Albums of Hope, a 501 (c)(3) charity organization, donates pocket-sized photo albums filled with uplifting quotes and photos to local hospitals and cancer treatment and support centers. Our mission is the lift the spirits of others during difficult times.

4th Annual "Toast to Hope" Wine & Beer Tasting

What a beautiful summer evening we had at the Gardens of Woodstock! Nearly 80 guests enjoyed fine wine, great beer, delicious appetizers, and yummy cupcakes while supporting local cancer patients through the Albums of Hope mission. 

The monies raised at this event will allow us to donate 500 albums to local cancer patients! 

Thank you to all who attended, those that provided and bid on silent auction items, those that sponsored the event, and those that purchased Disney raffle tickets. Your support made this a great event! 

A very special thanks to Garfield's Beverage Warehouse (formerly Cardinal Liquors) of Crystal Lake for donating all the wine and beer for our event! Scot and his distributors always do a great job sharing tidbits of information about the wine and beer at each of the tables. 

Thank you to our event sponsors who helped defray the costs for the event:

Designer's Desk Visible Outdoor Ads Gail & Jeff Arnold Anne-Marie & Alan Brown
Mary Kondraczsek Judie & Ron Krause Tom & Jill Nierman Laura Townsend
  North Shore Oncology Wm Kline & Company  

Thanks, also, to the Gardens of Woodstock, Parkway by the Lake, and Kiera's Confections for your help in making this a great event!

Our Disney Raffle prize sponsors were Kelly and Gary Breuer and Mike and Betty Fitzgerald. Thank you so much for your generosity! The winner asked to remain anonymous and has donated the trip to a local cancer patient. We are currently working out the details with North Shore Oncology re: this patient. We're sure that this trip will lift the spirits of someone battling such a tough journey. 

Thanks to all of our silent auction sponsors as well:

Brunch Café Chicago Bears Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Excel Mold Polishing
Little Chef Natural Therapy Wellness  Center Northtown Auto Outerwall, Inc Plum Garden
Watley Medspa Woodstock Country Club Judy & James Conklin Carol Elliott Mark & Tami Emricson
Jan & Tom Foley Pat Kelly Judie & Ron Krause Sarah Miller Kay Preshlock
  Laura Townsend   Linda & Bob Townsend  

Our 4th annual Toast to Hope is in the books! We're already working on our 5th annual event. Stay tuned for more information about 2016's Toast to Hope!

Relay for Life

We joined two local Relay for Life events this June: Crystal Lake and McHenry. It was heartwarming to see the reactions of those gifted with an Album of Hope. During these events, we shared over 170 albums with cancer patients or their caregivers. We met some incredible survivors and listened to their stories as we shared Albums of Hope with them. A perfect partnership between Albums of Hope and the American Cancer Society!

Save the Date!

Make a Difference Day, October 24th!

Join us any time between 9 am-11 am on Sat., Oct. 24th at the Hampton Inn in McHenry for our 2nd annual Make a Difference Day event. Last year our awesome volunteers put together 500 albums! Our goal is 500 albums again this year...and we've booked a 2nd room at the Hampton. Your RSVPs are appreciated so we can plan for needed tables and chairs, although last minute drop-ins are certainly welcome. RSVP to our Special Events coordinator, Tami, at tami@albumsofhope.com and let us know how many people are coming with you.



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