. The organization seeks to establish similar partnerships with other area churches. Information: Mary Ann Baer at (708) 633-5040.
Furniture pickup: Together We Cope has added an additional day to its schedule for furniture pickups in Tinley Park and nearby suburbs. With pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays, there now is new inventory of gently used furniture twice a week at the organization’s resale shop, located at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. The shop is open six days a week, and a small donation is requested for furniture pickups. Information: Call the shop at (708) 633-9180 or visit www.togetherwecope.org. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in crisis from 27 south suburban communities.
Help soldiers call home: “Cell Phones for Soldiers” was started by two teenagers to help buy calling cards to send to U.S. military stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. They are collecting old cell phones and accessories. The cell phones are recycled for cash and proceeds used to buy the calling cards for the soldiers. “Cell Phones for Soldiers” has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Daniels Printing and Office Supply, 14800 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, is an official drop-off point for any make or model cell phone. Information: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Seeking senior volunteers: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities is seeking people 55 or older willing to share their talents and help those in need at a variety of local organizations, mainly in the Joliet Diocese. Catholic Charities will match individual interests with available volunteer opportunities and will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: Cindy, (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.
Donate cell phones: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting old cell phones to be recycled. The recycling process produces revenue to support the shelter’s services. The Rotary Club of Park Forest has paired up with the shelter to help in the collection process. For a list of donation sites, visit www.rotaryofparkforest.org and click on “cell phone locations,” or www.ssfs1.org and click on “donate.”
Wendy’s Night: VFW Post 177 MacDonald-Linn has a fundraiser between 5 and 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Wendy’s Restaurant at 79th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Proceeds benefit the VFW National Home for Children, located in Michigan. Participants simply order food (drive-through or sit-in) from Wendy’s during this time period, and Wendy’s donates a portion of its profits to this cause.
Eat and earn: St. Christopher School and Kenootz Pizzeria, 4659 W. 147th St. in Midlothian, have teamed up for an “Eat and Earn” fundraiser on the first Tuesday of every month. Kenootz Pizzeria will donate 25 percent of all profits for dine-in, carryout and delivery orders (before taxes, gratuity and coupons) to the school. Be sure to mention St. Christopher School when ordering.
Food for victims: South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items such as canned soups, vegetables and fruit for its clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products (regular, not sample size please) are also needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood, Homewood. Please call ahead before dropping off items. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.
Text to Give: St. Xavier University’s Department for University Advancement announces a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the university’s Class Gift Fund and the St. Xavier Fund. The program allows donors to make $10 donations using their mobile phones through Give by Cell, an approved mobile giving technology provider. You can make a gift to the Class Gift Fund by texting CLASSGIFT with your first and last name to 20222, or you can make a gift to the St. Xavier Fund by texting SXU with your first and last name to 20222. Donors can give multiple times a month depending on your carrier. Donations are tax-deductible, and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. For information, visit www.givebycell.com.