2019 Annual Benefit

2019 Annual Benefit
2019 Annual Benefit2019-04-19T09:18:32-05:00

Friday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Michigan Shores Club

Kenilworth Union Church members and friends are invited to gather for the Annual Benefit fundraiser in support of 39 benevolence agencies supported by the Church.

The evening begins with a social hour when guests will mingle over wine and appetizers and may participate in the wine cork pull. Dinner is provided by Michigan Shores Club. During dessert, a live auction offers opportunities to bid on items ranging from travel to sporting events.

Throughout the evening, guests can mingle with representatives of three featured benevolence agencies: The Cradle, La Casa Norte, and YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

20th Annual Outreach Benefit Invitation




Click here for a print friendly invitation.


Join Us at A Derby Party
Festive Kentucky Derby Attire is Encouraged

Friday, April 26
6:30 p.m.
Michigan Shores Club
911 Michigan Avenue
Wilmette, Illinois

Dinner, Live Auction,
Raffle, and Wine Cork Pull
Complimentary Valet Parking


Click here to order your Benefit ticket online. Online ticketing expires Friday, April 19.


After Friday, April 19: There is a very limited ticket availability. On Tuesday, April 23 please RSVP by calling Michelle Gutowski at 847-853-2004 at your earliest convenience to ensure your reservation.

Featured Agencies


Read “The Cradle a Benefit Featured Agency” Blog By Rachael Riggs-Gowe

The Cradle

Renowned as one of the foremost adoption agencies in the country, since 1923 The Cradle has helped place more than 16,000 children into permanent, loving homes. The Cradle’s typical expectant parent is age 18-28, single, in her 3rd trimester, uninsured, already parenting, and with little or no support at home to care for a newborn. Eighty-five percent of them are also low to very low income. The Cradle provides expectant parents with options counseling and emotional support via skilled social workers to empower their own, educated parenting decisions, for free, without obligation or pressure to complete an adoption plan. The Cradle provides long-term, wraparound support for everyone in the adoption circle, including expectant parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons. The Cradle is the only adoption agency nationally with an on-site Nursery, and provides online training for prospective adoptive parents and adoption professionals.


Read La Casa Norte A Benefit Featured Agency Blog By Lindy Blake Here

La Casa Norte

The founders of La Casa Norte started the organization with a basic tenet that has guided LCN’s work over the last 16 years—that when individuals work collaboratively, demonstrate empathy, cultivate mutual respect, provide access to resources and opportunity, and create a just experience for all, youth will be empowered to create change within themselves, their families and society overall. Now 16 years later, La Casa Norte has evolved into an organization with six locations and a staff of 82 dedicated professionals, serving more than 30,000 people from 43 Chicago zip codes—empowering them to move towards housing stability, financial security, and self-sufficiency.



Read YWCA Evanston/North Shore a Benefit Featured Agency Blog by Sally Campbell

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a social justice organization with an 80-year history of advocacy for women and children and service to our communities. Everything done is based on the belief that all women have the right to be safe and choose the direction of their lives. Women come in times of crisis, as survivors of domestic violence. They come for career counseling, for leadership development, and for financial literacy. More than 30,000 people in northeastern suburban Chicagoland are reached every year by YWCA Evanston/North Shore services, programs, and events. We combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in four key areas: freedom from gender violence, women’s economic advancement, racial and gender equity, and aquatics access and opportunity.

Giving Opportunities

Paddle Raise

At the Benefit there are five opportunities to give to our 39 agencies:
$2,500, $1,000, $500, $250 and $100.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Click here to donate to the Wine Cork Pull.

Wine Cork Pull

Donate to the Wine Cork Pull in three ways:

• Contact Cris Guthrie
• Give a monetary donation to Kenilworth Union Church

We will purchase wine for donation on your behalf. We are looking for donations of bottles valued at $40 or higher. Your prized wines will make the Wine Cork Pull even more exciting; significant bottles may be included in the Live Auction. Sales are only at the Benefit. Please donate your bottles by April 15.

Live Auction

Opportunities to bid on fabulous items ranging from travel to sporting events, fine dining, and artwork.

Click here to see Live Action items



Click here to order United Airline raffle ticket online.

Raffle—United Airlines Travel Certificates

Two First/Business Class Certificates
(PN class valid in US 48 states/Alaska/CentralAmerica/
Canada/Caribbean/Mexico FMV $2,100 per certificate)

  • $25 per raffle ticket
  • Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold

United Travel Certificate terms: Certificates are valid for round trip airfare on United Airlines and United Express flights only. Certificates are valid for 12 months from the start date listed on the certificate. Certificate redemption is based on availability of PN booking class. Customer is responsible for booking travel using united.com and is liable for all applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges. MileagePlus mileage will not be awarded. Other restrictions may apply, see certificate for details. Prize will be drawn at the benefit. Need not be present to win. For more information please call Kenilworth Union Church at 847-251-4272.


$250 per pew
Proceeds go to Outreach
Call Bev Lang at 847-853-2003

First Come First Serve for Easter and Christmas

  • Reserved seating for six
  • One parking space in the manse driveway

Seats held up until 10 minutes before service or Kenilworth Union Church reserves right to give away seats.

Christmas 3, 6, 9, 11 p.m.
Easter 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Click here to purchase a pew and parking.



Purchase a Rose to Play
Win Two Hamilton Tickets!

Each person will purchase a rose for a chance to win an evening for two at CIBC theater to see the Broadway hit, Hamilton. Purchase online or at the Outreach Benefit.

Hamilton Tickets are only valid May 1–4, 2019

Click here to purchase a rose to play Heads or Tails at the Benefit.


There will be prizes for the following three categories:

  • Best Dressed
  • Most Creative Outfit
  • Best Hat

Winners will receive Lettuce Entertain You Gift cards.

Shop and Support Outreach Benefit

Shop Vineyard Vines, J.McLaughlin, and Oui Madame and our Outreach Agencies will receive a percentage of the purchase when you mention KUC Outreach! Time is limited. Find out more