CFI Northwest Annual Fundraiser
EVENT DATE: Mar 06, 2015
The Center for Independence Northwest Annual Benefit is quickly approaching!
The event will take place on FRIDAY MARCH 6TH, at the Concorde in Kildeer, IL. Please join us for dinner and dancing, as well as a night full of auction and raffles! Your support will go a very long way — ninety cents of every dollar raised goes back into programs that teach children with physical disabilities to become more independent!
To make dinner reservations, or to reserve a table for ten for you family and friends, please visit: http://center-for-independence.org/fundraiser.html
The Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Inc. is an Illinois 501 c 3 nonprofit committed to ensuring children with physical disabilities grow up to be healthy, independent, self-determined, fully participating members of the community. We accomplish our mission by providing intensive training programs that focus on improving life skills, self-care skills, work readiness, self-direction and self-advocacy through Conductive Education. The ultimate program goal is for the child with a physical disability to develop “ortho-function”, which is the ability to participate in school, the community and the workplace with minimal modifications.
The Center started in 1998 in a local church basement providing motor training services to six children with physical disabilities. Today the Center provides intensive group motor training programs year round to approximately 150 children with physical disabilities at 3 different locations in the Chicagoland area.
In 2007, with the guidance and support of the Gancayco, Moser and Bathery families, the Northwest Program was started to ensure children living in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago have access to effective and affordable motor training services. Since our opening, St. Francis de Sales Church, located at 135 S. Bueshing Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 60047 has generously provided our space for free - ensuring our donations go directly to programming.
Dr. Jamie and Dr. George Gancayco and their son Ben, who has Cerebral Palsy, were watching 20/20 one evening at their home in Crystal Lake and saw a documentary on the Peto Institute in Hungary that was using Conductive Education as a form of therapy for individuals with physical disabilities. They did their research and discovered the Center for Independence Countryside location, which provides the exact type of therapy they were looking for. Ben was attending the morning sessions at the Center three days a week and also attending the Summer Camp session, but driving three hours each day was proving to be exhausting – especially with Ben starting the first grade!
Jamie Gancayco and her sister, Jackie Bathery, approached Patti Herbst, the Executive Director of the Center for Independence, with the idea of bringing CFI to the Northwest suburbs. In March 2007, the first Northwest fundraiser was held and the doors were open for Summer Camp that June! The site has been grateful for the continuous support of St. Francis de Sales Church for allowing the program to take place in their comfortable and accessible location.
Since our inception, the Center for Independence has provided more than 500 children with over $8,000,000 in charitable services. We have never turned a child away or reduced program hours due to lack of insurance or inability to pay. We are proud to report that 92% of every dollar we spend is on programs that support children with physical disabilities, with less than 8% on management and fundraising. The Center also meets all 20 Better Business Bureau of Chicago Charity standards and is rated highly by Guidestar Charity Navigator.
One-Hundred percent of the donations to this fundraiser will be used to support the Northwest Program. Please consider giving a gift that will last a life time - teaching children the skills they need to live full and participating lives. For more information on the Center please visit our website at: http://www.Center-for-Independence.org or our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CenterforIndependence