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Meeting: April 24, 2018

Selected Charity: Center for Independent Futures

Nominated by Karen Berkowsky

Center for Independent Futures is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live full and more independent lives by creating sustainable solutions through community living options, personal networks, and lifelong planning and education.  Each plan is tailored to support individuals and families.  Our donation was made in memory of Karen Berkowsky's brother, Arnie Schumer.  It was used to establish a scholarship in his name to offer financial assistance to people needing the services of Center for Independent Futures. An anonymous donor is matching all donations to the Arnie Schumer Scholarship Fund up to $25,000, meaning our donation has already been doubled!      

Nominated Charity: Cradles to Crayons

Nominated by Robin Bright

Cradles to Crayons provides support for children ranging from newborns through age 12.  These children live in homeless or low-income situations and are provided with essential items  including diapers, school supplies, clothing, and toys.  All items are provided free of charge.

Nominated Charity: Best Futures, Inc.

Nominated by Bari Kozin

Best Futures, Inc. has the mission to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to move forward: living, working, and contributing in their community.  It operates the cafe at the Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park. 

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Arnie Schumer

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