Annual Report 2019

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“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” -Maya Angelou

From serving 28 people in 1959 to more than 1,300 people in 2019. From selling eggs off our own farm in 1965, to finding valuable community jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From launching a recreation center in 1978, to having our athletes set world records in 2019. It can be overwhelming to think of the incredible progress Little City has made in 60 years. Major milestones often seem to come in rapid succession. Little City established a school in 2011, followed by the opening of the Duffey Family Children’s Village in 2014 and a major merger with Countryside Association in 2016. On the surface, it almost looks like progress comes easy. But no matter how big the leaps of progress may seem, it is the hard work in the small steps that have built Little City’s success. That is true of the major accomplishments we achieve as an agency, and the personal accomplishments we see in those we serve every day. 2019 was a special year, as Little City officially celebrated its 60th anniversary on Oct. 1. Throughout the year, we celebrated our heroes of today, remembered the visionaries of our past and worked to build the leaders of our future. And as we look toward that future, it is important to not lose sight of our past. Throughout the decades of evolution, one word never seemed to change: opportunity. In 1957, two years before Little City


opened its doors, Dr. Delilah White wrote Little City would be a place to offer opportunity for all to learn at their own rate. In 1982, the local newspapers wrote Little City pioneered a new opportunity for the ‘mentally retarded’ by finding placements in paying community jobs. In 1993, Michael Piazza of the Art Institute secured a grant to offer more opportunities in arts for people with developmental disabilities. We know Little City is where it is today because of the opportunities created by those in our past. And we see it today in gifts like the incredible donation from the Chicago Club Managers Foundation to open a new community employment training center in DuPage County for individuals with disabilities seeking work, and the 3-acre land donation from longtime supporter Abe Bohrer. These blessings for Little City will undoubtedly lead to more opportunities for countless individuals. We know where we come from, and because we do, we know where we are going. We are going through the next door. We are doing the hard work in each small step, until we get to that door and open it. And then we go to the next. Sincerely, Shawn E. Jeffers Executive Director

Matthew B. Schubert Board President


The fourth of six planned homes at the Duffey Family Children’s Village opened, welcoming eight more boys into the state-of-the-art therapeutic homes.



Children’s Residential Living Then:

The Children’s Residential Services program began the day Little City opened, becoming a home for 28 children in three buildings. The familiar buildings such as Maple, Pine and Birch were some of the first homes constructed on campus. And while many of the homes have undergone renovations throughout the years with some closing and re-opening on occasion, the program itself has not had to expand as rapidly as others at Little City. But in 2007, the children’s residential program started to undergo major changes. In that year, Little City launched a Transitional Living Program to serve individuals ages 18–21 referred by the Department of Children and Family Services. The following year, a fifth home was re-opened to increase the capacity of residents from 44 to 50. In 2011, the ChildBridge Center for Education was opened on campus as a way to serve both residents and non-residents alike. And in 2014, the transformative Duffey Family Children’s Village began its growth into what we see today.


2019 marked another banner year for the Duffey Family Children’s Village as Marios’ Home, the fourth of six planned homes, opened its doors to eight residents from Maple and Pine Homes. The eight boys are now part of the 32 residents throughout the four state-of-the-art homes in the village. The therapeutic homes feature private bedrooms, dynamic sensory rooms, community kitchens and 24/7 care focused on developing life skills and independence. Features such as curved walls and LED lighting also help support the growing number of residents with autism. In addition to the Village’s continued growth, a stronger connection was established between the children’s homes and the ChildBridge Center for Education as 29 of the 36 students are Little City residents. The ability to create integration of plans at home and the school has led to more growth and success for residents.

“We want there to be a seamless experience at home and school so what they are learning in one place carries over and can be applied anywhere. We want to appeal to that natural curiosity and wonderment in a child and help them use that to push their boundaries. Our staff does a great job with that important, yet challenging work.” -RICH BOBBY, CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER, CHILDREN’S SERVICES

In total, the children’s residential program now serves 56 children in seven homes. In 2020, the program is focused on further establishing its tier-based approach to serving children, ranging from high intensity behaviors, to developing skills and independence and finally preparing children for the transition into a fulfilling and enriched adult life.


Of the 153 adults living at Little City, 59% are over the age of 50, creating a need to invest in the aging population.



Adult Residential Living Then: The Adult Residential Services program started years after the children’s program, establishing the Port Family Center on campus in 1981. The center provided supported apartment and community living opportunities for adults. The apartments allowed the residents to develop life skills and independence while still having access to any care and support they may need. The Port Center apartments still operate today as Supported Living Arrangements. Adult Residential Services opened new doors in 1989, starting its first Community Integrated Living Arrangement. There was a large push at the time to create more opportunities and integration for people with developmental disabilities, and CILA homes became the primary focus for many agencies. Over the years, Little City added more CILAs, expanding in to Hanover Park, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Mundelein and other surrounding villages to the current 15 homes.


2019 had big moments for the Adult Residential program, including one of the biggest home renovations ever done at Little City. In September, roughly 50 professional home stagers, painters and volunteers did a complete makeover at the Plum Grove home. Residents had their bedrooms fully personalized, the home received all new furniture and new paint and landscaping brightened the property. Renovations also took place in the Bradley Home, as new floors, a new kitchen and a new bathroom were all installed. The renovation was part of a larger push to make more homes accessible and comfortable for the aging adult population.

“From where it was before to where it is now, 2019 was great as far as making the homes more livable and comfortable, especially for our aging adults. Most homes received renovations, especially in the bathrooms where we want walk-in showers available. We already have plans for more homes in 2020 and are excited for our residents.”

A new CILA was added in 2019 and will be the first iCILA at Little City – a smart home that does not require 24/7 supervision. The setup is for the -OLA OLOKUN, DIRECTOR OF highest functioning Little City residents and offers more independence ADULT RESIDENTIAL SERVICES while retaining vital safety features. The home is equipped with cuttingedge technology for safety and security and has a communication system in place that would allow residents to reach a manager immediately should they need assistance. The first permanent residents will move in full-time in early 2020. Heading into 2020, Little City already has major plans for Adult Residential Services. Little City received over $1 million in grant funding to renovate homes to be more accessible for aging adults. Additionally, plans are underway to purchase another CILA that will be designed to accommodate residents in Little City’s growing, aging population.

In 2019, nearly 90 artists benefited from the Center for the Arts. The program partnered with 10 different organizations showcasing the work of artists in exhibitions in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


This program is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council



Center for the Arts Then: It was lights, camera, action for Little City’s Center for the Arts in 1985 as that is the year it first opened as the Media Arts Center. It was quite different from what the art program is today, featuring multimedia programs where participants would produce public access TV shows. As technology changed, the program did too. The intensive editing process and limited hosting opportunities restricted the program to just a handful of participants. To make it more accessible, the program underwent a significant change in the early 1990s. In 1993, three professors at the Art Institute of Chicago received a grant to expand and implement art programming for people with developmental disabilities. Their decision to do that work at Little City transformed the art program into what it is today. From fine art painting, to clay work and computer generated art, the program became much more than just the therapeutic outlet most programs provided at the time. There was a fine art standard that inspired artists to push their creative boundaries and explore new mediums. The professors who launched the program were initially slated to do the work for 18 months, but all stayed longer and one, Michael Piazza, ended up directing the program for 15 years.


So many of the people who started back when the program transformed in 1993 continue to make incredible art today. And many new faces have joined the program as it has expanded to provide classes at both the Countryside and Lakeside Centers. A highlight of the program in 2019 was the work of Lori, who had her work displayed on everything from limited edition craft beers to custom merchandise at major music festivals. The Twisted Hippo Brewery competition allowed Lori’s work to be displayed on its limited edition beer and in an art gallery at the Chicago-based brewery.

“I think what I have learned is that everyone is capable of really good art. The other thing I have learned is that the reason I am here started out being because of the art and it isn’t anymore. I still love the art, but what really makes this a fulfilling job is working with the people who are here.” -FRANK TUMINO, ADMINISTRATOR AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

New artists also took steps forward in 2019 thanks to a new partnership with a print shop called Mark Your Space. The first project was a custom image for the front door to the Center for the Arts. The artwork was done by new artist Mike, who has grown in his ability and confidence to take on such a major and visible project. The program also enjoyed a special ComEd commission. Each conference room in ComEd’s new building will feature a theme based on a different Chicago neighborhood. Little City artists were selected to create a collection of works featuring Lincoln Square that will be displayed in the new building in early 2020.


The therapeutic day school currently serves 36 students, 29 of whom are also residents at Little City.



Center for Education Then:

Little City first started formal educational services in 1964, when it opened the Educational Development Center on the Palatine campus. It was a year-round school focused on meeting the unique needs of Little City residents. During the 1980s, a push for more inclusion caused many agencies, including Little City, to close its school doors. It wasn’t until 2011 that the Center for Education was reestablished, welcoming a modest class of three students to start a new chapter of educational services at Little City. As more school districts and leaders saw the value of therapeutic day schools, Little City was in a perfect position to offer that service as an increasing number of the children’s residential population could not be served by their home school districts. After consistent growth, the ChildBridge Center for Education completed a major expansion in 2015, doubling the size of the day school, adding four additional classrooms, a life skills lab, vocational lab, library/media center, two therapy rooms and a sensory gym. The additions allowed for students to learn in a more focused setting and reduced the number of classroom transitions needed in a school day.


The school currently serves 36 students, 29 of whom are residents at Little City. The curriculum has expanded over the years to include speech therapy, occupational therapy, music and art therapy and adaptive physical education along with traditional courses like math, science and social studies. 2019 was a particularly strong year for staffing as the school rebounded from 56 percent staffing over the summer back to a full staff by the start of the school year. The school has also taken a “community-as-the-classroom” approach, ensuring all students get at least one trip into the community per week, with the 18-22 year olds taking as many as three trips a week. The trips include everything from grocery store trips to work on life and social skills to volunteer opportunities and vocational tours to prepare the older students for post-graduation opportunities.

“Right now two-thirds of our students are 18 to 22 year olds so we are always working on preparing them as much as we can for that adult transition. But we are really excited about growing that middle school age population because it is great to see that trajectory. The earlier we get them, the more opportunities they have to work toward paid community employment and less restrictive environments.” -JESSICA KINGJI, SCHOOL THERAPY AND CLINICAL COORDINATOR

To help increase those vocational skills, the school is actively pursuing a PAES Lab, which stands for Practical Assessment Exploration Station, in order to offer simulated experiences in computer technology, construction and industrial jobs, consumer services and more.

In 2019, the Employee Development Services program served more than 40 people resulting in over 20,000 hours of paid work trials and 16 people obtaining community employment.




Center for Employment Then: A simple egg gave life to Little City’s employment program. In 1965, Little City used some of its vast acreage to establish an egg-producing poultry farm that served as both a vocational training program for residents and a fundraising tool for the agency. Eggs were sold from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday at the Little City Gift Shop for the years the farm was active. It didn’t take long for Little City to continue its innovation in the community employment space, opening a training center in 1969 that included a pre-vocational training program. By 1982, local newspapers were writing about Little City’s pioneering in the employment field as residents began to earn jobs in the community. 1987 marked another milestone for job creations, as an expansion of the supported employment program allowed adults to work on campus or at one of more than 70 participating corporations throughout the Chicagoland area in contracted worked. Little City continued to push for more opportunities in community employment throughout the 1990s and 2000s, engaging in community volunteer options, work enclaves and in-house training and support. By 2016, Little City had established a robust Employee Development Services program that was strengthened by the merger with Countryside Association and has led to incredible results.


The Employee Development Services program served more than 40 people in 2019. Students learned through a program that includes volunteerism, curriculum-based learning, business exploration and paid work trials. As a result, more than 20,000 hours of paid work trials were registered, 21 people were referred for competitive job development and 16 people obtained community employment. The Employment First Program, which works in concert with Employee Development Services but is also open to any community member covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, also had a banner year. More than 120 people received support with 61 of those obtaining new jobs. Workers averaged $10.78 per hour with 19 hour work weeks in 2019. Placements were made at dozens of business in 34 different communities.

“The opportunities for individuals to receive one-to-one vocational counseling and customized job placements grew with such an intensity that at times, I couldn’t believe what the team was accomplishing.” -CASEY BURKE, DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYMENT

The community employment program was once again bolstered by the incredible support of the Chicago Club Managers Foundation. The Foundation continued its legacy of support to Little City in 2019 by donating $250,000 to launch a community employment training center in DuPage County to help individuals with disabilities gain employment. Plans are already underway in securing a site and expanding the program.


258 adults benefited from the vast variety of progromming at Little City’s Countryside Center in 2019.



Countryside Center Then: Before the Countryside Center became a part of Little City, it preceded Little City by five years, first opening its doors in 1954 as a small, farmhouse school for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. As the children grew, so did Countryside’s mission. The agency evolved from one focused on children to one focused on the needs of adults and employment opportunities, establishing a robust vocational work program that partnered with dozens of corporate partners for contract work. In the 1970s, Countryside expanded into Waukegan as the Lakeside Center, growing the number of people served and expanding corporate partnerships to allow people with developmental disabilities to work in the safety and supervision of the center. The agency also started a farreaching respite program in the early 1980s, providing in-home care and relief to support families. Starting in 2000, Countryside and Lakeside Centers Transportation Services greatly expanded to significantly increase community access to employment services and opportunities. In 2008, Countryside started a program helping students with developmental disabilities preparing to leave high school transition into employment opportunities. In 2012, Countryside underwent a large expansion to increase space for contracted work and senior programs. And in 2016, Countryside merged with Little City to become the thriving center it is today.


“We were able to get a lot done in 2019, and we are already looking at finding more alternatives to vocational training work and to increase our enrollment with transitional age people for our Employee Development Services program.� -WENDY MAYFIELD, DIRECTOR OF DAY SERVICES

The Countryside Center serves more people than ever before as there is a vibrant connection with the main Little City campus so participants can get the most out of all the programs offered. Those at Countryside Center enjoy Employee Development Services classes, vocational work done on-site, the Golden Opportunities senior program and enclave and volunteer opportunities. One major addition in 2019 was the addition of the Never Too Late curriculum thanks to the Retirement Research Foundation to sharpen and maintain memory skills among aging adults. Aging adults have also been offered a multi-tier level of programming based on need and abilities so everyone can stay as challenged and active as needed. And in order to help more people become as independent as possible, the smallest area in Countryside Center was converted to a Life Skills program where classes and volunteer opportunities help create the full-life model to encourage independence. The Countryside Center also added art and horticulture classes to its programming as well as new therapeutic opportunities including doubling physical therapy sessions and introducing dance, music and pet therapy programs.

At the 2019 Special Olympics Summer Games, 18 Little City athletes earned a total of 37 medals including 18 golds.




Fitness and Recreation Then: It did not take long for Little City to prioritize fitness and recreation as the agency founders started constructing a site for such activities in 1959. By 1969, the current building used to house the school and administrative offices, was constructed to provide a gymnasium, home economic classes, pre-vocational and occupational training, music rooms, speech therapy, a library and auditorium all under one roof. In 1978, the Karyn Kupcinet Recreation Center was launched to provide even more recreational programs and additional space for physical fitness. Because of all the acreage, Little City was also able to install a softball field on-site. As the program grew, Little City added a Special Olympics program which has become one of the most successful in the state. The continued success of the Fitness & Recreation program led to a complete renovation of the Karyn Kupcinet Recreation Center into the Ethel B. and Joel H. Sharenow Fitness & Recreation Center in 2014. The renovated center included a stateof-the-art weight room, a mirrored exercise room for therapy, dance lessons and other activities, additional space for cooking and life-skill classes and a regulation sized swimming pool.


Today the Fitness & Recreation program serves more than 150 people ranging from children to seniors. With programs like water therapy, cooking, art, strength training and music and dance, there is something for everyone. And 2019 was once again a big year for the Special Olympics athletes. At this past year’s Summer Games, 18 athletes from Little City took home 37 medals, including 18 golds and 11 silvers. One particularly historic performance came from Jimmy S., winning four gold medals to sweep every category in his weight lifting division.

“Learning life skills, social skills and how to apply themselves physically and mentally in everything they do, even outside of here, is always the goal. We want to give them the opportunity they deserve to have the confidence and self-motivation to push themselves.” -MAGGIE BOCK, RECREATION

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Weight lifting once again led the way, even beyond the Special Olympics, breaking barriers on the national stage. In April, two Little City powerlifters – Tony and Aiden – became the first Special Olympics lifters in the nation to compete in the Amateur American Powerlifting Federation. Their performance at the AAPF Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina resulted in both receiving official, certified world records from the World Powerlifting Congress. Two more powerlifters, Jimmy and Kevin, followed up that performance by competing at the USA Powerlifting Nationals in May. Outside of powerlifting, Daniel – a Special Olympics athlete and student at the ChildBridge Center for Education – qualified for the World Games in Abu Dhabi. His three-week trip to Abu Dhabi for the bocce ball competition saw him win gold in the unified team competition, silver in singles competition and bronze in unified doubles competition with his older brother.


In 2019, nearly 100 participants benefited from horticulture classes and supplied Little City’s kitchen with more than 150 lbs of tomatoes.



The Horticulture Center Then:

The roots for Little City’s Horticulture Program started on July 7, 1974 when the Anna Mantel Fishbein Florarium first opened its doors. The unique but familiar building to all who have visited Little City looked the same as it does today – a stunning, translucent A-frame with twin greenhouses on either side. The program was introduced as a therapeutic program, giving residents a dynamic sensory experience. Eventually, the program ended in the late 1980s due to a lack of funding. Thanks to longtime supporter and Little City family member Dorothy Rose, the Horticulture Program was restarted and expanded in 2009. The program offered more gardening and landscaping classes and became a vocational and skill building program as well as a therapeutic one. In the years since it has re-opened, it has continued to grow stronger.

Now: Today, the Dorothy Rose Horticulture Center offers four levels of classes to roughly 100 people at the Palatine campus, Countryside Center and Lakeside Center. Classes are catered to all skill levels, ranging from Introduction to Plants and Plants 101 to Vocational and Plant Science classes. The program has also adopted a business-oriented approach, holding annual plant sales and also providing food for the Little City kitchen. In 2019, the garden was producing enough produce to supply the kitchen for roughly two months – providing fresh food including tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe and melons. The program is also therapeutic, as students helped build stone path gardens with different rock, stone and textured plants to touch and vertical ferry gardens with different colors and elements. Expanding retail and vocational skills is the program’s focus and significant strides were made in 2019. Students completed and expanded the outdoor edible garden and raised beds and the vocational class produced a record amount of food. Plans are now in place to participate in Farmers’ Markets where they could sell produce, potted plants and hanging baskets and the future addition of a hoop house on the Palatine campus could allow for year-round growing.

“We focused really hard on the edible garden and raised beds this year and we were able to get all of those finished. Looking at the vocational class this past year, I was really impressed and so were they. They were surprised by how much they grew. It’s definitely becoming more vocational and skill based, but gardening will always have therapeutic aspects to it.” -WAYNE JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE


The Foster Care Program provided more than 200 hours of foster parent training and received 100% compliance in the 2019 Medicaid review.



Foster Care & Adoption Then: The Little City Foster Care & Adoption program started in 1993 as a way to assist more vulnerable families and support children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The service started by providing both private adoptions and foster-to-adopt options. But in 1996, the state was in a near crisis with roughly 50,000 children in the foster care system. Little City started to transition exclusively to a foster-to-adopt service to help more children in foster care find the right forever home for them. In 2012, the Little City Foster Care & Adoption program was featured in a major way when the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recognized Little City as the first foster care and adoption agency in Illinois to obtain cultural competence in serving the LGBT community. Little City set a standard for what is now common by fulfilling two needs in finding more loving homes for those in foster care and responding to clear research that showed LGBT families wanted more adoption opportunities.

Now: The Little City Foster Care & Adoption Program serves 120 youth within a 45-mile radius of the Chicago office. It not only serves children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, but children who have suffered trauma, have emotional and behavioral needs or struggle with mental illness. 2019 proved to be especially successful as the program had a 100% retention rate in foster parents and staff, maintaining the continuity and relationships vital to creating a positive and successful foster experience for children. The program also provided more than 200 hours of foster parent training and received 100% compliance in the Medicaid review to secure the vital and primary funding for the program. An increase in grants and private donations also allowed the program to expand recruitment events and advertising, as that portion of the budget is unfunded without private support. Because of the continued success of the program, Little City is looking to expand its reach to help more of the 17,000 children in foster care. By opening a secondary office location, the program will establish a second 45-mile radius to reach more families.

“I think to be successful in any business it involves being aware of what the need is and constantly evolving. It is very hard to recruit loving and caring families and we’ve been really lucky to have such a solid foundation of families and staff. We want to take that model and serve more communities.� -EMILY RAWSKY, DEPUTY PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Officers and Board of Directors Board Officers President: Executive Vice President: Vice President & Secretary: Vice President: Vice President: Treasurer: Assistant Treasurer: Assistant Secretary: Assistant Secretary: Assistant Secretary: General Counsel:

Matthew B. Schubert, Paramount Staffing Lianne Paterson, Schaumburg School District 54 David Rose, Berkshire Hathaway David Bishop, BMO Private Bank B. Timothy Desmond, Property Management Advisors, Inc. Jeffrey A. Krug, J. Krug & Associates, Inc. Charles G. Fergus Gregory Burns, Allstate Insurance Company William Chepulis, Zurich North America Heather J. Ritter, Daily Herald Media Group John J. George, Akerman LLP

Board of Directors Alex G. Alexandrou, City of Aurora Ronald Ally, William Rainey Harper College Eleni P. Bousis, Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation John M. Duffey Rit Faisal, Spherade, Inc. Jennifer Gavelek, Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services Alexander A. Gianaras, Transformer Manufacturers, Inc. Monu Kalsi, Salesforce Amar H. Kapadia, KPMG LLP

Mrinalini Lakshminarayanan, Parker Hannifin Marcus D. Montanye, CIBC Bank USA David J. Pfau, Hive10 LLC Andrew D. Richmond, Cornerstone Research, Inc. Dale Rublaitus, Motorola Solutions, Inc. James H. Stone, Jerome H. Stone Family Foundation James V. Testa, Show Sage, LLC Chad Werkema, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Board of Advisors Julie Bell, Benefit Cosmetics, LLC Timothy Bleuher, Department of Building and Zoning of Cook County Randi B. Blume, BMO Harris Bank Paul A. Castiglione, States Attorney Office Amit Choksi Kevin J. Conboy, Oracle Thomas J. Dart, Sheriff’s Office of Cook County, Illinois Sylvia Davis


Lincoln D. Germain, Honeywell International Jonathan C. Green, City of Chicago Lisa J. Lewis Brendan Scanlan Jack Shum, Jack Shum Development, Inc. Jerry I. Siegel, Midway Moving and Storage, Inc. Ron Sowadski, Automated Data Processing Daniel I. Tepperman, Industrial Market Place Sara Tyburski-Noyer, Mount Prospect School District 57

Executive Staff Executive Director Deputy Executive Director, Programs & Services Director of Facilities Chief Program Officer, Children’s Services Chief Development Officer Deputy Chief, Centralized Support Services Chief Financial Officer Chief Human Resources Officer

Shawn E. Jeffers Kelly Holm Bill Brennan Rich Bobby Jayne Drew Theresa Moran Christopher Taylor Yvonne Renee Watts

Parent/Family/Guardian Group President: Charles G. Fergus Vice President: Cathleen J. Bertolozzi Vice President: Michael L. Miller Treasurer: David A. Rose Alex G. Alexandrou Nancy E. Arndt Virginia Bronecke

Frank B. Castiglione Gilda M. Castiglione Barbara W. Castiglione Rit Faisal Mehetab Faisal Betty A. Fergus Sue Garesche Bernard S. Goldberg

Sandra C. Loebe-Stoken Anita I. Miller Lianne E. Paterson Elizabeth Sass Randall E. Sass Daniel I. Tepperman Audrey J. Tepperman Patricia M. Weinfuss

Friends of Countryside President: Sue Benes Vice President: Cathy Laatsch Secretary: Vicki Ivaska

Treasurer: Judy Hedlund Member at Large: Judy Botts Member at Large: Kim Collar

Member at Large: Kathy Kohnke Member at Large: Sarah Poyner

Corporate, Foundation and Individual Donors Platinum ($100,000+) Julie Bell / Julie Bell Living Trust Abraham & Judith Bohrer

DuPage County Chicago Club Managers Foundation

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

Gold ($50,000-$99,999) Alec K. and Viena P. Gianaras Foundation / Alexander Gianaras

Lake County

Silver ($25,000-$49,999) The Davee Foundation Tahra & Mark Dodson / The Dodson Foundation Motorola Solutions Foundation

Richard A. Perritt Charitable Foundation Retirement Research Foundation The John D. and Minnie R. Schneider Charitable Trust

Village of Schaumburg Jane Wilson and David Mayhew Stone Charitable Trust George & Dimitra Zervas

Bronze ($10,000-$24,999) Allstate Insurance Company Blair & Janis* Anderson Linda M. Bell Eleni & Dimitrios Bousis Lillian B. Churchill Cole-Crone Family Foundation The Coleman Foundation, Inc. Gladys K. Crown Philanthropic Fund B. Timothy & Nancy Desmond Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC Andrew C. & Karen M. Flis David Gershman Mary Carol & David Grabill Jonathan & Monica Green Randall Green Pamela & Gregory Greene Hanover Township Marguerite D. Hark


Edward & Andrea Hockfield Cliff & Jane Hudis Illinois Arts Council Illinois Tool Works Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Midwest Division Kaye B. Karch & Jerry Rubin Donald & Ellen Kuhns Marvin & Kay Lichtman Foundation, Inc. Little City’s Parent/Family/Guardian Group MR/LD Fund Illinois State Council K of C Charities, Inc. National Philanthropic Trust Edmond and Alice Opler Foundation Lianne & Mark Paterson Dale & Leanna Rublaitus Randall & Elizabeth Sass / The Elizabeth S. Johnson Revocable Trust Debra J. Schnabel

Matthew & Tina Schubert Phyllis Schwartz / Phyllis and Perry Schwartz Foundation Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc. Henry Smogolski / Smogolski Family Charitable Trust Nancy Stokes Jerome H. Stone Family Foundation James H. Stone / James H. Stone Trust Sysco Chicago, Inc. The Alaska Community Foundation Village of Arlington Heights Wheeling Township Wipfli LLP The Zurich Foundation Zurich North America


Executive Director’s Circle ($5,000-$9,999) Akerman LLP Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services Steven & Barbara Anderson Argonne National Laboratory Autism Speaks Andrea Bell Trust Robert & Beverly Berman/ The Louis & Dorothy Berman Foundation Emil Bertolozzi Trust Builtech Services, LLC The Chicago Blackhawks CIBC Bank USA Citigroup City of Waukegan City Paymaster Cornelius, Inc. Gary & Deborah Cremieux Kent P. & Elizabeth D. Dauten Dentons US, LLP DuPage Community Foundation Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP George M. Eisenberg Foundation For Charities

Elk Grove Township Rit & Mehetab Faisal John & Mary Jo George Celia Green John & Patricia Harmon Hockfield & Associates, Inc. Identiti Resources J.C. Anderson James McHugh Construction Co. Shawn & Barbara Jeffers Lori S. Khanuk Ellen Kolegar Mitchell & Sari Kovitz Wendy K. Kritt Mrinalini Lakshminarayanan Scot & Monica Leonard / Herman & Katherine Peters Foundation Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC Max & Alayne Mancinelli Kenneth M. & Theresa M. Mihalka Motorola Solutions, Inc. David & Cynthia Mottram

Richard Ryan Mullaney Edward & Jean Murphy Mutual of America Life Insurance Company Palatine Township David Pfau Michael J. & Donna Polelle Asghar Pourhadi Russell and Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust Andrew & Kim Richmond Paul & Joan Rubschlager Foundation Ethel & Joel Sharenow Robert L. Sherman & Barbara Bradford SMACNA Greater Chicago Todd A. Smith TTS Group Inc Uline, Inc. Weber-Stephen Westfield Insurance Foundation Wintrust Financial Corp

Ambassador’s Club ($2,500-$4,999) Norman & Susan Abazoris Mark Abrahamson and Vickie CarsonAbrahamson Bruce Adreani / Adreani Foundation Mark & Regina Affolter Bruce Amsterdam & Ilene Grossman Larry & Cathy Bertolozzi Ronald S. Betts Thomas G. Blanchard / Blanchard Family Trust Bob’s Discount Furniture, LLC. William & Maureen Brennan Gregory & Christella Buchberger Gregory & Kathleen Burns Julie B. Carson Frank & Barbara Castiglione Gilda M. Castiglione Chicago Dental Society Foundation Doris K. Christopher Daniel & Demetra Christus Susan & Daniel Collins Mark Comin & Marci Rinkoff Jean & James Day Amy & Ryan DeWitte DWS Trust Company

EMI-LAR, Inc. Ernst & Young LLP Experimur, LLC Charles (Gil) & Betty Fergus First Midwest Bank Susan Fried Timothy & Valerie Fu Jennifer Gavelek GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program Lincoln Germain & Gayla Wicks Germain Matt Goode Gus Kalpake Amar Kapadia James & Allen Kaplan Housh & Dawn Khoshbin Knights of Columbus, Holy Ghost Council #4977 Sherwin & Betty Korey Laner Muchin, Ltd. Guy E. Lewis Libertyville Township Bruce & Cindy Lubin M. R. Consulting Services Medline Industries, Inc. Carol L. Meyer

Miller, Cooper & Co., Ltd. Much Shelist Jack & Christy Newman Mark & Heather Ritter David A. Rose & Nancy Block RSM US LLP John Salvino Michael H. Secoy Seyfarth Shaw LLP Show Sage, LLC Gregg Shutan Michael Sicher Benjamin Smith Rick & Deanna Stern Swiss Food Products James Testa & Terri Rudd Township of Schaumburg Vanguard Charitable Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Vedder Price P.C. Wauconda Township Chad Werkema William Blair & Company Paul & Jill Yonover

Corporate, Foundation and Individual Donors Leadership Club ($1,000-$2,499) Jimmie S. Abbott Nicholas D. Adams Conrad & Carol Agnos John L. Aikin American Center for Spine & Neurosurgery LLC Stefanie Anderson Astellas US Technologies, Inc. Barrington Junior Women’s Club, Inc. Barrington Township Daniel E. Beederman Philis Beilfuss Karel L. Bekker Donald & Gail Benson Michael & Marcia Berk Robert Bernstein Rick Bertolozzi Norman L. Berven & Barbara A. Mittelstaedt-Berven Willard & Catherine Bishop Richard & Carole Blazek Elia Boufas Matt Brahm Matthew D. Broomfield Paul A. Brune Thomas R. Butler Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Chevron Humankind Program Keith & Elaine Christiansen Joseph & Shelly Clayton Community Health Charities of Virginia The Cooper Foundation John & Lisa Cooper Thomas & Sue Damario Gwendolyn A. Damico Dell Technologies Conor P. Desmond & Deanna DoyleDesmond Scott Dessing Carl & Karen Dohn Daniel D. Dolan Family Advisory Endowment Fund Patrick & Therese Donoghue


Jayne M. Drew Shirley Dupke Patricia Edwalds Euromonitor International Jerry & Elissa Feig First Midwest Bank Charles Fitz-Hugh Jean Frainey Dianne & David Friedman Robert & Geri Friedman Friends of Countryside Inc. W. James Ganson Sue Garesche Lynn Gelfand Stephen Genest Bernard Goldberg Google, Inc. William & Marianne Hammett John L. Hangey William & Deborah Hartmann Nancy S. & John R. Hartung Gary A. Heine Jeff & Vicki Heise Robert & Virginia Hellenga Allan Heller Robert & Judith Hinrichs Kelly and John Holm Ronald & Bonnie Hopperton International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 701 Interstate Electronics Company Jackson Charitable Foundation Al H. Kaeppel Katten Muchin Rosenman Foundation, Inc. Thomas & Kathleen Kemp Michael & Carol Killian Gideon & Ilana Kishony Marc & Margaret Klein Michael F. Koenigsberger, Esq. Ronald & Kathleen Kohnke Stephen T. Kolmin Nick & Eleni Konstantinou

Jeffrey & Lorraine Krug Kenneth & Deborah Krull Greg & Patty Kuzmic Kenneth & Judith Landeck Janet & Ralph Langton Louis & Betsy LaPaglia Linda LaPorte Gretel J. LaVieri Peter & Judith Lederer Francine LeFrak & Rick Freidberg Kenneth J. Liss Merrily Lockwood Sandra Loebe-Stoken & Richard Stoken George J. London Memorial Foundation Thomas W. Ludwig M. Holland Company Dennis & Mary Masek The Maxim Foundation Douglas McClure Michael & Anita Miller Marcus & Melissa Montanye Rosellen & E. William Monter MVP Staffing Netrix Kathleen A. Nevitt Scott Newman Stacy & Amber Newman Claude & Paula Nickell Steven M. Bachrach & Carmen I. Nitsche John Noldan Janet A. Ortaggio Pabcor Equities, Inc. Pabcor Management, LLC. Paddock Publications, Inc. Pasquesi Sheppard, LLC. Andrew Passaglia Jeff & Patricia Penner Joseph Perillo Floyd & Linda Perkins Mark & Marianne Rakoczy Richard and Marianne Reinisch Foundation Marianne Reinisch

Leadership Club ($1,000-$2,499) Joanne & Gregory Remington Mark & Ellen Richmond John J. Rock Michael & Deborah Rohrwasser Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue Marc & Lisa Roth Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. Roger & Carolyn Schellenberger Nicholas & Chris Schlageter Schoenberg, Finkel, Newman, & Rosenberg, LLC Susan A. Schrean The Schwaben Society Charity Fund Sherman Residential Craig Sherwood Jack & Starr Shum Paula Sirott

Linas Smulkstys Paul & Diane Spanier St Joseph the Worker Parish St. Paul The Apostle Women’s Fellowship Josh Steinfeld & Marissa Hockfield Bridget Stephenson Alfred Stillman III Paul & Brenda Stubitsch Sweeney Family Foundation Guy & Theresa Tagliavia Edward & Josie Telman Ioannis & Eleni Theoharis Julianne Turk Shirley A. Vallort Darryl & Antonia Van Kampen Mark G. Walenga Austin & Lisa Walsh

Sheri Warsh Robert & Colleen Waterhouse David & Jennifer Watson Brad & Nikki Weber Thomas J. Wedell Jeff & Christie Weiss Hal R. & Cindy Wolken Women’s Club of Inverness Richard & Barb Wrona Kenneth & Anita Youga Lawrence R. Zall Marc & Lisa Zaslavsky Ellen R. Zemel Ila & Thomas Ziemba Todd Zirlin Andrew J. Zych

Advocate’s Club ($500-$999) Brian & Karen Abry Neal & Jodi Acharya James Ahr Ivo Alexander Alex & Karen Alexandrou Mazen Ayoub Baird Foundation, Inc. Kamran & Olivia Balo James L. Barce Lana J. Baumeister Lois Bernhard David & Susan Bishop Michael & Nina Blechman Sarah Bloethe Gerald & Annette Blumberg Rich & Jaime Bobby Charles & Martha Bonifield Brian & Mimi Borkan David Bronecke Dennis & Kay Brooks Kenneth H. Brown Joseph & Mary Burns Roger & Becky Butler Ann E. Callaway Michael & Sally Cannon Curt & Jan Cartolano Charter Steel Trading Company, Inc.

William & Nicole Chepulis Ann M. Chiero Constantine J. Christ Mark & Robyn Ciarlette Debra & Arthur Clamage Jason & Kim Clark Susan & Brian Clark Alan Cole COMAR Properties Vincent & Sheila Connor Lynne M. Conroy Bogdan Cyhaniuk Richard & Barbara Dapriele Robin C. Davidson William & Patricia Davis The Russell & Frieda DeYong Foundation Katelyn L. Decker Alexandra & Mariusz Dembicki Jay Dicker Stan G. Dolasinski Michael & Karen Donahue Martin & Gail Dooley Matthew Dorrance Madeleine Doubek Bernard A. Drzazga William & Suzanne Farr Caroline G. Faytle

Michael Fergus John & Cheryl Ferroli FGMK, LLC Daniel & Stacey Fishbein Kenneth & Debra Fishbein Foster The Laughs Inc. Jay Franks Gerald & Ellen Freedman Howard & Ellen Gebel Ronald & Catherine Gengler Joseph H. Goldberg Family Foundation Ronald & Sheri Golden Susan F. & Frederick Gourley Ellen C. Hallissey Stephen & Eleanor Hammerman Lori & Mitchell Hirsh Mr. & Mrs. David Hoffman Donald & Sandra Hoffman Joel & Carol Honigberg Lawrence Horwich Laurie & Timothy Humphreys Karen Hunter Michael & Christine Hurley Sheree Isom Jackson National Community Fund Carol & John Jansson JD Real Estate, Inc.

Corporate, Foundation and Individual Donors Advocate’s Club ($500-$999) Pamela & Fred Johnson Paul & Elisabeth Johnson Kimberly T. Joseph Peter N Kamberos Revocable Trust Mark Kao Diane P. Karalekas & Dean G. Alexandrou Joshua H. Khoshbin Richard & Christine Kimball Kiwanis Club of Palatine Knights of Columbus #7694 George C. Kollias Robert Kolmin Eric Krieger Drew Kristoff Francis P. Kruppe Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd. Tim Lahart Richard & Grace Lehner Donald Lev Joseph & Patricia LiBrizzi Melia & Nicholas Linardos Lions Club of Oakbrook Terrace Olivia Lockett Rosemarie G. Lomonaco Ivan & Mary Elizabeth Lozada Harry Lu Michael & Joyce Lueth Thomas & Mary Malia Michael & Brooke Mandrea Peter Mazzone Hugh G. McBreen Jason McCloy Keith J. McCrea Jerold & Susan McCreight Ed & Cynthia McDonough Ryan McFarland Scott & Eve Mermel / The Scott J. Mermel Trust Michael Mokate


Cynthia A. Moody J.R. Moran Deja A. Morris Christine M. Myers Jeff & Sheri Nianick Kimberly & Randel Notz Belinda O’Kelly Carole & George Olsen Robert J. Palm Charles R. Penhaligen Bogdan Pesut Donna Zadeikis-Pino & Albert R. Pino Thomas J. Pisarczyk Thomas & Susan Piskorski Ernestene & James Qualls Thomas F. Quitter Family Trust Robert W. Race Rahn Equipment Company Joyce & Christopher Rahn Joyce K. Redelsperger Neil & Louise Richter The RJN Foundation, Inc. Ken Roach Joan E. Robertson Warner Rosenthal Andrew & Stacie Ross Stephen & Pam Roubik Edward & Arlene Ruff Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church Brendan Scanlan Ann & Dan Schuster Brian Schwartz Louis & Jacqueline Schwartz Erik Sennet Sewer Equipment Co of America Tom & Lisa Shaer James D. Shannon Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts

Alicia D. Silva Anthony Simon Tara S. Simon Mitchell & Valerie Slotnick Maria E. Smith Robert Socol Samuel & Debbie Sorkin Leslie & Mattew Spagat Gavin & Shirley Speirs Kirk Spieth Eric D. Sprieser Irwin Steinberg, CPA/ Steinberg Advisors, Ltd. Frank & Irma Stromberg J.D. Sun Superior Electrical Technologies, LLC Benard & Caryl Susman Michael & Laurene Szkatulski Christopher C. Taylor Roger & Kristen Taylor Edward & Sharla Thill Carol & Ulfur Thors Nathan & Karyn Tompkins Anthony Truppa Virginia C. Vale Value City Furniture Robert & Jan Van Iten Paul L. Vilmur Bruce Weininger The Clara Weiss Fund Marjorie Weiss Susan & Donald Whitney William Rainey Harper College Tom Winkelman Craig & Kathleen Wissmiller Joseph & Nancy Wohlhart Scott & Carol Yonover

Neighbor’s Club ($250-$499) Aspasia & Konstantinos Adamopoulos Jim Ahlborn Farida Ahmed Charles & Mary Albrecht Mr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Alde Peter Alderson Allstate Giving Campaign/United Way AmazonSmile Foundation Ancient Order of Hibernians in America Gene R. Anderson Susan Anderson Carol & David Angus Gerard & Rosemary Aranha Nancy E. Arndt Loraine I. Arrigo Johnson Awoyemi Andrew & Terri Balbirer James P. Bandman Stefano Bando John M. Banjo Osalusi Stacey & Daniel Barrins Patrick Bave Anna & Wilfried Bechtloff Paul & Karen Bell Bryan Berg Jan Berman Kathleen L. Betterman Paul Biagini Bill’s Carpet Service Inc. Jane Bishop Bruce Blair Philippe Blanchard Joseph R. Blank Andrew Block Sophia Bloethe Judy Bloom The Boeing Company Gift Match Allen & Cindy Bolnick Mike & Angie Borman Timothy Bothe Donald F. Bouseman BP Susan L. Braun Tiana D. Brazzale Kelly Brennan Bujar Breznica Adrianne & Charles Brimie Kathryn Brtko Dolores & Robert Buerer Mary Jo Buffo

Casey B. Burke Nicholas A. Butchko Leonard V. Canino Michael Cannell Capital Resource Management, Inc. Julia & Kenneth Carr Marc Castiglione Paul A. Castiglione Charles & Elizabeth Cavazos Dennis & Sue Chaplin Clarice Chin James H. Christensen Thomas Cloherty Andrea R. Cohen Julian G. Coleman John T. Coletta John Conway Cornerstone Research, Inc. Marc Countryman Donald L. Crossley Robert Culicchia Antoni & Barbara Czupryna Peder Dahlberg Stephen F. Danziger Stephanie Darnell Josh Davidson David & Margaret Davison Edward & Carol DeBoer Ann Dickson John & Tracey Difalco Richard B. Dorner Anna & David Doyle Robert & Beth Driscoll Albert & Mary Anne Dru Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Duda Robert & Sherie Dvorak Kathleen M. Egan Timur & Alyse Eligulashvili Emanuel Family Foundation Oluwatoba A. Fadeyi Thomas W. Fahy Gary Fazzio Judy & Robert Ferrero Michael & Sandra Firsel Robert & Audrey Fischer Dave Fisher Brad & Sherri Fishman Genevieve & Patrick Fitzgerald Kaaren & Ross Follett Richard Ford

Harrison Fox George & Bettina Francis Julian & Rhona Frazin Wayne & Cheryl Frederickson Jerrold H. Frumm Daniel & Nancy Fu Trevor & Cynthia Gaddis Patricia Gerbanas Kirsten & John Gibbs Give with Liberty Nadyne Gladney Global Canvas Steven J. Gloeckle Steven Gnatovich Tracy Godfrey Mukesh Goel Paul & Cheryl Gosiewski Paul & Barbara Grabowski Stephen & Mary Jane Graff John Grasso Erik Greene William & Alice Grippe Donald & Barbara Groscop Robert M. Gross Guy Laferrera’s International Design III, Inc. Steve A. Haar Robert & Lisa Hamer Heather & Gregory Hamm M. Donna Harris Nayda B. Harris Rick Heinz John & Madeline Hennessy Sue Hildebrandt Margaret Hillstrom Allen & Nancy Hirschfield Adam Hobbs James A. Hobbs Claudine Hollack Richard & Debra Homa Timothy J. Hoster Neil Howard Thomas & Pamela Howell Becky Howell-Adams Drew Hussar Roger & Arlene Ihssen Francine Jacobs Michael & Lori Jakolat Helen W. Jantz Felicia Johnson

Corporate, Foundation and Individual Donors Neighbor’s Club ($250-$499) Lucille & Ronald Johnson Gregory & Sharon Kaczmarek Irving D. Kaplan Irene Kaporis Kathy Z. Kaporis Martin Karp Andy Kasparaitis Patricia Kavanagh Patrick & Kathleen Kearney Karen Kemeny Sam Kimmerly Jessica Kingji James & Virginia Kintz David & Janice Kleiner John & Linda Klepitch Clark & Gina Koertner Jerry Kokolis Kenneth & Suzan Kolmin Michael J. Koperniak Kevin & Maureen Kosewic Harry Kramer Jeff Kray Scott & Peggy Kruger Joan M. Kutyba Lake County Door Company LaSusa Law Offices Ralph V. LaVieri, Sr. Thaddeus & Martha Lipinski Javier & Lillia Lopez Bill Lussow Adam & Katie Lutostanski Richard J. Lutz Melissa Mabley Joseph & Shirley Majewski Steven Mandrea Fred A. Manuele Albert & Eleonore Manzardo Tina & Mark Maraccini Lois Marchini Robert A. Marcink Dale Mark Jennifer Marriott Thomas & Stephanie Marsh


Tracy Martin Michael & Elizabeth McCann Mary J. McGinn Jayne McGrath Michael & Ann McLaughlin Edward & Stephanie McLoughlin Sean McSherry Steven Menoff Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Heidi Merritt Joe Messineo Eileen R. Miller William & Alyce Moloney Rita E. Moravec Arlette Morcos Irene A. Morgan Morgan Stanley Gift Fund Julie & David Mota Dallas J. Mowen Multimodal International, LTD Chad Munz Maria Murphy Mike Murray Charles & Darla Musson Luis S. Nasiff Marya T. Nega Graham Nelson Mark S. Nelson Tram Nguyen William T. Nicholson Nicholas & Molly Nocerino Carol Novak Nicholas & Caroline Nudo Eileen H. O’Brien Stephanie O’Bryant Sylvia J. O’Donnell Adenike A. Omoniyi Timothy W. Oster Denise Ostrowski Larry & Margaret Ott Packey Webb Trevor Page Karen & Jeffrey Panek

Estelle & Peter Panton Adam Passaglia Raj Patel Patio Food Products, Inc. Lori Pedelty Michael S. Peter Scott & Ann Marie Pfeifer Thomas & Betty Philipsborn Daniel J. Phillips Kenneth Pietrucha Mark Pinderski Ruby Poirel Igor & Anita Polonsky Karen L. Radwin Mark Rakoczy Judith Redelsperger Barbara Regard Robert Reichner Robert J. Repel Deborah & Mario Retondo Audrey L. Reynolds William V. Ricchio Mr. & Mrs. Neal Ridenour Phil & Karol Ritchey Barbara S. Rodgers Ronald & Mary Ann Rodgers Scott Rofstad Roger Rosentreter Devshi K. Roy Sybel S. Sanchez Randall D. Schmidt Arthur C. Schneider Elana Schrank Joseph J. Schuler Michael A. Schwartz Donald J. Scrivner Mary & Michael Semik Gerald & Joanne Shea David & Kathy Shine Zach Shutan Anthony & Mary Ann Siejka Andre & Patricia Silchenko Michael Solot

Neighbor’s Club ($250-$499) Frank Sproviero, Jr. Bernard & Annette Staggenburg Sarah Stefan Ron & Margaret Stemler Robert & Paula Stendel Bogdan Surdyka Synchrony Financial Matching Gift Program Paulo Szwec Anthony Taglia Gilles Tanneur Richard & Anne Taylor Jesus Tenorio David & Nancy Thomsen Roger & Linda Tieman

Our donors make a difference!

Thomas & Karen Unger United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Kevin Urbatsch Anshuman Vaidya Donald & Janet Van Cleave John Van Duzer Joanne E. Van Natta James & Mary Ann Vanaria Frank L. Wagenaar Thomas J. Wall Walter Waltz Yvonne R. Watts Ted R. Wilken Judith M. Wilson Winco Enterprise, Inc.

Rick & Joy Wisa Priscilla Wish Jack & Gail Witlin Ken Wollin Tom Wood Marge & William Wooton John P. Wynn Tim Yanong Carl & Amelina Young Nancy Young Robert Zembraski David & Esther Zevin Charles Zitnick Joyce Zurek

Without the commitment of our generous donors, Little City would not be able to provide the enriching and life changing programs and services our participants depend on each day! Thank you for your support! In 2019, Little City:

Welcomed 621 new donors Accepted 8,746 donations Received donations from 3,550 donors

Volunteers & In-Kinds Gifts Without the valuable support of volunteers, it would have been a challenge to complete a small fraction of the many projects that were accomplished in 2019. Additionally, Little City received many in-kind donations which are some of the most effective and impactful resources in helping us achieve our mission. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in Little City’s successful year:

Volunteers 100% Foundation Abrams Home Solutions Adults Transition Program South-Higgins Educational Center Aetna Assurance Agency Astellas Astrazeneca Barrington Public Library Berkshire Hathaway Koenig RubloffSchaumburg BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Boy Scouts of America Boys & Girls Club of America Builtech Services LLC Career Education Center Chicago Cares Citibank Clipped Wings Coldwell Banker Committee of Achievement- Chamberlain College of Nursing CrossCountry Mortgage DePaul University CMAA Student Chapter DePaul University CMAA Discover

Ernst and Young Foster Care & Adoption Program Holiday Party Volunteers Friends of Countryside Girl Scouts of America Greater Chicago Club Managers Association HandsOn Surburban Chicago Holy Family Parish HSBC Bank USA Illinois State University J.Krug and Associates Jewel-Osco, Palatine Kantar Group Knights of Columbus KRD - Kutchins, Robbins, and Diamonds Liberty Mutual Little City Board of Directors Little City’s Parent/Family/Guardian Group Looney Associates Lou Malnatis Pizza Motorola Foundation Motorola Solutions National Eagle Scout Association Netrix LLC Nitel

Non-Profit Alliance Oakton Community College Omron Optum Palatine Public Library Palatine Township Paramount Staffing Pleasant Hill Elementary School PulteGroup Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago Royal United Mortgage LLC Schaumburg Business Association School District 15 School District 211 Academy South School District 211 Students School District 30 Maple Brook Middle School School District 54 Sherwin Williams Paint and Coating Manufacturing Company St. Edna’s Parish The Opus Group: Commercial Real Estate William Fremd High School William Rainey Harper College Wipfli LLP Zurich NA

Alexander A. Gianaras Jeff & Vicki Heise Housh’s Construction Co Illinois Department of Transportation J. Krug & Associates, Inc. JEWEL-OSCO Gus Kalpake Michael L. Keiser Michael F. Koenigsberger Jeffrey A. Krug Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Magellan Corporation Marcus D. Montanye Motorola Solutions, Inc.

PACE Systems Inc. Mike Reagan Sand Valley Golf Resort Schneider Excavating, Inc. Tom Shaw Sheriff’s Office of Cook County, Illinois Robert L. Sherman Gary A. Shutan Sidney Austin LLP Irwin Steinberg James H. Stone Twin Orchard Country Club WAC Chicago Hal R. Wolken

In-Kind Gifts


ABT Electronics & Appliances Joseph M. Adams Basinger Pharmacy, Inc. Benefit Cosmetics LLC BKB Commercial Corporation CBC Specialty Beverage The Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Bulls Cinespace Cutwater Spirits, LLC DeFranco Plumbing, Inc. Eco Tekk International Joe Emerich John J. George

Visionary Society Donors The Visionary Society honors the lifetime individual givers of over $50,000

Platinum Leaf ($500,000+) Abraham & Judith Bohrer John M. & Becky J. Duffey

Vincent & Patricia Foglia / Foglia Family Foundation

Ethel & Joel Sharenow George & Dimitra Zervas

Gold Leaf ($250,000-$499,999) Eleni & Dimitrios Bousis Vernon L.* & Merle* Carson Alec K. and Viena P. Gianaras Foundation / Alexander Gianaras

Marguerite D. Hark Alfred B. Henry* Donald & Ellen Kuhns

Dorothy Rose* / The Dorothy Rose Living Trust Henry Smogolski / Smogolski Family Charitable Trust

Silver Leaf ($100,000-$249,999) Julie Bell / Julie Bell Living Trust Gilda M. Castiglione Elaine A. Cohen Kent P. & Elizabeth D. Dauten B. Timothy & Nancy Desmond Tahra & Mark Dodson / The Dodson Foundation Christopher & Cindy Galvin

John & Mary Jo George Judge Albert* & Celia Green Randall Green William* & Jean* Hartmann Edward & Andrea Hockfield Ellen Kolegar Rosellen & E. William Monter Michael J. & Donna Polelle

Sidney Port* Joseph & Susan Power / Power Family Foundation Randall & Elizabeth Sass Matthew & Tina Schubert Robert L. Sherman & Barbara Bradford James H. Stone / James H. Stone Trust Eleni Tzotzolis

Bronze Leaf ($50,000-$99,999) Alex & Karen Alexandrou David & Martha Althoff Bruce Amsterdam & Ilene Grossman James Andersen Steven & Barbara Anderson Ronald Barsanti Howard* & Linda Bell Saul Chez* Eileen Christensen Michael & Nancy Daley Gwendolyn A. Damico Todd DeFranco / DeFranco Plumbing, Inc. Nancy & James Donahoe Charles (Gil) & Betty Fergus Paul & Mary Finnegan Andrew C. & Karen M. Flis

Bernard Goldberg Good Family Foundation / Dr. Mary L. Good Jonathan & Monica Green Pamela & Gregory Greene Jean Hartmann* Richard D. Hodgers James & Tamara Howell Shawn & Barbara Jeffers Jerry Rubin & Kaye B. Karch Leo B. Klimaitis / Susan L. Klimaitis Foundation Charles Kotval* Mitchell & Sari Kovitz Frank Kral Wendy K. Kritt Linda LaPorte Carol L. Meyer

Edward & Jean Murphy David & Daryl Nelms Norman* & Lillian* Orenstein Daniel Pradt J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation David A. Rose & Nancy Block Janet & Alan Rosenfeld Robert & Julie Samson Dennis & Carla Schlemmer John* & Erma* Schnabel / John J. Schnabel Trust Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Stone* Carol M. Symons* James Testa & Terri Rudd Robert J. & Roberta Washlow Hal R. & Cindy Wolken *deceased

Legacies and Bequests Legacies and Bequests come to Little City as a result of the gracious philanthropy of individuals who made the important decision to include us in their estate plans. We are immensely grateful for their generosity, vision, and life legacy to support our mission. To learn more about planned giving, please contact Jayne Drew at | 847-221-7729 or visit

Realized Legacies and Bequests Chester J Bialczak Trust

Rosa U. Good Trust

Barbara H. Salstrand Rev Trust

Estate of Vera L Carlson

Daniel Marchewka Trust

Raymond Holland Trust

Edelstein Charitable Trust

Charlotte A Miller Trust

Donald Egger Trust #1

Robert R. Quandt Trust

Jane Wilson and David Mayhew Stone Charitable Trust

Thomas P. & Etta L. Garrity Trust

The Dorothy Rose Living Trust

Heritage Society Members


Jan Abramowitz

Lillian Gorak

Michael Lueth

John L. Aikin

Jonathan Green

Terence J. McElligott

Alex Alexandrou

Pamela Greene

Carol L. Meyer

Alan Baltz

Ronald Holzer

Shirley L. Miller*

Howard Bell*

James Howell

Deborah Nelson

Julie Bell

Ryan Isherwood

Lucretia Perrone Charitable Unitrust

Abraham Bohrer

Shawn Jeffers

Michael J. Polelle

Lola J. Brantner

C. Conrad Johnson*

Dorothy Rose*

Vernon L. Carson*

William D. Johnson

Harold H. Schmalbeck*

B. Timothy Desmond

Leland* & Shirley* Kenney

Matthew Schubert

William Drake*

Ellen Kolegar

Henry Smogolski

India Alexis Ehioba

Sheldon I. Landman

Carol Thors

Charles Fergus

Linda LaPorte

Rivian H. Wolf

Alexander Gianaras

Sandra Loebe-Stoken


Leaving a Legacy When it comes to supporting Little City, Abe Bohrer is the “now” and the “then.” Not many people have seen Little City’s growth quite like Abe. He remembers writing dozens of letters in the early days to drum up state and community support to get Little City off the ground. Most recently, Abe has committed himself to making life-changing donations to help future residents and all others like his son Mitchell who has been at Little City for nearly 60 years. Abe’s long legacy of giving continued in a major way in 2019 as he donated his 3-acre property in Addison, which is valued at roughly $3 million. From funding and supporting some of the earliest programs Little City had to offer when Mitchell first came as an 18 year old, to making generous donations for the Duffey Family Children’s Village, Abe has always focused on securing the future of the next generation of families who have loved ones with disabilities. For 60 years, Little City has relied on donors like Abe. No matter how big or small the gift, it is the constant support and advocacy that is most valuable. We encourage all those interested in exploring Planned Giving as one possible option of supporting Little City to visit

“We are humbled and awed by the incredible generosity of the Bohrer family in this gift and in their legacy of support over the decades. This gift has opened so many doors for people with developmental disabilities and will make profound differences for countless people for years and years to come.” -SHAWN JEFFERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FY19 Financials For 60 years, Little City has provided innovative programs and services that foster development and personal fulfillment for the children and adults it serves. To do so, Little City relies on government funding and direct contributions from individuals, Agencycorporations Revenue and foundations.

blue Government Funding Beyond the state-required minimal standard of care, Little City’s quality-of-life standards encompass programs and services Revenue yello Agency Contributions that foster a life of health, recreation, education and culture that protect one’s rights, beliefs, choices and aspirations. blue Government Funding pink Investment/Other yello Contributions The chart below provides a glance at Little City’s operating expenses and revenues for Fiscal Year 2019 dating July 1, 2018 pink Investment/Other through June 30, 2019.

9.3% 9.3%

6.4% 1.4%


Total Agency Revenue


Government Funding




Corporations, Foundations & Grants Investments & Other Income


8.6% 8.6%


Total Agency Expenses Programs & Services Management & General




ency Expenses e Programs/Services Agency Expenses lo Management & General blue Programs/Services k Fundraising yello Management & General pink Fundraising

Did You Know?


.87 cents of every dollar goes directly to support Little City’s Programs and Services!

Since 1959, Little City has been dedicated to serving children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing the best options and opportunities to live safely, learn continuously, explore creatively and work productively throughout their lifetime. By inspiring, advocating and pursuing success with passion and purpose, lives are changed through hope, happiness, and optimism.

Learn more at

MAIN CAMPUS | (847) 358-5510 1760 W. Algonquin Road | Palatine, IL 60067 EXECUTIVE OFFICE | (847) 358-5510 1610 Colonial Parkway | Inverness, IL 60067 CHICAGO OFFICE | (773) 265-1539 700 N. Sacramento, Ste. 201 | Chicago, IL 60612 COUNTRYSIDE CENTER | (847) 438-8799 2360 Palmer | Schaumburg, IL 60173 LAKESIDE CENTER | (847) 336-1700 1301 S. Lewis Avenue | Waukegan, IL 60085


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