2018 Annual Benefit

2018 Annual Benefit
2018 Annual Benefit 2018-04-19T09:52:47+00:00

Kenilworth Union Church members and friends are invited to gather for the Annual Benefit fundraiser in support of 40 benevolence agencies supported by the Church.

The evening begins with a social hour when guests will mingle while enjoying wine and appetizers. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a wine cork pull when they may purchase a ticket to receive a randomly selected bottle of quality wine. 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: Breakthrough, Crusher’s Club, and Haven Youth and Family Services.


Invitation ♦ Raffle ♦ Donation


Friday, April 27
6:30 p.m.
Michigan Shores Club
911 Michigan Avenue
Wilmette, Illinois

Dinner, Live Auction,
Raffle, and Wine Cork Pull

Complimentary Valet Parking

Online Ticket and/or Donation

(Online purchases close on Mon., Apr. 23 at 5 p.m. Please call 847-251-4272 for further assistance.)

Print Invitation
Add the Annual Benefit to Your Calendar

♦ Featured Agencies ♦


Breakthrough Video


Breakthrough demonstrates the compassion of Christ by partnering with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity. Breakthrough is intentionally located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago’s west side and each year serves over 5,000 individuals through initiatives that focus on housing, education, health and wellness, workforce development, violence prevention, and spiritual development. In partnership, Breakthrough residents of East Garfield Park are revitalizing a community and pursuing individual and collective transformation.
Read liaison Diane Rand’s blog: Deeply Impact People’s Lives


Crushers Club Video


Since 2013 over 350 youth have attended Crushers Club, including over 90 who have been justice involved. The program also serves those who are at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. By mimicking the gang model and utilizing boxing and music versus drugs and guns, Crushers Club redeems the highest risk boys and young men residing in the Englewood and West Englewood communities. Crushers serves our mission, to be the strongest alternative to gangs by providing the support and skills needed to restore their lives and rebuild their communities. We have employed over 90 youth since opening our doors and keep up to 25 youth at a time employed to provide ownership, a daily purpose, and a sense of belonging!
Read liaison Jeff Schneider’s blog: Crushing Poverty of The Soul


Haven Youth and Family Services Video


Haven Youth and Family Services has fostered mental health of youth and their families in the community for over 40 years. As a small group of licensed counselors and social workers, Haven provides in-office individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents and adults who reside in the North Shore. Students in area schools also receive in-school psychoeducation provided by Haven workers on topics such as “College 101,” “Stress and Anxiety,” or “Healthy Relationships.” When a family is in crisis, Haven assists families in resolving the issue 24-hours a day. Haven never turns a family away due to their inability to pay, and prides itself upon being a safe place for teens and their families while they navigate through adolescence.
Read Maureen Kebo’s blog: Haven Youth and Family Services

♦ Giving Opportunities ♦

Wine Cork Pull

Donate to the Wine Cork Pull in three ways:

• Give from your private collection:
Contact Carol Ducommun or Cris Guthrie
• Call Schaefer’s wine department directly 847-677-9463
• 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

Don’t miss these opportunities to bid on items ranging from travel to sporting events, fine dining, and artwork.

Online View Coming Soon



Two First/Business Class Certificates
(PN class valid in US 48 states/Alaska/CentralAmerica/
Canada/Caribbean/Mexico FMV $1,800 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 and are valid for one year after date of issuance. Customer 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.

Online Raffle