By Chris Cole, Outreach Committee Co-Chair

On April 29, Kenilworth Union members came together as “A Murmuration of Hope” at the annual Outreach benefit at Michigan Shores Club. Thanks to their generosity and the donations of others, the event raised $216,000, enabling Kenilworth Union to continue supporting the 40 not-for-profit agencies it partners with.

The funds raised from the benefit contributed to a total of $558,000 which has been distributed as grants to the agencies. As a result, thousands of people throughout Chicagoland will receive essential services relating to education and childcare; emergency services; health care; and community services.

Special thanks go to Benefit Chair Julie Danilek who coordinated details of the event emceed by Taylor Cole, including a wine cork pull, live and silent auction, raffle, and paddle raise. The Josselyn Center, Sarah’s Circle, and Bottom Line were highlighted at this year’s event.

We also extend gratitude to the Outreach Committee as well as the following individuals: Kitty Bliss, Betty Cittadine, Chris Cole, Tom Danilek, Lynn Donaldson, Carol Ducommun, Mignon Dupepe, Bill and Kathy Evertsberg, Joel Fox, John Funch, Bill Graham, Cris Guthrie, Michelle Gutowski, Kevin Kemp, Lydia Morrissey, Ryan Oimoen, Wil Oimoen, Joan O’Neill, John and Julie Peterson, John Sharp, Sallie Smith, Julie Smolucha, and Sandy Wells.

Opportunities to donate or volunteer for our Outreach agencies are available all year. For more information on Outreach, please visit the Outreach page or contact Chris Cole or Mike Revord.