Chicago’s Best Baker Contest!

On Saturday, October 20th amateur bakers from all over Chicago competed at the first-ever Chicago’s Best Baker Contest. All proceeds from this fun event went to the families and single adults sheltered at Cornerstone. Over $2,500 was raised and a lot of delicious desserts were tasted. Those who purchased tastings and raffle tickets made this generous contribution possible. Thank you!

Congratulations to every who baked! Thank you to everyone who attended.
The list of winners in the categories of pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, bread, international, and showstopper appear below the photo gallery.

Here is the list of the winners in each category:

Chicago’s Best Bread Baker is Benjamin Holland!
Second Place Winner-  LeAnne Bennion
Third Place Winner –  Sara Witt

Chicago’s Best Cake Baker is Madeline Rocker!
Second Place Winner – Carolyn Berard
Third Place Winner – Meredith Chiarelli

Chicago’s Best Cookie Baker is Lori Szudarek!
Second Place Winner – Meredith Chiarelli
Third Place Winner – Sarah Hilz

Chicago’s Best International Baker is Luke Lusk!
Second Place Winner – Sabrina Markvaldas
Third Place Winner – Carolyn Berard

Chicago’s Best Pastry Baker is Audrey O’Shannah!
Second Place Winner – Luke Lusk
Third Place Winner – Emma Rosenthal

Chicago’s Best Pie Baker is Maria Del Favaro!
Second Place Winner –  Luke Lusk
Third Place Winner –  Judine O’Shea

Chicago’s Best Show Stopper Baker is Meredith Chiarelli!
Second Place Winner – Deanna Stegal
Third Place Winner – Sarah Hilz

Congratulations, everyone!

 

Sweet Fundraiser

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Seven year-old, Parker Graning, couldn’t believe some children are homeless and he decided to help. He worked with friends and family to set-up a hot chocolate stand that raised $1,000 for the children sheltered at CCO.

It was a pleasant surprise the day Parker came to the shelter to deliver the money he had raised selling apple cider and hot chocolate. The friendly fundraiser was promoted by everyone who participated and the final earnings were “matched” to create the $1,000 donation. Thank you Parker and your generous friends and family!

We are really grateful and encouraged by Parker’s desire to help children at CCO who are homeless. We shelter nearly 150 children with their parents, at any given time. We are privileged to work alongside the families who come through our doors to find permanent housing. While families are sheltered with us, we are grateful to offer tutoring and after-school assistance through Chicago Hopes for Kids.

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Team CCO at the Shuffle Expo!

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Check out the Team CCO booth at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Expo! If you’re headed to the Expo don’t forget to stop by our booth and learn more about how Team CCO is helping to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Chicago!

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k is this Sunday. It’s not too late to make a financial donation. Visit CrowdRise to choose a Team CCO runner and make a donation that will help alleviate homelessness and hunger in Chicago. Thank you!

Special thanks to nine3nine Creative for the awesome design and setup!

Team CCO Charity Tent

It was an outstanding year for the Team CCO Charity Tent at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Volunteers offered drinks, food and encouragement to Team CCO runners. Enjoy the Charity Tent Album! And it’s not too late donate. Go to CrowdRise, our charitable fitness donation platform. All donations go to CCO!

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AmazonSmile

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Cornerstone Community Outreach is a registered charity with AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a way you can financially support CCO, at no cost to you. Go to www.smile.amazon.com and be sure to choose CCO as your charity! Millions of Amazon items are eligible and 0.5% of your total cost goes to CCO, and there is no limit to how much Amazon will give.

Cornerstone’s link to share with friends is http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3670992 .

Happy Shopping!

Make Dine Out Plans!

CCO Dine OutMake plans to dine out tomorrow! CCO is hosting its first ever dinner fund raising event. “An Extra Helping for the Homeless” is a fun way to support homeless services and help alleviate hunger in Chicago. Tomorrow, July 22 participating Chicago restaurants will be donating 5-25% of their meal tabs to CCO. This will be at no added cost to the diner.

Check out the list of participating restaurants here. Please note that Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s require you to bring a flier. The link to the flier can be found next to the store logo or click here for Giordano’s Flier or here for Lou Malnati’s Flier. Just print and dine!

Thanks for supporting CCO in this new and exciting way!

Read our Article on DNA Info!

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On July 22, CCO is hosting a dine out fund raising event at participating restaurants across Chicago. Adeshina Emmanuel, DNA journalist, wrote about the “Extra Helping for the Homeless” benefit. Read his article here.

If you haven’t already made plans to dine out on July 22 choose from the growing list of restaurants supporting Cornerstone Community Outreach. From 5 – 25% of your dining tab will be donated to CCO at no added expense to the diner. Take your family out for a delicious meal and help alleviate hunger and homelessness in Chicago!

Watch the Team CCO Video!

Team CCO from Cornerstone Community Outreach on Vimeo.

Learn more about Team CCO, our charitable fitness team! Why do fitness fanatics and everyday folks run for us? Find out, by watching Team CCO’s video!

We Have A Winner!

Shamrock Shuffle Winner!

Juniper Escue is the proud winner of an ipod shuffle. She is the top Team CCO Shamrock Shuffle fundraiser under 18. June has raised a total of $850 for CCO!

Great job and congratulations, June!

Does charitable fitness sound like something you’re interested in? Check out the options here. You won’t regret it!