Fox Valley Hands of Hope Recent News

GENEVA – Fox Valley Hands of Hope will host its annual “Viva Villa Verone” fundraiser event from 6 to 8 p.m. April 7 at the restaurant, 416 Hamilton St., Geneva, the nonprofit announced in a news release.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at the organization’s website, www.fvhh.net.

The event will include a buffet dinner of Italian food, cash bar, live entertainment by jazz vocal talent Dezirae Schalice and raffle prizes.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides free support services to adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss.

In 2018, the agency served over 2,000 men, women and children with volunteer-driven support services and more than a dozen support groups, including school-based programs.

 

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Fox Valley Hands of Hope will host its annual Viva Villa Verone fundraiser in Geneva April 7.

The night will include Italian food provided by Villa Verone Ristorante, entertainment by jazz vocalist Dezirae Schalice and raffles.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s bereavement programs and services that are provided to individuals in the Fox Valley area free of charge, group officials said.

The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Villa Verone Ristorante, 416 Hamilton St. in Geneva. Tickets are $35 and include a buffet dinner with cash bar, live entertainment and raffle prizes.

Tickets can be purchased online at the organization’s website at FVHH.net.

For more information on the event, contact Jessica Lamb at jlamb@fvhh.net or 630-232-2233, Ext. 228

 

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On Sunday, April 7, Fox Valley Hands of Hope will host its annual “Viva Villa Verone” fundraiser event in Geneva.

The night will be filled with Italian food provided by Villa Verone Ristorante, special entertainment by jazz vocal talent Dezirae Schalice and raffle prizes.

All proceeds will benefit Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s bereavement programs and services that are provided free to individuals in the Fox Valley area.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides critical support services to adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss. In 2018, the agency served more than 2,000 men, women and children with volunteer-driven support services and more than a dozen support groups, including school-based programs. All services are provided free to the community.

“Viva Villa Verone” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Villa Verone Ristorante in Geneva. Tickets are $35 a person and will include a buffet dinner with cash bar, live entertainment and raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased online at the organization’s website: FVHH.net.

Early bird tickets will be sold through Sunday, March 10.

For more information on the event, contact Jessica Lamb, Development Coordinator at jlamb@fvhh.net or (630) 232-2233 ext. 228

Fox Valley Hands of Hope works to enhance the quality of life and to provide hope to those experiencing grief or life-threatening illnesses. The organization’s staff and trained volunteers continuously provide unsurpassed support to those needing hope and compassionate care. Originally founded in 1981 as Fox Valley Hospice, Fox Valley Hands of Hope remains dedicated to providing practical, spiritual and emotional support to individuals and families who are dealing with loss of life or a life-threatening illness. It is supported entirely by the community, and all services are available without charge.

 

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Fox Valley Hands of Hope appoints Jonathan Gripe to the 2019 Board of Directors. He has been with Edward Jones since 2007 and has over 40 years in the financial services industry. He grew up in West Lafayette, Ind., and graduated from Indiana University.

“The aspect of my job that I most enjoy is helping people and making a difference in their lives personally and financially. I take particular pleasure in helping small business owners keep more of the money they make,” Gripe said.

Gripe is also the president of St. Charles Kiwanis and sits on the State Attorney’s Deferred Prosecution Panel. He resides in St. Charles with his wife, Pam, and four children.

“I believe that Jon will make a wonderful addition to our Board of Directors. We are looking forward to his input and assistance to help FVHH continue to grow and deliver quality services to the community,” said Greg Weider, executive director.

Members of 2019 board of directors are: Jack Saylors, president; Bev DeJovine, vice president/secretary; David Weisman, treasurer; Jim Diorio, Sherri Dublin, Jonathan Gripe, Brandon Hoeft, Ed Hunter, Carolyn Jansons, John Mason, Christine Mueller; and Joe Baron, immediate past president.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides critical support services to adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss. In 2018, Fox Valley Hands of Hope served nearly 1,900 men, women and children with volunteer-driven support services and more than a dozen support groups, including school-based programs. All services are provided free of charge to the community.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope works to enhance the quality of life and to provide hope to those experiencing grief or life-threatening illnesses. The organization’s staff and trained volunteers continuously provide unsurpassed support to those needing hope and compassionate care. Originally founded in 1981 as Fox Valley Hospice, Fox Valley Hands of Hope remains dedicated to providing practical, spiritual and emotional support to individuals and families who are dealing with loss of life or a life-threatening illness. Fox Valley Hands of Hope is supported entirely by the community, and all services are available without charge.

On Monday, Jan. 21, Fox Valley Hands of Hope will host a kickoff event for their 2019 Garden Party Committee from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Old Towne Pub and Eatery, 201 W. State St. in Geneva.

“This is a perfect time to reconnect with your fellow committee members, meet our newest committee members and bring other friends and family that are interested in joining the GPC. We will also start brainstorming for the 2019 Garden Party that’s just right around the corner, it will be here before we know it,” said Gayle Deja-Schultz, director of development.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope needs you to help us continue to produce this remarkable and high-end fundraiser.

This will be the 21st Garden Party and more than 700 people are expected to attend the June 10 luncheon at The Q Center in St. Charles.

The event boasts a huge live and silent auction, stunning showcase raffles, live entertainment and a fun luncheon; all to benefiting Fox Valley’s premier bereavement support organization.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides critical support services to adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss. In 2018, it served nearly 1,900 men, women and children with volunteer-driven support services and more than a dozen support groups, including school-based programs. All services are provided free of charge to the community.

The Garden Party is its largest annual fundraising event.

To get involved or join the 2019 Garden Party Committee, contact Gayle Deja-Schultz at (630) 232-2233, ext. 221, or gayled@fvhh.net.

 

 

 

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On Nov. 27, Fox Valley Hands of Hope will celebrate Giving Tuesday by asking donors to fundraise for their 2019 family support programs — Herbie’s Friends and Grief Takes A Hike Camp, which are anticipated to cost the organization $14,788.

“Family programs have become an essential part of our mission here at Fox Valley Hands of Hope. As one of the few organizations providing bereavement services for the whole family, raising funds to support Herbie’s Friends and Grief Takes A Hike Camp is instrumental in the success and continuation of these support programs, which are provided to the community at no cost,” said Greg Weider, executive director of Fox Valley Hands of Hope.

This year, Fox Valley Hands of Hope will receive a matching gift of $175 for any individual who donates $175 or more.

They need you to help the organization continue to provide compassionate care to families who have had a significant loss, through the family support programs!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place Nov. 27 and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

“We are incredibly inspired by the way the #GivingTuesday community has embraced this concept for a worldwide movement,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and Executive Director of 92Y. “As we prepare for Nov. 27, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”

Those who are interested in joining Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visitwww.fvhh.net/our-events/givingtuesday/.

For details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website, www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

All donations for Giving Tuesday go to support the family programs and services of Fox Valley Hands of Hope, an Illinois nonprofit organization, which serves the Fox Valley area.

The mission of Fox Valley Hands of Hope is to enhance the quality of life and to provide hope for those experiencing grief or life-threatening illness.

The professional staff and trained volunteers are community-funded, allowing them to provide the best in compassionate care free.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope is supported entirely by the community, and all services are available without charge.

For more information regarding Fox Valley Hands of Hope, contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, the organization’s director of development, at (630) 232-2233, ext. 221, or gayled@fvhh.net.

Honor a loved one at Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s 13th annual 5K to Remember on Saturday, Sept. 15, in downtown Batavia. Participants will be taking a walk or run to remember a loved one.

The 5K is a time when family and friends gather on a crisp fall morning and walk the Fox River loop in honor or in memory of a loved one. The comfortable and beautiful 5K course will start at the Peg Bond Center in downtown Batavia. It can be completed by most in under an hour.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., with participant check-in starting at 8:30 a.m.

The advance registration fee is $25 for age 13 or older. It is $15 for children, age 5 to 12, and free for children under the age of 5. Online registration closes on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

On-site registration will incur an additional $10 fee. All participants will receive a free Fox Valley Hands of Hope bandana and those that fundraise a minimum of $75 will receive an Fox Valley Hands of Hope drawstring bag.

In addition to the 5K, the event will include family-friendly entertainment, activities and a variety of incentive prizes and other giveaways.

Participants can register for the 5K to Remember online by visiting the Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s website, www.fvhh.net/our-events/a-walk-to-remember/. From there, individuals can register, build teams, and collect donations from their own fundraising page in just minutes.

For more information, contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, director of development, at (630) 232-2233, ext. 221 or email to gayled@fvhh.net.

All proceeds of this event will go directly to support the programs and services of Fox Valley Hands of Hope, an Illinois nonprofit organization, which serves the Fox Valley area.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides hope for those experiencing grief or life-threatening illness. Its programs are designed to provide support for adults, children, and families, regardless of age, income level, race or religious beliefs all provided to the community free.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Fox Valley Hands of Hope.
For media inquiries, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz by phone at: 630-232-2233 ext 221 or by email at: GayleD@fvhh.net

From our news archives:

March 22, 2018 – Whether you’re mourning the loss of your mother, or you’re a parent reeling from the loss of an infant or child, new programs at Fox Valley Hands of Hope can help you get through the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day season.

All programs offered by Fox Valley Hands of Hope are free to the community, although advance registration may be required.

Special Program: ‘HONORING MY MOTHER’
This new support program from FVHH is for adults who have experienced the death of their mothers. Program facilitators will explore the many ways in which a mother’s influence contributes to who we are as adults. Coping with grief, changed roles within the family, regret, gratitude, forgiveness, and dreams lost and renewed are just some of the topics discussed. This special program provides a safe place to express grief — and to share your memories of Mom.
WHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018
Registration required; for more information, contact Christy Pitol atcpitol@fvhh.net or call her at 630-232-2233 x230.

Special Event: FOOTPRINTS MEMORIAL WALK
Families grieving the death of a baby due to perinatal loss are invited to participate in FVHH’s annual Footprints Memorial Walk, to be held May 5 at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin IL. All family members and friends who have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or infant loss are invited to participate in this remembrance service.
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Bluff City Cemetery, 845 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin IL (GOOGLE MAPS)

Registration recommended; contact FVHH at info@fvhh.net or call 630-232-2233 for more information.


FOOTPRINTS SUPPORT GROUP

For ongoing support, our six-week Footprints group program is for parents coping with a recent miscarriage ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death. Footprints provides small-group discussions where participants can find strength and comfort when sharing with other parents who are going through similar experiences — in turn, helping each other through the grief process. Footprints sessions include discussions on the stages of grief, how men and women grieve differently, managing special dates and holidays, and knowing when you’re ready to move on with your life. Short-term, individual counseling also is available, at no charge, when the Footprints group is not in session. Spanish-language interpretation is available upon request.
WHEN: For upcoming dates, contact Christy Pitol at cpitol@fvhh.net or call her at 630-232-2233 x230

HERBIE’S FRIENDS
One of FVHH’s most popular and successful programs, Herbie’s Friends is designed to help grieving families cope with loss. Herbie’s Friends sessions treat families with children ages 5-18 to a meal and group activities led by trained facilitators. Youth participants are welcomed into small groups according to age range, while adults meet separately — at the same time and at the same location — to learn about their children’s grief and to receive their own support. Spanish-language interpretation is available upon request.
WHEN: The next Herbie’s Friends program starts May 15 and runs through June 12. All sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at FVHH offices in Geneva IL
Registration required; contact Jill Thorson at 630-232-2233 x225 for more information, or email Jill at jthorson@fvhh.net

February 19, 2018 – Fox Valley Hands of Hope announces Gayle Deja-Schultz has joined the organization as its Director of Development. Previously, Deja-Schultz was Director of Special Events and Development at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.

“I am thrilled to be the newest member of the team at Fox Valley Hands of Hope,” Ms. Deja-Schultz said. “With my diverse background, I hope to implement my many years of business development and special event experience to assist FVHH in raising awareness to a new level throughout the communities it serves, and surpassing fundraising goals, event attendance and sponsorships beyond any previous years.”

At the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, Ms. Deja-Schultz was responsible for the organization’s events and fundraising initiatives and for developing donor and sponsorship programs to achieve their financial goals. During her career she also worked with associations, corporations and not-for-profit organizations to help them build their business development, marketing, public relations and special events programs. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the International Live Events Association, and is a Certified Meeting Planner.

A strong community leader, Ms. Deja-Schultz (pictured) served as President of the Kaneland WINS group for women in business, and is a past board member with Kane County Senior Resources and DeKalb Women in Management. She volunteers with the Meals-On-Wheels Program and Senior Services Associates, and participates in Alzheimer’s Association events. In 2011, she assisted in amending Illinois state legislation that placed distance restrictions on protesters at funerals and memorial services, and she considers this one of her proudest accomplishments as a community activist and Illinois resident.

“I am truly excited to have Gayle on our team,” said FVHH Executive Director Greg Weider. “The experience she brings to our organization is going to help us reach new levels of success in our development and communications efforts.”

Ms. Deja-Schultz and her family reside in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Meet Gayle Deja-Schultz at the upcoming “Viva Villa Verone” fundraising dinner, March 4 in Geneva.

January 24, 2018 – There’s hope for spring! Fox Valley Hands of Hope announces that its annual Garden Party fundraising event – featuring silent and live auctions, a bevy of showcase raffles, a fashion show, and a full luncheon – will be held Friday, May 25, at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois.

The Garden Party will be emceed this year by St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina.

“We’re delighted and honored to have Mayor Rogina join us this year as our program emcee,” said Greg Weider, Executive Director of Fox Valley Hands of Hope. “Last year’s Garden Party treated hundreds of attendees to more than 130 silent auction items, breathtaking showcases for lucky raffle winners, a live auction and more – and we’re planning this year’s event to be even more spectacular.”

(Right: Attendees enjoying the festivities at the 2017 Garden Party. FVHH photo)

Fox Valley Hands of Hope provides critical support to adults, children and families experiencing grief and loss. In the last year alone, FVHH served nearly 1,400 men, women and children with volunteer-driven support services and more than a dozen support groups, including school-based programs. All services are provided free of charge.

The Garden Party is FVHH’s largest annual fundraising event. Tickets to attend the 2018 Garden Party go on sale April 18.

Area businesses and organizations are lining up to sponsor the 2018 Garden Party, and are led by the The Hoffer Foundation, EFS Foundation, Batavia Enterprises Inc. and Miscella Real Estate. A range of sponsorship packages and benefits are available; please contact Mary Green at 630-232-2233 or at mgreen@fvhh.net for information and options.

Geneva, Ill. – (June 10, 2018) – Fox Valley Hands of Hope is now seeking participants for Guiding Star, a new program supporting adults who have gone through the death of a parent or parental figure – their “Guiding Star”.

There is no cost to the program, which is completely funded by donations to the organization. Guiding Star will be held Tuesday evenings, July 10 to August 21, 2018 at Hands of Hope offices at 200 Whitfield Drive in Geneva. Participation is free, but registration is required.

“People play down the loss of a parent because it’s expected within the cycle of life, but parent loss can be difficult, due to feelings of your own mortality and loss of generational roots,” said Christy Pitol, LCSW, and manager of bereavement for Hands of Hope.

Pitol pointed to the changing historical nature of parent/child relationships as an additional challenge in the loss of parents.

“Younger generations are closer to their parents and they’re leaving their childhood homes later than Baby Boomers did, so parental loss is impacting younger adults in a different, more multilayered, fashion,” Pitol said. “Additionally, adults may be caring for their parents on a perpetual basis due to early-onset dementia and other conditions. When the death occurs, they’ve not only lost their parent, but they’ve also lost their own role as a caregiver.”

All these factors, and more will be addressed by the new Guiding Star group program. To register or for more information contact Pitol at 630-232-2233 x 230 or via email at cpitol@fvhh.net

Since 1981, Fox Valley Hands of Hope has worked to enhance the quality of life and provide hope to those experiencing grief or life-threatening illnesses. The organization’s staff and trained volunteers offer support through dozens of unique programs to assist those in grief. Fox Valley Hands of Hope is supported entirely by the community, and all services are available free of charge.

For more info:
Susan Stoga
susan@carsonstoga.com
847/980-8773

January 16, 2018 – Fox Valley Hands of Hope (FVHH) announces James Diorio and Sherri Dublin have joined its 2017-18 Board of Directors.

Sherri Dublin is Vice President of Diversity Programs at Nielsen, where she manages the company’s nine global employee resources groups (ERGs) and its ERG leadership development program, and is accountable for the strategy and execution of Nielsen’s global diversity and inclusion training and development. Ms. Dublin lives in Carpentersville, Illinois.

James Diorio is President of Yurs Funeral Homes, with two locations serving Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles, Illinois. Mr. Diorio lives in St. Charles.

Mr. Diorio and Ms. Dublin join what is now a 12-member Board of Directors at Fox Valley Hands of Hope. Additional Board members include Gary Axen, Timberland Financial Group; Joseph Baron (Board President); Bev DeJovine, Strategic Frameworks; Brandon Hoeft, North Central College; Ed Hunter, Presence Health St. Joseph/Presence Mercy Center; Carolyn Jansons, Drendel & Jansons Law Group; Dr. John Mason, Dickens, Mason & Kissell DDS Ltd; Dr. Christine Mueller, High Touch Medicine; Jack Saylors (Board Vice President and Secretary); and David Weisman, The Partnering Group (Board Treasurer).

MEET THE BOARD AT THE 2018 GARDEN PARTY
The community can meet the board members of Fox Valley Hands of Hope this spring at the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, the Garden Party, which will be held May 25 at the Q Center in St. Charles. The event features silent and live auctions, nearly 20 showcase raffles, and a full luncheon. Tickets to attend the 2018 Garden Party will go on sale in April. For area businesses and organizations, a range of sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Mary Green at 620-232-2233 x 228 or at mgreen@fvhh.net for information.