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 – A culinary event benefitting Northern Illinois Food Bank

Thursday, June 22 from 6:00 -9:00 PM

Drury Lane Theatre – 100 Drury Ln, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181


Join us as we come together to empower our neighbors who are currently facing food insecurity in Northern Illinois. Guests will enjoy an evening filled with food, friends, and an extensive silent auction while giving back to those who need us most.

Donate An Item for the Silent Auction        Participate as a Tasting Partner          Download Sponsorship Opportunities 


Join The Event!   Tickets and Sponsorship          Browse, Bid & Buy   View Items 

Not Attending?   You can still participate in the auction!   Register to Participate

Soles For Jesus

Stroll for Soles

Saturday, June 24th at 11AM at Fox River Park in Waukesha, WI

Local friends, stroll with us on Saturday, June 24th @11am and food trucks, games and a bounce house will be waiting for you at the finish line! 

Out-of-state friends, join our “Stroll Across America Challenge” to walk, roll or jog 1 or 2 miles on or before June 24th. (Off-site registration includes mailed shirts.) 

Click here to learn more or to register.

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.  Click here to learn more. 

Bernie’s Book Bank

Walk as One Chicago

Wednesday, July 19th, 2023

ESPN Chicago and Bernie’s Book Bank walk to unite Chicago benefitting Bernie’s Book Bank.

In partnership with ESPN Chicago, David Kaplan, and Darrin will once again team up to raise donations in support of Bernie’s Book Bank. The 20-mile walk will start and finish in Bub City in Rosemont, IL with ESPN Chicago doing a live broadcast. Walker registration is now open! Not interested in walking? Support our mission by becoming a sponsor for this incredible event.

Bernie’s Book Bank

Birdies & Books – Bernie’s Book Bank Charity Golf Classic

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

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 iconic Shore Acres Golf Club while bringing them much closer to the mission and work of Bernie’s Book Bank. Please join us to help Bernie’s Book Bank create pathways to success through book ownership.   Click here to learn more. 

Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Cup

Summer 2023 

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

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. Click here to learn more or register.

missions-sportshed-sportshed(1)The Sports Shed

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 Dinner

December 9, 2023

Bernie’s Book Bank is the beneficiary and charity partner for the Patrick Mannelly Award, celebrating the best college Long Snappers in the country. 

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, who 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.

The 5th Annual Patrick Mannelly Award Dinner and Award Presentation will be held at Bernie’s Book Bank on December 9, 2023! Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks and a lively discussion with ESPN Chicago’s David Kaplan and other special guests. We hope you will join us! Stay tuned for ticket updates. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact our Director of Development, Nikki Bonamarte.

Click here to learn more or register.

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

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!