Comprised of young, philanthropic-minded professionals, the Builders' Board of Skender Foundation hosted its annual Harvesting Hope fundraiser on October 19 at Morgan’s on Fulton. This year’s charity partner and beneficiary was Snow City Arts, an organization that inspires and educates children and youth in hospitals through the arts. Nearly 300 people attended the event and raised $37,000.
Snow City Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, music, theater and media arts to patients at Rush University Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. As doctors and nurses care for a child’s medical needs, child life specialists, therapists, social workers and other hospital employees address the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children. Snow City Arts augments those services in each hospital they serve by addressing a child’s developmental and educational needs through the arts. Their teaching artists typically work with an individual child at his or her bedside.
"We are incredibly grateful to Skender Foundation and the Builders' Board for choosing us as their benefiting charity," said Jonathan Huering, Development and Communications Director of Snow City Arts. "We are a relatively small non-profit, that is always looking for new sources of income to help fund our programming. As an organization that does meaningful work every day of the year, but entirely in private, it's a huge challenge for us to get the word out about what we do. Putting our name and students' work in front of several hundred people has an effect even greater than any money we receive."
"We are excited by the success of this year’s Harvesting Hope," said Skender Foundation Associate Executive Director, Belinda Moore. "It has been a great partnership with Snow City Arts, and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring awareness to their organization and the impact they are making on children in hospitals through the arts. Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous donations and to our attendees for joining us for a fun and wonderful evening."
In past years, Harvesting Hope highlighted Embarc Chicago, Foundations of Music, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Emergency Needs Fund, Common Threads and Urban Initiatives, all local charities promoting wellness and education.