HAVE DREAMS HAPPENINGS                                       August 2016

Cambridge Ignite Raises $45,000
for Have Dreams

On August 10th - 13th, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. held its Ignite annual conference in Chicago with over 1,800 in attendance. Each year, Cambridge selects a local charity - based in the city where Ignite is held - as a way to give thanks to the local community. This year, Cambridge selected Have Dreams as its designated charity, donating over $45,000 to Have Dreams from various fundraising events including a 5K Fun Run/Walk and a silent auction.

Have Dreams is honored to be Cambridge Ignite's selected charity. We'd like to thank Erin O'Hara, who introduced Meade Whitaker of Crampton Planning Partners in Park Ridge to Have Dreams. Meade nominated Have Dreams to Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., who selected Have Dreams as its charity beneficiary. Thank you Erin and Meade and everyone who attended Cambridge Ignite and so generously donated to Have Dreams!


Awakening the Autism Entrepreneur
One-Day Workshop in Chicago

     9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on September 16th OR 17th   

Grand Hall – St. James Commons
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
65 E. Huron St., Chicago

If you have ever thought about starting a business to employ people with autism, this one-day workshop is for you! Entrepreneurship holds the key to providing gainful employment to many individuals with autism. Awakening the Autism Entrepreneur is the first workshop of its kind in the Chicago area.

This workshop is for individuals with autism and related disabilities, parents and siblings of individuals with autism and related disabilities, and local service providers. $15 registration fee – boxed lunch provided for pre-registrants. For more information and to register, click here.

Facilitated by Tom D’Eri, Co-Founder/COO of Rising Tide Car Wash/Rising Tide U; Tom Sena, CFO of Rising Tide Car Wash/Rising Tide U; and Dr. Michael Alessandri, Executive Director of University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. This workshop is underwritten by Have Dreams.
Golf Classic a Success!


We could not have asked for nicer weather for the Have Dreams Golf Classic on Monday, August 8th! Seventy-two golfers enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at the Itasca Country Club raising $19,000 through various on-course challenges, as well as a silent and live auction.

Thank you to the sponsors for their generous support and all of the golfers who joined us on the links. A special thank-you to our Golf Committee: Tony Bowers, Bill Cook, Kim Denkewalter, Nick Duric, Dale Seaberg, and Mike VanSlambrouck for their hard work in bringing back the Have Dreams Golf Classic and organizing this wonderful event!


Register Now for Fall Programs

Have Dreams programs start on September 6 and run through December 12, 2016 (Have Dreams Academy runs August 29 through December 16). Have Dreams offers a number of programs that focus on developing social, communication, and independent living skills at every age and across the entire autism spectrum. See our website and email info@havedreams.org for more information on the programs listed below.

Pre-K, Youth and Teens:
  • Social Skills (elementary school age and up)
  • Wee Dream (18 months - 7 years old)
  • Tech Club (ages 8 - 22)
  • Teen & Young Adult Clubs
  • Independent Living Skills (pre-teens and teens)
  • Career Launch: Your First Job (simulated work experience program for high school students)
Adults (18 years and older):
  • Life SCILS - Social, Communication & Independent Living Skills (post-high school)
  • Have Dreams Academy (workforce training and career development)
M Burger and Whole Foods
Fundraisers for Have Dreams

Mark your calendar for these upcoming dates!

Thursday, September 29, 2016
M Burger Have Dreams Kick-Off Event
3654 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL

Have dinner at M Burger from 5 - 8 p.m. when 25% of all sales will go to Have Dreams!

October 1 - 31, 2016
M Burger Have Dreams Shake-of-the-Month
3654 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL

$1 of each Have Dreams shake sold will go to Have Dreams - stay tuned for the special flavor that our Life SCILS participants will choose!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Whole Foods 5% Day for Have Dreams
All Evanston & Park Ridge locations & 6020 N. Cicero in Chicago

A total of 5% of the day’s net sales at these locations will be donated to Have Dreams - be sure to shop at these locations on October 25th!

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Make a Donation:

Have Dreams is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible.


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In This Issue:

Cambridge Ignite Raises $45,000 for Have Dreams

Awakening the Autism Entrepreneur Workshop:
September 16th or 17th

Golf Classic a Success!

Register Now for Fall Programs

M Burger and Whole Foods Fundraisers


Have Dreams aspires to help children, teens and young adults with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently and socialize so that they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities.

Have Dreams

515 Busse Hwy
Suite 150
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Phone: 847.685.0250
Fax: 847.685.0257

2020 Dempster
Evanston, IL  60202
Phone: 847.905.0702
Fax: 847.905.0684



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