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Parishioners St. Joseph Church Homewood recently collected donations new baby clothes blankets for mothers-to-be difficult financial or emotional situations. The donations

Parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Homewood recently collected donations of new baby clothes and blankets for mothers-to-be in difficult financial or emotional situations. The donations are given to crisis pregnancy centers in the south suburbs. | Sup

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Updated: January 23, 2012 2:53AM



Bark for life: More than 100 dogs are expected at Standard Bank Stadium, 14011 S. Kenton Ave. in Crestwood, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday (July 9) as part of the American Cancer Society’s “Bark For Life of Cook County” program. The annual relay event celebrates and honors cancer survivors and their canine caregivers. The event starts with a one-mile walk and canine games and contests. Bark For Life will be followed by a pet-friendly Windy City ThunderBolts baseball game at 7 p.m. Registration is $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Canine caregivers provide cancer patients with unconditional love, joy and compassion. For more information,m contact the American Cancer Society at (708) 633-7770 or visit www.cancer.org.

Christmas in July: Monetary donations are being sought for the annual Village Pantry Coalition Christmas in July drive in Evergreen Park. The money collected will be used to provide assistance for Evergreen Park individuals and families who are experiencing financial problems due to unemployment, illness, etc. Please bring or mail donations to the Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 W. 97th St., Evergreen Park, IL 60805.

Donations needed: The Action Sertoma Club is seeking donations for its 11th Annual Golf Outing on July 13 at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave, Orland Park. The Action Club supports Sertoma Centre Inc., and other local charities through this fundraiser each year. Contact Joe Varanauski at (708) 921-0159, or email joev@goin.com.

Golf for New Hope: New Hope Center will hold its 5th Annual Golf Outing on July 15 at Glenwoodie Golf Course in Glenwood. Registration and lunch will be at 11 a.m., a putting contest at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m. and dinner and awards at 5:30 p.m. in Glenwoodie’s new banquet center. All-inclusive golf packages are $125 per person, which includes green fees, cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, dinner buffet, door prizes and entry into the putting contest. Golf-only packages are $90 per person, and dinner-only packages are $50 per person. Sponsorship packages are available. The center provides programs for more than 375 adults with developmental disabilities who reside in southeast Cook County and northeast Will County. Call Jeff Gajewski at (708) 841-1071, Ext. 227. For a registration form, visit www.newhopecenterinc.com

Relay for life: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Evergreen Park, Mount Greenwood and Beverly will be held from 2 p.m. July 16 to 5 a.m. July 17 at Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago. The annual overnight event celebrates the lives of those who have cancer, remembers those lost to the disease, and fights back against the disease. Anyone wishing to form a team, participate in survivor activities or honor a loved one with a luminaria should contact the American Cancer Society at (708) 633-7770 or visit www.relayforlifeevergreenpark.com.

Swinging in the sun: Golfers are invited to Park Lawn’s 26th Annual “A Day In The Sun” Invitational Golf Tournament on July 18 at Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort. Over the past 25 years, “A Day in the Sun” has raised more than $500,000 for Park Lawn’s endowment, a fund established to ensure the future success of the organization. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a breakfast buffet. Shotgun golf begins at 10:30 a.m. with lunch served on the course. For more information, contact Park Lawn’s Development Office at (708) 425-6867 or visit www.parklawn.com.

Yoga for a cause: Reflections Yoga Center will hold a fundraiser for the Cancer Support Center from 7 to 8:15 p.m. July 22 at the studio, 18675 Dixie Highway, Homewood. The 45-minute candlelight yoga class costs $15. All proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Center. Contact Reflections Yoga at (708) 960-4996.

Band Together: A fundraiser to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 23 at CD & ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door, and include a drink package for free beer and wine from 9 to 11 p.m. and free food from 8 to 9 p.m. Former “American Idol” contestant Chris Medina and his Able Body band will be among the peformers. Information: www.bandtogether.com, www.cdandme.com or (815) 469-7315.

Relay for Life: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Harvey/Markham will be held from 3 p.m. July 23 to 6 p.m. July 24 at Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway, Harvey. The annual overnight event will celebrate the lives of those who have cancer, remember those lost to the disease, and fight back against the disease. Teams raise funds prior to and at the event to help fund support services for area patients and their families, cancer research, community educational programs and advocacy initiatives. To form a team, participate in survivor activities or honor a loved one with a luminaria, call (708) 633-7770 or visit www.relayforlifeharvey.com.

Help for soldiers: Donations for soldiers fighting in the Middle East will be collected by the Bridgeport/Canaryville Chapter of the SouthTown 9.12 Project Chicago. Items to be collected include sunscreen, sunburn soothing gel/lotion, baby wipes, lip balm, moisturizers, hair rubber bands, body spray, packaged drink mix, beef jerky, hard candy, playing cards, paperbacks and magazines. All items except magazines and paperbacks must be new and unopened. On July 24, VFW Post 5079 will host a sorting/packing/shipping party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its location, 3202 S. May St. Donations can be made there throughout the summer. Information: Contact Lucie Weir at (773) 908-6046 or 912SouthTownProject@gmail.com.

Park Lawn raffle: Tickets are being sold for Park Lawn’s annual Grand Raffle Drawing, which gives the grand prize winner a choice of either $15,000 cash, a 2011 Harley Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide or a 2012 Ford Focus. Second prize is $5,000, third prize is $3,000, fourth prize is $1,000, fifth prize is $500, sixth prize is $300 and the seventh- through 10th-place winners will take home $200 each. The drawing and reception will be held July 28 at Park Lawn School, 10833 S. LaPorte, Oak Lawn. Tickets are $100 each and only 900 tickets will be sold. Information: Contact Park Lawn at (708) 425-6867.

Go to bat for St. Stanislaus: See the Windy City ThunderBolts take on the Traverse City Beach Bums at Standard Bank Stadium, 14011 S. Kenton Ave., Crestwood, on July 29 and help raise funds for St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church in Posen. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets to the church’s fundraiser, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” are $10 each. Call (708) 705-2030.

Support The Cure: Flossmoor resident Peggy Dull and five others from the area are preparing to walk 60 miles over three days for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. The event takes place Aug. 5 to 7. Individuals are invited to show their support by sponsoring Dull at www.The3Day.org

Masters Cup: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia will host the annual Dianne Masters Cup golf outing and dinner Aug. 9 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. The event is named in honor of the late Dianne Masters, who founded the organization in 1979. Registrations are being accepted for the golf outing package, dinner only and sponsorships. The golf outing package costs $150 and includes continental breakfast, golf, refreshments and lunch on the course, and dinner. Dinner-only tickets are available for $50. Continental breakfast will be at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds will support the center’s mission to provide emergency shelter and essential services for victims of domestic violence. Contactl Malina at (708) 429 7255, Ext. 126 or malinam@crisisctr.org.

American Pride: LinJen Promotions Inc., Source One Events and Thunder Road Productions, in conjunction with Hines VA Hospital, are presenting the 3rd Annual American Pride Benefit Car Show & Festival Aug. 20 at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines. All proceeds will be donated to the Hines VA Hospital for programs and services that benefit veteran patients there. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Aug. 21. Pulled pork roast, along with other food, fruit and beverages will be served. Lunch for inpatient and resident veteran patients is free. Any monetary or prize donations would be appreciated. Contact Don Dames at (708) 478-8222 or don@linjen.com ; Tom Larney at (708) 446-9029 or tomsource1events@aol.com; Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Voluntary Service at (708)708-202-2523; or Hank or Barb at (708) 474-1377 for car show questions and Yvonne Nielsen at (630) 327-8772 for entertainment.

‘We Got Your Back’: Family and friends of Amanda Peters, of Alsip, a student at Shepard High School who was diagnosed with a rare form of spina bifida at age 7, are organizing a benefit, “Amanda, We Got Your Back,” from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, $15 for children ages 6 to 12. Monetary donations may be made through Archer Bank, 3435 W. 111th St., Chicago, (773) 840-2000. For more information or to donate goods or services contact Pam Charnota at (708) 425-0444 or amandasback@sbcglobal.net. Information: www.benefit4amanda.org.

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 dawn@sspads.org.

Shelter volunteers: South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is seeking volunteers to staff its emergency overnight shelter that will operate at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights this summer. Volunteers will assist with guest services, hospitality, supervision, registration and completion of paperwork. Shelters are open from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Mondays through Fridays through Sept. 30. Volunteers are asked to work a four-hour shift during the overnight hours, once each month. Volunteers also are needed to supply a hot, ready-to-serve evening meal once a month. Information or to volunteer: Call Dawn Thrasher at (708) 754-4357.

Furniture helps Sertoma: Sertoma Centre, with locations in Alsip and Matteson, is seeking donations of furniture for resale at its thrift store. 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 pickup, contact Karey Wentz, Thrift Store manager, at (708) 481-5627, or e-mail kwentz@sertomacentre.org.

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.



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