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.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

A Taste That Matters

June 23, 2022  6 – 10 pm
Drury Lane Theater and Events, Oakbrook Terrace



Hunger Scramble Golf Outing

August 23, 2022

Cantigny Golf Club, Wheaton

A fun outdoor scramble style golf outing including on-course tastings, giveaways, and scenic views. Immediately followed by the 19th hole reception including lunch, open bar, silent auction and raffle prizes.

Soles for Jesus

Stroll For Soles

June 25, 2022

Join us for our 2nd Annual, “Stroll For Soles,” at Fox River Park in Waukesha. You can walk, roll or push a stroller in honor of the lives we are serving; and signs will be posted along the 1 or 2 mile route to help explain why shoes are so valuable in Africa.
Fun activities for kids and food trucks are also included in this fun event. Stay tuned for more info!

Curt’s Cafe

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Curt’s Cafe Annual Party With Purpose Gala to be held at the Art Center of Highland Park.

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.  Ships now or order by the end of the month for free delivery during the second week of next month. To place an order, go to GrayslakeLions | Javajiveroasters

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 Hope to see you there!

Bernie’s Book Bank





Birdies & Books is the longest-running fundraising event for Bernie’s Book Bank. Since its inception, Birdies & Books has provided its participants with a unique and meaningful golf experience that brings them much closer to the mission and work of Bernie’s Book Bank. The event is held at the prestigious Shoreacres. Please join us to help Bernie’s Book Bank further its ability to provide books for a better life for hundreds of thousands of under-served Chicagoland children.  Foursomes registration will open on June 13, based on availability.





Bernie Cup is golf & learn friendraiser aimed at building awareness of the Bernie’s Book Bank mission. The Bernie Cup Series 2022 will build upon the success of previous Bernie Cups and create opportunities to introduce Bernie’s Book Bank to many geographic areas and reach new donors. Learn more about Bernie Cup in our recent Golf 360 feature on NBC Sports Chicago.


  • Monday, 5/9/22 – Merit Club (Libertyville)
  • Monday, 5/23/22 – 27 Holes at White Eagle Country Club (Naperville)
  • Monday, 6/6/22 – 27 Holes at Ivanhoe Club (Mundelein)
  • Monday, 8/8/22 – The Club at Wynstone (North Barrington)
  • Monday, 9/12/22 – River Forest Country Club (Elmhurst)

$375/Player * $40/Reception Only Guest

General questions about Bernie Cup? Email Greg at

Questions about registration or event logistics? Email Christina Holt at

The Lake County Haven

A Night Under the Stars

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Experience “A Night Under the Stars” by joining us at Ravinia in Highland Park for cocktails, dinner, live music, auctions and more to give homeless women and children help, hope and a second chance.

$250 VIP Admission*
$200 General Admission
*The first 50 people to purchase a Benefactorship or VIP ticket will receive lawn tickets for two to a classical performance at Ravinia (some exclusions apply).


SleepOut 2022

May 14, 2022

We’re thrilled to once again SleepOut for Shelter, and raise funds to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness. This year we will have two options to get involved:


Join us at Joy Lutheran Church in Gurnee from 6 pm to 7 am. Attendees are welcome to bring a tent, sleep in their car, and enjoy food and games throughout the night. Registration is free and participants who raise a minimum of $25 per person, by donating or fundraising at least this amount, will gain access to the event and entry into this year’s raffle.


Connect with your family, friends, community organization, classmates, or co-workers by camping out in your backyard/living room/campground, hosting a digital fundraiser to support the folks in our community experiencing homelessness, and joining us for a virtual rally to celebrate.  You will be invited to the virtual event at no cost and entry into this year’s raffle based on fundraising levels.

For more information, go to SleepOut 2022 | PADS Lake County

The Sports Shed

Sports Shed Casino Night


Where – Mid America Club (Aon Center) 200 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, 60601 (map)

Buy In, Kids Win!

Join the Sports Shed Ambassador Board for Casino Night at the 80th floor Mid America Club!

  • Blackjack, Roulette and Craps Games

  • Stunning, 80th floor views of Chicago at the private Mid-America Club

  • Gourmet food and top-shelf open bar

  • Phenomenal Prizes & Silent Auction Items

Smart Casual/Cocktail attire required.

Visit The Sports Shed Events to register.


$175 per person

  • Exclusive VIP Pre-Game Wine & Bourbon tasting in the Luxury Wine Library

  • Priority Seating at Blackjack Tables

  • Bonus Chips to Play

  • Gourmet Food

  • 3 hours Top-Shelf Open Bar

  • Casino Games

High Roller

$125 per person

  • Gourmet Food

  • 3 hours Top-shelf Open Bar

  • Casino Games

Chicago Marathon 2022


Where – Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60601 (map)

Run for Chicago’s Kids

We are so excited to introduce The Sports Shed 2022 Marathon Team!!

Visit The Sports Shed Events to support these runners.

Maiko De Andara

Marcos Izquierdo

Parth Patel

Tara Rooney

Thomas J Winkowski

Wendi Parker

Alexis Rios

Beau Blakeley

Frank D Vomero

Jake Bereson

Jeffrey A Kolsrud

John Powell