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We had an amazing time at our first ever Summer Tasting Soiree – a Top Chef style AHK fundraiser event at Kendall College. 5 student chef’s took their inspration from 5 AHK families and created unique dishes to wow the attendees. Top Chef competitor Carlos Gaytan was on hand to present the winner – Pankhuri Juvekar – with a $1,000 scholarship prize donated by Marita Sullivan.

Masses of thanks to everyone who attended, special thanks to the organizing committee chaired by Bregan Herrold and to all our sponsors including Corboy & Demetrio, The Private Bank, Sullivan Reporting, Beam Suntory, Panera Bread, ECBG Pastry, Lagunitas Brewery and Zevia!
Photos by: Amina Nevels

Join us for Cocktails for a Cause hosted by Kevin Shea and Angela Figg at the super cool river walk bar River Roast. Funds raised at the event will benefit Almost Home Kids.

Huge thank you to Simplex for their sponsorship of this event.

Thursday, July 27th 2017 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres
Early bird registration $100 ($115 after July 15th)

Sponsorship are available and include company name, link and logo inclusion on the AHK website and invite:
$1250 2 tickets – Passive investor
$2500 4 tickets – Day Trader
$5000 6 tickets – Index player
$7000 7 tickets – Bull Market
$10000 12 tickets – Fast Money

Tickets and Sponsorship’s are available at: https://give.almosthomekids.org/event

For more information contact: Kevin Shea (Kevin.Shea@Instinet.com) or Angela Figg (Angela.Figg@Instinet.com)

Our 2017 Annual Meeting presented us with a great opportunity to bring our most ardent supporters up to date on all the exciting developments at Almost Home Kids.

Held at our Naperville home, and in the company of the kids and staff, everyone who serves on the AHK Board and Presidents Council were reminded of why we are all here and were reinvigorated to further the vision and above all stay true to the mission of Almost Home Kids.

If you’re interested in getting more involved with Almost Home Kids and would like to serve on one of our committee’s, please contact Raeann Jackson at rjackson@almosthomekids.org.

Almost Home Kids would like to acknowledge the dedicated individuals who serve on our board in Naperville and in Chicago. Their work and involvement makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of the children we serve, and their families.

Board of Directors
Josh Prangley, Chair
Theresa Danko, Vice Chair
Julia Chappell
Deborah A. Grisko
Michael Hoffman
Marty Koehler
Richard A. Mark
Matthew Mullarkey
Paula Noble
Christopher Schenkenberg
Michelle Stephenson
Jessica Strausbaugh
Marita Sullivan

President’s Council
Dan Ault
Paul Bogdanski
Julia Chappell
Carley Diedrich
Angela Figg
Sheila Gallagher
Marcia Glenn
Josette Goldberg
Bregan Herrold
Jen Horsley
Paul Jesinskis
Carolyn M. Johnson
Ann Karch
Bethany Keown
Bill Neustadt
Katie Ossman
Tom Roth
Susan J. Schwartz
Matt Szeghy
Susan Tromans
Kathy Wennerstrum

Please join Top Chef competitor Carlos Gaytan at our first ever Almost Home Kids Summer Tasting Soirée – A Top Student Chef Culinary Competition and gourmet event at Kendall College benefiting the programs and children at Almost Home Kids. Senior Students will create hors d’oeuvres inspired by the cultural backgrounds of AHK families, while attendees will have the chance to select the winner of the AHK Top Student Chef Scholarship.

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
KENDALL COLLEGE – 900 N. Branch Street, Chicago
Complimentary Parking will be available in the parking lot north of Kendall College

Click Here to purchase tickets: $125

 

We currently have clinical employment opportunities at AHK available, and recently hosted an Open House that was sponsored and organized by our friends at Titus Talent Strategies.

The Open House was a great way for people to get a better understanding of our programs, and learn about the various employment opportunities we currently have available – RN’s, Resource Nurses and CNA openings at both locations.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply, please email April Alexander, AHK Director of Nursing.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Naperville gala and wore western gear and fabulous jewelry at our Boots n’ Bling; a Western Fling event on Friday April 28th. Over $150,000 was raised at the event, plus with many new attendees in the room we were able to reach lots of new friends and tell the all about Almost Home Kids.

Michelle and Jon Freeman gave a very heartwarming parent testimonial about their son Peter, who came to us for transitional Care that truly touched everyone in the room.

Thank you to Patti Vasquez (from WGN radio’s Pretty Late) who was our awesome host for the evening, and Marion Valle for raising the gavel as our auctioneer.

We broke some impressive fundraising goals by doubling the usual amount raised at the Fund a Need and the auction, plus the attendees had a very fun time dancing to the live music of modern country band Lincoln Don’t Lie, who rocked the night away. The night kicked off with some great fiddling from the violin group from String Serenade.

We recognized two very special awardees, Carolyn Johnson (Volunteer Extraordinaire) and Mullarkey Associates (Share the Care Champions) – great ambassadors of AHK, and amazing supporters is so many different ways.

ATI, Neuco, UPS, JMG Financial, Mullarkey Associates and The Meeting House were our corporate sponsors – Thank You!!

We are thrilled to be recognizing two wonderful awardees on Friday at our Naperville Gala “Boots & Bling” a Western Fling. Hope you can join us to recognize their amazing support of Almost Home Kids over the years.

Mullarkey Associates
Share the Care Champion
Mullarkey Associates, Inc. was founded by Martin Mullarkey, Sr. and Barbara Mullarkey in 1971 in the basement of their home. Mullarkey Associates operates as a manufacturer’s representative company that focuses on the water related markets that include; Municipal, Industrial, Swim Pool, and Carwash Markets. The Company represents 14 manufacturers in the 13 Midwestern states. The company is head quartered in Tinley Park, IL.
Today, the company is managed by their two sons Martin Jr. and Michael with advisement from their son Matthew.
The Mullarkey Family have been close personal friends of Debbie Grisko, AHK President and Executive Director, her parents and her siblings for many years. When Debbie joined Almost Home Kids in 2007, Mullarkey Associates became one of Almost Home Kids’ most steadfast supporters. Since 2007, Mullarkey Associates has contributed more than $40,000 to Almost Home Kids, making an indelible impact on our success as an organization through sponsorship of everything from Galas to Golf Outings to the Margaret M. and Thomas M. Curran Healing Garden at our Naperville home.
In addition to the meaningful contributions Mullarkey Associates have made at Almost Home Kids, the rest of the family have been very much involved as well – Matt Mullarkey serves on the AHK Executive Board, and has supported us in many ways – including golfing 100 holes in our annual Golf Marathon and Grace Mullarkey has served on past organizing committees – it’s been a family affair.

Carolyn Johnson
Volunteer Extraordinaire
Carolyn Johnson is a member of the Almost Home Kids President’s Council and was previously a member of the Almost Home Kids Board of Directors. She served on the Program Committee as one of the original team members that created a protocol for collecting outcomes of care and demographic data for the children served by Almost Home Kids. She continues to be involved in the generation of yearly data reports which are used by the Almost Home Kids staff to track trends, create presentations, and write grant proposals.
Carolyn’s connection to Almost Home Kids began when her son, Michael, stayed at the Naperville site in the Respite Care Program. The Johnson family is eternally grateful for the care Michael received, and Carolyn has spoken at many Almost Home Kids functions about the positive impact of this experience on both family and community.
Carolyn graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Applied Statistics from DePaul University. She is a Lead Staff Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt with Continental Automotive Systems, and has spent her career working in the area of automotive pressure sensors and exhaust & emissions sensors.

Carolyn’s connection to Almost Home Kids began when her son, Michael, stayed at the Naperville site in the Respite Care Program. The Johnson family is eternally grateful for the care Michael received, and Carolyn has spoken at many Almost Home Kids functions about the positive impact of this experience on both family and community. Carolyn’s husband Joe has also participated in the Golf Marathon for AHK and along with their son Tom they have attended AHK events for several years.

Please join us for our first ever Almost Home Kids Summer Tasting Soirée – A Top Student Chef Culinary Competition and gourmet event at Kendall College benefiting the programs and children at Almost Home Kids. Senior Students will create hors d’oeuvres inspired by the cultural backgrounds of AHK families, while attendees will have the chance to select the winner of a Top Student Chef Scholarship. Kendall College offers a cool setting with ample onsite parking.

Where: Kendall College 900 N North Branch St, Chicago, IL 60642
When: Thursday June 15th, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Why: to help raise awareness and funds for Almost Home Kids
Tickets: $125 each

Please contact Judith McLean with any questions, or to secure a particular sponsorship level: jmclean@almosthomekids.org | 312-399-0013

 $10,000 – The Chef

  • 25 tickets
  • Event Name would be changed to accommodate sponsor name
  • Corporate Logo on the organization’s event page with link to company website
  • Company name promoted as event sponsor in pre and post publicity of event
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Listing in bi-annual newsletter
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

$5,000 – The Sous Chef

  • 15 tickets
  • Corporate Logo on the organization’s event page with link to company website
  • Company name promoted as event sponsor in pre and post publicity of event
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Listing in bi-annual newsletter
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

 $2,500 – The Saucier

  • 10 tickets
  • Corporate Logo on the organization’s event page with link to company website
  • Company name promoted as event sponsor in pre and post publicity of event
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

$1,000 – The Top Student Chef Scholarship Award (sold out)

  • $1,000 goes to the winner of the culinary competition
  • Opportunity to name the scholarship
  • Recognition at event during program and on signage
  • Listing in bi-annual newsletter
  • Logo on invitation (if commitment received by print deadline)

Join the AHK Young Associates Board for their cool annual “No Place Like Home” event.

Friday April 28th at 7 PM – 10 PM at the Bassment, 353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, Illinois 60654.

There will be beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers and a great band One Moment From Glory.

Tickets are $85 (until April 14) and $100 (if purchased after April 14, or at the door). Click Here to purchase tix.