High Fives All Around

The numbers are in and (drum roll please) we have surpassed our fundraising goal and have raised more than $150,000 at this year’s Curve Ball Event! Read More to see exactly where this money will be going.

Although One for the Kids has been around for over 20 years, we started our Cocktail Event just 7 years ago (and we are so happy we did!). Each year the One for the Kids board votes on a host family from several nominated families. The families nominated usually have a large financial burden due to a death, illness or a tragic accident. Once we choose a “host” family for the event, we work with them to get their communities involved with fundraising efforts. The majority of the money raised at our annual Cocktail event, now called The Curve Ball, goes to the host family. This year that was the Janowiak Boys!

Since its beginning, One for the Kids has supported 3 partner charities, The Heart Institute at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics Chicago and Benton House Community Settlement. A portion of the proceeds from the Curve Ball Event also go to each of these organizations. Our annual Golf Outing in August raises money specifically for our partner charities.


We specifically donate to the Heart Institute at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Their Heart Institute is devoted entirely to cardiovascular health and offers a full range of treatments and programs, from prevention and diagnostics to clinical trials and transplants. Because of the successful support we received at our 2014 Cocktail Event, the Pediatric Cardiovascular Services at Advocate was able to purchase a Philips Intellivue X2 Multi-Measurement Transport Monitor. This is used to monitor a child’s heart function (blood pressure, heart rhythm, oxygen saturation, etc.) after they have undergone a Cardiac Carth procedure. This monitor enables to Resident Nurses to closely track how the child is doing post procedure. We will keep you updated on what we are able to contribute as a result of the donations from The Curve Ball!

Special Olympics

A portion of our proceeds goes to Special Olympics Chicago. Special Olympics Chicago is an amazing organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Because of Special Olympics, the world has witnessed the courage and character of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are able to give Special Olympics money each year that helps their athletes continue to do what they do!

Benton House

Benton House is a neighborhood social service, continuing the heritage of the settlement house movement. Their purpose is to enrich the quality of life of both individual residents and the neighborhood as a whole. Benton House strives to provide and integrated, compressive array of individual social services to improve the health, educational, social, recreational and cultural opportunities for individuals and their families. We always enjoy having the Benton House volunteers at our events each year!