Deerfield’s Special Kids Network Announces Another Successful Fund Raising Year for Children & Young Adults with Special Needs
By: David Brimm
The Special Kids Network (SKN), based in Deerfield, Illinois, continues its 17–year tradition of fund-raising events to contribute funds to charitable organizations that help children and young adults with special needs. This year’s events, which raised more than $300,000 for various charities, included a golf outing, women’s tennis tournament and a Texas Hold’em poker tournament.
Supported charities included: Keshet (which serves children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities); Special Olympics Illinois, which gives over 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Illinois to compete in 19 different sports at no cost to them or to their families; Chicago Diabetes Project, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gastrointestinal Research Foundation, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Foundation for Retinal Research and Eye-to-Eye Foundation.
“When Special Kids Network was founded in 1999, we wanted to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. I was deeply affected by my own personal experience with a nephew with developmental disabilities. Some 17 years later, we continue to be grateful to the hundreds of volunteers, sponsors and celebrities that have joined in supporting our mission,” noted Chad Coe, Founder.
“The Special Kids Network (SKN is an independent 501c (3) non-profit organization that was created to provide funding for programs that help children and young adults with special needs. Our mission is to create community awareness and raise funds in support of organizations who believe that every child and young adult, regardless of the nature of their background or disability, should be able to enjoy life to its fullest and to participate in the mainstream of their community,” added Trevor Brody, Executive Director, SKN.
Brody notes that one of the strengths of the event are the local companies that donate products and/or services that can be used to support the foundation’s auction success during this event. Through the years, supporters have generously made tax-deductible monetary or in-kind donations that have included such things as a trip to the Lexus Charity of Champions event at Pebble Beach, a Chicago Blackhawks Experience which this year featured a bid on a meet and greet with Patrick Kane, tickets to a game and autographed jerseys, jewelry from Shelle Jewelers, US Open tickets from the Midtown Club & Alan Schwartz amongst many other amazing items and experiences.
“There are so many kids that need our help, so we are grateful for the support that we receive from our community, sponsors, celebrities and volunteers,” concluded Bari Levin, an SKN board member, who singled out Board members Scott Rudin, Executive Vice President and co-vice-presidents, Michael Cohen Steve Hara and Michael Rosen, each of whom have contributed so much to the organization over the years and in 2016.
Levin notes that at the conclusion of 2016, these select board members will be stepping down from their roles within the organization to pursue other endeavors. We are extremely thankful for generosity with their time, wisdom, and financial support throughout the years as they have ensured that Special Kids Network remained committed to the mission and guiding principles for which we were founded.”