EVENT DATE: Sep 29, 2013
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Thanks so much for helping us celebrate our marriage. Better late than never, right? We definitely love stuff (just check out our basement and attic and garage if you don't believe me) but I think we probably have enough of it. Still, we'd really love to harness your generous impulses to benefit one of these great organizations. So please, take a look, click DONATE TO THIS FUNDRAISER (right), pick your fave (or faves) from the pull-down menu you'll find there, and pass along to them the money you would have spent on that shiny new toaster for us. (We've got a great toaster oven, so we're good.) Thank you so much!!
Ron and Patricia
ABOUT OUR CHARITIES:
JUSTIN WYNN MEMORIAL FUND: http://www.wynners.org
Our Mission Leadership through Community Service
Going into our 27th year, the Justin Wynn Fund (JWF) celebrates, honors and guides youth leaders of Evanston. Our mission is to help Wynners develop leadership skills and a deep sense of responsibility for improving their communities.
Each spring, the Justin Wynn Fund honors two fourth graders from each of District 65′s twelve elementary schools. Approximately 350 Evanstonians attend the celebration banquet that recognizes the young Wynners. Over the past 20 years, more than 300 students have received the Justin Wynn Award and all have played a role in celebrating Justin’s legacy. Each of the fourth grade honorees may choose to participate in the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.
The Fund was created in 1987 when Justin Wynn died in an accident at the age of 9. Though just beginning his life, Justin exemplified the qualities of leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship. Through Justin’s tragic death, we have been inspired to sustain and encourage many of Evanston’s youth, a diverse group of fourth through twelfth graders who are brimming with potential as future leaders.
NEXT THEATRE COMPANY http://www.nexttheatre.org
Next Theatre Company produces socially provocative, artistically adventurous work.
It is our vision to become a destination for audiences and artists who share our vision that theatre can promote awareness and provoke change with more power than any other medium of expression.
Since our founding in 1981 by Harriet Spizziri and Brian Finn, our 145-seat space has been home to over a hundred productions, serving nearly a quarter of a million theatergoers and winning Jeff Awards in nearly every category. The theater's adventurous spirit and great conviction prompted Richard Christiansen of the Chicago Tribune to announce that The Next is "a resounding reaffirmation of what faith, dedication and talent can accomplish. It is what distinguished Chicago theatre in its early stages more than a quarter century ago, and it is what continues to make Chicago theater so exciting. How fortunate we are to have theaters such as The Next in our midst."
We serve over 10,000 patrons each year, including students, elderly, and everyone in between. Our audience includes local Evanstonians as well as Chicago and North Shore residents, and they have come to expect artistic excellence in the pursuit of culturally progressive work. As Dan Zeff of Copley News observed, the Next is quickly becoming "the venue of the edgiest theater in the area."
LOAVES & FISHES http://www.loaves-fishes.org
Mission and Values
Our vision is to end hunger in our community. Our mission is to provide food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to empower people to be self-sufficient.
Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry was founded in 1984 and officially incorporated on August 6, 1991 as a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation, for the purpose and mission of providing food and other essentials to Naperville residents in need.
Thus, Loaves & Fishes was born out of the collective social conscience of our citizenry, and has been sustained through a continually responsive call to action to utilize all resources at our disposal to end hunger in our community.
HOWARD BROWN HEALTH CENTER http://www.howardbrown.org
Mission and Overview
Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.
About Howard Brown Health Center: Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) was founded in 1974 and is now one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations. With an annual budget of over $22 million, the agency serves more than 18,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around seven major programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. HBHC serve men and women, infants, youth, and children through a multi-site operation based in Chicago that includes a main health and research center in the Uptown neighborhood (Sheridan Road), Triad Health Practice in the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center professional building, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant resale shops in Chicago (Lakeview and Andersonville neighborhoods) and Oak Park.
PAWS CHICAGO http://www.pawschicago.org
- To build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog.
- To end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education.
- To transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.