CCO’s Back-to-School Bash was a huge success! Many CCO staff and volunteers worked hard to make the event fun and motivating for our families.
Once again the Cat in the Hat MC’ed the festivities and gave away some Dr. Seuss books. Eddie Bocanegra from the documentary, The Interrupters, encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles they encounter. His words were encouraging and inspiring. We enjoyed the performance art provided by Kuumba Lynx, a local youth movement that brings dance, poetry and positive motivation to their audiences. Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association not only gave away new backpacks but have been gathering and shopping for them for weeks! Thank you! The face painting station was packed with excited children. Every school aged child chose a gift from the toy give away table. We were glad to see 46th Ward Alderman, James Cappelman attending the event and joining in on the fun.
Three hundred delicious Ann Sather’s sandwiches were provided by Alderman Tom Tunney for families to enjoy. Representative Jan Schkowsky provided the funds to purchase Pizza Hut pizza’s for our shelter guests and Tony, Store Manager for Lawrence Pizza Hut donated 20 more! Once again, Senator Heather Stearns generously donated money to purchase shoes for everyone of CCO’s school age children! The Wilson Yard Target provided CCO with bottled water and juice boxes for the event.
We want to say a special thank you to all our volunteers. The First Romanian Baptist Church of Chicago’s Outbreak graciously helped serve treats at this years event. Volunteers from Jesus People USA Evangelical Covenant Church distributed toys and ran the face painting station.
So many wonderful donors and volunteers worked together to make this Back-to-School Bash the very best yet! Thank you so much!