The mission of the AJJ Foundation is to provide support through fundraising to Children's
Memorial Hospital in Chicago to ensure that children affected by disease are given
the best healthcare and quality of life. Our financial commitment is directed toward:
Our vision follows a belief in improving the quality of life of each child affected
by disease. Through our funding, we strive to pursue the most innovative healthcare
in the struggle against pediatric diseases. The AJJ Foundation is fully devoted
to the hopes and dreams of every child struggling with disease through financial
assistance, funding research, and promoting overall happiness to create a better
future for all.
- Providing patients in need with financial assistance to help ease medical expenses
- Promoting the emotional well-being and happiness of patients through socialization,
creative and educational expressions, and resources.
- Funding research into early-diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases that
All for Hope
All for Hope is a combined effort of volunteers and supporters working toward a
common goal of increasing public awareness, encouraging support programs, and recognizing
the need for cancer research. All for Hope strives to provide hope to all people,
on all levels of the cancer experience. Strongly believing that the power of hope
can light the way through life's most challenging days, the foundation encourages
others to look toward a bright future ahead. All for Hope has recently partnered
with Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. As the primary beneficiary, the
majority of fundraising revenue benefits Children's Memorial cancer care. Please
visit the foundation's website for more information.
All for Hope...hope for a cure, hope for a future, hope for a full life.
Events: All for Hope Annual Golf Outing (A fun day of friendship packed with
golf, dinner, raffles and an auction), All for Hope Charity Wig Party (A colorful
night of drinking, eating, dancing and partying at downtown Chicago hot spot), All
for Hope Gala (Elegant evening of fine wine, delicious appetizers and a live auction)
and All for Hope Spin for Cancer (Energetic spin cycling classes set to your favorite
themes and tunes). All for Hope is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.
American Cancer Society
Mission: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary
health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by
preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through
research, education, advocacy, and service.
Events: Discovery Ball (April)
American Heart Association
Mission: Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of close to one million
Americans each year. The American Heart Association is the premier health organization
whose mission is the reduction of disability and death due to America's No. 1 and
No. 3 killers- cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Just as both of these conditions
have proven to be fatal, they have cost the nation and its citizens billions of
dollars. Your support of the Heart Ball will help to finance important heart and
stroke research and educational programs in the metropolitan area. Thanks to generous
auction donors we are one step closer to reaching our goal of reducing heart disease,
stroke and risk by 25% by the year 2010.
Events: Chicago Heart Ball (April)
American Red Cross
Mission: The American Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian service organization
dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the
world. Each year, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago trains nearly 350,000
people in vital lifesaving skills through health and safety courses. More than 1,400
families receive disaster assistance, and 65,000 individuals receive additional
Red Cross services, including disaster training, armed forces emergency services,
international services and family tracing, and various community programs.
Events: Flirting for Disaster (February)
Mission: ARFhouse Chicago (Animal Refuge Foundation) is a no-kill animal
shelter located in Chicago. Founded in 2006, a group of individuals with experience
in the animal rescue industry and the desire to help Chicago lower its euthanasia
rate and homeless pet population formed ARFhouse Chicago. We are a 100% volunteer
ARFhouse Chicago will place dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits into permanent
homes. We currently house our animals in foster homes and boarding facilities and
are working to secure a facility in 2007 to expand our operations.
All of the animals at ARFhouse Chicago are current on vaccinations, heartworm checked,
spayed or neutered, microchipped, and receive routine medical check ups. We pride
ourselves on the level of care, commitment, and medical attention that our animals
Events: Various Adoption Events throughout the year and ARFMadness in March
Art Institute of Chicago, Auxiliary Board
Mission: Benefitting The Art Institute of Chicago
Events: Macy's Glamorama (Sept), Gala Masque (February)
The Associate Board of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
The Associate Board of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare is a fundraising organization
of young professionals providing members with philanthropic, educational and community
service programs to benefit Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. Since 2003, The Associate
Board has been committed to raising funds to support the needs of the Henrietta
Johnson Louis Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) at Evanston Hospital. Keeping equipment
updated with the most advanced technology ensures that these fragile infants receive
the best care possible. The Associate Board's volunteer efforts have directed $85,000
toward the ISCU with an overall goal of directing $100,000.
The Associate Board strives to provide opportunities for people with busy schedules
find fulfillment through charitable work to a preeminent healthcare organization,
to network socially and professionally, and to educate the community about Evanston
The Associate Board organizes and sponsors fundraising, social and volunteer events
throughout the year targeted toward young professionals in the Chicago and North
Events: ISCU Reunion Picnic Volunteering Day - June 24, Northwestern U Football
Stadium, Evening at Ravinia Fundraiser - August, Ravinia, 3rd Annual Benefit - A
Night in Morocco: From Casablanca to Marrakech - Saturday, November 3, Architectural
Artifacts in Chicago
Associate Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
The Associate Board is a group of more than 90 young business and civic leaders
committed to increasing awareness of and support for the Rehabilitation Institute
of Chicago. Since its inception in 1989, the Associate Board has raised almost $2
million to support various pediatric and recreational therapy programs and the Virginia
Wadsworth Wirtz Sports Center. For 16 consecutive years, the Rehabilitation Institute
of Chicago has been ranked the #1 rehabilitation hospital in American by US News
and World Report. In 2005, the RIC became the first rehabilitation hospital to achieve
magnet recognition from the American Nursing Credentialing Center for Nursing.
Members volunteer at the hospital, become representatives on hospital committees
and work on one of the fundraising events the Associate Board hosts each year.
Events: ArtFutura (Spring) A juried art exhibit, "ArtFutura", each
spring to benefit art therapy programming at the hospital. An awards and artist
reception includes refreshments, music and art for sale. ArtFutura 2007's Opening
Night & Award Party will be next Friday, May 18, at the Chicago Cultural Center
from 6 - 10:30 p.m. Tickets are able at 312-238-1253 or at the door.
Bearcat Ball (Fall) Black tie gala, includes dancing, gaming, a silent auction
and honors the "Tree of Life" award recipient. The 2007 Bearcat Ball will
be at The Merchandise Mart on November 10.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope
and support to those who are touched by it.
The Annual Bear Tie Ball (February 20, 2010), "Golf
for the Bear" Golf Outing (August 12, 2010), Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Day in Chicago (September 2010), "Run for the Bear" (October 2010)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Mission: Our mission is to help children in need reach their potential through
positive one-to-one mentoring relationships. With 40 years of service and experience
in Chicago, our goals are to strengthen the social, emotional and behavioral needs
of children in at-risk situations, improve children's commitment to school and to
academic achievement, improve each child's resilience and sense of opportunity for
the future and strengthen each child's sense of self-worth.
Business in the City, the place where professional women meet
Mission: Business in the City promotes professionalism and develops members'
leadership abilities through education, mentoring, networking, participation, encouragement
and support, and community involvement.
Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation
Mission: To decrease the overpopulation, abuse, and euthanization of dogs and puppies
in our city and place rescued animals into responsible, loving homes.
Events: Weekly adoption events and at least one fundraiser each month
Mission: Chicago Cares creates convenient, quality volunteer opportunities
for caring Chicagoans. We offer a variety of projects to fit a wide range of schedules
without requiring any ongoing time commitment. Chicago Cares provides an ideal way
for busy Chicagoans to volunteer and ourprograms are able to affect the lives of
hundreds of thousands of individuals each year.
Events: Servathon (June)
Chicago Children's Charities
Mission: Chicago Children's Charities is a non-for-profit volunteer organization
that exists to raise monies through fundraising activities for the betterment of
needy children in the Chicago area. For nearly 20 years now, our volunteer organization
has raised monies to benefit hundreds of Chicago children.
Events: Holly Ball (December)
The Chicago Lighthouse For People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Mission: Founded in 1906, the Chicago Lighthouse is a national leader, innovator
and advocate for people who are blind or visually impaired, enhancing the quality
of life for all individuals involved, and for the community. It is widely regarded
as one of the nation's most comprehensive social service agencies, housing America's
oldest low vision clinic, a clock-manufacturing facility, a school for blind and
multi-disabled children, a Braille library and a radio station.
Phone: (312) 666-1331
Events: Sweets for Sight (February)
Seeing What's Possible Dinner (May)
The Children's Heart Foundation
Mission: The Children's Heart Foundation funds the most promising research
to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects -
America's number one birth defect! There are many types of congenital heart defects,
ranging from those that pose a relatively small threat to the health of the child
to those that require immediate surgery. It is our top priority to quickly connect
the money we raise to the research that will produce a profound impact on children
with congenital heart defects.
Events: Saving tiny Hearts Society Fundraising Gala (August); Golf Outing
(September); Forever in Our Hearts Gala (November); Family Benefit (February)
Chicago Gateway Green Committee
Mission: Chicago Gateway Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
beautification of the city. Proceeds of the Green Tie Ball benefit the Expressway
Partnership, a public/private program created to transform Chicago roadways into
parkways through corporate sponsorship.
Events: Green Tie Ball (September)
Chicago Lights - Building Bridges to a Brighter Future
Mission: Chicago Lights provides children and adults with the opportunity
to discover and cultivate their potential. As we reach out to our neighbors and
partner to create community, we affirm the worth of all and strive to be a place
where the mind, body and spirit are strengthened and nutured. Focused on the education,
health and development of the whole individual, we assist economically disadvantaged
children; older adults; and adults who are homeless or living in poverty to build
bridges to a brighter future. Our programs include Partners In Education, The Center
for Whole Health, The Center for Older Adults and The Elam Davis Social Service
Events: The Mission Benefit (February)
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC)
Mission: To educate inner-city children, teaching them responsibility and
respect for life, so that they become productive citizens.
Phone: 312.648.1550 ext. 451
Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF)
Mission: The mission of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) is
to make a positive difference in the lives of children infected with HIV and affected
by AIDS. CAAF accomplishes this by helping meet their diverse, special needs, advocating
and educating on their behalf, and bringing joy and fun into their lives.
Events: October "Dream Halloween" (the biggest Halloween blow out,
bash for kids and adults all season).
Christopher House is a seven-site family resource center dedicated to building thriving
families. Through child and youth development, parent enrichment, literacy, counseling
and emergency services, Christopher House provides a web of support to low-income
children and their families. Support that produces results: Happy, healthy school-successful
kids. Literate, working parents. And stable, nurturing families.
Events: Sp[ring - Annual House with a Heart Gala
Clearbrook, a Northern Illinois-based non-profit human service agency, is a leader,
an innovator and an advocate in the field of developmental disabilities. Clearbrook
provides specialized children?s, developmental training, employment, residential
and clinical services at more than 40 locations in many suburban communities of
Chicago. By creating opportunities for children, adults and their families, we open
up a whole new world to them?one step at a time. After all, everyone is a star at
Events: Clearbrook Jelly Belly Days (May), Clearbrook Women's Classic Golf
Event (June), Texas Hold Em Poker Night (June), "Something Different"
at the Chopping Block (September), First Look for Charity (February), Shining Star
The Common Pantry is the oldest continuously operating food pantry in Chicago. Since
1967 we have provided food assistance and social service referrals to those in need.
We werve over 700 people each?month. Our friendly pantry is unique in that we give
our clients the chance to make many of their own food selections, just as any shopper
would. In this way our cleints are able to maintain the personal dignity and respect
that should not be diminished by their need for assistance. We are located at 3744
N. Damen. Our innovative method of food distribution combines providing basic food
staples as well as fresh breads, meat, produce and dairy products. We also offer
personal hygiene products and diapers for our clients, who cannot purchase these
items with their Link cards and can openers for our homeless clients. We welcome
food donations and are open Wednesday 10 am-8 pm for drop offs
Events: Please join us on Thursday Sept. 20 for a Wine Tasting Fundraising
Mission: To benefit children... by providing education, guidance and life-long
support on parenting choices. Our commitment is to serve as a partner in creating
and sustaining nurturing families.
Events: First Look For Charity (February)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Mission: To assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic
fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
Events: UNCORK THE CURE - October & November, HOLLYWOOD HAPPENING - November,
NEW YEARS EVE PARTY WITH STYLE, GRAND CHEFS GALA - February, STAR LIGHT GALA - March
Emmett Steele Memorial Scholarship Fund
Mission: To raise money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer
Events: A Mid-Summer's Night Remembrance (August)
Field Museum, Field Associates
Mission: To encourage involvement and support within the greater Chicago
community through a wide range of cultural, educational and environmental activities
such as behind-the-scenes programs, monthly volunteer programs, recreational events
and field trips.
Events: Dino Mite Night (August), Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, Dance with
the Ants (July)
Mission: Fairygodmother Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that grants wishes
to adults facing terminal illness. Our vision is to provide our clients with the
opportunity to achieve a sense of peace and closure. We accomplish this by allowing
our Wish Recipients to give a gift of lasting memories to those loved ones they
will leave behind. Our Wish Recipients are adults, 18 and older, with a year or
less to live. They are from all walks of life, all ethnic groups, all areas of the
country, and all economic backgrounds. They are husbands and wives, brothers and
sisters, co-workers and best friends.
Events: Strokes of Luck Golf Outing (July), Halloween Boo Ball (October),
Finding Fairy Godmother Ball, (Spring Annually)
Friends of Prentice
Mission: Friends of Prentice is the volunteer, fundraising organization,
supporting Prentice Women's Hospital and Maternity Center of Northwestern Memorial
Hospital in Chicago, one of the country's premier women's health care facilities.
Events: Black Tie Gala (June)
The Gus Foundation
Mission: To provide hope to children with pediatric brain tumors through
funding research at Children's Memorial Medical Center in Chicago.
Events: The Corporate Challenge For Hope (May), Howl at the Moon (June)
Mission: To provide academic and social support to inner-city Chicago high
school students. HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring and mentoring to enable
its students to attend and succeed at the high school of their choice.
Events: The Eve of The Eve Gala at Union Station (December)
In Concert Chicago
Mission: In Concert Chicago is a non-profit organization that arranges for
Chicago-area student and professional musicians to perform for senior citizens at
nursing homes, retirement communities, and assisted-living centers. Many senior
citizens do not have the physical ability or financial means to attend live musical
concerts. By developing partnerships with retirement communities and local musicians,
In Concert Chicago hopes to bring fellowship and the joy of music to the elderly
while simultaneously providing performance opportunities for instrumentalists.
Imerman Angels is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that connects a person fighting
cancer today (cancer fighter) with someone who has beaten the same type of cancer
(cancer survivor). The one-on-one relationship provides the cancer fighter the opportunity
to ask personal questions and receive encouragement from someone who is uniquely
familiar with the situation, and it allows the cancer survivor the opportunity to
personally help a fighter as he or she battles the disease.
Events:monthly, see website for more details
Inner-City Teaching Corps
Mission: Committed to serving children in the inner-city of Chicago. This
volunteer service program brings together dynamic young women and men to work in
the spirit of helping others help themselves.
Events:monthly, see website for more details
Mission: To restore a sense of dignity, respect and community to homeless
men and women and help them in their journey back to self-sufficiency.
Jewish Council for Youth Services
Mission:Jewish Council for Youth Services ("JCYS") is an independent,
not-for-profit agency dedicated to serving both Chicagoland's Jewish and greater
communities and developing leaders who continue its tradition of volunteer service.
Embracing Jewish values and culture, JCYS provides educational and recreational
programs that nurture individual growth and promote responsibility to others.
Events:Annual Gala (April), Annual Golf Outing (September), Annual Meeting
(September) Annual Max-Am Tennis Tournament (November)
Jobs for Youth
Mission: Jobs for Youth/Chicago helps young men and women from low-income
families become part of the economic mainstream; and in the process, provides the
business community with motivated job-ready workers.
Events:Jazz For Youth (June), Annual Recognition Luncheon (December)
JUF - Young Leadership Division
Mission: To serve as the central communal organization of the Chicago-area
Events: Party at the Pier (August)
Junior League of Chicago
Mission: The Junior League of Chicago, Inc.is a metropolitan organization
of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and
improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Events: Summer Soiree (August), Winter Soiree (February), Casino Night (September)
KIDS FIGHT CANCER
Mission: Kids Fight Cancer is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization that
has been funding the Oncology Activity Center at Children's Memorial Hospital in
Chicago since 1985 in order to ease the psychological and physical pains of pediatric
cancer treatment through creative expression, education, and social interaction.
Events: Wine Tasting (3/3/07), Charity of the Month (5/07), Golf Outing (6/22/07),
5K Walk (9/16/07), 23rd Annual Fall Gala (10/20/07)
Lincoln Park Zoo, Auxiliary Board
Mission: The Auxiliary board supports Lincoln Park Zoo through personal donations
and creative fund raising events that range from creative black-tie galas to community
service and special events.
Events: FITZ Benefit (May), Spooky Zoo (October), Zooperbowl (January)
Little City Foundation
Mission: To provide state-of-art services to help children and adults with
mental retardation or other developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges to
lead meaningful, productive and dignified lives.
Events: Little City Rock N' Roll Bowl (March)
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
Mission: To eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by the disease.
Lynn Sage Cancer Res. Fdn Jr. Bd.
Mission: To support innovative contributions to the understanding, research,
and treatment of breast cancer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Events: Annual LSCRF Golf Outing, Bowl for the Cure (September)
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois
Mission: We grant the wishes of children 2 1/2 to 18 years old with life-threatening
medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Phone: 312.602.9474 (WISH) or toll-free 800.978.9474
Events: Rock'n Around the Shamrock Associate Board Event November
30, 2006 (www.shamrock.kintera.org);
97.9 FM The LOOP Radiothon hosted by Jonathon Brandmeier December 14-15,
2006; Wish Ball Annual Black Tie Gala May 5, 2007; Pedal For Wishes
August 5, 2007. More events are constantly being updated at: http://www.wishes.org/events/index.cfm?act=calendar.
March of Dimes
Mission: Four major problems threaten the health of America's babies: birth
defects, infant mortality, low birthweight, and lack of prenatal care. The March
of Dimes has adopted goals for the year 2000 to bring us closer to the day when
all babies will be born healthy.
Events: The Single Best Bid (October), Taste for Life (January)
Midtown Educational Foundation
Mission: To establish and support programs that promote the personal and
educational achievement of inner city youth.
Events: Hancock Happy Hour, MEF Boat Cruise (August), MEF Annual Awards Dinner
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Mission: To be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where
the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand
the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.
Events: First Fridays at the MCA (January)
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides programs and services that make
life better for approximately 400,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis and their
families and friends. The Society's programs are designed to inform and empower
people to fight MS through education, advocacy, research, services, volunteer opportunities
and fundraising. Together with Multiple Solutions, the Society's Junior Board, the
Greater Illinois Chapter produces events and programs throughout the year to raise
funds and awareness for the 20,000 families living with MS in Illinois.
Events:MS Walk, MS 150 Tour de Farms, MS Half Court Classic, Cohn Weil Golf
and Bridge Outing, Slugfest, Cocktail'N for a Cause
The Night Ministry
Mission: The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus travels to nine neighborhoods
across Chicago providing free healthcare to homeless and runaway youth, working
poor adults, uninsured individuals, unsupervised children, the chronically lonely,
and others who have "fallen through the cracks" of our social service
system. Our Open Door Youth Emergency Shelter provides food, shelter and individualized
services to youth ages 14-21 who are not wards of the State and their children.
Volunteers are needed to help with direct and support services.
Events: Junior Board events throughout the year. Lighting Up the Night Annual
Dinner. Holy Night Celebration.
Off the Street Club
Mission: Benefitting Chicago's inner city youth.
Events: Annual Holiday Luncheon (December), Bozo Ball, Chicago Advertising
Federation - Adapalooza
PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago
Mission: PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is Chicago's largest no-kill humane
organization. Through low-cost pet sterilization, adoption programs and humane education,
PAWS Chicago is working to establish Chicago as a no-kill city by ending the unnecessary
killing of adoptable pets.
Events: Weekly adoption events, various Junior Board fundraising events,
Angels with Tails Adoptions on Michigan (May) and Armitage (August), Beach Party
(June), Run for Their Lives (October) and Fur Ball (November)
Mission: Support life change, learning and recovery for families and individuals
of all ages in our diverse communities.
Prevent Child Abuse Committee
Mission: To prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.
Events: Gold and Silver Ball (November)
Ronald McDonald House, Auxiliary Board
Mission: Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House
Events: 7th Annual Cruise for a Great Cause (September)
The Shedd Aquarium, Auxiliary Society
Mission: Dedicated to the enhancement of public understanding and respect
for the world's seas, rivers and lakes and the pivotal role aquatic life plays in
the health of the environment.
Events: The Shark Ball (August)
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
Mission: Brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their loved
Events: Annual Starlight Dream Date Auction (February), Angel Ball (May),
Denim and Diamonds (October)
Suzanne's Friends For Life, chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation
Mission: To conquer leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding
research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those
touched by these diseases.
Events: A Party With a Purpose (October)
Today's Chicago Woman Foundation
Mission: To develope awareness, supporting and providing funds to Chicago-area
organizations and projects that help women and children in crisis situations.
Events: Bachelor Party (March)
20/30 Club of Chicago
Mission: Benefiting Chicago's most needy children's charities.
Events: Casino Swing (September), Beach Blizzard (February), Moonlight Cruise
UCAN Auxiliary Board
Mission: To preserve the sanctity of childhood and give youth a refuge and
a future. When children are abused, troubled, or neglected, we provide comprehensive
care and treatment so they may grow into healthy, productive adults. When families
are challenged, we provide support and promote healing so a nurturing environment
Events: Golf Outing (July), Softball Tournament (September), All-Star Celebration
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago (Junior Board)
Mission: To advance the independence of people with disabilities, enrich
their lives, provide support to their familes and advocate for their inclusion in
every facet of community life.
Events: Monster Bash (Oct.), Great Chefs Tasting Party (May)
Variety - The Children's Charity of Illinois
Mission: To strive to alleviate suffering and improve the quality of life
through programs, services and financial funding for children who are mentally and
physically challenged, abused, sick, homeless and underpriveleged.
Events: Mendocino Bounty Wine Tasting Event (September)
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Mission: To decrease the impact of breast cancer, create and increase breast
cancer awareness, and to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support,
that no one faces breast cancer alone.
Events: Y-ME Race, Y-ME Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show (October), Y-ME
Young Professionals Ball