For more than 140 years, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS) has been implementing programs that nurture and protect children, strengthen families, and enhance communities. Based in Oakbrook Terrace, the nonprofit also works to build futures for those who have experienced trauma by providing a variety of services including foster care, adoption, and preventative programs that keep children safe with their families.
It’s a worthy cause that embraces our Western Suburban community with hope and innovative solutions to the challenges impacting children and families.
And it’s with hope in mind that LCFS invites families to its fall-themed Harvest Festival fundraiser on October 25 at City Winery in Chicago.
“The Harvest Festival provides the opportunity to celebrate a legacy of service that goes back almost 150 years and brings attention to our current focuses, such as foster parent recruitment and addressing inequities in the foster care system that affect youth and families of color,” says Michael Bertrand, LCFS President and CEO.
The 30th annual event encourages participates to “plant seeds and harvest hope” for foster children. The evening will feature an open bar, dinner, dancing to the Scott Hamilton Band, and a live auction. Attendees can purchase a specialty fall cocktail in a take-home light-up glass, participate in a Heads or Tails raffle to win a designer purse stuffed with gift certificates, and purchase a leaf off the Giving Tree to win the corresponding prize. Proceeds from the evening plant the seeds that bring services, hope, and brighter futures to at-risk families and foster children around the state.
An expected crowd of 200 attenders will also hear from foster mom Jillian Sawyer who says LCFS has allowed her and her husband to answer a calling on their life. “We hear too many bad stories about foster care, but we get to represent one of the good ones,” she says. “Without the services LCFS provides, we couldn’t do what we are doing.”
Harvest Festival will be held at 6:30 p.m. on October 25 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph Street in Chicago. For more information or to register, visit lcfs.org/harvestfestival.