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One for the Kids was established in 1993 by a group of concerned individuals who wanted to make a difference. Our first event was held at Old Oaks Golf course and raised a few thousand dollars. Since that time we have raised over $600,000 for several different charities. All our charities benefit children of the Chicagoland area and our main contribution each year is made to Special Children’s Charities of Chicago.
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Partner Charities

Special Children's Charities of Chicago is the fundraising organization of Chicago Special Olympics. Special Olympics provide a competitive forum for thousands of special athletes here in Chicago every year. Both were founded in 1969 for athletes competing in everything from gymnastics to tennis, basketball to track and field.

Benton Community Settlement is a not-for-profit settlement home that has operated for over 90 years with many children's programs but few funds. The programs offered include, but are not limited to: Summer Day Camp, Kiddie Time (pre-school program), Begin again Moms, Father & Son Floor Hockey and Storytime.

The Heart Institute for Children, founded in 1987, is dedicated to clinical excellence, education and research in the field of congenital and acquired heart disease in children and young adults. Clinical care includes the latest and the most advanced technology. Research is directed towards clinical cardiology as well as basic molecular biology.

 

Special Children's Charities

OUR DONATIONS HELP OTHERS

Special Children's Charities of Chicago is the fundraising organization of Chicago Special Olympics. Special Olympics provide a competitive forum for thousands of special athletes here in Chicago every year. Both were founded in 1969 for athletes competing in everything from gymnastics to tennis, basketball to track and field.

Benton House

BENEFITING CHICAGO FOR OVER 100 YEARS

Benton House is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing social services for the Bridgeport community in the city of Chicago for over 100 years. Benton House continues its tradition of community services today as it evolves with the community of Bridgeport located on Chicago’s South Side. They are 100% staffed by volunteers and all their staff actually reside at Benton House itself. This residency model makes their programs and connection to the community so unique. They are able to be on call at any hour to assist the community they have been amerced in.

Their programs include After-school programs, Youth Technology Coop, 26 Lab, Sound Alternative Class, and Urban Gardening. They also began the Bridgeport Food Pantry, which is housed out of the Benton House Gym building every Friday and feeds over 1/3 of Bridgeport families. They host senior programs in the afternoons for local seniors to get out and play bingo, take exercise classes, and make music. Benton House has a it all and has new programs in development all the time.

The Heart Institute for Children

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE, EDUCATION, AND RESEARCH

The Heart Institute for Children (THIC) has treated children with heart disease in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. THIC has recently been named one of the top 50 pediatric cardiology programs in the nation. This is due to the efforts of the many nurses, staff, cardiologists and pioneering accomplishments of reknowned surgeon, Dr. Michel Ilbawi and his team. Research and education has been generously supported by the patients, families, and friends of THIC. This has led to the development of The Heart Institute Research Foundation in 2010. The foundation's mission is to support research, education and philanthropy related to pediatric cardiology in hopes of continuing the THIC tradition to serve the children of Chicago with heart disease.

One Family Per Year
ONE LOCAL FAMILY

2014 Host Family “The Wilmot Family”

This year our host family is the Wilmot's from Chicago's Southside. Dan Wilmot, a Marist Alumni, was a hardworking Electrician at Meade Electric. Before having a family Dan served his country in the Air Force, retiring with the rank of sergeant. He was a man who juggled a packed schedule of school events, coaching sports, and multiple jobs; but always put his family first. Dan was 46 years old when he died of a fatal heart attack. Dan's wife, Chris and two children, Jake and Jenna, were left unprepared for a life without their father. OFTK, heard of the Wilmot's situation and knew we needed to help this family into the future.

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