The KCOI scholarship has allowed me to attend an excellent university to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Not only this, but because of this scholarship, I will be attending the University of Illinois School of Medicine next year, which is my dream school. I will forever be grateful for this scholarship and all the help it has provided over the years.
-Morgan Powers Millikin University Major: Biochemistry
How it began:
In October 2018 several insurance industry professionals including employers, third party claims administrators, managed care companies and law firms met to form a committee and begin planning for the an inaugural golf fundraiser in the Chicagoland area to benefit Kids Chance of Illinois. The thought was that the Chicagoland area is rich in organizations and people that would understand the mission of Kids Chance and that the event could be very successful. The committee set a goal of $50,000 and quickly committed to having the event at Bolingbrook Golf Club in the western suburbs of Chicago. Golfer registration opened in February to foursomes and twosomes to sign up and 112 golfers played in the outing; a great turnout for our inaugural year. The event was held on October 7th, 2019.
Thank you to our large sponsors and Bolingbrook Golf Club:
The committee immediately began reaching out to possible sponsors of the event through direct contact and social media and were very fortunate to get significant commitments for several sponsors which included the following:
Platinum sponsors with a contribution of $5,000 each included Employers Insurance, Lewis Brisbois and Sedgwick Claims Management Services.
Gold sponsors with a contribution of $2,500 each included Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C., United Parcel Service (UPS), Gallagher Bassett TPA and Hennessy & Roach Law.
Other large sponsors included Cart sponsor – Evans & Dixon, LLC, Lunch sponsor – Exam Works, Shirt sponsors – Covent Bridge and Optum, Drinks Sponsor – Two Brothers Artisan Brewing, and Photo and Hole Sponsor – Go2Soutions.
Additional Hole sponsors included Absolute Solutions, Access on Time, Athletico, Charity Golf International, Encova, Inman & Fitzgibbons, One Call, Pinstripes-Oak Brook, Ringler-Don Engels, and Staffing Network.
We would like to thank Bolingbrook Golf Club and staff for their fine facilities and service during the outing; it was a beautiful day at an amazing course!
Dinner and Testimonials from Kids Chance Scholarship Recipients:
The golf outing was followed by a cocktail reception and dinner that was attended by over 150 attendees and included a silent auction and live testimonials from Kids Chance scholarship recipients. The messages from the recipients were very moving, reminded everyone what the real purpose of the event and motivated many to want to work even harder to have a more successful event in 2020!
Final Proceeds to Kids Chance of Illinois:
The collaborative effort ultimately raised $45,039.12 thanks to our large sponsors, golf foursomes and twosomes, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and other generous donations. These proceeds will help fund at least eighteen semester scholarships through Kids Chance of Illinois! We are currently supporting 45 semester scholarships a year with the need continually growing as more applicants learn about us and are identified and qualified. Thank you to all that participated in the inaugural Chicagoland Golf Fundraiser and we look forward to seeing you in 2020 for another successful outing. We truly appreciate your involvement and support!
With the help of Kids' Chance of Illinois, Devan has recently graduated with an Associate's Degree and will continue to pursue his educational goals!
A Note From Devan
"I was recently accepted to Northeastern Illinois University and will pursue my degree in Human Resource Development with a minor in criminal justice. I truly am looking forward to the next two years and all it has to offer.
Kids' Chance of Illinois made all of this possible. Without the assistance from the organization, I would not of had the opportunity to attend college and certainly not obtain my Associate's Degree. Kids' Chance provided such a financial relief and helped us recover from my Fathers career ending-work related injury. The effects of his accident changed our livelihood and sense of security. I will be forever grateful for what this organization has done for my family and me. It is inspiring to know this organization exists to assist families in such a tremendous way."
Kids’ Chance of Illinois would like to sincerely thank The Roundhouse in Aurora for partnering with us to host the last KCOI fundraising event of 2018. Nearly 40 participants joined us in the beautifully decorated, festive room to celebrate the holidays and paint bottles with birch trees accented by cork bottle lights. The painting instruction was provided via a charity collaboration effort with Sip Parties who kindly donated the majority of the proceeds to KCOI.
This event was made complete in partnership with our drink sponsor, One Call and our dessert sponsor, CorVel. We truly appreciate the outreach of both of these companies for making this a fun filled holiday party for all who attended.
Last, but not least were the raffle prizes that were kindly donated by the following:
To top off the evening, everyone was blessed with the attendance of one of our very own KCOI recipients. Heidi’s story is very heart felt explaining what the KCOI scholarship means to her and her family, which was shared by all in attendance. Words cannot express our thankfulness to all KCOI supporters, who have donated their time and money to continue the fundraising efforts supporting these kids in need. Illinois is the 3rd largest state of Kids’ Chance scholarships in the nation and we are heading into 2019 with 23 qualified applicants. Please continue to help support and further our mission to help award education scholarships to all of our deserving kids who will someday be our future leaders.
Happy Holidays to Everyone on behalf of the very, very grateful KCOI board.
PS…Be on the lookout for event information for a Valentine’s Eve party in Lisle sponsored by Athletico in support of Kids’ Chance of Illinois.
"I attend the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois and will be graduating in May of 2019. I currently am working on my Associates in Arts while also obtaining my Certificate in Criminal Justice. I plan to transfer to North Park University in the fall of 2019 to then pursue my bachelors degree.
I appreciate everything Kids Chance of Illinois has done for me and my family. Thank you again for this opportunity!"
Congratulations to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce on their 11th successful Workers Compensation & Safety Conference.
This Annual Education Seminar and Membership meeting was held on October 24th, 2018 at the beautiful Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in downtown Chicago IL. Tours of this amazing, ground breaking facility were available throughout the day. The robust agenda was put together by a steering committee and focused on pertinent topics for ALL Illinois employers.
We would like to especially thank Laurie Silvey, Associate Vice President of Business Services for Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Laurie has remained a longstanding supporter of KCOI and has allowed our representatives to speak at all of the 2017 and 2018 Chamber events to share our mission to help kids who have been sadly impacted by a parent’s death or catastrophic injury while on the job.
Thank you to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for inviting the Chamber to bring their conference downtown for the first time and Access On Time for donating a $50 gift certificate for our raffle!
Kids' Chance Awareness Week is coming up November 12-16! Be sure to visit our Awareness Week Page to discover all the ways you can support KCOI this year!
Congratulations to the Illinois Self-Insurers’ Association (ISIA) on their successful 40th Annual Education Seminar and Membership meeting held on October 4th and 5th. We would like to especially thank Keith Herman, Executive Director of ISIA for allowing Kids’ Chance of Illinois to speak at the event and share our mission to help kids who have been impacted by a parent’s death or catastrophic injury while on the job.
Currently KCOI has 22 qualifying scholarships to support for the upcoming year and we are grateful for ISIA and the members who shared their interest to help support these kids. November 12th – 16th is Kids’ Chance Awareness Week and everyone can become involved in supporting and spreading the word about Kids’ Chance of Illinois. Together we can raise awareness and support in helping raise our future leaders.
Kids' Chance Incorporated Of Illinois
Illinois Kids’ Chance is the state chapter of a national organization that awards college scholarships to kids whose parents have either been killed or seriously injured in work-related accidents.