Area Events to Support Charities

Many of the charities supported by the United Protestant Church hold their own fundraisers such as galas, races and golf events and awareness events.

Save the date! April 20th marks our Spring Social (Justice!) event, celebrating Curt’s 12th Anniversary. Come celebrate with us from 4:00-6:00 PM at either café location.

During this event you will have an opportunity to learn about “a day in the life at Curt’s” while enjoying drinks, hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by our very own kitchen staff and students.

Register for the event today.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

 Fight Hunger 5K / Fun Run

April 27th, Oak Brook Reserve

2815 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 

From now until January 31st, you can save $15 off the full price adult registration fee – no code required.

This year, participants can choose between a chip-timed 5K or a shorter route covering just over a mile. As always, the event promises an unforgettable experience with both routes leading to the much-anticipated post-race festival featuring lively music, food trucks, giveaways from our sponsors, and an engaging Kids Zone.

NEW this year

·       Fun Run option spanning just over a mile.

·       The first 1,500 registered participants will receive a reusable HydraPak SpeedCup for use on and off the course, provided by our “Golden Grocer Sponsor”, ALDI.

·       An interactive Kids Zone featuring the Windy City Game Theater, Chicagoland’s Largest Indoor Gaming Truck, a “touch-a-truck” with our community workers, a photo booth station + more!

·       Complimentary beer or non-alcoholic option from our friends at Revolution Brewing and a $2 voucher to be used at one of the Food Trucks.

·       Overnight option at the Hyatt Lodge Friday, April 26th – the night before the race. Enjoy the heated pool, hot tubs, restaurants, and amenities, then walk to the start line on race day!

·       Athletico Physical Therapy will be providing free pre / post-race stretching for attendees.

·       Plus, more!

NIFB’s team will be continuously adding to the Fight Hunger fun! Click “going” on the event’s Facebook page to stay up to date on the Fight Hunger 5K + Fun Run details and announcements.

Recruit your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues and register today to take advantage of the early bird pricing! No code required. Visit for more details about the race, to learn about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities and to register.


Feed My Starving Children Spring Gala

Saturday, May 4, 2024 • 6–9:30 p.m.
Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace IL

You’re invited to join FMSC for a powerful evening that will leave you inspired, challenged and invited into the transformational work to feed God’s children — in body and spirit.

Watch a Gala promo video

Hear powerful stories of courageous faith in action. Celebrate the work God is doing, and the work He calls us to — together.

  • Bid on unique live auction packages and enter to win raffle packages.
  • Shop at FMSC MarketPlace.
  • Hear from FMSC food partner, Maisha Project. Learn more »
  • Give to feed kids.

Event details

  • Location: Drury Lane (100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL)
  • Time: Doors open 6 p.m. Program with plated dinner, 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Attire: Semi-formal
  • Dinner: Included with registration. All meals include dessert, coffee, salad and choice of entree. 

Register to attend, see the full menu, learn more about the speaker and preview the auction and raffle packages at the FMSC website.

2024 Book Lovers’ Lunch

Support Bernie’s Book Bank’s mission while enjoying lunch, networking, and hearing from New York Times best-selling author Lisa Barr.


Lisa Barr is the New York Times bestselling author of Woman on Fire, the Unbreakable, and the award-winning historical thriller Fugitive Colors. She has served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today’s Chicago Women and Moment magazine, and as an editor and reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has appeared on Good Morning America and Today for her work as an author, journalist, and blogger. Actress Sharon Stone is set to produce and star in the film adaptation of Woman on Fire.




The 5th Walk As One Chicago will be on Thursday, June 6th, 2024.

In partnership with ESPN Chicago, David Kaplan, and Bernie’s Book Bank CEO Darrin Utynek team up to raise funds in support of Bernie’s Book Bank.  We’re headed back to Chicago in 2024! Stay tuned as the route and stops are announced! Contact Christina Holt to become a 2024 sponsor.

Walker registration is now open! Register below and help create pathways through pages. 



Join Bernie’s Book Bank for a great day on an exclusive course for a fantastic cause. Learn how you can support our mission to create pathways to success through book ownership and empower children to explore new ideas, gain knowledge & strengthen reading skills while enjoying these top-tier Chicagoland courses. 


Merit Club (5/6)

Captain-Tad Render

Twin Orchard Country Club (6/12)

Captain- Mark Cukier

The Club at Wynstone (7/29)

Captain- Jeff Schmitz

River Forest Country Club (8/12)

Captains Vijay Bhagavan, Megan Learned, & Emily O’Brien



Birdies & Books is the longest-running fundraising event for Bernie’s Book Bank. This signature event affords players a meaningful and exclusive golf experience at the prestigious Shoreacres. Sponsorships help Bernie’s Book Bank create pathways to success through book ownership. Birdie’s & Books will be held on August 26, 2024, see you on the course!

Contact Christina Holt to become a 2024 sponsor.

See the website for sponsorship levels.



 Bernie’s Book Bank is a proud beneficiary and charity partner for the Patrick Mannelly Award, celebrating the best college Long Snappers in the country. The 6th Annual Patrick Mannelly Award will be on Saturday, December, 14th, 2024! Stay tuned as updates are announced.

With shared values of excellence, integrity, effectiveness, teamwork, and balance, both the Patrick Mannelly Award and Bernie’s Book Bank aim for the award to be recognized by the National College Football Awards Association, which recognizes 25 awards on an annual basis. Recognition will not only acknowledge the incredible college Long Snappers, but it will also provide an opportunity for national awareness of Bernie’s Book Bank, which has the potential to benefit so many children.

Grayslake Lions Club

Grayslake Lions Coffee

The Grayslake Lion Club has an ongoing fundraiser selling ground or whole bean coffee delivered right to your door.  It is 100% Arabica coffee made in small batches, roasted in the Midwest.  They have light, medium and dark roast levels plus decafs from Guatemala and Brazil.  Each 12oz bag is $15 and our organization receives a commission for each sale.  Feel free to order directly at our website: GrayslakeLions | Javajiveroasters or find us at the Grayslake Farmers Market in the Spring and Fall of 2023 or contact a Grayslake Lion directly at [email protected].

Project Linus

Gurnee Sit n’ Stitch

1st and 3rd Wednesday
10:00 AM – Noon
McDonald’s, 6380 Grand Ave (Rt. 132), Gurnee, ILL, 60031
Enjoy a fun morning of blanket making and conversation. They will have a yarn and fleece exchange on the 3rd Wednesday.  Grab your current project and meet at  McDonald’s in front of Gurnee Mills .

Blanket Day

Second Saturday of odd numbered months
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
1133 Pfingsten, Northbrook, IL
Join the fun at the Gloria Dei Church for a day of blanket making. We usually have 60-80 blanketeers sewing Kids Helping Kids squares, knitting and crocheting beautiful afghans and tying the fringe or crocheting edges on fleece blankets. We process between 600 – 1000 blankets at each meeting. There is usually a table full of fabric and yarn where the price is right – FREE! Of course, please stay as long as your schedule allows. Bring a bag lunch if you want to stay through lunch. Drinks and sweets are always ready to keep you full of energy. Just for fun, we have a table of small door prizes which are given out throughout the day. It is a wonderful day of making new friends, chatting with old friends and learning new techniques. It is always fun to see the other blankets that people create. Such talented blanketeers we have! Reservations are a must so call Judi at 847-498-3987 or email her at [email protected]. Hope to see you there!