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Home of the Sparrow Announces 2014 Events

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Home of the Sparrow announces its 2014 events. Your support will enable Home of the Sparrow to fulfill its mission which is : To provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children, as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Since 1987, Home of the Sparrow has provided housing and supportive services to more than 2,600 women and children in Northern Illinois.

Please mark your calendars to attend "Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?" on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 11:30 am-2pm at D'Andrea Banquets and Conference Center in Crystal Lake. This fun-filled afternoon will focus on celebrating women with Kelly Swanson an Award-Winning Comedian, Story Teller, and Author of "Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale"? Finding the balance between the life you envisioned and the life you got. Kelly Swanson will teach you how to see, believe and do your way back to happier ever after laughing the whole way while enjoying a delicious lunch. Tickets are $40.00 a person.

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Please join us on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 4 to 10:30 p.m. for the "Phantom of the Opera Organ Concert and Masquerade Gala" at the magnificent Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills. This "after six evening attire" event will have you completely swept off your feet. Your evening will include an exquisite rendition of the Phantom of the Opera organ concert inside the mansion which seats over 350 guests, a self-guided tour of the estate to view one of the world's largest collections of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers, lamps, art glass, the World's largest restored theater pipe organ and the most spectacular European salon carousel in existence. The mansion spans 44,000 square feet with separate carousel pavilion. Auction items will be available for viewing in the Carousel Pavilion along with a butler served hors d'oeuvres, an exquisite two entree meal and 4 hours of open bar. Tickets are $175 per individual. Masquerade masks are recommended. Register Early.. this is a Sell Out Event!

Home of the Sparrow's, 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at

Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, IL -- Shotgun start at Noon.

Participants at the 9th Annual Golf Outing will get to enjoy a round of golf at the picturesque and membership only Golf Course. Includes: 18 holes of Golf with Cart, lunch and dinner, with many extras; such as: awards, betting holes and various contests. Several different golf packages are available for individuals or foursomes. 175.00 per golfer or $660 per foursome.

Zombie 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk Date: TBD

Two heats will cover this event; the 5k run and the 1 mile walk. Runners will have to enter the Zombie Zone during the 5k course and walkers can choose to enter the Zombie zone or not, which consists of the walking dead. Zombies will not be able to physically touch any participant. Participants are encouraged to dress up as Zombie or in a Halloween Costume.

Over the past several years, just about every non-profit has struggled through the impact of the recession. Home of the Sparrow, has been able to keep all their doors open helping homeless women and children achieve a new beginning.

These fundraisers will provide on-going support to our transitional housing and our "NEW" Affordable and Rapid Re-Housing Program for homeless women and children. With the expansion of Housing Capabilities we now serve approximately 220 homeless women and children. The increase in numbers represents a 120% increase in the number of people served over the past three years.

Your support enables Home of the Sparrow to DO MORE to end homelessness!

Ways you can help! Attend Home of the Sparrow Events, sign up to be on a committee, host your own fundraiser to benefit Home of the Sparrow, Shop at Home of the Sparrow thrift stores, Donate to Home of the Sparrow, Leave a bequest, House of Worship involvement and make contributions to Home of the Sparrow.

For more information on tickets, sponsorships or to volunteer, please contact Trish Golden at 815-271-5444 x 40 or at tgoldenHOSparrow.org. Registration for events may be found at www.HOSparrow.org

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