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Benefits & Fundraisers from 3-27-14

Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220, will be having a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the post home, 9514 S. 52nd. Ave., Oak Lawn. For more information, call 423-5220.
  Because of the severe winter weather, there is a critical need for blood donors. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To register, call Lifesource at 877-543-3768, or visit lifesource.org and use sponsor code: vfwsor30. A free complete breakfast will be served to all donors, as well as all who attempt to donate. Individuals preparing to donate should eat and stay hydrated.
  A proper ID is needed to be eligible to donate. A driver’s license/state identification, Lifesource or military identification, an employee badge with picture and full name, or a birth certificate with picture identification with a full name all qualify as acceptable identification.
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  Individuals are needed to join Park Lawn’s Tag Days April 11, 12, 18 and 19 as volunteers. The volunteers are needed at street intersections and store fronts in the southern suburbs of Chicago. The “Miles of Smiles” are to inform the local community about the work of Park Lawn, which provides programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  To volunteer, call Cynthia San Miguel at 425-6867, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Safety vests, collection buckets and handouts with Park Lawn’s logo will be provided to all volunteers. Locations can be scheduled close to home, or a place of employment. Those who are unable to volunteer and would like to make a donation to Park Lawn, visit www.parklawn.com.

Church Corner from 3-20-14

The St. Gerald Mother’s Club is expecting between 60 and 80 vendors to appear at their annual spring craft show, which is taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the school, 9310 S. 55th Court, Oak Lawn. Entrance to the show is through door number 5 at Southwest Highway and Central Avenue. Various items will be for sale, including: handcrafted items like home decorations, children’s clothing, toys, accessories and more. For vendor information, call Mary Ellen Bizzotto at 422-0121, ext. 5504, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The St. Gerald Mother’s Club has been in existence since 1942 and helps raise funds that directly support the students’ educational needs.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 3-20-14

Neat Repeats Resale Hosting Sale, Accepting Donations.
  Neat Repeats Resale shop is hosting their Spring Fling sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All merchandise is 50 percent off. There are two locations, 7026 W. 111th St., Worth, and 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park.
  Individual are also being asked to bring their gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, housewares, books, toys, etc. to Neat Repeats Resale. Donations accepted daily at both stores. The Neat Repeats Resale Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and are now open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the Worth location at 361-6860, or Orland Park location at 708-364-7605.
  All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.
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  VFW Post Hosting Blood Drive.
  Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220, will be having a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the post home, 9514 S. 52nd. Ave., Oak Lawn. For more information, call 423-5220.
  Because of the severe winter weather, there is a critical need for blood donors. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To register, call Lifesource at 877-543-3768, or visit lifesource.org and use sponsor code: vfwsor30. A free complete breakfast will be served to all donors, as well as all who attempt to donate. Individuals preparing to donate should eat and stay hydrated.
  A proper ID is needed to be eligible to donate. A driver’s license/state identification, Lifesource or military identification, an employee badge with picture and full name, or a birth certificate with picture identification with a full name all qualify as acceptable identification.
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  Individuals are needed to join Park Lawn’s Tag Days April 11, 12, 18 and 19 as volunteers. The volunteers are needed at street intersections and store fronts in the southern suburbs of Chicago. The “Miles of Smiles” are to inform the local community about the work of Park Lawn, which provides programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  To volunteer, call Cynthia San Miguel at 425-6867, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Safety vests, collection buckets and handouts with Park Lawn’s logo will be provided to all volunteers. Locations can be scheduled close to home, or a place of employment. Those who are unable to volunteer and would like to make a donation to Park Lawn, visit www.parklawn.com.
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  The Oak Lawn Community High School Athletic Boosters are hosting a Texas Hold ’em Tournament from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, at the Garden Chalet, 11000 S. Ridgeland, Worth.
  The ticket price, $75, includes open bar, dinner buffet, and table entry. A one-time additional chip purchase will be provided at check-in.
  Participants can watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, play some cards and possibly win some money; it’s all to help the athletic programs at Oak Lawn. For more information, call 741-5623, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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  Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.
  Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

The buzz around Worth is Sunday’s Getting Buzzed for Emily event

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Rich Dziedzic vividly recalls the moment he learned that his daughter, Emily, had been diagnosed with leukemia.
“I remember the day. Her mother called me and said, ‘You have to come home,” Dziedzic said in a video posted on Facebook. “We had a family meeting. Fortunately, everybody was home. I do remember her coming in and telling us. It was very difficult.”
The news was a shock to Emily’s family, but after shedding some tears, they decided there was no time for pity.
“The tears came, the tears went,” said her father, a Worth trustee. “We got to fight.”
Indeed, Emily Dziedzic has spent nearly the past two years fighting. The 22-year-old successfully responded to chemotherapy and the cancer went into remission but resurfaced in November 2013.
Dziedzic on Wednesday was scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant, which her doctors agree is the best long-term option for overcoming the disease.
A graduate of Shepard High School, Dziedzic has undergone a lot during the past two year, but she’s rarely complained, family members say.
“She amazing. Her dedication. Her attitude. She never feels like it’s a burden to her,” said her aunt, Karen Dziedzic.
Her father agrees.
“If it’s courage and you want to label it as courage, she’s got more than most people,” he said during the video, which can be found on the Getting Buzzed for Emily Facebook page.
“We will go to the ends of the earth of we have to. Whatever is needed to keep her here,” he said.
The Dziedzic’s aren’t alone in their fight. They have the help and support of family and friends who will come together Sunday at the Chieftain Irish Pub, 6906 W. 111th St., in Worth to raise money to defray Emily’s medical expenses.
The benefit, Getting Buzzed for Emily, will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. The event will feature food, drink specials, music, raffles and split the pot. Several individuals have agreed to have their heads shaved to raise money for the cause.
For more information or to make a donation, call Karen Dziedzic at (815) 634-8114. Donations also can be made at the Private Bank, 6825 W. 111th St., Worth.

Benefits & Fundraisers from 3-6-14

  The Oak Lawn Community High School Athletic Boosters are hosting a Texas Hold ’em Tournament from 6 p.m. until midnight Saturday, March 22 at the Garden Chalet, 11000 S. Ridgeland, Worth.
  The ticket price, $75, includes open bar, dinner buffet, and table entry. A one-time additional chip purchase will be provided at check-in.
  Participants can watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, play some cards and possibly win some money; it’s all to help the athletic programs at Oak Lawn. For more information, call 741-5623, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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  Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.
  Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.