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.

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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.”

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Foundation and Local Businesses Provide Thanksgiving for Needy Residents

Thanksgiving day dinner recipient Martin Schur chats with NHN volunteer Candee Cole. Cole and Marcus McLeese delivered dinner and dessert for the Schur family.

Thanksgiving day dinner recipient Martin Schur chats with NHN volunteer Candee Cole.
Cole and Marcus McLeese delivered dinner and dessert for the Schur family.

The Des Plaines Community Foundation, T-Bob’s Smoked Bar-BQ, 1165 S. Elmhurst Road, Sysco Foods Chicago and Panera Bread in Metropolitan Square worked together in November of 2012 to provide and deliver Thanksgiving Day dinners. As a result, more than 80 families, seniors and people with disabilities had a very happy Thanksgiving.

According to Argus, the list of people served at Thanksgiving consisted of Des Plaines residents who request assistance by calling the Neighbors Helping Neighbors hotline at 888-646-8898. Pastor Chuck Reid, of Bethesda Worship Center, contacted Des Plaines Ministries, asking for the names of elderly and/or local
people with disabilities who were going to be alone on Thanksgiving.

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Maine West Students Work With The Foundation And ‘Shed’ Light on a Better Community

Paul Bartholomae (far right) and his Building-Trade students construct a storage shed with vinyl siding for a Des Plaines resident. Sheds are the newest offering by the Maine West Building-Trade students and are available for residents to purchase.

Paul Bartholomae (far right) and his Building-Trade students construct a storage shed
with vinyl siding for a Des Plaines resident. Sheds are the newest offering by the Maine
West Building-Trade students and are available for residents to purchase.

Since 2006, Maine West High School Building-Trade students have touched the lives of residents, young and old, with various challenges, noted Argus.

“Utilizing their construction skills to build ramps, decks, picnic tables, and paint houses, and during winter even helped shovel snow for those with various challenges,” Argus said. “They have come to the aid of many residents that needed assistance.”

The newest offering to Des Plaines residents is an 8-by-10-foot yard storage shed covered with vinyl siding. The cost is about $1,800 and the profits from the shed will be used to continually fund the Maine West student programs.

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Foundation Supports United Airlines Fantasy Flight to North Pole

The Des Plaines Community Foundation supported United Airlines’ Fantasy Flight this past Christmas season. United Airlines and the Starlight Foundation gave ill Chicago-area children a Fantasy Flight to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. 

The “Chicago United Fantasy Flight” departed O’Hare International Airport at 11 a.m. on December 1, 2012.  The Fantasy Flight was flown by professional United Airlines flight crews and flight attendants using an overnight aircraft.

Foundation trustee Rich Holke, Alliant Credit Union and Rosemary Argus before she boarded the Fantasy Flight to the North Pole at the United Airlines terminal.

Foundation trustee Rich Holke, Alliant Credit Union and Rosemary Argus before she
boarded the Fantasy Flight to the North Pole at the United Airlines terminal.

Rosemary Argus was on that flight. Her boarding pass read: ‘United Airlines Fantasy Flight, Gate B5; Seat 9E; Destination: North Pole.

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Seasons of Service: One Person Can “Make a Difference”

Alexandra Salaiza, a Maine West High School student interning with the Health and Human Services Division of the City of Des Plaines, partnered with the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership’s taskforce and Neighbors Helping Neighbors in her effort to make a difference.

Alexandra Salaiza, a Maine West High School student interning with the Health and Human Services Division of the City of Des Plaines partnered with the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership’s taskforce and Neighbors Helping Neighbors in her effort to make a difference.

Alexandra Salaiza, a Maine West High School student interning with the Health and Human Services Division of the City of Des Plaines partnered with the Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership’s taskforce and NeighborsHelping Neighbors in her effort to make a difference.

The mission of the taskforce is to promote service projects and activities throughout the year. Alexandra’s “Make a Difference Day” project was to coordinate a Sock Drive to benefit those in need.

Through a collaboration of collection sites—Maine West High School, Frisbie Senior Center, Des Plaines Public Library, Des Plaines Park District and City Hall—Salaiza was able to collect 236 pairs of socks. All proceeds were delivered to Catholic Charities and the Self Help Pantry.

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Four $1,500 Scholarships for Local College Students

The Des Plaines Community Foundation will sponsor four $1,500 scholarships to local area colleges.

“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 of the students who need it most.”

Last year the Foundation granted four $1,500 scholarships to Des Plaines-based students. Check www.desplainescommunityfoundation.org or call Rosemary Argus at 847-297-4932 to apply.

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$10,000 Donated to Local Pantries

The Des Plaines Community Foundation recently presented the Self Help Closet and Food Pantry with a $5,000 donation.

The Foundation also presented Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry as well as the Elk Grove Township Pantry with donations of $2,500.

To date, the Des Plaines Community Foundation has donated $26,000 to the Self Help Closet & Pantry, and an additional $15,000 to other local pantries.

The Foundation board members also volunteer their time to collect donated paper goods for the Self Help Closet & Pantry. As part of the Seasons of Service Committee, Foundation members and volunteers collected paper goods (towels, diapers, etc.). The Des Plaines Community Foundation also donated $250 to buy additional paper goods.

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Local Business & Not-For-Profit, Charity Donate Thousands to the Foundation

At the January 9th board meeting, the Des Plaines Community Foundation was fortunate to be presented with two checks. Eckhard Blaumueller, president of the Society of Danube
Swabians of the USA, recently presented the Foundation with a check for $5,000.

“The Danube Swabians have supported our Foundation for the past several years and have been very generous this year, donating $5,000 to the Des Plaines Community  oundation,”
said Argus. “We are fortunate to have such an outstanding organization located in the City of Des Plaines. We appreciate their kindness.”

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Casino Fundraiser a Success!

Lisa Moylan, Rosemary Argus, and Mayor Martin Moylan attend the 9th annual Casino Fundraiser for the Des Plaines Community Foundation.

Recently, 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 twice the amount as we did 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 a success.”

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