All posts by Judith McLean

We had a small but mighty golf team for this year’s Golf Marathon event, with 12 golfers raising over $31,000 for Almost Home Kids!

Social distancing, one person to a cart and universal masks made it possible to host this event in-person.

Special thanks to Matt Szeghy, Marty Keohler and Dan Ault for heading up the committee, all the golfers who joined us for the event (extra special shout out to John Liacone for being the top fundraiser! congrats to Marty for posting the lowest score!) and to Shanahan’s pub and Zigfield Troy Golf for all your support.

There is still time to donate to this event by clicking here!

Almost Home Kids (AHK) is hosting our 9th annual “Share the Care Ball” on October 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST. This year we are going virtual due to the COVID 19 pandemic and are throwing a 1950’s and 60’s martini-style event.

  • Martini-inspired Virtual Gala benefiting Almost Home Kids – Sharing the Care with a Twist!
  • October 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST
  • Online (at home or wherever you are on October 23rd at 7:30 PM CST)
  • Deadline for registering in time to get a “party in a box” mailed is October 9th, 2020

Cost: $200 per household
Register below to join in on the fun and receive your “party-in-a-box”!

Event Sponsorship Options (*Includes in-home party pack!)
$5,000 – Platinum
• Logo inclusion on screen during event
• 8 Party in a box sets*
• 20 sec pre-recorded video slot option “our company supports AHK because …”
• Online recognition during welcome segment
• Logo inclusion on invite

$3,000 – Gold
• Logo inclusion on screen during event
• 5 Party in a box sets*
• Online recognition during welcome segment
• Logo inclusion on invite

$1,000 – Silver
• Logo inclusion on screen during event
• 2 Party in a box sets*
• Online recognition during welcome segment
• Logo inclusion on invite


Join our Young Associates Board (YAB) for their annual fundraiser “No Place Like Home” but literally at your  own home!

September 24th at 7 PM – 8 PM CST (Registration is closed)

But you can donate or purchase raffle tickets at: YAB2020/ 

If you already registered for the event you will receive an email with a private link for your household to join the event at 7 PM on Thursday.

Instructions for securing your tasting pack from Eataly are as follows:

If you selected Pickup at Eataly:

  • Park in garage at 10 E. Grand – 1st hour is free with parking validation (must get voucher validated by Eataly) or the parking lot is $12 for 3 hours if desired
  • Kits can be picked up on the 2nd floor by the wine department
  • Curbside pick available – Call guest relations at 312-521-8700 extension 0

If you selected Delivery:

  • The delivery driver will be setting out around 1:00pm on Thursday (so expect the delivery between 1 pm and 5 pm)
  • You MUST be home to accept delivery (since there is wine included in the tasting)



Join friends of Almost Home Kids for the annual Golf Marathon at Zigfield Troy on Friday, September 18, 2020. Golf Marathon Participants (age 21 and over) will commit to raising $1000 and will play 100 holes starting at 10:30 AM, followed by a barbecue feast at the completion of 100 holes.

To sign up as a team captain, golfer or to donate, please click here!

We’ll be following the state rules regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

Donations can be made to a particular golfer or team, or as a general donation on this site. Offline donations (cash or checks) can be given to participants and credited toward their fundraising goal.

If you are experiencing difficulty with home nursing staffing, if you need any support for your child with complex medical conditions, or if you have illness in your household during this time of restrictive measures due to COVID-19, please reach out to our case management team at 312.229.0170 extension 2 or email Layenie at 

We can also offer Respite Care and Emergency Respite, please contact Layenie for more details – 312.229.0170 extension 2 or email Layenie at 

The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) has set up a comprehensive support page with resources and helpful information at

It’s back to school time for many and we didn’t want our children to miss getting a new book o puzzle to start the school year so we are excited to partner with Usborne Books & More to host a book donation drive to benefit the children we care for as well as their siblings!

We are hoping you will support our efforts by clicking on the link and choose a book or puzzle to purchase that will be shipped directly to AHK. We have included activity books to set aside for siblings. The book drive will last just this week only (ending Sat. 8/29) so don’t miss out on this chance to add some fun books to our shelves! Thank you to Shannon of Usborne Books for coordinating this donation drive of educational & fun books for us!

Click here for more information

(photo is from pre-Covid-19 and the restrictions on volunteers and universal masking)

Janice and Kurt Bruksch and the team from Sweet Home Gelato surprised our clinical staff with a delivery of their amazing gelato to bring a big boost to everyone at Almost Home Kids – bringing an extraordinary gift of gelato was not the only thing the Sweet Home Gelato family wanted to do for AHK – they have pledged to donate 2% of every purchase made at their stores back to Almost Home Kids!! This will have an amazing impact and will make a massive difference at Almost Home Kids and we are extremely grateful to them for adopting Almost Home Kids for this generous program! We are determined to eat more of their delicious gelato, and we hope you will join us – it will help Almost Home Kids in a big way!

About Sweet Home Gelato
The Bruksch family entered the gelato business as a way to create something special together as a family, and after eight years of operating as a franchise, have used that experience to create an independent, Chicago based company. Sweet Home Gelato is family owned and operated along with a dedicated, tenured group of managers and staff who we consider “part of the family”.
As part of the strategic move to become independent, Sweet Home Gelato worked with a renowned master gelatier and the highest quality ingredient suppliers to perfect and refine their proprietary recipes and unique flavor selection. Uniquely, they make their gelato in small batches locally, so it is extremely fresh and all natural.
They have also made exciting improvements to their customer experience, including a comprehensive interior renovation to make their locations warmer and more inviting, and great new additions to their menu.

It was another first for Almost Home Kids, this time a virtual wine tasting.

Huge thanks to our amazing committee of Julia Chappell, Bregan Herrold, Michelle Baker, Karin Prangley, Jen Horsley, Carley Dietrich, Lourdes McKillop and Sophie Worden, the Brown family for providing a wonderful parent testimonial  and to our sponsors Swoon Technology and Bottles Nation.

We raised over $17,000 and had a wonderful time tasting great wine from around the globe with 75 generous AHK supporters.

Congratulations to raffle ticket winners Amy Meyers, Ted Petras, Jen Horsley and Lindsey Schweisthal!!

It’s another first for Almost Home Kids! This time we’re virtual wine tasting!!

July 9
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST

We’ll be wine tasting on July 9th at 7:00 PM and enjoying an amazing wine tasting journey with renowned sommelier Michael Bottigliero, and enjoy an interesting and delicious tasting experience spanning four very different bottles of wine from some of the world’s best wine regions – a Cava sparkling wine, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a super Tuscan and Argentinian Malbec.

Register by July 1st to ensure wine is delivered by July 9th.

Raffle prize details can be viewed by clicking here.

Any questions, please contact Judith at or call 312-399-0013