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 will highlight 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 six states, including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Rush University Children’s Hospital. To date, Little Wish has granted over 1,600 little wishes to children with cancer during their treatment period.
Join us for Summer Eclipse 2019 on July 18 at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 6pm–9pm.
Annual Volunteer Day
Skender’s annual employee volunteer day took on new importance last year as Framing Day—a day to volunteer locally and build housing to then be shipped in modules to where it is needed most. Through a partnership with Solid Rock Carpenters (SRC), the day benefited the Appalachia Service Project and took place onsite at Skender’s new advanced manufacturing facility.
During the Framing Day in 2018, volunteers came together under the guidance of SRC to build wood wall panels for single-family homes. Those panels were then shipped to sites chosen by the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) to provide accessible, stable, and safe housing for low-income families. SRC then continued to work with onsite volunteers to help assemble and finish the homes at their final destination. Skender and SRC are also collaborating on a manual for use during future Framing Days.
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.
In 2018, Harvesting Hope highlighted Purple Asparagus, an organization that educates children, families, and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Purple Asparagus believes that all children and families deserve good health and a healthy planet and that the health of both is promoted by eating a diet high in produce.