Support the Dream Team at Bike the Drive

The weather is getting warmer, and it’s starting to feel nice to step outside. Do you know what that means?

It’s time for Bike the Drive!

The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Lake Shore Drive closes to cars bright and early to prepare for many bikers’ favorite ride of the year. Bicycling magazine recently named Chicago the #1 biking city in America, so it’s no surprise that Lake Shore Drive will be packed with bicyclists throughout the morning.

Some of those bicyclists will be riding for our very own Dream Team. Center for Independent Futures participants and community members will be biking the drive, but they need your support!

Our community is biking to raise funds to support the Center for Independent Futures mission: creating innovative service models that support individuals with disabilities and their families to live full, independent lives. The Dream Team has a goal to raise $10,000, and you can help them get there!

How to Help the Dream Team

The team is busy biking and training for this big event, and we’re all getting excited. To support the team, visit our Bike the Drive Crowdrise fundraising page. You can donate online in support of whichever team member you choose — or you can support the team as a whole.

If you’re interested in riding with the team, reach out to the office to find out how to sign up and when to arrive. During this special event available just once a year, the opportunity to have a great time biking and support a wonderful community is a guaranteed fun day.

To learn more about the Dream Team and how to support our riders, contact Niki Moe at nmoe@independentfutures.com or (847) 328-2044.

Preview Live Auction Items for SPARK 2018

Two women dancing at past SPARK after live auction.Each year, our community comes together for an evening of celebration. As our New Futures Initiative and Full Life Process are spreading across the country, we have a lot to be proud of this year. Join us in celebrating with an evening of live music, live auction, dancing, delicious food, and great friends on Friday, April 27th

Play Heads or Tails with Glamour Glasses

Just like in past years, we will kick off our evening with a game of Heads or Tails! If you haven’t played before, this game is an exciting group game where everyone tries to guess whether heads or tails will be flipped. If you guess wrong, you’re out! The game is played until all but one player has guessed wrong, leaving just one person standing. The winner will receive a night’s stay at the luxurious Fairmont, Chicago, dinner at Boeufhaus, and tickets to the Goodman Theater.  Glamour Glasses will be available for purchase during silent auction bidding at SPARK.

Win Silent Auction Items

There will be a wide selection of items available for bidding in our silent auction. From theatre tickets to brewery tours, there are exciting options for anyone. You will be able to preview the silent auction items on Gesture, an auction bidding app, starting on April 23rd. We are busy putting together awesome packages and can’t wait to share these with you!

5 Incredible Live Auction Items

We have five fresh and exciting live auction items available for you to bid on during the evening’s program. Whether you’re a big music buff or someone itching to experience iconic Chicago culture, you will find something for you.

First, we have a truly once in a lifetime experience to offer: visit South Africa for 6 days and 6 nights. During this trip, your lodging and meals will be paid for, as well as two chances to go on a photo safari.

Next, for music lovers, we have a three concert package. Win two tickets to Ed Sheeran, Elton John, and U2 throughout the coming year. Use these tickets for yourself and a friend or gift them to someone you love. What you do is up to you, but you won’t want to miss out on these three opportunities.

There are few holidays more legendary in Chicago than St. Paddie’s Day. That’s why we are offering you the opportunity to experience St. Paddie’s Day like you never have before with a ride on a boat as they dye the ChicagoPhoto depicting a live auction package for St. Patrick's Day. River green. You will also ride on a float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, complete with a VIP package to dinner at the Irish Fellowship Hall, a gift card to Lizzie McNeill’s, and a stay at the luxurious Swissotel.

 

Baseball fans, this one’s for you! Win two tickets on Southwest Airlines to Arizona for spring training. Included in this package is a four-night stay at a two bedroom condo in the warm southwest.

Finally, you have the chance to own an original reproduction of Monet’s “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge,” painted by Center for Independent Future’s very own Rob Larson. This priceless painting will look beautiful on any wall.

Get Tickets to SPARK Today!

Find tickets online and RSVP today! Be sure your seat is reserved for a starry night in beautiful downtown Evanston at the Hilton Orrington.

Counting Down to Bike the Drive 2018

Chicago’s bikers are getting special treatment on Lake Shore Drive in just 53 short days! On May 27, the city is shutting down Lake Shore Drive to all vehicles for bikers to ride between the Museum of Science and Industry to Bryn Mawr on what we all hope will be a gorgeous Sunday. Bike the Drive 2018 is a wonderful opportunity to experience a piece of Chicago that most of us don’t get to see very often.

Past Dream Team poses for group photo prior to Bike the Drive 2018Center for Independent Futures Dream Team is riding again this year! Many of our bikers are riding to raise funds to support our mission: creating innovative service models that support individuals with disabilities in living full, independent lives. Like past years, you and your friends have the thrilling opportunity to ride alongside our vibrant community of bikers. All you need to do is register for Bike the Drive.

Once you have signed up for Bike the Drive 2018, you can make yourself a member of our fundraising team through CrowdRise, a site that hosts fundraisers for nonprofits. Signing up is easy, but if you need any help, please reach out to us.

Want to participate, but know biking isn’t really your thing? You can donate to Center for Independent Futures’ team directly, or you can donate to the account of one of our participants on CrowdRise.

The most unique bike ride of the year awaits — register today and then add yourself to our CrowdRise as a member of Team Center for Independent Futures!

For more information about this event, email Jeff Morthorst or call our Evanston office at (847) 324-2044.

Reach Your 2018 Goals with Team CIF

Every mile of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a chance to test your strength and achieve a dream. For runners on Team CIF, those miles mean Chicago Marathon Team CIF runner in front of Chicago skylineeven more.

As an official member of the Chicago Marathon’s Charity Program, Center for Independent Futures offers guaranteed race entries for runners who pledge to raise funds and awareness for individuals with disabilities and their families. Since 2007, Team CIF has raised over $100,000 by running for possibilities.

When you join Team CIF, you’ll become part of a community that values all dreams and will provide you with one-on-one support along your path toward a dream of your own. During your weeks of fundraising and training, you’ll engage with our dedicated staff, meet Center for Independent Futures community members, and see the difference your efforts are making. To read more about the benefits of being a Team CIF runner, click here.

The 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is Sunday, October 7. Registration is open now, and guaranteed entry spots are limited. Contact Elizabeth Male today at (847) 328-2044 or emale@independentfutures.com to join Team CIF for the race of a lifetime.

Four New Additions to Something’s Cooking

Participants experience Something's Cooking and the delightful foodSomething’s Cooking is less than a month away. From a different venue to more featured restaurants, we can’t wait to show off all that’s new for November 12, the fourteenth annual edition of this fall favorite.

Four Updates to Something’s Cooking in 2017

  1. New venue: join us to explore the beautiful and historic Woman’s Club of Evanston. This fully accessible, two-story building offers room for enjoying food from fifteen restaurants alongside bars featuring local breweries and distilleries. And, in the stunning ballroom…
  2. Live music! Arts of Life’s Van Go Go, a collaborative of musicians with and without developmental disabilities, will be playing their signature blend of reggae, roots rock, and funk. We’ll make room for dancing!
  3. Exciting raffle prizes: Buy at least one ticket for this year’s raffle for your chance to win one of two packages. First, you could enjoy “A Night Out on the North Shore,” including dinner at Boltwood, tickets to Music Theater Works, and a stay at the luxurious Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast ($650 total value). The second raffle prize lets you enjoy your favorite tastes from Something’s Cooking all year long, with a collection of gift cards from our participating restaurants ($300 total value). You can buy your raffle tickets at the event or online ahead of time, and you don’t have to be present to win.
  4. New restaurants and breweries: This year, our line-up includes newcomers FEW Spirits, LuLu’s, Revolution Brewing, Sketchbook Brewing Company, Table to Stix Ramen, Temperance Beer Co., and Yeero Revolution. They’ll be joined by returning favorite restaurants and bakeries. To see a full list, click here.

    Purchase Your Tickets Today!

    Executive Director Ann and Board co-chair Jeff smile at Something's Cooking.Tickets are on sale now for Something’s Cooking, November 12, from 3-6 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Evanston.

    All funds raised at Something’s Cooking benefit Center for Independent Futures’ mission to support individuals with disabilities and their families to access all the opportunities of a full life. To get involved in Something’s Cooking by volunteering or donating items to the silent auction, contact Niki Moe at (847) 328-2044.

Marathon Approaches for Team CIF

On October 8, Team CIF will head to the starting line of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. They’ll represent Center for Independent Futures on the course to raise funds for the hopes and dreams of individuals with disabilities. Race day represents the culmination of months of hard work and dedication.

How to Help Our Team

  • Help them reach their team fundraising goal of $10,000 by visiting this link and clicking on the red button that says “Donate to this Fundraiser.” You can also support individual runners from their fundraising links at the bottom of the page.
  • Send a note of encouragement to our runners! Email Elizabeth at emale@independentfutures.com to share any messages that you would like to have passed on to the team. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and that you’ll be rooting for them on race day!
  • Cheer on the team with the Center for Independent Futures crew on race day! Every year, participants, staff, and supporters gather on the course at the Charity Block party, a mile that celebrates the community organizations involved in the marathon. The cheering squad enjoys breakfast and cheers on the runners as they pass. To join the group for this fun and inspiring morning, email Elizabeth at emale@independentfutures.com.

If you have any questions about how to support Team CIF, contact Elizabeth at emale@independentfutures.com or (847) 328-2044.

Dream Team Conquers Bike the Drive

On Sunday, May 28, the Center for Independent Futures Dream Team woke up before the sun rose. By 5:15 a.m., they were at the office, ready for the first leg of their journey into the city for the MB Bike the Drive.

During Bike the Drive, our Dream Team and thousands of other bikers took over Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, which was closed to cars for the event. The skyline on one side and Lake Michigan on the other perfectly framed miles of open road. The cyclists who rode with the team included participants, staff members, and other community members, some of whom rode for the sixth year in a row. Two father-son duos rode this year, along with three staff members and three members of our Auxiliary Board.

The ride set off from Chicago’s iconic Buckingham Fountain, where the Dream Team headed north. The trip to the end of Lake Shore Drive was nine miles, and many riders continued on their bikes all the way back to Evanston.

Bike the Drive 2017 may be over, but you can still support the riders by helping them reach their fundraising goals. To support the Dream Team, visit their fundraising page at this link. You can donate to the efforts of individual riders by clicking on the photos at the bottom of the page, or support the entire team by clicking on the orange “Donate to this fundraiser” button. Thank you to our team and all who supported their efforts to ride for hopes and dreams.

To see more photos from the event, click here!

Training is Underway for Team CIF

Past team member Lucille holds arms out in victory after completing Chicago Marathon
Past team member Lucille holds arms out in victory after completing Chicago Marathon

On October 8, nine members of the Center for Independent Futures community will collectively run over 230 miles to support hopes and dreams. That day, Team CIF will join 45,000 runners to take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon while raising funds and awareness to support individuals with disabilities and their families.

Over the next four months of training, our runners are making their miles count. To honor the hard work our runners will undertake on this journey, you can support Team CIF by helping them along the way to their fundraising goal. Visit this link and click on the red button on the right that says, “Donate to this fundraiser.” You can also visit the runners’ individual fundraising pages by clicking on names listed below.

All of the funds raised by Team CIF help Center for Independent Futures continue creating innovative solutions for individuals with disabilities and their families. To learn more about supporting Team CIF, contact Elizabeth Male at (847) 328-2044 or emale@independentfutures.com. Thank you for helping our dedicated team run for possibilities!

Team CIF 2017
Nick Connell
Richard Koenig
Sharon Koenig
Megan Madigan
Elizabeth Male
Pattie O’Leary
Alexandra Swift
Alyssa Thiem
Taryn Westra

Support Team CIF by clicking here!

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