Have Dreams Happenings September 2017

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Help Have Dreams Win $5,000 and the Title of Favorite Nonprofit

Vote here as often as you can between now through September 30th!

Jackie Mack of Northshore Sotheby’s International Real Estate gives her $10,000 September commission to six local nonprofits. This incredibly generous “commission mission” is Jackie’s way of giving back to the community she calls home. This year, there were 21 nonprofits vying for the top 6 spots and after a week of online voting for favorite nonprofit, Have Dreams made it into the final voting group. Now, we are asking our friends and community of supporters to help us make it to the top; if we receive the most votes, Have Dreams will receive $5,000. Please help us by voting for Have Dreams online as often as you can through September 30th (there is no limit to how many times you can vote). Thank you for voting and sharing this link (http://bit.ly/hdjm2017) with your friends and family on social media!



houseful of charity 2017 LATEST flyerHouseful of Charity Resale Boutique to Benefit Have Dreams


Houseful of Charity is a resale boutique of home furnishings staged in a home for sale in Park Ridge. All items are just too good for a garage sale and have been resting in the storage closets of donors’ homes. Each room of the home will be staged with a different theme. Shop for kids’ furniture, bedroom sets, armoires, chairs, lamps, and more! The Houseful of Charity will open its doors at 1029 S. Hamlin in Park Ridge on Friday and Saturday:

Friday, September 29th
7 – 9 pm: 

For a $10 admission fee, get a first chance to shop for top-notch furniture and other home goods (kids’ furniture, bedroom sets, armoires, chairs, lamps, and more)!

Saturday, September 30th
8 am – 3 pm:

Free admission this day to shop some great items too good for a garage sale!

Houseful of Charity is sponsored by It Takes A Village, a network of Park Ridge residents coming together to make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism and their families. The brainchild of Colleen Gebavi; this is her second Houseful of Charity fundraiser. Colleen organized the first Houseful of Charity fundraiser six years ago for a family who was going through devastating hardship. Colleen said the most amazing part of the entire experience was how the community really supported the cause. “One person can make a difference, but real change happens when a whole community comes together.”
Have Dreams would like to thank Colleen Gebavi and Keller Williams Realty for their support!


Golf Classic Hits Its Mark

We had a picture perfect day for our Have Dreams Golf Classic on Monday, September 11th at the Itasca Country Club.  Seventy-seven golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the course, complete with a patio lunch, scramble format golf tournament, and dinner with silent and live auctions. Thank you to all of our golfers, sponsors, and volunteers for making this year’s Golf Classic so successful, raising more than $30,000! A special thank you to Morici, Figlioli & Associates, our Event Sponsor; Kim Denkewalter, our Golf Chair; Joe Wilkins, our Emcee for the event; and Lisa Barbe, a Have Dreams parent, for sharing her son’s journey with Have Dreams and Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern.


Team Have Dreams Chicago Marathon Runners Keep Up the Pace

With the Bank of America Chicago Marathon’s start date of October 8th moving closer each day, we’d like to thank the 14 wonderful Team Have Dreams runners who have been training tirelessly and raising funds and awareness for Have Dreams autism programs. Our runners have already raised over $17,000 for Have Dreams on their Crowdrise pages. Please take a look at our runner’s Crowdrise fundraising pages, read their inspiring stories, and give their funds a boost if you can. Also, check out the story below on Have Dreams parent Cheryl Hayes.

We can’t forget to mention the two people leading this group of committed individuals; coach-trainer Jennifer Harrison and Have Dreams staff member David Murray. Jennifer has guided the runners’ training, answered their questions, and provided pjenny and davidrofessional support along the way. A big shout out to Jennifer (pictured here with Have Dreams staff member David Murray) for visiting Have Dream recently and her enthusiasm for our mission.

Why She Runs:  Interview with Cheryl Hayes, Team Have Dreams

From Cheryl’s Crowdrise page:
“My daughter Stephanie is a “graduate” of a Have Dreams job training program. The job skills and confidence that she acquired during her training in the Summer of 2016 has made our family committed to the efforts of this organization. I have never run a marathon but am training with commitment  to earn money to allow Have Dreams to continue assisting other families like mine with special and wonderful people!”

How did you hear about Have Dreams?
My daughter is 23 and is autistic. She did a Have Dreams job training program in Evanston and it really made huge difference. I was so impressed with people we were working with, and everyone there was so supportive. My daughter would get up every morning, put that dress on, and would be so excited to go. It really developed a lot of self confidence in her.cheryl hayes

What are your favorite types of snacks, meals, etc… to have before, during, and after a run?
Nothing specific, really; I’ve been drinking lots of water though and also zero-calorie Gatorade.

What is your favorite thing you enjoy about running for Team Have Dreams?
It’s all for a really good cause; I like how all money goes to the program 100%.

What is your running routine/how do you train? Alone, or with a running partner/group?
On my own; the program has a coach who is really good, her exercises have been very helpful.

Are there certain aspects of Have Dreams that you like, or programs/services they provide?
I like how they have a lot of programs for young people and kids. The job training program that my daughter was involved in, of course, was amazing and the people [staff] would help us in a heartbeat.

Good luck to Cheryl and all our other committed runners at the upcoming Chicago Marathon! If you want to help us cheer them on, meet at the Team Have Dreams tent at the Charity Block Party on Adams Street right after Mile 14 near Whitney Young High School.