Benefits and Fundraisers

  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.
  Neat Repeats Resale stores are looking for volunteers to work in their stores.
  Volunteers are asked to give five hours a week to make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence. The next volunteer recruitment day is Monday, Jan. 20 at the stores in Orland Park, 9028 W. 159th St., or in Worth, 7026 W. 111th St. Interested individuals can come in, receive a tour, meet other volunteers, and learn more about Neat Repeats. For more information call the store manager in Orland Park at 364-7605, or in Worth at 361-6860. All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.

Walk for Peace benefits Peace Village

  • Written by Peace Village


Submitted Photo. Walk for Peace walkers have a pre-walk stretch.

In 1989, when Peace Village in Palos Park opened its doors to the first resident, average life expectancy was just over 71 years. Now in 2013, it is nearly 79 years of age. In keeping with an average retirement age of 65, that increase doubles the amount of time people spend enjoying their senior years. With increased interest in health and fitness, coupled with advances in medical technology, the years to enjoy life post-retirement will only continue to increase.

The Village held its first Walk for Peace on its grounds on Oct. 19.

Jayne Miller, Director of Fund Development at Peace Village said: “Sometimes seniors live longer than the financial resources they’ve saved for their entire lives. Or, due to an unanticipated catastrophic illness or other serious life event, it is possible that they can deplete the funds they thought would be adequate for the remainder of their lives.”

Church Corner from 10-3-13

  The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn, 100th St. and Central Ave., are having their annual fall rummage sale which includes nearly new items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday Oct. 3 and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Oct. 4th, 9 am to 1. For more information, call 708-423-1170.
  The Palos United Methodist Church is sponsoring a walk to raise contributions for the Worth Food Pantry located in the United Methodist Church of Worth 7100 W 112th St. in Worth.
  The walk will be held at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. Starting and ending point will be the Palos United Methodist Church at 12101 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Heights. A light lunch will be served after the walk.
  The Worth Food Pantry serves an average of 150 families every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The service area is from 135th St. north to 79th Street and LaGrange Road east to Cicero.
  Donations should be made out to Worth Food Pantry and can be given to either the Palos or Worth United Methodist Church.
  Neat Repeats Resale in Worth and Orland Park are celebrating their new look with expanded hours at both stores.
  Starting on Sunday, Nov. 3, Neat Repeats will be opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to work a 5 Hour shift at either store.

  For information, call the store manager in Worth, at 7026 W. 111th St., 361-6860, or Orland Park, at 9028 W. 159th St., 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 an non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Church Corner from 9-12-13


  Salem United Church of Christ, 9717 S. Kostner Avenue, Oak Lawn, will hold its Annual Octoberfest at 6 p.m. September 28. Entertainment is planned along with a roast pork dinner with all the trimmings. Tickets are $13 for adults; $5 for children age 6 to 2; children 5 and under are free.
  If you have any questions or wish to purchase tickets please call the church office at 708-423-9717.
  Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ is offering a six-week study series on dealing with anger, led by Pastor Peggy McClanahan. The class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. beginning Tuesday in the church lounge. Enter through the courtyard on 51st Avenue.
  For more information contact the church at 708-422-4200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn.
  A free community meal will be served on at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Menard Center at 90th and Menard in Oak Lawn. Up to one hundred meals will be served on a first come, first served basis to all who could use a free meal or want to share a meal with others in the community. This is the last of three free meals this summer.
  “One Community: One Meal” is a joint venture of the Oak Lawn Clergy and Religious Worker’s Association, the Muslim American Society and The Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview. An interfaith team of Christians and Muslims is working together to plan, prepare and serve the meals.


Benefits & Fundraisers from 10-3-13

  The 12th annual Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser — Raising Awareness takes place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at 114 Bourbon Street. All proceeds are donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Greater Illinois Chapter in Chicago. The event costs $30 and there will be a split the pot, raffle prizes and live entertainment.
  This annual event was inspired by two women who have been fighting this disease for 30-plus years, Most Holy Redeemer parishioner Susan Berry and St. Linus parishioner Mary Fecht.
  The Hickory Hills Lions Club will host the fourth annual Roar and Run for Fun 5K Run/Walk race. The race will be held on Saturday, at 9 a.m. Oct. 26. All participants receive a long-sleeve shirt. There will be awards, door prizes, food and drink following the race.
  The start/finish line will be at Hickory Hills City Hall, 8652 W. 95th Street. For more information about the race:, or to signup online:
  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor please call Vince Uzzardo 708-430-2210 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Proceeds from the race will help the Hickory Hills Lions Club in their mission to provide programs and assistance to aid people who are blind or visually impaired. The Hickory Hills Lions Club has served the needs of the community for more than 50 years.
  The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima-Chicago Area Chapter will hold its first gala fundraiser on Oct. 12, from 5 to 10 p.m., at the Noonan Academy, 19131 Henry Drive in Mokena.
  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost of dinner is $50 per person, $250 for a table of six.
  The group will honor Gloria Violante, past president. Father Apostoli, a fequent host on EWTN and author of “Fatima for Today,” will be talk about the Urgent Marian Message of Hope. There will be a silent auction to help raise funds to support the Blue Army and promoting Our Lady’s Messages of Fatima.
  R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Oct. 3, by calling Tom Dunn at 420-6721 or emailing
  If unable to attend, send your monetary donations to Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima at 13811 S. Western Ave. Blue Island, IL. 60406.