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March 2014


In the News & Community Outreach

Education Series - CANCELLED - Get on the Radar…Sign Up for PUNS
This educational event was scheduled to be held this Friday, March 14. This session had been cancelled but anyone interested is welcome to meet with our Transition Outreach Specialist for a wealth of information that will help you understand PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services), how to sign up for the PUNS list, and why it is vital to your child’s services now and in the future.

Helping Hand Center in the News!
A few weeks ago, more than 25 Cub Scouts and their parent’s spent a Saturday morning spending some time playing games and socializing with our clients who live in our homes in the local community. Our local newspaper, The Doings, picked up a few photos and a short story:

Annual Family Pasta Supper!
The 8th Annual Pasta Party was a true community event!  Over 300 clients, family members, staff,  and volunteers enjoyed an evening of music, dinner, dancing, activities, and networking.  Thank you to the Family Network for another great event!Also, thank you to the Ogden Avenue School 6th Grade class and parents for their contributions to this event.  In addition to their volunteer service, the Ogden Avenue School community provided desserts, decorations and activities to make this a special night for everyone. The” 8th Notch Band”  from Electro Motive Diesel rocked the Wellness Center with their energizing music.  Starbucks, Countryside donated their delicious coffee for this event. A special thanks to all of 2014 HHC Annual Sponsors whose donations make these events possible! Check out all the great photos on our facebook page now:

Thank You Family Network – Successful Fashion Show!
Many thanks to the Family Network Leaders headed up by Eileen St. Clair for organizing and hosting a very successful Fashion Show!  Eileen had a wonderful group of people who made this a terrific event.  Their hard work provided Helping Hand Center more than $3,500 in profits as a donation to the organization.  Clients and families enjoyed the many raffles, delicious food, fabulous fashion and wonderful fellowship that this special event provided.  We are so grateful!!  And the clients and staff looked wonderful – as always!!


Employment Services Department getting people jobs!
Our Employment Services Department is very busy with spring hiring. We prepared and helped get 2 of our clients great jobs in the home improvement industry. Another one of our clients had an interview and is waiting to hear back from the employer…keep your fingers crossed. This is all great news and our clients are making so much progress with the help from our employment services team!

A Very Special Valentine Day Party
Our adult clients threw a huge party on Valentine's Day in our Recreation Center. Clients danced and played games with friends, volunteers, and staff. Everyone had an awesome Valentine's Day! Visit our facebook page to check out over 70 photos of our clients enjoying a terrific holiday!

Valentine Day Grams
Last month for Valentine’s Day, our clients and staff made 600 cookies and sold 300 cookie grams during the week of Valentine’s Day.  This fundraiser brought in almost $150 to benefit our day program.  We plan to do more events like this in the future so when you drop in Helping Hand Center be looking for flyers!

Special Olympics Basketball Team
Our very own Helping Hand Wildcats were chosen to participate in the Illinois Special Olympics State Basketball tournament in Bloomington-Normal this coming weekend, March 14-16. Good Luck, Enjoy & Go Wildcats!

 Save the Date

Annual Gala – Purchase your tickets today!
Registration is open for Helping Hand Foundation's 15th Annual Gala held at the Burr Ridge Marriott on April 5, 2014. Tickets are $150 and grand raffle tickets for a chance to win $2,500 are $75 or 2 for $100.
For more details please click here.
To register and purchase grand raffle tickets click here!

Whole Foods Market Community Support Day!
Shop at Whole Foods Market in Hinsdale on Wednesday, April 9th and 5% of all purchases on this day will be donated to benefit the programs and services of Helping Hand Center.

2014 Annual Sponsors

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
We are so grateful to the generous sponsors who support our mission to assist people with disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence.Please take a moment to click here and check out the wonderful companies who support us.


General Donations:
Every day we receive donations to our organization. Thank you to all who give to Helping Hand Center - the support is wonderful and is needed as we continue our quality programs and services!  The following people and organizations recently provided donations to Helping Hand Center:


Demetrios & Triantafilia Adam

Tom & Catherine Foley

Charles & Judith Ann Porta

Adventist LaGrange Memorial

Peter & Sylvia Frigo

James Post


Golan & Christie, LLP


Elena Batura

Mary Beth Hepp

Kazys & Danuta Razma

Thomas Benko

John & Peggy Hesselgrave

Riverside Township Lions Club

Benny's Pizza

William & Sue Howe

Janet Rosellini

Grace Berry

IL Sports Facilities Authority

Thomas Rubenacker

Marilyn Betterton

Illini Care Health Plan

James & Linda Schawel

Judy Bien

Improv Comedy Club

Robert & Kathy Shaughnessy

Michael & Nancy Bolton

Susan Janca

Joe Shaughnessy

Lynn Boness

Thomas & Beth Janus

Shedd Aquarium

Carol Boyke

Eugene Jontry

Ned Sher

Margaret Brashear

Klaus P. Keilson Trust

Steve Shubat

Marco Bravo

Kelly Krause

Silbrico Corporation

Brookfield Zoo

Christopher & Niamh Kristufek

Audrey Smetana

Martin & Valerie Bruce

Casey P. Kufel

Orville & Eileen St. Clair

Paula Bucher

The Lubrizol Foundation

William Stanislaw

Donald Buell & Sherry Corbitt

Pearlie Maggette

Mark Steffensen

Bugles Across America

Eileen Marrs

Molly Stein

Kevin & Elaine Burke

Mary Ann's Shoppe, Ltd.

Strider Sports Int'l, Inc.

Eileen Califf

Mary J. White Trust

Gregory & Teresa Surdyk

Kathy Califf

Arkadiusz Mastalerz

The Mix, 101.9fm

Marie Cevelicek

Kevin Mead

David Thomasma & Julie Hautamaki

Chicago Bears Football Club

Ryan Metcalfe

Trader Joe's

Chicago Blackhawks

Janice Miller

Trust Company of Illinois

Chicago White Sox

Andrew Moore

Dennis & Margaret Trybus

Custom Tank Drum

Morgan's Wonderland

Eugene & Janet Urban

Gregory & Ofra Dose

Michael Morris

Tim VanBeveren

Susan Dudas

Karen Mulcrone

Helen Voelz

Brent & Laura Duelm

Museum of Science & Industry

Ryan Vokac & Chris Snider

Kiki Economou

Peggy Jean Neiweem

Walt Disney World Co.

Elements Massage

NuMark Credit Union

West End Dental

Allison Erklin

Nyco Products Company

Whole Foods Market

James & Kelly Farrell

Theodore Ohap

Wildlife Education, LTD.

David Ferris

Loretta Palekas

Liz Wilk

First National Bank of LaGrange

Addie Patsevas

Gertrude Wimmer

Flying High Sports & Rec

Pinnacle Financial Group

Timothy Woods & Nancy Burke




Mary Beth Hepp

Mary Beth Hepp
Executive Director