Have Dreams Happenings – October 2017

In This Issue:


Kicking Off Our “You Believe in Me” Campaign:


Thank You’s:






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Pictured above: Some of our Wee Dream participants gathered for some spooky fun this week at Have Dreams. Want to see more fun pictures like this one? Like us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!


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Have Dreams Asks, “Who Believed in You?” 

Do you remember who believed in you when you were starting out? Where would you be today without their encouragement and support? With the start of the giving season right around the corner, we are launching our new fundraising campaign, “You Believe in Me” to capture the spirit of believing in our Have Dreams participants who benefit from you support.

To kick off the giving season, we have several ways you can donate to support Have Dreams to show the children, teens and adults with autism that you believe in them:


1. DONATE ONLINE during our Giving Season Kickoff Event:
Wednesday, November 1 through
Friday, November 3, 2017 at www.havedreams.org/believe

The Coleman Foundation is generously providing gift matches for online donations made to Have Dreams November 1-3! Kickoff this year’s giving season by supporting our employment training for adults. This is just ONE of the many ways we help individuals with autism realize their potential and know someone believes in them!


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2. DONATE ONLINE on Giving Tuesday:
November 28, 2017 at www.havedreams.org/believe

The Coleman Foundation will also be providing matching gifts for all online donations made to Have Dreams on #GivingTuesday, November 28th!



Read our Annual Appeal Letter that will reach your mailboxes in a few weeks and send your donation in the return envelope provided!
Read about three Have Dreams participants, who have successfully realized the dream of earning their first paycheck after attending employment training through Have Dreams. Show our participants You Believe in Them and the value they bring to the workforce with a donation to continue to fund these unique and vital programs.

If you have any questions about these special days and ways to give, please reach out to Bobbi Goldman, Director of Development at bgoldman@havedreams.org.








Houseful of Charity TeamHouseful of Charity Stages Unique Fundraising Event for Have Dreams

A heartfelt thank you to Colleen Gebavi and her generous and hard-working network of friends for raising more than $12,000 for Have Dreams at the Houseful of Charity fundraiser at the end oHOC - Family Room - Copy CROPPEDf September. This unique event featured a resale boutique of home furnishings staged in a home for sale in Park Ridge. All items sold were just too good for a garage sale and had been resting in the storage closets of donors’ homes. Each room of the home was staged with a different theme (kids furniture, master bedroom, living room, etc.).

“One person can make a difference, but real change happens when a whole community comes together,” says Colleen. Thank you Colleen, her team of friends, and everyone who donated furniture and other items, as well as everyone who attended the event!


Team Have Dreams Sprints Past Fundraising Goal

T20171008_114539wenty men and women laced up their running shoes to raise funds and awareness for Have Dreams this year, collectively raising $28,000! Many Team Have Dreams runners participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October and some participated in the Rock n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon in July.
Congratulations and thank you to our Team Have Dreams runners! We’d also like to thank to the following people:

– Endurance Coach Jen Harrison for training our runners so diligently

– Carleen Murphy of Murphy’s Fit in Evanston for donating the team’s dry fit shirts

– Have Dreams Staff Member Chris Jones for running his second consecutive Chicago Marathon for Have Dreams

– Have Dreams Charity Coordinator David Murray for leading Team Have Dreams since its inception

Interested in joining Team Have Dreams? Visit our website here:



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Have Dreams Voted Favorite Local Charity Jackie Mack’s Commission Mission Award

Thank you to Jackie Mack for her generous donation and thank you to everyone who voted in Jackie Mack’s Northshore Realty Commission Mission! With your help, Have Dreams received 30,500 votes and won the first place $5,000 award! Jackie Mack is the Vice President of Sales at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty – Northshore. During the month of September, Jackie donated one commission check to Evanston charities; splitting the commission between five favorite charities, as voted online by the public. Have Dreams is honored and humbled to be the recipient of the first place prize and extremely grateful to Jackie for her ever-continuing interest and involvement in the Evanston-Northshore community!



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Flat Top Grill Fundraiser Brings Smiles and Support to Have Dreams

22713573_1679840012038078_6276806762140876918_oOn October 24th, Flat Top Grill in Evanston donated 10% of meal purchases to Have Dreams! This “funraiser” brought together Have Dreams participants, supporters and families to enjoy Flat Top’s unique build-your-own meals that are then cooked on a flat top grill. Thank you to Flat Top Grill in Evanston for donating to Have Dreams! Look for more “funraisers” like this in the coming year as we celebrate, support and bring our Have Dreams community together for some fun and fundraising!