HAVE DREAMS HAPPENINGS                                       March 2016

Night of Dreams
20th Anniversary Gala
Live Auction Preview
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Radisson Blu Aqua, 221 N. Columbus Drive Chicago


Join us for the 8th annual Night of Dreams Gala to help celebrate Have Dreams' 20th Anniversary! Here is just a sampling of the incredible Dreams of a Lifetime live auction items up for bid at the gala:
  • Tickets to the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on November 2nd,
  • An six-day, five-night tour of Bordeaux wine country
  • Four premium tickets to see James Taylor and Jackson Browne at Wrigley Field on June 30th,
  • A three-course tasting dinner for 10 prepared in your home by Publican Quality Meats chef AJ Walker
For more information on the live auction items, click hereAnd don't forget our raffle of a luxurious and relaxing Aruba get-away for two! Click here for ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities or contact Bobbi Goldman at bgoldman@havedreams.org or 847-685-0250, ext. 112.

Team Have Dreams:
Run for a Reason in the
Chicago Marathon on October 9th

  • Team Have Dreams has a limited allotment of Guaranteed Charity Entries available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign up to secure your spot today!​
  • Sign up by April 12th and Have Dreams will cover your $185 entry fee.
  • Receive FREE training through CARA, ideal for any runner from beginner to advanced.

Sign up to make a difference today; run for a reason with Team Have Dreams! See www.havedreams.org/team-have-dreams or contact David Murray at dmurray@havedreams.org.


Upcoming Trainings for Professionals

     Limited Spaces Available     


Have Dreams is offering two upcoming trainings in April for professionals who work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Limited space is available and registration is required. To register, click here for information and forms. Questions? Contact Lydia Wissing at lydiawissing@aol.com or 847-685-0250, ext. 111.


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Walgreens Training Center Opens Doors to Opportunities

Pictured from left: Randy Lewis, Ivette Gonzalez, Melissa Donaldson, Mark Wagner and Roberto Chavoya at the Walgreens Training Center Ribbon Cutting on July 31, 2013.

Three years ago, a unique set of doors opened up new opportunities for young adults with autism. The Walgreens Training Center, a simulated Walgreens located inside Have Dreams' Evanston location, opened its doors to training young adults with autism how to set up displays, work the cash register, stock and organize shelves and other critical retail skills. Kris Johnsen, executive director of Have Dreams, lauded the collaboration as "bringing much-needed employment opportunities for young adults with autism in our community." 

The idea for the training center began five years before its opening when Johnsen reached out to Randy Lewis, who at the time was Walgreens' senior vice president for supply chain and logistics (now retired) and known for introducing an inclusive model at Walgreens distribution centers, resulting in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities. 

A strong partnership was formed with Have Dreams and Walgreens and since then, the training center has been key to helping Have Dreams establish new young adult job training programs, including Have Dreams Academy, which has a 90% placement rate in competitive employment. This year, Have Dreams began Career Launch: Your First Job to offer high school students with autism a simulated work experience to bridge the gap between high school and "first time" employment by providing hands-on experience, job coaching and critical social and communication skills.

For information about Have Dreams vocational training programs for young adults with autism, contact Sara LaMontagne at slamontagne@havedreams.org or see www.havedreams.org/young-adult.


Chicago Charity Challenge:
Rookie of the Year Award!



Have Dreams and corporate partner Astellas Pharma US won the 2015 Chicago Charity Challenge Rookie of the Year award! The Chicago Charity Challenge (Cha Cha) is a nonprofit volunteer fundraising competition that teams businesses with charities to encourage, support and reward employees who volunteer to fundraise for their paired charity. The Have Dreams/Astellas Pharma US team won for its time and commitment to the partnership and for supporting and strengthening Have Dreams' programs.

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In this Issue...

Night of Dreams
20th Anniversary Gala:
Live Auction Preview

Run for Team Have Dreams
in the Chicago Marathon

Upcoming Trainings for Professionals

Walgreens Training Center

Chicago Charity Challenge:

Rookie of the Year Award!


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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