All posts by Judith McLean

Almost Home Kids Young Associate Board (YAB) is looking for new members. The AHK YAB is comprised of young professionals in the Chicagoland area dedicated to strengthening the message of Almost Home Kids through awareness and fundraising events.

Throughout the year, the Board holds meetings, social outings and participates in community activities to support the mission of Almost Home Kids.

If you’re a young professional looking to connect with a great cause, and a dynamic group of peers, join us on Wednesday October 18th at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the lobby of the Plante Moran building at 10 Riverside Plaza in Chicago.

No ticket required!

Our golfers raised over $42,000 last week as they tackled 100 holes in unseasonably warm weather.

Thank you to everyone who played and donated, you have made a massive difference.

Congrats to Marty Koehler (AHK Board member and President Council Naperville Chair) for winning the lowest score prize averaging 2.99 per hole, and for being our top fundraiser by raising over $8,000!

Special thanks to Zigfield Troy Golf, Q BBQ and Shanahan’s Food & Spirits for helping us host a very fun and successful event.

Visit http://team.almosthomekids.org/GolfMarathon2017 if you would still like to contribute.

This year our signature Chicago gala has a new flair! In addition to all the fabulous black tie apparel we are encouraging guest to wear a Venetian-style mask.

Please join us for a fabulous night of dining and dancing to benefit  Almost Home Kids at the Share the Care Ball, a Masked Affair.

When: October 27th at 6:30 PM
Where: The Drake Hotel
Featuring the Ken Arlen Orchestra and hosted by emcee Janet Davies (ABC7).

This years award honorees are:
Patricia Silver and Lynne Rosenthal of the Leo S. Guthman Fund and Dr. Michael Kelleher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Tickets are $350 each – click here to reserve yours now!

For more information, please contact Liza Larsen at elarsen@almosthomekids.org

The Optimal Halloween 5K Run and Kid’s 100 Yard Dash to benefit Almost Home Kids is coming up on October 14 at the Danada Forest Preserve.

There will be raffle prizes as well as medals for the best race times and costume. Do you know of any businesses that may be interested in sponsoring this great event? If so, contact Jenny at Optimal Health Medical Fitness at 630.225.7825.

To register to run the race, click here 

Interested in sponsoring the run??
The purpose behind Optimal’s Halloween Hustle 5k/Dash is to encourage members of the community to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle while donating to a great cause. Not only is your sponsorship dedicated toward Almost Home Kids, but it is also intended to provide your business with more exposure!

Starting Line or Finish Line Sponsor – $800 (2 Available)

  • Sponsorship payment must be secured and logo provided by 7/15/17 to include logo on literature/posters
  • Logo prominently displayed on the starting line or finish line banner
  • Logo and link on race website, https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12556/optimals-halloween-hustle-5kdash
  • Logo on race registration booklets and race t-shirt
    Flyer, coupon or other donation for goodie bags (must be delivered to race director by 8/30/17)
  • Have a table/representatives present on race day, announcement of sponsorship over PA system 5k

Medal Sponsor – $600 (1 Available)

  • Sponsorship payment must be secured and logo provided by 7/15/17 to include on medals
  • Logo on back of every race medal
  • Logo and link on race website
  • Flyer, coupon or other donation for goodie bags (must be delivered to race director by 8/15/17)
  • Able to have a table/representatives present on race day

Water Stop Sponsor – $500 (2 available)

  • Sponsorship payment must be secured and logo provided by 7/15/17 to include on shirts
  • Logo displayed at hydration station – Logo and link on race website
  • Flyer, coupon or other donation for goodie bags (must be delivered to race director by 8/15/17)
  • Able to have representatives working at the water stop

5k T-Shirt Sponsor – $250 (6 Available)

  • Sponsorship payment must be secured and logo provided by 7/15/17 to include on shirts
  • Logo on premium race t-shirt (size of logo depends on size of donation) – Logo and link on race website
  • Flyer, coupon or other donation for goodie bags (must be delivered to race director by 8/15/17)
  • Able to have a table/representatives present on race day

Goodie Bag Sponsor – $100

  • Flyer, menu, coupon or other item for goodie bags (must be delivered to race director by 8/15/17)

 

Please join us as Rockin’ the Cause and the Woodridge Rotary team up to make a difference for Almost Home Kids respite care program.

IT’S A TOTALLY FREE CONCERT – you just need to show up!!!
Sunday, September 24, 2017
12:00PM – 9:00PM
1999 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL

Featuring, in order of Appearance:

  • J&D Just Friends
  • BlackJack Blue
  • GMRC Band
  • Tommy Dziallo & Rule of Four
  • Henry JBC
  • Shanahan’s Jam Band
  • Pistol Pete
  • Cryan’ Shames
  • The Chicago Experience

If your company is interested in sponsorship options, for $500.00 or more you will receive:
– Name on T-Shirt
– Facebook Boost
– Stage Banner Recognition
– Verbal Acknowledgement at event
– Radio Acknowledgement
– 2 full page ads in Bugle Newspaper

Rockin’ the Cause’s main initiative is to contribute and be a part of successful relief through “volunteer only” concert events. As with any charitable objective, Rockin’ the Cause has a plan which begins with some advance thinking about when and where to hold its events and how to have the most positive impact on the selected charity. Rockin’ the Cause is strictly a not for profit organization.

About Rockin’ the Cause:
Rockin’ the Cause was grown out of the determination to help our brothers and sisters in the United States who have experienced life’s devastation. We strive to call upon our higher selves in order to spread hope and accomplish something much bigger than we can ever imagine.  The Mission at Rockin’ the Cause is to bring hope to the hopeless through the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

We are excited to welcome the newest members of the AHK clinical team! Our 4 new grads started this week.

They come from a variety of nursing schools and are all thrilled to start their nursing career at Almost Home Kids! Thank you to our RN’s Deb, Jen, Cecilia, and Beth for serving as primary preceptors for group!

From L-R, Elizabeth (Chicago), Kailin (Chicago), Amanda (Naperville), and Teena (Naperville)

If you are interested in working for Almost Home Kids, we are currently hiring RN’s (Chicago and Naperville) and CNA’s (Chicago and Naperville), please click here and enter Almost Home Kids in the search box for more information.

Our annual golf marathon is fast approaching, but there is still time to register as a foursome or support our teams!

Visit http://team.almosthomekids.org/GolfMarathon2017 to do both!

Join friends of Almost Home Kids for the annual Golf Marathon and Youth Golf Challenge at Zigfield Troy on Friday, September 15, 2017!

  • Golf Marathon Participants (age 21 and over) will commit to raising $1000 and will play 100 holes starting at 11:00 AM, followed by a barbecue feast at the completion of 100 holes.
  • Youth Golf Challenge participants (age 9 to 20) will commit to raising $600 per foursome from friends and family. Youth challengers will start at 3:30 PM for a best ball 18 hole challenge, followed by a pizza party.

Our first ever Cocktails for a Cause was a huge success grossing almost $60,000 much needed funds for AHK.

Masses of thanks again to the sponsors (listed below), the organizing committee led by Kevin and Angela and all the attendees – special thanks to Ben Kasica for the amazing photos!

Huge thank you to our sponsors Simplex, CBOE, Quivet Neck Trading Instinet, TradingBlock, Trafix, SpiderRock, Broken Earth Winery, MyLife Home Health Care and Apex Clearing for their sponsorship of this event.

Photos are posted here

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

  

     

 

At Almost Home Kids we are passionate advocates for using People-First Language. Wikipedia describes People First Language as – a type of linguistic prescription in English. It aims to avoid perceived and subconscious dehumanization when discussing people with disabilities and is sometimes referred to as a type of disability etiquette.

It’s an important distinction and something that can be adopted in language when describing any group defined by a condition. We would say a child with medical complexities rather than a medically complex child – the former emphasizing the person and not their condition, which is secondary to their identity.

About 54 million Americans — one out of every five individuals — have a disability — 3 million of those are children, and as medical care and systems advance, this population will continue to burgeon (the pediatric population is increasing by 6% per year) and the ability to live a full and active life in the community has become the new, and welcome reality for people with disabilities. It is important to recognize we are all people first.

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