PACK the CAR hosts Martinis That Matter, Sun. May 20

PACK the CAR hosts Martinis That Matter, Sun. May 20

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Our friends at Pack the Car will be hosting the popular Martinis that Matter Sunday, May 20th at Marty’s, 1511 West Balmoral, in Andersonville. 

Proceeds from all martinis sold from 2:00pm-5:00pm benefit Care for Real! 

Plus PACK the Car’s Steven and Gregg have secured lots of very cool raffle prizes.   See you May 20.

Ashley Morgan Presents Heroes & Villains, Sat. May 19,  A Benefit for Care for Real

Ashley Morgan Presents Heroes & Villains, Sat. May 19,  A Benefit for Care for Real

Join Ashley and The Call Girls Saturday, May 19 for a night of theatrical drag as the cast brings to life heroes and villains from comics and movies. Your donations benefit Care For Real!

When: Saturday May 19th. Seating 9:30, show to follow
Where: The Call Bar in Andersonville, 1547 West Bryn Mawr

Join Ashley, and The Call Girls, for a night of theatrical entertainment as the cast brings to life heroes and villains from comics and movies.  Your donation at the door goes completely to Care For Real.  Come for a WONDERFUL show, raise funds for a GREAT cause, then dance the night away on Andersonville’s LARGEST dance floor!

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Cellars Hosts Spanish Wine Dinner and CFR Fundraiser, May 10

Cellars Hosts Spanish Wine Dinner and CFR Fundraiser, May 10

Tickets are still available for the upcoming Spanish Wine Dinner at Cellars on Thursday, May 10. 10% of proceeds and $2 from every bottle of wine sold will benefit Care for Real. 

WHEN:  May 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
 
WHERE:  Cellars Bar and Grill,  5900 N Broadway
 
COST:  $65 per person
 

May’s wine dinner to raise money for Care For Real.

Tour of Spain,  5 courses, 5 Wines
reception 630, dinner at 7pm

Menu
Reception
Mesta Verdejo

Sea Scallops, Basmati Rice and Peas Orange and Saffron Sauce
Cava YA ‘Cuvee 23’ Brut

Iberico Ham and Manchego Salad, Crispy Potato Cake with Poached Egg
Guitan ‘Sobre Lias’ Old Vine Godello

Honey Glazed Pork Belly with Fennel and Jicama Slaw
Mesta Garnacha

Duck Leg Confit with Spinach and Chickpeas, Poached Pear Reduction
Senorio de Cuzcurrita Reserva, Rioja Alta

Churros and Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Bodegas Fontana ‘Oveja’ Tinta Graciano

Cost is $65 per person, tax and tip additional.  Seating is limited, so reservations will be mandatory for this special event.

10% of the evening’s proceeds and $2 from every bottle purchased will be donated to Care for Real!

Please call 773-944-1208 to reserve your spot.

Annual Formalwear Drive kicks off!

Annual Formalwear Drive kicks off!

 

Care for Real is accepting donations of formal wear to distribute in our Annual Prom Drive.

Formal wear will be available to clients in our Clothing Closet April 16-May 12 on a first come, first serve basis.

Donations of gently used, clean formal wear will be collected at the upcoming Northside Wedding Expo in Care for Real branded bins, or at the rear of the building during our donation hours:

Monday – Friday : 9 AM -3:30 PM
Saturday : 9 AM – 12:30 PM

INAUGURAL EDGEWATER ART WALK BENEFITING CARE FOR REAL, APRIL 21

INAUGURAL EDGEWATER ART WALK BENEFITING CARE FOR REAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Sheldon Atovsky, s-atovsky@sbcglobal.net

Edgewater/Chicago, IL – We are pleased to announce an inaugural neighborhood collaboration, Art Walk, which will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 (11am-4pm) along 4 blocks of Sheridan Road.

This free event will provide art lovers with the opportunity to visit four buildings (Edgewater Beach Apartments, Park Tower Condominiums, The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, and The Admiral on the Lake). There will be a mix of artists displaying their work and artists selling their work at these locations. A percentage of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to Care for Real, a social welfare agency and food pantry.

“Art Walk is what happens when neighbors meet and collaborate,” explains Sheldon Atovsky, Chair of the Social Committee at Park Tower Condominiums. “The residents of these four buildings are artistically creative as well as civically minded.” In addition to supporting Care for Real with donations, The Admiral on the Lake will feature artwork from a selection of the talented students at Goudy School in Uptown alongside the work from resident artists.

Art Walk is an opportunity for locals and visitors to explore and to engage their senses in Chicago’s historic Edgewater community.

Care for Real – 5339 N Sheridan Road

www.careforreal.org

Edgewater Beach Apartments – 5555 N Sheridan Road

www.ebachicago.com

Park Tower Condominiums – 5415 N Sheridan Road

www.ptcondo.com

The Breakers at Edgewater Beach – 5333 N Sheridan Road

www.seniorlifestyle.com/property/the-breakers-at-edgewater-beach/

The Admiral at the Lake – 929 Foster Ave

www.admiral.kendal.org

Transportation

Red Line – Berwyn or Bryn Mawr stops

Bus – 84, 92, 147, 151

 

City Lit supports CFR March 2 – March 10

City Lit Theater supports CFR March 2 – March 10

Theaters Care for RealCity Lit Theater is offering our supporters and friends discount tickets to the following performances of The Picture of Dorian Gray:

Fri. 3/2 at 7:30PM
Sat. 3/3 at 7:30PM
Sun. 3/4 at 3:00PM
Fri. 3/9 at 7:30PM
Sat. 3/10 at 7:30PM

Purchase tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3047887  and be sure to use the discount code CARE to receive your discount. A portion of each ticket sold benefits Care for Real. Thanks City Lit!!

 

HamBingo Mary’s Pet Pantry Fundraiser, March 5

HamBingo Mary’s Pet Pantry Fundraiser, March 5

HamBingo Mary’s is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary’s Dining Room, with a different charity beneficiary every week. 

Guests are asked to make a $15 donation to play all night. There are 10 games, three chances to win each game, and 10 prizes for winners. The money collected from Bingo cards goes directly to the Care for Real Pet Pantry.

The Care for Real Pet Pantry helps people, including seniors with pet food for dogs and cats on a monthly basis. For more information, visit www.careforreal.org or call (773) 769-6182

 

SoFoTap Hosts 13th Annual Chili Contest, 1/27

SoFoTap Hosts 13th Annual Chili Contest, 1/27

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The 13th Annual Chili Contest to Benefit Care for Real has a new home this year at The SoFo Tap. Join us Saturday, January 27th, from 3-5:30 pm. For only $12, you can sample all our amazing chili entries and vote for your favorites!

All proceeds will benefit Care for Real. Interested in being a contestant?

Talk with Paul or Thomas at The SoFo Tap or email us at sofotap@rootcollective.com.

This year’s contest is generously sponsored by our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Bears Nick Kwiatkoski hosts Toy Drive Pop Up for CFR, Dec. 4

Bears Nick Kwiatkoski hosts Toy Drive Pop Up for CFR, Dec. 4
 
 
Chicago Bears Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to host a special collection for Care for Real’s annual toy drive. 
 

Nick Kwiatkoski will host a special collection for the annual Care for Real Toy Drive on Monday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Toys Et Cetera, located at 5311 N Clark Street in Andersonville.

This special collection will be held in Andersonville near Care for Real’s office. Kwiatkoski will be onsite to meet and take photos with those who drop off a new and unwrapped toy onsite.
 

Care for Real, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been serving Chicago’s northside communities for more than 47 years. The Annual Toy Drive, one of the organization’s most beloved programs, ensures approximately 800 children have a great holiday despite their families experiencing economic challenges.

If unable to attend this special collection, Care for Real is accepting donations at their office, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.12:30 p.m. now through Dec. 18. Please go around to the back of the building, and ring the bell for assistance with donations. 

Later in December, Kwiatkoski will participate in Care for Real’s holiday shopping day where their clients come to shop for gifts for their children. Additional details to be shared at a later date.
 
Kwiatkoski will be available for interviews onsite, but all media must be confirmed in advance.  Please contact a member of Care for Real staff for the official press release at info@careforreal.org.
 

Annual ECRA Service, Sunday, Nov. 19

Annual ECRA Service, Sunday, Nov. 19

One of the most beloved and enduring traditions in the Edgewater community is the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service conducted by ECRA, the Edgewater Community Religious Association.

It is a time when we come together to celebrate our diversity and give thanks for all we have. 

Care for Real is honored and fortunate to be the beneficiary of the special collection taken at this service These donations enable us to make Thanksgiving dinner possible for hundreds of our clients.

This year, the service will be held Sunday, November 19, 3:00pm-5:00pm at North Shore Baptist Church, 5244 North Lakewood with choirs joining in song from participating congregations.

 

Emanuel Congregation Holiday Market, Nov. 12

Emanuel Congregation Holiday Market, Nov. 12

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 10:00am-3:00pm

We’re so happy to have a table at the Annual Emanuel Congregation Holiday Market and just in time for the holidays!  Location is 5959 N. Sheridan Rd.

From one-of-a-kind jewelry, handbags, kids items, hand-crafted soaps, textiles, home accessories, photography, and paper goods to fair trade and local foods, you’re sure to find something for everyone.

Care for Real will be displaying our beautiful, handmade totes (seeking a suggested $25 donation for these “works of art” sewn by a team of longtime volunteers).

This fun family-friendly event helps to give back to the community by supporting local artisans and vendors.   And while you shop… enter the raffle for the chance to win some great prizes!

Care for Real will be displaying our beautiful, handmade totes (seeking a suggested $25 donation for these “works of art” sewn by a team of longtime volunteers).

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Care for Real seeks healthier food options for our clients!

Care for Real seeks healthier food options for our clients!

Care for Real is making an effort to not only “fill bellies” but to do so in a healthier more nutritious way.

As the majority of clients turning to Care or Real include seniors and families with children under the age of 18, we are seeking food donations to help ensure our clients are living healthier lifestyles. This coincides with our “client choice” food distribution model that allows folks to pick and choose the food they receive from Care for Real.

With that in mind, we are seeking the following:

HEALTHY FOOD DRIVES/DONATIONS:

Suggested Items are:

100% shelf stable low sugar/sugar free fruit juice

Whole wheat flour and cake mixes

Non-perishable canned goods (low sodium if possible)

Canned fruits (sugar free or light syrup)

Canned tuna and chicken and other meats (low sodium if possible/packed in water)

Breakfast cereals (whole grain)

Low fat peanut butter, light jams and jelly

Whole wheat pasta, brown and wild rice, dried beans, barley, bulgar, farro, quinoa, polenta

Low sodium soups and broths

Spaghetti and pizza sauce, pizza shells/crusts

Low sodium salsas, olive and canola oil

Canned beans (white, garbanzo, kidney, pinto, black, navy)

Canned tomatoes and vegetables (low sodium), canned artichokes, kalamati, black and green olives, dill pickles and pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, anchovies

Whole wheat crackers, whole wheat pizza crust

Mustard, ginger, raw sugar, spices, honey, vinegars, Parmesan cheese, low sodium soy sauce, low fat salad dressings and mayo

Nuts, seeds, fresh produce, dried fruit, pita chips, pretzels, popcorn, high fiber protein bars, fruit leather, tea and coffee

PERSONAL CARE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

(these are not included under SNAP benefits and are often “luxury goods” for our clients – we never have enough to go around):

Diapers

Shampoo, soap bars, body wash

Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, mouthwash,

Deodorant, lip balm, shaving cream   AND

Laundry Detergent, Color Safe Bleach

Dish Scrubbers; Dish Detergent

Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Household Cleaning Supplies, Windex, Lysol, Chlorox, 409 Spray, Tilex, etc.), Trash Bags; Disinfectant and Cleaning Wipes;  Kleenex; Napkins

Aluminum Foil; Saran Wrap; and Parchment Paper

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CARE FOR REAL

AND THE

CLIENTS WE SERVE!

Care for Real Announces 2017 Toy Drive!

Care for Real Announces 2017 Toy Drive!

We are launching our Annual Toy Drive – one of Care for Real’s most beloved programs helping 800 kids in need ensure they have a great holiday.

Now thru Monday, December 18.  Distribution to begin on Tuesday, December 19.

Donations can be dropped off at Care for Real Mondays-Fridays, 9:00am-3:30pm and Saturdays, 9:00am-12:30pm

Toys should be new and unwrapped to allow parents to choose the most appropriate gifts for the child.

WHAT IS NEEDED?

Are you not sure what to buy?  Here are suggestions of the most needed items:

FOR CHILDREN:  dolls, cars, backpacks, legos, puzzles, paint sets, anything hobby, craft and arts related.

BUT NEEDED THE MOST! 

While the little ones are so much fun to buy toys for – it’s the teens and tweens that we are seeking donations as they are often forgotten about.

FOR TEENS AND TWEENS: Gift cards and gift certificates (Target,  Best Buy and Amazon are the most treasured), backpacks, movie passes, tickets to events (theater, sports, concerts).

STOCKING STUFFERS:  gloves, mittens, caps and hats, scarves and personal care items (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, soap, etc.)

Check out the photos showing the incredible community support from previous years!

Special Priced tickets to see J.B. at City Lit Theater!

Special Priced tickets to see J.B. at City Lit Theater!

Theaters Care for Real!

Join us at City Lit Theater for J.B. Special priced tickets are available on the following dates and times:

Fri. 10/27 at 7:30PM, Sat. 10/28 at 7:30PM
Sun. 10/29 at 3:00PM, Fri. 11/3 at 7:30PM
and Sat. 11/4 at 7:30PM

Tix available online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com.

 

 Make sure to use the Password/Discount Code: CARE to receive the discount.