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Wednesday 27 Aug 2014
Bridging the gap

duathlon-check-003cdThank you, Hannon Family!
The Hannon Family of Tinley Park, organizers of the annual "Race Around the World" duathlon, once again donated proceeds of the event to Together We Cope. Presenting the check are (from left) Teresa and Jennifer Hannon. Kathryn Straniero (far right) and Karen Moran accepted the generous donation.


Save the date -
Pasta Extravaganza is back!

gina-and-sonsOur popular “Pasta Extravaganza and Nite at the Races” event returns this year to Together We Cope’s fundraising schedule. The pasta dinner is set for Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Orland Chateau, 14500 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children age 3 to 12. The dinner features a wide variety of delicious food donated by dozens of south suburban restaurants that support TWC’s work in the region, and gives diners lots of choices for their meal as they peruse the buffet.
     Adding to the fun are the horse races featured in this event. Videotaped horse races are shown during the evening, giving diners the chance to place wagers with “fun money” they purchase at the door. The horse races begin at 7 p.m.
     Winnings are paid in tickets that diners can drop into baskets for drawings on many prizes to be given away that night. The annual fundraising event was not on last year’s schedule because the date conflicted with two other special fundraisers conducted by two local restaurants having grand openings that benefitted Together We Cope. “We had a wonderful time at the restaurant grand openings, and were grateful for those generous donations,” said Karen Moran, TWC’s fundraising coordinator. “At the same time, many of our longtime supporters missed the pasta dinner and so we’re happy to bring this event back.”
     Further information on the dinner and ticket purchase is with Karen Moran at 708-633-5040.


Summer food drives a big help

pantry-shortage-gordonWith shelves growing empty at the food pantry, summer food donations are hugely important at Together We Cope.
    “So many people want to help those in need, and one of the easiest ways to do it is to hold a summer food drive,” said Gordon Collins, manager of pantry services.
    One Girl Scout worked with her troop to collect 1,800 pounds of food, he said. “She’s 10 years old and it made her feel important because she’s really doing something to help. And she’s getting others to pitch in, too.”
    Others clip coupons, purchasing food they donate to Together We Cope. “I’ve had people pull up with a trunk full of food they bought for less, just so they could share it with us,” Collins said.
    Still others call to find out what items are most needed, then host a drive at their work place or church to replenish pantry shelves. Groceries on the list today include canned vegetables, particularly corn, green beans, peas and mixed vegetables; snacks like peanut butter-filled crackers; all canned tomato products, from sauce to paste to diced; items like Beefaroni and Spaghettios; and canned fruit including applesauce.





Food Pantry Challenge recipes


 Click the image above to download recipes and click here to find out how to host your own food pantry challenge.

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Batman will head to kindergarten wearing a Spiderman backpack this year in Oak Forest, courtesy of the Back to School program at Together We Cope. [Read More]

controlled-burnJohn Slack Cooks Up Blue-Ribbon Beef
Our congratulations to chef John Slack, who took first place in the New Lenox Fire Protection District’s “Controlled Burn” Beef Cook-Off on July 26 at New Lenox Proud American Days. [Read More]

Together We Cope   •   17010 South Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477   •   708-633-5040

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