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.

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 [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!