PADS is an organization committed to ending and preventing homelessness in DuPage County. We will prepare and serve a lunch meal for 35-65 people. To prep and cook an entire meal, we can use anywhere from 8-10 volunteers.
You don't need to stay until 6:00 if you can't, but please try to be there until 3:00 to help prepare and serve the food. That's when we need the most help.
We had popcorn, chex mix, veggies w/ ranch dressing, cottage cheese with peaches, tacos (soft and hard shell) w/ fixins', spanish rice, nachos, cream of broccoli soup, ice cream, and cookies! Also brought 2 bags of ice, 2 gallons of milk, and 6 2-liters of soda.
The tacos were very popular. 15 pounds of meat was enough, but needed more than 72 taco shells. Soft shells were much more popular than the hard shells. The Spanish rice took a lot longer to cook that the boxes said it would, so needed to get that started cooking sooner and also it might have helped to put it in several smaller pans than 1 big pan.
The nacho cheese was a big hit. Could have used more than just the 1 big can. Used 3 heads lettuce, 2.5 blocks of cheddar cheese, 4 cans black olives. Forgot tomatoes for the tacos but no one asked for them. The cucumbers and green peppers were popular veggies. Needed another jar of jalepeno peppers (only brought 1).
Please indicate your meal choices when you sign-up. And please RSVP by February 16th. Thanks!
For the suite, we had the usual assortment: meat/cheese/crackers, salsa/chips, other chips (Potato and Dorito's), fruit (grapes), veggies (brocolli, celery, tomatoes)/dressing, pop (Coke, Diet, Root Beer, Sprite -- Coke and Root Beer were most popular), water (came with about 60 bottles, all went!), preztels, candy (M&Ms, Reese's, Miniatures), and honey roasted peanuts. Sub sandwiches were also donated by the Bradley Circle K. We had the suite *before* opening session (5-7:30pm) and pretty much ALL the food got eaten. And the rest was eaten after Friday's activities. Definitely a good suite.
Forum was low key, but kept moving. We had the same handout as last year to prompt questions. Larry also did 10 minutes on insurance at the start. A little dry, but good info. The CK'ers definitely perked up during the Q&A.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc. (BNPCFI) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, President. The foundation is named in memory of her eight year old son, Barrett "Bear" Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer.
Every year Bear Necessities has a gala ball to raise funds. The event includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, and a raffle. They need a lot of help with this event. Members have helped in the past and have had a lot of fun.
There are two shifts for this project. The first shift is from 9AM-5PM. Tasks during this shift include set-up which will be putting together goody bags, table set-up, silent auction security, those types of general tasks.
The second shift is from 4:30PM-12:30 AM during the actual event. Tasks include registration, greeters, rafle sales, live auction spotters, etc.
Volunteers tasks and exact times will be determined based on how many people sign up. When you sign up, please indicate your desired shift and whether you can stay for the whole time. The volunteer coordinator will then contact you with details about your assigned task.
Signup deadline is Monday February 12.
RECAP: This project was a lot of fun. We worked the silent auction tables, watching the items and checking the bid sheets. Kathy worked the tables with patient art, paintings made by the the kids. Kim and Julie worked the entertainment table, which was a lot of gift certificates, such as for restaurants and bars. The auction was very busy before and after dinner and during dinner we got to rest and watch the live auction and speeches.
Action Items: Julie – Fax form to Bear Necessities Contact Laura to see what Spectrum said about letting us do something with the kids
Kristin – Call Salvation Army and Habitat. I think Habitat will wait until it's warmer, but maybe there will be something with Salvation Army that we can do in March. Possible Arbor Day/Earth Day with Springbrook Nature Center.
Charlie – Contact Rebuilding Together for date options DesPlaines has historically worked on this, and Palatine does sometime, too. Might be able to do a Division 8 interclub. Northern IL food bank for june
Kim – Look into the Humanitarian Service Project making the birthday party boxes project from her list.
Michelle – Finalize FV photo shoot dates Possible Easter egg hunt with WINGS kids.