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NYE Ballroom Blitz 2011

This New Year's Eve, join RedEye and the Hyatt Regency Chicago for an event to remember! NYE Ballroom Blitz 2011 will take place at the Hyatt Regency downtown Chicago from 8:30pm-1:30am on December 31. Ticket price includes: · Premium Open Bar · Buffet Stations (available 8:30pm-11pm) · Entertainment: Chicago band — 7th heaven… Read more »

Making Middle School Matter

  In 1991, I was a 6th grader at St. Mary's Elementary School in Providence , Rhode Island. During the second half of the school year though, my mother moved to a new city and I began attending a public school for the first time. It was here that I learned to play… Read more »

Our Work in Education: Northwest Suburban United Way

  A few weeks ago was my 10-year high school reunion.   After getting over the initial shock that I graduated high school 10 years ago, because really it only feels like 5, I started to think about all the things I've accomplished in those 10 years.   The highlights include: getting my… Read more »

Homelessness on the Rise for Chicago’s Youth

In the wake of deep budget and program cuts, in conjunction with the current state of the economy, non-profits across the nation are experiencing overwhelming need that many are unable to meet. According to a recent article in Chicago News Cooperative, an estimated 3,000 Chicago homeless youth are in need of shelter each… Read more »

Give Back to your Community by Enjoying a Meal

When you think of giving back to your community, a delicious meal is not the first thing that comes to mind, but on December 12-13, it's as easy as that. Ruby Tuesday is joining teams with Northwest Suburban United Way (NWSUW) to help give back to the community. Visit Ruby Tuesday, bring… Read more »

Volunteer with Kelly Hall YMCA

The season is about giving back and YLS's volunteer committee makes it easy to do so. The committee has helped organize two great events with the Kelly Hall YMCA that offer rewarding and impactful ways to give back. Kelly Hall YMCA is also the recipient of the split-the-pot raffle for YLS Festivus.… Read more »

It’s Festivus Time

Kick off this season right and sign up for our year-end YLS Festivus today! When: This Friday, Dec. 2 (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Where: Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph RSVP: Click here to buy your ticket today! Last year's holiday party was the first event for many YLS members. Their first opportunity to meet some… Read more »

YLS Spotlight: Pawel Kaczmarek

Pawel Kaczmarek is a member of the YLS special events committee. Along with the rest of the committee, he is finalizing the details for Friday's YLS Festivus at Hotel Allegro. Read on to learn more about YLS' signature party, what connects Pawel to YLS and why he "works" for fun. Why did you… Read more »

Northwest Suburban United Way Continues Tradition

Submitted on behalf of Jessica Lesniak, Marketing and Communications Specialist at Northwest Suburban United Way. Spirits soared as Northwest Suburban United Way held their fourth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinners. The dinners took place simultaneously on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. When the clock struck 5 p.m., community guests and their family members made their… Read more »

Our Work in Education: United Way of DuPage/West Cook

  Submitted on behalf of Laura Olson, Fundraising Manager at United Way of DuPage/West Cook. This season, United Way invites you to give the gift of education to local school children in our partner agency programs. When you give to New Year. Bright Future., kids 0-5 receive quality childcare, family support and early… Read more »