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Thank you for including Almost Home Kids in your year-end giving plans. Jet Brite will match your donation, dollar-for-dollar, for any gift made from 11/1 – 12/1/20!

Let people know that you are thinking about them during these challenging days of isolation. A gift  in honor or in memory of a loved one is a meaningful way to recognize people you admire. We will mail a note card to the individual(s) being honored or to a bereaved family member, informing them of your thoughtful gift.

THANK YOU!!

 

When you think about Physical Therapy (PT) with the cute children of Almost Home Kids you likely think about the hands on time we spend with our kiddos. These play based PT sessions which help the children develop strength, coordination, and mobility are often the most visible and fun part of providing therapy.  But, there is a lot of behind the scenes care that is taken to support them as well!

The Physical Therapists are involved in ordering and obtaining equipment like specialized strollers and bracing which help them tolerate being in more upright positions to play and interact. They also participate in medical rounds and in working together with parents and other professionals to keep the fun activities going even when they aren’t there.

Our PT Therapists are amazing, and we are proud to celebrate Physical Therapy Month and applaud their important work.

“Oh! What a Night!”

The Share the Care Ball on October 23rd was renamed “Sharing the Care with a Twist” and was held in spectacular fashion online.

The Twist was that it was virtual, but the 50’s event definitely took the twist to a new level with martini recipes, 50’s music led by the amazing Ken Arlen and the Evolution Orchestra and a spectacular appearance by the Jersey Boys “Oh What a Night” group. The evening was complete with host Janet Davies (ABC7) and cameos from Steve Cochran (WGN) and Sasha Farber (Dancing with the Stars), with segments from our wonderful organizing committee led by Terri Danko and Jen Horsley entertaining the very generous 110 registrants and raising almost $100,000!!! Karin Prangley and Jen Horsley provided some of the evening most memorable and fun segments, and there were heartfelt and poignant videos from Almost Home Kids.

Special thanks to the sponsors Brown Brothers Harriman, CA Ventures, Polsinelli, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Bluewater Technology, Cotter Consulting, First Midwest Bank, University Retina & Macula Associates, Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, Bob & Terri Danko, Neuco Inc, Suzi & Chuck Brooks, The Lacher Family, Greenridge Farm, Jeffrey Krol & Associates, Wittefini, The DrakeBenzCoil and SpeedPro Printing. Co-Chairs Terri Danko and Jen Horsley who, alongside their fabulous committee (Suzi Bramson Brooks, Julia Chappell, Carley Diedrich, Franzi Lacher, Debbie Grisko, Ann O’Riordan, Jigna Patel, Karin Prangley and MaryBeth Smith) put together a terrific program, staged an impressive online auction and rallied incredible support for Almost Home Kids Chicago through this fantastic event.

We had a fabulous time at the YAB’s No Place Like Home virtual wine tasting event!

Masses of thanks to everyone to took part in the virtual extravaganza – over $13,000 of much needed funds were raised for AHK by over 80 attendees!

Special thanks to sponsors Plante Moran and  Wintrust Bank and to YAB member Jeff Brown who gave a very heartfelt parent testimonial, the experts at Eataly Chicago and to the YAB board (Roxana Gavriliuc, Mo Salem and Naz) and  YAB members for making the event super entertaining and fun, especially Courtney Lefevre (who served as host alongside Mo) and Jessica Lilovich (who was the Zoom technical wizard behind the scenes)!

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.

The SILENT AUCTION is live and will be open until Oct 23 at 8:30 PM!!

https://2020Twist.givesmart.com

Loads of thanks to our amazing committee for pulling a fabulous silent auction during these challenging times. #sharethecare

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)

Cost: $200 per household – please email jmclean@almosthomekids.org if you wish to register today

Thank you to the following sponsors for generously supporting Almost Home Kids:

 

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/givesmart.com 

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 Amy (Naperville) at abramwell@luriechildrens.org  or Molly (Chicago) at MoKim@luriechildrens.org.

We can also offer Respite Care and Emergency Respite, please contact our case management team for more details – 312.229.0170 extension 2 or email Amy (Naperville) at abramwell@luriechildrens.org  or Molly (Chicago) at MoKim@luriechildrens.org.

The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) has set up a comprehensive support page with resources and helpful information at https://dscc.uic.edu/resources-for-special-needs-families-during-covid-19-outbreak/

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)