HAVE DREAMS HAPPENINGS                                       February 2016

You're Invited:
Night of Dreams
20th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Radisson Blu Aqua, 221 N. Columbus Drive Chicago

Help Have Dreams celebrate its 20 Year Anniversary at the 8th Annual Night of Dreams Gala! Join us as we honor Michelle and Robert Smigel, creators of the Night of Too Many Stars biennial benefit for autism on Comedy Central, with the 2016 Dream Maker Award for their incredible support of autism services across the nation. Chicago Sun-Times film critic and 'Good Day Chicago' co-host Richard Roeper will emcee the evening. Proceeds benefit Have Dreams' programs and services for children, teens and young adults with autism.

Incredible live auction items will include tickets to the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards and an exclusive tour of Bordeaux wine country. And don't forget our raffle of a luxurious and relaxing Aruba get-away for two! Invitations will be arriving in mailboxes soon. Click here for ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities or contact Bobbi Goldman at bgoldman@havedreams.org or 847-685-0250, ext.


Register Now for
Film & Multimedia Summer Camp!


For: 10-20 year olds with high functioning autism 
When: August 1 - 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Have Dreams, 2020 Dempster St., Evanston
$450/week; $400/week if sign up by April 18th

Now in its third year, this popular camp sold out in 2014 and 2015 and we anticipate that it will sell out again this year! Specifically designed to support students on the autism spectrum, this camp offers a highly structured and supportive group film making experience with an emphasis on social skills and collaboration to create a finished movie. Over the course of the week, students learn acting, directing, camera work, video editing, script writing and green screen special effects. See www.havedreams.org/tech-skills for more information and behind-the-scenes videos! Sign up today!  Contact Dana Fenceroy at dlabrose@havedreams.org.


Registration Now Open:
Run for Team Have Dreams
in the Chicago Marathon
Run for Team Have Dreams in the Chicago Bank of America Marathon on October 9, 2016.

Guaranteed Entry by signing up with Team
Have Dreams.

Sign Up by April 12, 2016 and we'll cover 100% of your $185 entry fee.

Free training through CARA for all levels of runners
Click here for more information including numerous benefits and incentives!

When you run for Team Have Dreams in the Chicago Bank of America Marathon, you are helping over 150 children, teens and young adults in the greater Chicago area learn to socialize, communicate, and gain independence.
Last year, 31 phenomenal runners raised $48,000 for Have Dreams with help from their families, friends and colleagues. Now in our 8th year as a Chicago Marathon participating charity, Team Have Dreams runners have collectively raised over $225,000 for much-needed autism services. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. - help make a difference by running for Team Have Dreams! For more information, see 
www.havedreams.org/team-have-dreams or contact David Murray at dmurray@havedreams.org.


Have Dreams Golf Classic:
Chasing the Dream! 

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Monday, August 8, 2016
Itasca Country Club, 
400 E. Orchard St., Itasca, Illinois
Join us for a fun day on the links at the Have Dreams Golf Classic at the beautiful Itasca Country Club in August! Shotgun start will be at 12:00 noon with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Click here for sponsorship opportunities and registration.

Have Dreams Receives $20,000 Garden of Goodness Grant from Astellas USA Foundation

Astellas Cooking Class Fall 2015

 Have Dreams participants and families learned to cook nutritious meals through a healthy eating initiative established through a grant from Astellas USA Foundation last year. With this new, recently awarded $20,000 grant from Astellas USA Foundation, participants will also have the opportunity to grow and harvest their own vegetables and herbs from an outdoor Garden of Goodness.

Have Dreams recently received a $20,000 grant from Astellas USA Foundation to provide Have Dreams participants the opportunity to cultivate an outdoor vegetable and herb garden. A year-round autism-specific curriculum will help participants increase their healthy eating habits by learning how to plant, maintain and harvest the garden, prepare vegetables and herbs they grow themselves and incorporate these and other healthy foods into their daily diet. With this Garden of Goodness Healthful Harvest initiative, Have Dreams and Astellas USA Foundation aim to improve the health and well-being of participants by promoting healthy eating habits and to combat obesity. To read more about the grant and how it will help Have Dreams participants, click here

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Founders Share Memories of 
Have Dreams' Beginnings


Have Dreams' original founders recently gathered at our Park Ridge location to share stories of Have Dreams' beginnings. These stories will be part of a special video to be shown at the Night of Dreams 20th Anniversary Gala on April 30th at the Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago. After the Gala, we'll also post the video to YouTube. Thank you to our Have Dreams' founders for all they have done for Have Dreams over the years! Founders pictured above toasting Have Dreams; from left to right: Joe Wilkins, Gil Fergus, Carol Moy, Kris Johnsen, Peggy Gilger, Patti Bonk and Andy Bonk.

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


In this Issue...

20th Anniversary Gala

Register Now for Film & Multimedia Summer Camp

Run for Team Have Dreams
in the Chicago Marathon

Have Dreams Golf Classic

$20,000 Garden of Goodness Grant from Astellas USA Foundation

Founders Share Memories of Have Dreams' Beginnings


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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