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A Night at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino

SAVE THE DATE: September 8, 2017

Buy Tickets Now For a Night At The Des Plaines Rivers Casino!

Come double down and hedge your bets with the Des Plaines Community Foundation (DPCF) on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 14th annual and only fundraiser at the Cube nightclub at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino.

Tickets for the event are $85 per person and will include appetizers, gourmet dinner, open bar and entertainment, the musical stylings of Victor Pacini and Daniela Tereza.

There will be a raffle featuring a grand prize of $1,000, and multiple second and third prizes including luxury hotel stays, restaurant dinners and gift cards and additional prizes valued at more than $200 each. + READ MORE...

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Foundation Awards Six Scholarships for College Students

The Des Plaines Community Foundation (DPCF) recently awarded four $1,500 scholarships to Des Plaines students. This is the fifth year the Foundation has offered these scholarships for both two-year and four-year college students.

(ABOVE) Anthony Muniz and Paul Bartholomae. Muniz from Maine West High School was the recipient of the Bartholomae award and will use the scholarship to study Fire Science at Oakton Community College. Muniz plans to be a firefighter.

(ABOVE) Anthony Muniz and Paul Bartholomae. Muniz from Maine West High School was the recipient of the Bartholomae award and will use the scholarship to study Fire Science at Oakton Community College. Muniz plans to be a firefighter.

A second annual Sadie Rosie scholarship for $1,000 was presented this year as well as the new Paul Bartholomae Scholarship award of $1,500—both targeted to high-school students for college tuition.

“We believe that helping our young adults obtain a college education is an investment, not only in the future of our youth, but also in the future of Des Plaines,” said Argus. “The scholarships will help bring a college degree within reach for students who deserve it most.” + READ MORE...

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Seasons of Service

DPCF Student Volunteers Assisting Staff at Friendship Park Conservatory

Kensey Reeves and Lacey Argus helped the Friendship Park Conservatory greenhouse staff wash thousands of flower pots during the past summer break.

Kensey Reeves and Lacey Argus helped the Friendship Park Conservatory greenhouse staff wash thousands of flower pots during the past summer break.

Three Des Plaines Community Foundation student volunteers helped the Friendship Park Conservatory greenhouse staff wash thousands of flower pots during the past summer break. The girls are Chippewa Junior High School students looking to give back to the community.

Lacey Argus, Kensey Reeves and Hailey Suwalski were happy to help out the Friendship Park staff and wash a portion of the 25,000 flower pots that are washed every year. + READ MORE...

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The Foundation Thanks Maine West Building Trade Students

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Marcos Trejo, Alfredo Swain and Angel Trujillo receive a gift certificate from Rosemary Argus and Paul Bartholomae is in the background.

The Des Plaines Community Foundation held a “Thank You” pizza appreciation party for the Maine West Building Trade students Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at The Homestead House in Des Plaines.

The Homestead House is the headquarters for the Home Maintenance Class students at Maine West High School. It is an old farm house that has been converted through the efforts of the building Trade students for life skills classes.

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The Foundation Donates Four $1,500 Scholarships to College Students

The Des Plaines Community Foundation is donating four $1,500 scholarships to local college students from Oakton Community College and Harper College. The Foundation will be giving three $1,500 scholarships to Des Plaines-based Oakton Community College Educational Foundation and another $1,500 to Harper College in Palatine.

“We believe that helping our young adults obtain a college education is an investment, not only in the future of our youth, but also in the future of Des Plaines,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation.

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The Danube Swabians Recently Presented the Des Plaines Community Foundation with a Check for $3,000

Eckhard Blaumueller, president of the Danube Swabians, recently presented the Des Plaines Community Foundation with a check for $3,000.

“The Danube Swabians have been very generous this year, donating $3500-plus to the Self Help Closet & Pantry and now another $3,000 to the Des Plaines Community Foundation,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director. “The Des Plaines Community Foundation is a non-for-profit 501c3 organization which helps the people who work and live in Des Plaines. The Foundation has no paid employees because the Foundation is all volunteers. They can provide $12 worth of services for every $1 donated.”

The Des Plaines Community Foundation through its Neighbors Helping Neighbors program provides transportation for the elderly and the disabled, young and old. The Foundation puts up wheelchair ramps (built by Maine West Building Trades students) and installs Knox Boxes for needy individuals. The Foundation also drives individuals to pantries for food, does yard work and light housework for the disabled and elderly. The Des Plaines Community Foundation has helped the poor with emergency repairs, such as broken toilets, sinks in disrepair, leaky roofs, broken windows, etc. Supplies are paid for by the Foundation, with most of the work being done by volunteers.

The Des Plaines Community Foundation has paid for safe bicycle helmets for children and paid for motivational meetings for high school students to encourage leadership skills.

This year in March the Des Plaines Community Foundation will provide four $1500 scholarships to qualified Des Plaines youths, three for Oakton Community College and one for Harper Community College.

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The Foundation Donates $5,000 to Maine Township Food Pantry

The Des Plaines Community Foundation presented Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry with an early holiday gift of $5,000 on November 22nd at the Maine Township board meeting in Park Ridge.

The $5,000 check was presented by Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation, and Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan.

“At this time of year all food pantries are pressed for help with so many people out of work,” said Argus.

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.

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.

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.

“The generous donation will be used to purchase much needed food for individuals and families in need,” said Carol Teschky, Maine Township Supervisor.

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United Airlines Foundation Presents a Check to the Des Plaines Community Foundation

Robert Argus, senior manager, United Airlines presented the Des Plaines Community Foundation with a check for $1000 from the United Airlines Foundation at a recent Board of Trustees meeting on January 11, 2012.

Robert Argus was granted this check from United because of more than 150 hours of volunteer work he provided with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program of the Des Plaines Community Foundation.

The Des Plaines Community Foundation is a non-for-profit 501c3 organization that serves the residents who live and work in Des Plaines. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program helps the disabled and elderly with transportation, yard work, house repairs, snow shoveling, etc. in order to enable them to live on their own.

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The Des Plaines Community Foundation Donates $10,000 to the Des Plaines Self Help Closet & Pantry

The Des Plaines Self Help Closet & Pantry (SHC&P), 600 E. Algonquin Road, was the recent recipient of a $10,000 donation from the Des Plaines Community Foundation, a Des Plaines based not-for-profit agency that provides support for youth, senior citizens and people with special needs and helps promote a healthy and safe community environment.

The check presentation took place in Mayor Martin J. Moylan’s City Hall Office last week and included officials from the City, the SHC&P and the Des Plaines Community Foundation. The Des Plaines Community Foundation, in an effort to provide food and clothing to those in need throughout Des Plaines, has also presented $5,000 checks to the Maine Township and Elk Grove Township pantries + READ MORE...

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The Des Plaines Community Foundation Donates $5,000 to the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry

Rosemary Argus, Executive Director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation, recently presented a $5,000 check to Elk Grove Township Officials for food supplies for the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry services Des Plaines residents, approximately 150 families, living west of Mt. Prospect Road within the Elk Grove Township boundary. Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan was on hand as the check was presented at the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.

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