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Selected and nominated charities

Meeting: June 14, 2021

Thank you for giving!  

This was our 11th meeting and the third on Zoom!  We had a great turnout and thank everyone for attending and giving so generously to both of our selected charities -- Some Assembly Required and the Hunger Resource Network.

We raised a total of $15,875!


  • 52 people donated a total of $13,200 to Some Assembly Required, including $8,000 from two donors

  • 26 women donated a total of $2,425 to the Hunger Resource Network

  • 25 people donated to both charities

  • Plus additional donations of $200 for Our House of Hope Rescue and $50 for Normal Moments.  (Remember, it's NEVER too late to donate to one of our charities.)



Here Barb Pinzur (the nominator) and Sandy are with Lauren Shubs, President. Lauren is holding a phone while we are face-timing Kristen Moran, a board member, who was the co-presenter.

Selected Charity: Some Assembly Required

Nominated by Barbara Pinzur

Some Assembly Required CCU Parent Support foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established to assist families with children in cardiac intensive care units (CICU) by alleviating the financial burden of parking fees.

"By the time my son turned two, he had spent over sixteen months inpatient and had five heart surgeries - one being a transplant. With parking averaging $11-$15 a day, I knew something had to change. Parents have enough to worry about without having to think about whether or not they can afford the parking associated with visiting their children in the hospital. Their only worry should be advocating for their children’s health and loving on them while they recuperate.”

— Kristen Moran, Board Member


Some Assembly Required was founded in 2018 with a simple but easily overlooked mission -- to alleviate the parking costs associated with visiting a child in the Lurie Children's Hospital intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU).  All money donated to SAR is used to purchase parking passes for those who are inpatient with lengthy hospital stays for their children awaiting or recovering from major open-heart surgery. 

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Getting better with the love of family...and a bear!

Runner-Up Charity: Hunger Resource Network

Nominated by Sherry Brick

Hunger Resource Network is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the alleviation of hunger by making connections between those who have surplus food and those who need it. They do this currently through their Community Outreach Days and their partnerships with vendors at local Farmers’ Markets.


Founded in April 2009, Hunger Resource Network (HRN) does not serve individuals directly, but rather coordinates services through recipient agencies:

  • In partnership with corporations who share a commitment to feed the hungry, HRN has purchased chicken, canned goods, and grains at reduced prices and donated the food to over 70 organizations that serve hungry people in communities from the south side of Chicago to Lake County and west to the Fox Valley area.


  • HRN has also formed partnerships with farmers and vendors at local Farmers’ Markets to collect and distribute donated produce for many of the same area agencies.


Sandy Wagman presenting our donations to the organizers of the Hunger Resource Network. 

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Volunteers at Hunger Resource Network Community Outreach Day

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