HAVE DREAMS HAPPENINGS                                       May 2016

You Are Invited:
Have Dreams Golf Classic - 
Chasing the Dream!

Join us for a fun-filled day on the links, where golfers can chase the dream of a great round of golf while supporting Have Dreams in its ongoing mission of Helping Autistic Voices Emerge!
Monday, August 8, 2016
Itasca Country Club, 400 E. Orchard St., Itasca, IL
  • Golf Classic (Scramble Format) & Silent Auction
  • Registration: 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m.
  • Shotgun Start:  Noon
  • Cocktails, Buffet Dinner and Program to Follow
We would love to have you join us for this fun day on the links - for registration and sponsorship opportunities, click here!
CorePower Yoga in Park Ridge Hosts Have Dreams Donation Class

     Join Us!   


Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

Yoga Sculpt with Doreen

CorePower Yoga
Park Ridge Studio: 991 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, IL

   $20 Suggested Donation   

Come on out for a fun Yoga Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga in Park Ridge and give a donation to help Have Dreams! Yoga Sculpt boosts metabolism and builds lean muscle mass as you move to upbeat tracks. For more information, contact stephanie@level4yoga.com or visit the CorePower website or Have Dreams' website.


Team Have Dreams:
Chicago 5K & Half-Marathon
We have filled all our entries for the Chicago Marathon, but we still have openings for the Chicago Half Marathon or 5K on September 25, 2016. Fundraise $500 for Have Dreams by running the Half Marathon or $250 by running or walking the 5K. You will receive 10% off of your registration fee by signing up with Team Have Dreams (just complete the Team Have Dreams Commitment Form FIRST to receive your charity code then register for the Half Marathon or 5K). Joining Team Have Dreams helps children, teens and young adults impacted by autism and comes with great benefits like:
  • Complimentary Pasta Party
  • Have Dreams Dry-Fit t-shirt
  • Runner bag with energy gels, ice packs, sunscreen, water bottle, socks, and more
  • Incentives for top fundraisers
  • Bi-monthly e-mails that contain important updates, training and fundraising advice, inspirational quotes and articles

See why so many of our runners join us year after year by visiting our Team Have Dreams website to sign up or contact David Murray at dmurray@havedreams.org.


Register Now for Summer Programs

  Summer After-School SCILS
(Social, Communication &
Independent Living Skills)  

Having fun at Have Dreams' Robotics and Computer SCILS program.

The Summer Session for After-School SCILS programs is June 6 - August 13 for children, teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. Programs are offered at either our Park Ridge and/or Evanston locations. All programs are 10-weeks long, occur weekly and are 1.5 - 2 hours long. Contact Dana Fenceroy at dlabrose@havedreams.org to register for the following programs:
  • Robotics & Computer Program
  • Social Skills
  • WeeDream (18 months - 7 years old)
  • Teen & Young Adult Club
  • Independent Living Skills

  Career Launch: Your First Job &  
  Have Dreams Academy 

High School Career Launch participants learning how to greet customers and work the cash register at Have Dreams' onsite Walgreens training center.

The Summer Session begins in June for two of Have Dreams' popular vocational programs for young adults on the autism spectrum. Both programs are at our Evanston location. Contact Sara LaMontagne at slamontagne@havedreams.org to register for the following programs:
  • Career Launch: Your First Job is a 10-week program offering high school students a simulated  work experience that provides a bridge between school and “first time” employment. 
  • Have Dreams Academy is a 16-week workforce development program that offers a combination of training room experiences and internship opportunities for young adults to gain the skills necessary to be successful in competitive employment. Have Dreams Academy has a 90% placement rate in competitive employment!
See www.havedreams.org for more information.

Night of Dreams
20th Anniversary Gala a Success!

Night of Dreams Dream Maker Award Honorees Robert and Michelle Smigel (far left and third from left) with Have Dreams participants Maddie (second from left) and Zach (fourth from left), and Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism graduate Jordan (far right).
Thank you to the 390 Night of Dreams gala attendees who gathered at the Radisson Blu Aqua on April 30th to celebrate 20 years of Have Dreams and to honor Robert and Michelle Smigel with the 2016 Dream Maker Award for their incredible support of autism services across the nation. Robert is the Emmy Award-winning writer, whose credits include Saturday Night Live, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Chicago Sun-Times film critic and 'Good Day Chicago' co-host Richard Roeper emceed the evening. Co-chaired by longtime Have Dreams supporters Joyce and Anthony Flakus and Diane and William Johnson, the benefit raised awareness and $500,000 for Have Dreams' programming for children, teens and young adults impacted by autism. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported Have Dreams at the gala! 

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            20th Anniversary Memory           
20th Anniversary Video

Click above to watch the 20th Anniversary Have Dreams tribute video shown at the Night of Dreams Gala on April 30th.

"None of us had ever started a nonprofit before...but we knew instinctively that we wanted our kids to be a part of a community and so we have to help build that community," said Have Dreams Executive Director and founding member Kris Johnsen about the origins of Have Dreams. Watch the video above, that was shown at the Night of Dreams 20th Anniversary Gala, to hear from our founding families and board members, staff, and participants about how far Have Dreams has come and what it means to be a part of our Have Dreams family that began 20 years ago.


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Have Dreams Golf Classic:
Chasing the Dream!

CorePower Yoga Have Dreams Donation Class

Team Have Dreams:

Chicago 5K or

Register Now for Summer Programs

Night of Dreams 20th Anniversary Gala a Success!

20th Anniversary Video


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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