Recapping our 2020 Pandemic Event

While Thanksgiving is a once-a-year event, our Board and Committee work year-round to plan, fund-raise, coordinate and get everything ready for a smooth event. With 2,000 families fed in 2019, we decided that 2020 families for 2020 had a great ring to it. When the Pandemic began in early 2020, we truly worried that donations and philanthropy would be a casualty of budget cuts and survival. As we all sheltered-at-home, we quickly realized that the NEED in 2020 was FAR MORE than in years past, and we determined that no matter what happened, even if we were just loading boxes…

Basket Brigade 2020

Join us as we Deliver Thanksgiving to local area families-in-need!!!2020 will look different, just like it does with virtually every 2020 event. The need is even GREATER this year with Covid than it has ever been, so we’re gonna keep smiling, and keep delivering meals for Thanksgiving, however that has to look. This year, in partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Salvation Army, we will be doing things a little bit different than in years past. We will not have the traditional “assembly process, and are looking for volunteers for deliveries only this year. You can still…

Basket Brigade Run for Hope 2020
Virtual Fundraiser and Race, at your own level, and at your own pace. The pandemic has changed absolutely everything, and we all know that the NEED is greater this year than ever before. Imagine for a moment, what it would be like to deliver a complete Thanksgiving Day meal to a family who would otherwise not have one, let alone even know where they may even be getting their next meal. Imagine seeing the look on the children’s faces, when they answer the door, and then realize that what you are delivering is better then presents on Christmas morning…because it…
10 Marathons in 10 Days

Holy Cow!!! Remember last year, when Robert Swiderski ran 204 miles to raise awareness and funds for Basket Brigade?? Well, now he’s looking to run 10 Marathons in 10 Days!!! You can run WITH him for a full marathon, or just a mile, or a block. You can see all of his starting points on our Facebook Page here.

Portillos Dine & Share Oct 13, 2020
Simply present your flyer at the participating restaurants on October 13, 2020 between 5pm and 8pm. See Participating Locations below Streamwood Flyer Streamwood (Spanish Flyer) Rolling Meadows FlyerRolling Meadows (Spanish Flyer) Elgin FlyerElgin (Spanish Flyer)  
2019 Benefit Show a Great Success

Our 4th Annual Basket Brigade Benefit Show was a GREAT success again this year, helping to raise over $2500 to help us feed families-in-need this Thanksgiving. Special Thanks to our Perfomers, Chasing Alice, Medicine Hat Band, and The Waiting Room for donating their time and TALENT to make our Benefit Show a success! We couldn’t have done it without you guys!! Also, brand new this year, we had local artist Julie Holloway, who does “live painting fundraisers” where she actually creates a painting, live, at your event, and auctions it off, on the spot, ours was still WET!!! It’s a…

2020 Basket Brigade Update

Yes, there WILL BE a Basket Brigade this year, the need is greater than ever! It will, of course, look different, and may be changing right up until delivery day. This year, assuming we are in Illinois Phase 4, we cannot have more than 50 people safely gathered in one location, so we are looking at ways to maximize the DELIVERY experience and volunteers only, since we simply cannot safely cram 800+ people into a confined space this year. We will keep you posted, and you can see more from our Executive Board in this Facebook Video. https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1536518529859445

Basket Brigade 2019

Join us for another AMAZING year of giving back!!! Saturday, November 23rd – 9am This year our goal is to deliver 2000 complete Thanksgiving dinners to local area families in need!!! That’s 10,000 people!!!!! We need “all hands on deck” for this one!!! Did we mention, 10,000 people!!!! Let’s do this!!!!! Assembly Day will be at:Tefft Middle School1100 Shirley Avenue Streamwood, IL 60107 Photos from our 2018 Event…

Engaging Speakers Disney Raffle – Drawing Oct 1, 2019

The most magical place on earth!!! But more importantly than the trip, is the mission.  Join us to help Engaging Speakers support the Basket Brigade of Suburban Chicago in their mission to deliver complete Thanksgiving Dinners to local area families-in-need. The Walt Disney Corporation has graciously donated these tickets to the Basket Brigade to use as a fundraiser.  It’s the perfect opportunity for you to donate and enter for a chance to win 4 tickets to the most magical place on earth at the same time. You can also help out by volunteering your time on Assembly Day to help…

Cicis Pizza Disney Raffle – Drawing Sep 30, 2019

The most magical place on earth!!! But more importantly than the trip, is the mission.  Join us to help Cicis Pizza in Streamwood support the Basket Brigade of Suburban Chicago in their mission to deliver complete Thanksgiving Dinners to local area families-in-need. The Walt Disney Corporation has graciously donated these tickets to the Basket Brigade to use as a fundraiser.  It’s the perfect opportunity for you to donate and enter for a chance to win 4 tickets to the most magical place on earth at the same time. You can also help out by volunteering your time on Assembly Day…

Benefit Concert for Basket Brigade 2019

Help us to deliver complete Thanksgiving dinners to 1500 local area families this year!!! Join us for our fourth annual Benefit Concert. We have two great bands lined up to ROCK THE HOUSE!! Chasing Alice and Medicine Hat Bands are here to help us raise money to feed 2000 families in 2019. And, for the first time, we have an Improv Comedy Troupe, The Waiting Room, bringing their brand of FUNNY to the room. We’ll also have all kinds of awesome Raffle Prizes, Silent Auctions, and the big raffle, (2) tickets to the Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers at…

Disney Ticket Raffle BB – Drawing Sept 14, 2019

The most magical place on earth!!! Raffle is for (4) one day park hopper tickets to Disney World. Drawing to be held at our Benefit Show on September 14, 2019.  We will also stream is live on Facebook Live, so be sure to tune in, buy some raffle tickets, show our support and help us feed 2000 families this year!!! [wpeevent id=4072] Raffle is for (4) One-Day Park Hopper tickets, valued at $648.00, are valid during normal operating hours and provide admission to a magical one-day experience at our unique theme parks. These Disney Theme park tickets can only be…

Running 200 Miles for Families in Need

“With great power comes great responsibility.” This is what Uncle Ben told Peter Parker (Spiderman), just before he (Ben) passed away. The truth is that this really applies to all of us in that we all have some great power, talent, gift or resource. And I would be remiss if I didn’t first look into the mirror and hold myself accountable for how I can be of service to the needs of others. While I do not have the resources to simply donate the funds necessary to feed all these families in need, God has given me a voice to…

Running for Families in Need – the first 100 miles

Hello, my name is Robert Swiderski. Ten years ago, in 2009, during this time of the year, my life changed forever. The lesson I learned is that people really do care, if they only have the opportunity to express themselves in a meaningful way, for a person or cause they really believe in. I was the recipient of a couple bags of food, just like what the Basket Brigade does for local Families in Need. As you already know the 2009 recession was a difficult year for many of us. For me, I ended up loosing everything, including my home.…

Board Break-a-thon 2019

Help us deliver 2000 Thanksgiving Dinners to local families-in-need Come join us for a super-fun FUNdraiser!!!! There are 3 ways that you can help out…. 1 – Sponsor a Child or Student – download a pledge form (link below) each pledge of at least $10, your child or student can break up to 3 boards!!! In any way they want, hammer fist, kick, stomp, or whatever creative (and safe) way that they choose!!! 2 – Come Break Your Own Board – Simply attend our Board Break-a-thon, and for each pledge of at least $10 that you make, you can break…

Hanover Park Cops Day 2018

The Hanover Park Police Department will be hosting our 22nd Annual COPS Day Picnic on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5-8p.m. followed by a movie-in-the-park featuring Disney’s “Coco” at dusk. The picnic will be held at Community Park, 1919 Walnut Avenue. The park is located on the southwest corner of Church Street and Walnut Avenue. The picnic will include an emergency vehicle display, a police canine demonstration, appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog, Skates the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team mascot, Coop from the Schaumburg Boomers, Hanover Park Lions Club Leo the Lion, face painting, balloon artists, crafts and numerous community…

Bartlett National Night Out 2018

Enjoy a special evening at Bartlett Park with the Village of Bartlett, Bartlett Park District and Bartlett Fire Protection District. This award winning community event, in its 25th year in Bartlett, is scheduled to include: free food, giveaways, local business displays, a watermelon eating contest, face painting, a balloon twister, an inflatable slide, a dunk tank, golf & archery skills exhibits, panning for gold and special appearances by NNO mascot Nat the Knight, Chicago Bulls mascot Benny the Bull, Bag Pipers and Drums, 501st Midwest Garrison Star Wars characters, Hula dancers, the Mix 101.9 FM Road Crew and Division BMX…

Bernie’s Book Bank

The Basket Brigade Committee gives back as we volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank. Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Bernie’s Book Bank is the leading provider of quality books to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area. Bernie’s Book Bank is named for Dr. Bernard P. Floriani, the father of Founder and Executive Director, Brian Floriani, Bernie Floriani, Jr. and Lindsey Floriani Arterburn. Bernie was a self-made man – the son of a coal miner who grew up in a…

Becoming Unstoppable – 4/14/18

Two World Class Speakers in One Amazing Day Discover Your Focus: • How to move forward with absolute certainty on a successful outcome • Learn how to focus on a single task to overcome anything • Gain control over your life circumstances through renewed focus • Break through your limiting beliefs of “I can’t” and “it’s not possible” • How to move towards your goals while making adjustments along the way   Create Your Breakthrough: • Learn that you can achieve things that you never thought possible • Provide clarity on what you must believe to achieve your goals •…

Basket Brigade 2018

Join us for another AMAZING year of giving back!!! This year our goal is to deliver 1500 complete Thanksgiving dinners to local area families in need!!! Assembly Day will be at Hoffman Estates High School1100 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60169 Photos from our 2017 Event…