Everyone knows how many people work hard to pull off a huge Carnival fundraiser. Publicity, creating games and securing awesome stuffed toys/prizes and fab caterer George Jewell was both fun and rewarding. Bringing in celebs, player jerseys, Judith Ripka jewelry and the always popular dining certificate at Petterino's added to the festivities.
Overall, helping the homeless through Renaissance Social Services was the true prize. Thank you to my favorite carnival hawker, all my interns, friends who bought sponsorships/tickets and a HUGE round of applause for Rob Stafford and Allison Rosati. Thank you Rob for shedding the light on ending homelessness and Allison for always cheering us on, lending advice and smiles. Thank you to all the board members, young professional members and all the RSSI staff who worked the games. Hearing "Arthur" thank RSSI for being recognized as "Client of the Year" was the tear-filled moment that reminded everyone why we were there.
Leading up to the event, our team raised an additional $2,000 at World Homeless Day mini promotions at local businesses. A big shout out to supporters Pork Chop and Chicago Bagel Authority, as well as FlyGirlDance Zumba studio, Playground Improv theatre and The Hair Loft Salon. And a huge thank you to AOII sorority at DePaul and many other students (including Loyola and Northwestern as well), plus the DePaul professors who helped our initiative. Our logo and t-shirt was designed by a DePaul graduate, proudly worn by all. Special kudos to our superstar team--Lilly, Rachael, Kelsey and Hannah. And appreciation to Splash, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Ann Gerber/Skyline and Chicago Defender for featuring and covering our events.
Let's joing together to end homelessness for good in Chicago! Please support Renaissance Social Services all year round. This past summer, we were a month-long featured charity by Chicago Sport & Social Club. Join RSSI's young professionals group or get involved with the charity board. We can't say enough good things about this charity that we have worked with for two years.
(PHOTOS: Rob Stafford with Party Chair, Chicago attorney Robin David and Allison Rosati with RSSI Carnival hawker David and Louise Edwards PR).