Come To A Night at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino on September 5, 2014!

Des Plaines Community Foundation Casino FundraiserCome bet on the Des Plaines Community Foundation (DPCF) on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 11th annual and only fundraiser at the Cube nightclub at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino.

Tickets for the event are $85 per person before August 20th ($95 after) and will include appetizers, gourmet dinner by Chef William Mcllroy, open bar and entertainment.

There will be a raffle including a grand prize of $500, two second prizes including hotel stays, and three third prizes valued at $100 each. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at the DPCF website.

The silent auction items will include hotel stays, golf packages, spa and sporting events, collectables, gifts and more. Guests will also be able to take Black Jack instructional classes sponsored by Rivers Casino. You must be 21 years old to attend.

“Please help our cause by attending and/or supporting the 11th annual and only fundraiser at the new Des Plaines Community Foundation,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Foundation. “Last year more than 250 people attended the successful event and enjoyed the evening.”

Sponsorships are still available for the annual event at the $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 levels.

Alliant Credit Union Foundation is the main sponsor of the event with a donation of $3,500.

The Foundation has no paid employees and is 100 percent volunteer. Foundation is a 501c3 organization and funds are obtained from individuals, businesses, and corporate tax-deductable contributions as well as from other foundations.

For tickets to the annual fundraiser go to www.DPCharties.org or www.desplainescommunityfoundation.org or call Rosemary Argus at 847-297-4932 or 847-525-5566.

For sponsorship opportunities call Bob Lewandowski at 847-815-4356 by August 22.

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Three $1,500 DPCF Scholarship Winners Honored at Recent Luncheon

More than 20 applicants from local high schools applied for awards

The Des Plaines Community Foundation recently presented three $1,500 scholarships to local-area college students who applied to their scholarship program this June.

“We believe that helping our young adults obtain a collegeeducation is an investment, not only in the future of ouryouth, but also in the future of Des Plaines,” said Rosemary Argus, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Thescholarships will help bring a college degree within reachfor students who need it most.”

The scholarship luncheon was held at the Des Plaines-based Alliant Credit Union at 11545 W. Touhy Avenue onWednesday, August 14th.

Argus told luncheon attendees the DPCF was very excited about awarding these scholarships and certificates of achievement because this was the first year the foundation had presented the scholarship awards all on its own.

Last year the foundation granted four $1,500 scholarships in conjunction with Oakton Community College and Harper College.

The scholarship committee trustees Rich Holke, Kimberly Ball, Rick Bulthuis, Sandra Hansen and Mar-garet Polovak judged the applications based on strict guidelines and required paperwork.

Students were required to be Des Plaines residents, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and had to be applying to or enrolled in the fall semester of 2013 to be eligible.

The students were also required to provide a 100-word statement of their personal goals and a 500-word essay about how they have participated in community service or worked to support themselves or their family. A copy of high school transcripts was also required.

“We had 24 applications, which included studentsfrom Maine West, Maine East and Elk Grove HighSchool,” said Argus. “The students’ essays were justoutstanding. We have such amazing, talented anddriven students here in Des Plaines.”

The three winners of the scholarships are all previous Maine West High School students. The winners are Rahul Bharat Shah, Christina Panganiban and Sandra Reyes.

“I am honored to be chosen by the committee for this generous scholarship,” said Rahul Bharat Shah, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (UIUC) and former Maine West student. “School will start in two weeks and I can use the scholarship money for tuition and books.”

Shah is studying to be a mechanical engineer. He is also a member of the Alfa Phi Omega fraternity at UIUC, which is a service fraternity of 600 brothers providing service to people on campus, in the community and nationwide by donating time and effort to various organizations and causes. “Leadership, friendship and service are the key principles that I have begun to follow while serving my community,” he said.

Sandra Reyes, a Maine West student, wants to attend Oak-ton Community College. Her personal goal is to receive a Dental Hygiene Certificate so that she can “inform the community about how to improve their dental health.”

Christina Panganiban will be a sophomore at University of Illinois and hopes to become a Civil and Environmental Engineer. “My dream is to utilize my intelligence, determination, thirst to learn and ache to leave this world healthier than I found it and to bring about the change our earth deserves.”

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Intergenerational Discovery Tour at the Frisbie Senior Center

DPCFseniorsDespite age gaps, participants had more in common than they originally believed.

Following the Des Plaines Community Foundation’s mission statement to bring together our city’s assets to improve the lives of those who live and work in Des Plaines, members of the Frisbie Senior Center, Des Plaines Health and Human Services, Maine West Clinical Government students and the Des Plaines Community Foundation came together to share thoughts with each other, talk about personal experiences, enjoy new company, get to know each other and have lunch on June 17, 2013.

Not only did everyone — young and old — enjoy the wide-range of conversations, they learned from each other despite their age differences. In fact, they had more in common than not.

“The younger generations may not listen to the same music as mine, but regardless of your age, everybody likes some kind of music,” said Executive Director, Rosemary Argus. “That is a common ground. While this generation grew up with so much new technology coming about, mine saw the proliferation of the automobile, then television. That shows each generation has similar experiences that the other can relate to. This was just a wonderful day with people of all ages sharing their life’s experiences.”

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DPCF Hosts Volunteer Pizza Party on Maine West Campus

Without the support of our volunteers, the DPCF could not accomplish its mission.

pizza2On Thursday, May 23, 2013 the Des Plaines Community Foundation held a Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Party for all the Maine West Building Trades students. These students were those who built wheelchair ramps and decks and helped in any way asked by the Foundation.

This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Party was held at the “Homestead” on the Maine West campus. Homestead is the original house on the onion farm that became the Maine West campus. The family who owned the farm and lived there remained even after Maine West was built. Their son graduated from Maine West while living there.

After this family no longer needed the house, it had several uses and ultimately became the home of the “Life Skills” program at West. Students in this program learn how to cook, clean, take care of their laundry and many more skills needed for independent living.

Homestead is also home to the Maine West Building Trades Program. The program has a shop at Homestead, where much of the fabrication of wheel chair ramps is completed (MWBTP has built over 30 ramps in DP). The students have also completed many additions and remodeling projects on Homestead itself.

Students take great pride in showing what they have accomplished and are also very grateful for the Des Plaines Community Foundation, which purchases materials and tools for the wheelchair ramps. The hungry teens also appreciated the Dominos’ pizza, cookies and soft drinks! In fact, two alumni attended this year’s party and we look forward to even more next year. Thirty four boys and one girl attended.

From the Foundation Board, the following members were present: Past President Bob Lewandowski, Board Secretary and City of Des Plaines Health and Human Services representative Kathy Puetz, Board Trustee Pastor Chuck Reid and Executive Director Rosemary Argus.

During the party, the Des Plaines Media Services Department interviewed and filmed Paul Bartholomae, teacher of Building Trades and his students, as well as representatives of the Foundation. These interviews will be posted on Channel 17 for Des Plaines residents to view.

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IMI Cornelius Company Chooses Our Foundation for Funding

Engineer David Joyce Recommends His Grandmother’s Favorite Organization

On June 13, Rosemary Argus gave a presentation on the Des Plaines Community Foundation’s mission statement, programs and projects to representatives of IMI Cornelius Company, a global beverage dispensing and cooling equipment supplier.

She had been invited by IMI to take part in the company’s 150-year anniversary, which they celebrated by having its 15,000 employees engage in local charity work.

Each of the 300 Glendale Heights employees had recently made a local impact by donating time and money to local charities.

David Joyce, Argus’ oldest grandson and an engineer at thecompany, recommended the DPCF for funding.

Five other non-for-profits wer einterviewed and selected for funding that day and DPCF later received a check for $1,000.

To document and share Ms. Argus’ presentation, her comments were videotaped to be shown to employees in the future.

“It was honor to have been selected for funding by IMICornelius Company,” said Rosemary Argus, Executive Di-rector. “It made it even more special that my oldest grandson helped make this happen. I am very proud and thankful to him for recommending the Foundation for funding!”

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Des Plaines Community Foundation Gives Free Bike Helmets to Kids

Hundreds turn out for the Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair

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Hundreds of Des Plaines families enjoyed free activities at the sixth annual Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair on Saturday, May 18, at the Mountain View Adventure Center. As we have for the past six years, the Des Plaines Community Foundation came to fit children for free bike helmets. Every year 100 bike helmets are given free ofcharge. Dr. Michael Bagby (whose idea it was, in the firstplace) and his crew of volunteers unpack the helmets andproceed to fit the children in line for the free. “This is awonderful event for families,” said Rosemary Argus, Ex-ecutive Director for the Des Plaines Community Founda-tion. “It is great to see so many families come out and weare happy that we can provide free bicycle helmets everyyear. We know the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet when riding a bike and are happy to help the children of Des Plaines.”

 

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Alliant Credit Union Foundation Supports Fundraiser and the Community

alliantWithout the support of our generous donors, the DPCF could not accomplish its mission.

At our recent Board Meeting on June 12, Rich Holke presented two checks to Board President Patrick Devereaux and Executive Director Rosemary Argus.

The Alliant Credit Union Foundation donated $3,500 as the Main Sponsor ofthe 2013 Des Plaines Community Foundation Casino Fundraiser to be held September 6 at the Rivers Casino.

They also gave $5,000 for 10 event tickets and a donation to the Des Plaines Community Foundation. “We are very fortunate to have the Alliant Credit Union Foundation in our community. They are interested in the wellbeing of our residents and our children,” said Executive Director, Rosemary Argus. “The Alliant Credit Union Foundation is generous with their time and money.”

 

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Trustee Chris Peterson Accepts Plaque Thanking DPCF for Support

DPCF-chrisOn one of his regular Tuesday stops at the Self Help Closet and Pantry, Chris Peterson, owner of Corporate Coach, accepted a plaque of gratitude on behalf of the Des Plaines Community Foundation.

Chris Peterson serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Des Plaines Community Foundation. He also is in charge of the Foundation’s volunteers who drive the elderly and disabled who call the Foundation’s hotline for help.

Chris, himself, has spent hundreds of hours driving Des Plaines residents to medical appointments — on the day of the award, he was picking up groceries and supplies for home bound individuals.

The Des Plaines Community Foundation recognizes the Self Help Closet and Pantry of Des Plaines as a great asset for Des Plaines residents; every year the Foundation makes a large contribution to the Pantry.

“Earlier this year, the Des Plaines Community Foundation presented the Self Help Closet and Food Pantry with a$5,000 donation,” said Executive Director Rosemary Argus.“Over the years, we have donated more than $25,000 to the Self Help Closet and Pantry.”

 

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Come To A Night at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino on September 6, 2013!

Des Plaines Community Foundation Casino FundraiserCome bet on the Des Plaines Community Foundation (DPCF) on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 10th annual and only fundraiser at the Cube nightclub at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino.

Tickets for the event are $85 per person before August 20th ($95 after) and will include appetizers, gourmet dinner by Chef William Mcllroy, open bar and entertainment.

There will be a raffle including a grand prize of $500, two second prizes valued $400, and three third prizes valued at $100 each. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at the DPCF website.

The silent auction items will include hotel stays, golf packages, spa and sporting events, collectables, gifts and more. Guests will also be able to take Black Jack instructional classes sponsored by Rivers Casino. You must be 21 years old to attend.

“Please help our cause by attending and/or supporting the 10th annual and only fundraiser at the new Des Plaines Community Foundation,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Foundation. “Last year more than 250 people attended the successful event and enjoyed the evening.”

Sponsorships are still available for the annual event at the $2,500, $1,500 and $500 levels.

Alliant Credit Union Foundation is the main sponsor of the event with a donation of $3,500.

The Foundation has no paid employees and is 100 percent volunteer. Foundation is a 501c3 organization and funds are obtained from individuals, businesses, and corporate tax-deductable contributions as well as from other foundations.

For tickets to the annual fundraiser go to www.DPCharties.org or www.desplainescommunityfoundation.org or call Rosemary Argus at 847-297-4932 or 847-525-5566.

For sponsorship opportunities call Bob Lewandowski at 847-815-4356 by August 22.

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Fundraiser a Success!

Rosemary Argus, Deborah duVair and Margaret Polovchak at a night at the Rivers Casino.

Rosemary Argus, Deborah duVair and Margaret Polovchak at a night at the Rivers Casino.

RIVERS CASINO EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR DES PLAINES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

In September of 2012, the Des Plaines Community Foundation held its 9th annual fundraiser at the Cube night club at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino.

“The Foundation raised more than $27,000—twice the amount that was generated last year,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Foundation. “We thank all the donors and Des Plaines businesses that supported us and helped make this year’s event such an amazing success.”

The sponsors included: Alliant Credit Union Foundation; Orange Crush, LLC; the Lewandowski Family; Illinois Tool Works/Fastex of Des Plaines; BMO Harris Bank; Albrecht Enterprises Inc.; Preferred Capital Funding, and Rivers Casino.

More than 250 people attended the event which included appetizers and a gourmet dinner by Chef William Mcllroy, the Director of Food and Beverage at The Rivers Casino, an open bar as well as entertainment by Ann Marie. There also was a raffle and a silent auction.

“This is our one and only fundraising event for the year, so save the date of Friday, September 6, 2013 for this year’s 10th annual Casino event,” said Argus. “For every $1 we receive, the Des Plaines Community Foundation provides $12 of service to our residents. We are able to do this because we are all volunteers.”

The Foundation raises funds to identify, link and mobilize assets to support the service programs of the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership Programs whose activities improve the lives of those that live and work in Des Plaines.

“We also are looking to add more people to our network of volunteers,” said Argus. “As we grow as an organization and during these hard economic times it is important that we get more people to volunteer their time for the Foundation.”

Some of the programs include: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program Committee; Healthy Community/Healthy Youth Program Committee; Intergenerational Program Committee, and Seasons of Service program Committee.

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