Part of the foundation's larger Heart of Glenview program, the event was inspired and supported by youth in the community including involvement from Glenbrook South's student council.
Each year, the Heart of Glenview event incorporates a new taste of what the community has to offer while also celebrating Glenview's charitable spirit, explained Chris Krueger, a local dentist and founder of the Glenview Giving Foundation's Heart of Glenview program.
"[The program] fosters the spirit of giving, sharing, and caring throughout the community," he said. "It's a brand new event this year and it's been an amazing journey."
Involved for a second year in a row, the Viking Cooking School and Culinary Shop of Glenview will create a surprise cake for the event with the help of several local youth. Participants were chosen through an online auction where the highest bidders from participating Glenview schools helped to "Make the Cake" in four Sunday afternoon seminars earlier this month.
Started in 2007, Heart of Glenview events have raised more than $285,000 to date for charities that work directly with Glenview residents, Krueger said.
Currently, there have been more than 1200 tickets sold for the inaugural Kids' Heart of Glenview event, an evening that will pair cinema with a food tasting featuring 15 local restaurants, explained Krueger. Nearly 100% of proceeds will be donated to participating charities.
One of nine local charities benefiting from this year's Heart of Glenview event, Youth Services will use the money towards "providing high-quality services to children and families in Glenview, Northbrook, and all of Northfield Township," said Brett Mueller, director of development for the organization.
"These services include—but are not limited to— individual counseling for kids, after school programs for low-income, at-risk youth, groups that help build children's social skills and family support to families in need," he explained.
Another benefactor, Clearbrook offers home-based support for Glenview children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
"Our clients and their families are neighbors, classmates, customers and people you see every day, who just need help," said Christina Raddi, director of Clearbrook's corporate relations. "We hope that other members of the Glenview community, who may not need Clearbrook's services, will come out to see a movie and sample some great offerings from local restaurants and help others in the process."
Also involved, Glenkirk provides support and services to local residents with disabilities and will use part of the event's proceeds to support its Activity Fund, explained Julie Fischer, associate director of Glenkirk's affiliate organization, the Keystone Foundation.
"[The proceeds] will help ensure our consumers can participate in a full and active life in their communities," she said.
The Keystone Foundation supports Glenkirk through fundraising, volunteer efforts, and advocacy, she explained.
For a complete list of involved charities and more information, click here.
Tickets may be purchased from participating charities— which ensures your donation solely benefits that specific organization—or, for equal distribution to all nine charities involved, may be purchased through the Glenview Giving Foundation directly.
Editor's note: Stay tuned to Patch for a photo gallery of the event.