Summer Eclipse is Skender Foundation’s anticipated summer gala that raises awareness and funds for those who impact education and wellness. By supporting these deserving philanthropists, the foundation aims to empower and inspire others to reach their full potential, as well as to motivate the Chicago community to share its time, talent and funding with those in need.
This year, Skender Foundation highlighted Little Wish Foundation at Summer Eclipse. Founded in Indianapolis in 2010, Little Wish Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that grants wishes of pediatric oncology patients. The wishes may be small (most cost between $500 and $1,000), but their impact on children’s lives is immeasurable. The organization services fourteen children’s hospitals in seven states, including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Rush University Children’s Hospital. To date, Little Wish has granted over 1,950 little wishes to children with cancer during their treatment period.
Annual Volunteer Day
Every year, Skender hosts a volunteer event for employees, their family and friends, that benefits a nonprofit organization in support of community education, health and wellness. This year, through a partnership with Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), the day benefited children across the Chicago metropolitan area and took place onsite at Skender’s new advanced manufacturing facility.
During our 2019 Build Day, volunteers came together under the guidance of SHP to build 50 bunk bed frames. The beds were packed, delivered and assembled at the homes of families on the waiting list with SHP to provide accessible, stable and safe beds for 100 children in need.
Harvesting Hope is our fall fundraising event hosted by the foundation’s Builders’ Board. Harvesting Hope aspires to grow the spirit of giving among young professionals in various stages of their careers in different industries. Each year we strive to select a beneficiary that will energize and empower the next generation of leaders.
This year, Harvesting Hope highlighted Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), the only nonprofit in Illinois dedicated to advocating for public policies that curb and can ultimately end homelessness. CCH leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago and across Illinois. In addition, CCH presses for access to jobs, training and public schools.