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2017 Curve Ball Event

March 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm


March 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm


Join One for the Kids on March 11th 2017 as we host our 9th Annual Cocktail Event, The Curve Ball! The event will be held at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus (2815 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook, IL) from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Based on past years, this will be a very fun opportunity to give back to Chicago-area charities and a local family in need.

Since the beginning, One for the Kids has relished the curve ball. Be it our slightly irreverent tag line, a great time for a great cause or the fact that our original logo was designed on a cocktail napkin, we haven’t exactly been cookie cutter. Curve balls at our golf outing have become legendary. They have ranged from skydivers to a mechanical bull and from the Heisman Trophy to a dunk tank. Reveling in the unexpected is quintessential One for the Kids. The Curve Ball name is about celebrating that fun and unpredictability and taking it to the next level for the benefit of our 2017 Host Families, The Janeliunas and Wennerstrom Families along with our partner charirites, Special Olympics Chicago and Advocate Children’s Heart Institute.

Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships Here!

Raffle Prizes

Grand Prize:
Trip to San Francisco – airfare and hotel stay for 3 days/2 nights plus 4 City Pass tickets

Admission Includes:
7-day Cable Car and Muni Bus Passport
California Academy of Sciences
Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
Exploratorium OR de Young Museum
Aquarium of the Bay OR Monterey Bay Aquarium

2nd Place Prize:

Chicago Staycation – A hotel stay, “Pie In The Sky” where you can enjoy a pizza party on the Ledge at Willis Tower & A Restaurant gift card

3rd Place
$100 or $200 gift card to a nice restaurant


Meet Our Host Families

The Janeliunas Family

18 month old Colton Janeliunas was diagnosed with extremely rare Pitt Hopkins syndrome on November 16, 2015. Pitt Hopkins Syndrome (PHS) affects a specific gene in chromosome 18 and is characterized by developmental delay, lack of speech, distinct facial features, gastrointestinal issues, possible breathing problems, and possible recurrent seizures. PHS is so rare that Colton is one of only 350 people in the U.S. with the syndrome and as far is publicly known, the single person in Illinois diagnosed with it. Since this syndrome is so incredibly rare, there are a lot of unanswered questions for the family and they are unsure of what Colton’s future looks like.


Colton posing for Christmas pictures!


The Janeliunus siblings

The Wennerstrom Family

At 47 years-young, thinking he was just battling a vicious virus, Greg Wennerstrom was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  This was extremely hard on Greg and Tracy as she was preparing to deliver their second Miracle Baby as well as care for their daughter. Even during the delivery of little Steven, Greg was upstairs in the hospital receiving treatment for his illness while Tracy was downstairs bonding with the baby. Just three short weeks after diagnosis Greg lost his fight to the disease, leaving behind a loving wife, a six week-old baby boy and a four-year-old daughter. The family is now down to a single income, struggling to recover from Greg’s missing paycheck.

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To learn more about the event and how you can help, please click below to contact us. One for the Kids was formed back in 1993 by people who wanted to make a difference in the community. Over the years we’ve managed to raise and donate more than $1,500,000 to Chicago-area families and charities. We hope you’ll join us for the 9th Curve Ball on March 11, 2017