Oak-Leyden Developmental Services grossed over $100,000 in support of its programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities at the organization’s Oaktoberfest, its 30th annual benefit. The sold-out fundraiser was held at the restaurant of the event’s Presenting Sponsor, Hofbräuhaus Chicago, on November 3, 2017 from 6:30pm-10pm. The event was also sponsored by Coplan + Crane and MB Financial, and many more!
Oak-Leyden’s Oaktoberfest highlighted the organization’s dedication to helping people with developmental disabilities reach their highest potential, and featured a delicious German buffet with complimentary beer and wine. During the event, Oak-Leyden board members, participants, and volunteers who best exemplify the organization’s mission were presented with awards by Fox32’s Good Day Chicago anchor Natalie Bomke. The Emmy-nominated reporter also served as the night’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Oak-Leyden’s Adult Choir, a group of Oak-Leyden participants with developmental and intellectual disabilities, gave a rousing performance of George Benson’s “Give Me the Night” and Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.”
“Because of the generosity of our patrons and our corporate sponsors, Oak-Leyden will help more than 500 children and adults with developmental disabilities through the more than 90% of funds raised at the event going directly to our programs and services,” says Bertha G. Magaña, Oak-Leyden Executive Director. “I would like to thank each and every one of our attendees for supporting and empowering children and adults with developmental disabilities. We raised almost twice as much as last year, which shows just how much our community cares.”