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January 25, 2022

2022 Outreach Benefit

Written by: Julia Smolucha

Better is also teaming up with Kenilworth Union Church in support of all 40 of our Outreach agencies by matching up to $10,000 in donations to Outreach. To double your impact to all of these deserving nonprofits, please consider contributing to the Outreach Fund via this Matching Challenge donation form. You are also invited to attend the annual Outreach Benefit on Friday, April 29; you can buy your tickets below.

The 22nd Outreach Benefit Invitation

Kenilworth Union Church
22nd Annual Outreach Benefit
Friday, April 29, 2022
Michigan Shores Club
6:30 p.m.

RSVP deadline is Friday, April 22

Click here to purchase benefit tickets and United Raffle tickets, or to donate to the wine cork pull and the Outreach Agencies.

Click here for invitation and response card pdf.

On April 29, the Outreach Committee will hold an in-person benefit at Michigan Shores Club in support of Kenilworth Union’s Outreach agencies. The Outreach Chair, Julie Danilek explains Murmuration, the theme of this year’s Outreach Benefit in this video.

Murmuration from Mignon Dupepe

Murmuration refers to the phenomenon that results when hundreds of starlings fly in swooping, intricately coordinated pattern through the sky. This exquisite shift and movement in unison is called a “critical transition”. Quite a compelling metaphor as we navigate these challenging times of isolation, illness, and unrest. We too have a desire for others to swoop in and provide support, lift us up, and help us feel connected as a community.

May we come together as a faith community to celebrate and be uplifted by a murmuration of hope. As we move forward in a glorious synchronized wave alongside our fellow church family, may we be part of something significant, exquisite, and beautiful.

40 Outreach Agencies Supported

Minute for Outreach by Mary MacGregor, Outreach Committee Member at Kenilworth Union Church. The benefit will be held on Friday, April 29 at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette. I’m sure many of you may be questioning why we are talking about holding a benefit while still confronting the coronavirus. We decided to do this because the positive impact of fellowship engendered by a live benefit for this deserving cause was an important consideration for us.[…]

Featured Outreach Agencies

Minute for Outreach by Julianna Harris, Outreach Committee Member at Kenilworth Union Church. Sarah’s Circle has been serving women for thirty years, and is not only a well-established agency, but one of the few remaining agencies focused on comprehensive services for women who are homeless. Sarah’s Circle is one of our featured agencies this year.

Minute for Outreach by Jon Van Gorp, Business Committee Member at Kenilworth Union Church. Bottom Line Chicago strives to address educational equity gaps by helping first generation students in low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate, and successfully launch their careers. Bottom Line advisors, partner with students to make well-informed choices that will help them carve pathways towards their journey through college and beyond.

Minute for Outreach by Mary Womsley, Josselyn Center Board Member. Josselyn is a nonprofit community health provider offering a full range of affordable, effective mental health services including therapy, psychiatry, case management, art therapy, and employment support. Our vision of providing mental health for all ensures cost is not a barrier to receiving mental health treatment and support. We work with every client to ensure access to care regardless of income and insurance, including a sliding fee scale based on eligibility. Josselyn serves more than 3,600 low-income Chicagoland residents, a number that grows each week.

Two First/Business Class Certificates Raffle

Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold: Upon online ticket purchase Kenilworth Union Church will email your raffle ticket numbers. The ticket(s) with your contact information will be placed in the raffle bowl. Ticket sales will also be available at the Benefit. Prize will be drawn at the Benefit. Winner need not be present to win. If you need further information, please email Michelle Gutowski.


Click here to purchase United Raffle tickets.

Two (2) Electronic Travel Certificates valid for Business/First PN-Class round-trip travel to/from destinations served by United or United Express between US48 States, Canada/Alaska/Caribbean/Mexico/Central America.

(not valid in Hawaii)

Booking travel must be done on Certificate redemption is based on availability of the booking class designated. Certificates are valid for 12 months from the start date listed on the certificate.  Certificates are not valid for flights operated by other airlines. Certificates are not designated for travel on a specific date or to a specific destination. See Terms and Conditions for full details. The retail value of the two certificates is $5,450 USD.

Wine Cork Pull Donation


Click here to donate to the Wine Cork Pull.

Give a monetary donation and we will purchase wine for a donation on your behalf.

To give from your private collection please contact Cris Guthrie.

We are looking for donations of bottles valued at least $40. Your prized wines will make the Wine Cork Pull even more exciting.

Please donate your bottles by Friday, April 15.

Wine Cork Pull sales are only available the night of the Benefit.