Fellowship Housing's annual fundraising gala returns to in-person event, Feb. 26

  • Fellowship Housing Executive Director, Pam Orr, congratulates graduates of the program at the last in-person gala, February 2019.

    Fellowship Housing Executive Director, Pam Orr, congratulates graduates of the program at the last in-person gala, February 2019. Courtesy of Karen Shoufler

Updated 1/6/2022 8:44 AM

The nonprofit organization that exists to empower local single moms will once again host an elegant evening of fundraising while celebrating the extraordinary hardworking single moms they work with.

On Feb. 26, Fellowship Housing will host its 15th annual gala in 2022 at the Chicago Marriott, Schaumburg. After switching to intimate in-home events in 2021, in response to the pandemic, the nonprofit that empowers local single moms to build a new legacy for their family is excited to return to an in-person gala once again.


Dinner, live music, a live and silent auction, and wine pull will all feature in the evening. Most importantly, attendees will hear the vision of Fellowship Housing and stories of the amazing moms and their journey toward independence.

"It is through the generous support of our donors and gala attendees that incredible transformation occurs with the single moms and their children in our community," says Executive Director, Pam Orr. "The gala is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together to celebrate the staggering achievements of hardworking at-risk single moms and to empower them to build a new life for their families. On top of that, we have a lot of fun as well."

The organization offers two years of safe and affordable transitional housing to moms and their children, including financial training, accountability, and a focused path from financial crisis to long-term stability. Over the past four years, Fellowship Housing has seen a 33% increase in the number of moms they serve, including a recent expansion into McHenry County and an expansion to DuPage County coming in the Spring of 2022. Through the two-year pathway to independence, the moms within the program on average increase their income by $8,300, raise their credit score by 68 points, decrease debt by $20,650, increase savings by $6,800, and 88% move into independent housing of their choice upon graduating.

The gala will begin at 6 p.m. on February 26, 2022. Individual tickets, priced at $150, and a variety of sponsorships will be available from January 1 2022 at www.fhcmoms.org. Attendees, and those not able to join on the night, can also bid for some exciting items in the online auction, a huge draw for the gala. Auction items will be announced on the Fellowship Housing website and social media channels soon.

Fellowship Housing is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Founded in 1991, for 30 years the organization has responded to the need for affordable, safe housing for single moms in the local community.