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The View From My Chair A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Volunteers Jack & Morgan with Gerry

INSIDE THIS ISSUE THE VIEW FROM MY CHAIR Page 1 GARDEN CENTER FAMILY Page 2 GCS EVENTS Page 3 AROUND GCS Page 4

March is an important month here at Garden Center Services because we can finally welcome the promise of spring after a very long, brutal winter, but also because as a community we recognize and celebrate Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. I’m not sure which to focus more on; the strides that have been made with regard to individuals with disabilities having the right to live, learn, work and play as valued members of their communities, or the continual challenge we face each day of having the necessary resources and financing to provide the quality services our persons deserve. We have already begun working with the disability

associations we are members of to lobby the Illinois legislature to adequately fund the services that as a state we should be providing our most marginalized citizens. But as you know from the last eight years, our fiscal support from the state agencies has either been cut or remained the same, both of which puts us in the situation of losing ground!

“When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.”

“In My Dreams I Dance”, Anne Wafula Strike

This is why as you read this month’s Leaflet, you will find so much info on the events, the businesses, the raffles, all the efforts that are made to bring in the additional revenue needed to meet the often simple requests made by the individuals we serve. Just this morning, Rebecca was asking me for any info I had on money that might assist with the costs of making her bathroom at home more accessible; Steven, as he was showing me this really awesome cookbook, would

like to be involved in creating and sharing some of the dishes he was finding; and Krista, who loves rockin’ out in her wheelchair, would love to go to a live, outdoor concert this summer. It is our goal to make these things happen, and to provide all of you reading this newsletter the opportunity to enhance your own lives by partnering with us in any way you can in this magnificent, decent endeavor! Our Board of Directors elections were held on February 20th, and I think it’s so fitting that we introduce our two new board members during the month celebrating Disabilities Awareness. Mary Beth Herr and George Sterba were elected to the Board at last week’s Membership meeting. Information on both of them can be found in last month’s newsletter. I’m pleased that they are joining a group of individuals that commit their time and energy to provide support, guidance, and connection in ways that truly help meet Garden Center’s mission. Be kind to yourself and others,


GARDEN CENTER FAMILY ANOTHER WISH COMES TRUE!

Sue takes a cooking class at Flavour Cooking School A few years ago, GCS created the My Wish experience. My Wish gives every person in our Kedzie and State Street programs the opportunity to make a wish for something they would love to do, learn, or have, outside of their regular opportunities. The program has been a great success with people receiving wishes from rock wall climbing to makeovers, attending a theater production to a vacation in Branson, Missouri. Sue attends our Kedzie location. Her wish was to take a cooking class. That wish was granted this week when Sue attended the Flavour Cooking School in Forest Park, IL. Sue loves to bake and enjoys making cakes, pies and cookies. She decided to take this class to learn how to make more savory foods. Sue met with her instructor, Chef Jinna, to discuss their meal plan: BBQ ribs, macaroni and cheese, pancetta and collard greens, apple cranberry compote and maple bacon cookies. Chef Jinna demonstrated each step and gave Sue lots of tips and tricks for preparing a successful meal at home. Sue says the best thing on her finished plate was the ribs, “I loved it!” she said adding that she already has plans to try the recipes out at home. When asked what she would say to others who are considering taking a cooking class, Sue said, “It’s marvelous!”.

Sue prepares for class

Jinna Sue and Chef meal plan review their

A beautiful dish

A special thank you to Flavour Cooking School for their generous donation of the cooking class. Garden Center’s My Wish Program is made possible by in-kind donations from businesses, grants from foundations, monetary donations from individuals and income from Garden Center’s dedicated iGive shoppers.

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If you would like to help Garden Center make wishes come true, please contact Jennifer Georgis at 773-941-4151 Ext. 218

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On the first Friday of every month, Garden Center’s Garden Gallery & Studio hosts First Friday at the Gallery. This open-house event offers guests great live music and tasty snacks provided by a local eatery while they browse the amazing creations of our artists. Each month, we also feature the work of a guest artist from our local community. In March, our featured artist will be well-known watercolor painter, Carmelo Schifano.

First Friday at the Gallery March 7th 7pm to 9pm

Carmelo will be available to answer questions about his work and will give a demonstration on how he creates his beautiful watercolor pieces.

17459 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park

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Do good when you shop... COFFEE Co.

. Tastes Good. Does Good. Feels Good

First Friday is FREE ALL AGES WELCOME!

Featured artist Carmelo Schifano


Garden Center is Ready to Welcome Spring with These Great Events! Chicago Flower & Garden Show MARCH 15th-23rd at Navy Pier Garden Gallery’s artisan training program is busy creating our display for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. We are honored to have been chosen as one of the show’s benefitting charities this year. We hope you will show your support for Garden Center by attending the Flowershows’ beautiful opening gala, Evening in Bloom. Join Garden Gallery for a special reception at the event. Tickets are $125 and may be purchased on the show’s website, www.ChicagoFlower.com.

Please tell your friends and family to choose Garden Gallery as their charity of choice when purchasing opening gala tickets. Garden Center will receive a donation for each gala ticket purchase made in our name.

4th Annual GCS Potting Party

JUNE 7th 9am Newcastle Park in Burbank Run into summer with our professionally timed 5k or stroll in with your friends at the Walk ‘n Roll-a-Thon that follows the race. Stay for our cookout and enjoy raffles, dancing and fun!

Join us for a full buffet and open bar while you dance to the LIVE band 4 on the Floor. The fun continues with a live art auction, silent auction, and raffles. Tickets: $30 in advance/ $35 at the door.

Check www.gardencenterservices.org for more information in the coming months.

Visit www.gardencenterservices.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

MARCH 22nd 8am to 11am Kedzie Building 10444 S. Kedzie Ave. Chicago

Have fun, eat pizza and help Garden Center! The Tinley Park Jaycees are hosting a pizza tasting contest that will benefit Garden Gallery. Join in the fun by taste testing pizza from local restaurants.

Drop off your new and gently used clothing, toys, books, collectables & home goods.

Items accepted: Clothing, children’s toys, books, collectibles, and home goods. Sorry, but due to space limitations, we cannot accept furniture or large items.

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CHICAGO, IL 60655 MARCH is DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH! SATURDAY , MARCH 22, 2014 8AM - 11 AM

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Thanks to a generous donation from Bettenhausen Fiat in Tinley Park, GCS is raffling a car at the Super Sunny 5k and Walk ‘n Roll-a-Thon! Tickets may be purchased on our website, at the Gallery or at our State Street location.

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Due to space limitations, we will clothing DRIVE be unable to accept furniture. You may drop off large items to Second Chance at 44 Stephen Street Lemont. second chance thrift shoppe

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Come see us march in the Tinley Park Irish Parade on March 9th!

Win a Fiat 500 Convertible

Restock the Thrift Shoppe!

MARCH 20th 6:30pm Tinley Park VFW 17147 Oak Park Ave Tickets $6 (Ages 5 and under are FREE)

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Growing dignity and independence 8333 S. Austin Ave. Burbank, IL 60459 10444 S. Kedzie Chicago, IL 60655 phone 773-941-4151 email info@gardencenterservices.org web www.GardenCenterServices.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Annmarie Caulfield

Linda Sherwood

Doug Combs

George Sterba

Sharon Duncan

Daniel Wenzler

Mary Beth Herr

Jenny Wojcik

Tom from McCarthy Ford after he d onated auto poses with Jill show tick ets!

Steven drops off A LOT of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House for their fundraiser

John J. Kunkes Sean O’Shea

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OUR MISSION Garden Center Services is committed to supporting and empowering persons with developmental disabilities through innovative and person-centered services. Our commitment to the excellence of our programs is surpassed only by our devotion to the people we serve and the communities in which they live.

Shop Second Chance’s

Super Sale Sunday, March 9th 12pm to 4pm 44 Stephen Street in Lemont Get 50% OFF on amazing items S TO R E W I D E !

Get adorable kids outfits like this one for 50% OFF!

GCS earns money when you shop online! If you haven’t signed up for iGive, now is the perfect time! Just visit www.igive.com and choose Garden Center Services as your charity of choice. You’ll instantly start earning money for GCS every time you shop at the over 1300 stores registered with iGive. Join today & help GCS with every online purchase you make!

The Leaflet MARCH 2014  

GCS newsletter The Leaflet March 2014

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