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

Fight Hunger 5 & 10 K

April 22 at Cantigny Park, Wheaton


An annual fun run/walk ending with food trucks, music and family fun, presented by Glanbia Performance Nutrition, with virtual and in-person options.

How you can help:

  • Get exposure for your business as an Event Sponsor
  • Register as a participant or a group
  • Help with packet assembly and packet pick-up before event day
  • Volunteer on event day as a Course Marshall, water station aide, mile marker attendant, packet pick-up table, photographer, + more.

JOIN US! Registration is open now for our 10th annual Fight Hunger 5K/10K, presented by Glanbia Performance Nutrition, taking place April 22 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton!  (Wheaton is just less than an hour from Grayslake)

Run or Walk to

P.S. Be one of the first 200 to register and fundraise at least $50 and you’ll receive a  commemorative Fight Hunger pint glass in your race day participant bag!

Running or walking not your thing? No problem – Consider participating as a volunteer!

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Spring Gala 2023

Friday, April 21 

Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N., Schaumburg, IL

You’re invited to join FMSC supporters for a live, in-person evening of fundraising to provide lifechanging meals in the world’s most critical hunger hotspots.Hear powerful stories of courageous faith in action. Immerse yourself in unique interactive stations. Celebrate the work God is doing, and the work He calls us to — together.

Registration opens February 27.

Soles For Jesus

Stroll for Soles

Saturday, April 24 at Fox River Park in Waukesha, WI



Keep the date open for the 2023 Soles for Jesus fun walk.  You can choose a 1 or 2 mile paved route and run, walk, roll or push a stroller in honor of the lives we are serving. You can also enjoy food trucks, games & fun activities for no extra charge!   More details to come.

Bernie’s Book Bank


Saturday, July 15, 2023 

A day of fun and free books in partnership with Back of the Yards on Chicago’s south side.

Bernie’s Book Bank

Birdies & Books

Monday, August 28, 2023 at Shoreacres in Lake Bluff, IL

Save the date for our annual golf classic at the prestigious Shoreacres in Lake Bluff

Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Cup

Summer 2023 

Bernie Cup is golf & learn friendraiser aimed at building awareness of our mission

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Sunday Oct. 8, 2023    

Chicago Marathon at Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Run for Chicago’s Kids!

Join the SPORTS SHED 2023 Marathon Team

Sports Shed team experiences this year will include:

  • Monthly in-person and virtual meetups
  • Group trainings
  • Pre-marathon team dinner
  • Receive our matching singlets for marathon day!

MUST Register for our team before the end of January – Get reimbursed for 1/2 the registration fee!

If interested, click here for more information.

Soles For Jesus

14th Annual Luncheon & Auction

Saturday, November 11

Brookfield Conference Center 325 S Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI


We are excited to announce our 14th Annual Luncheon & Auction will take place on Saturday, November 11th, 2023 at the Brookfield Conference Center. Please add this date to your calendar and we would love to see you there! It promises to be a special day of worship, testimony and celebration of all that God is doing here and in Africa.

Bernie’s Book Bank

Patrick Mannelly Award

Saturday, December 9, 2023 

A day of fun and free books in partnership with Back of the Yards on Chicago’s south side.

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!