Aurora Cosmopolitan Club grant aids diabetic kids

  • Russ George, left, president of Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora, presents a $1,000 ceremonial check to Theresa Shoemaker, executive director of Aurora Cities in Schools, at the club's Sept. 16 meeting at Oak Street Restaurant in North Aurora.

    Russ George, left, president of Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora, presents a $1,000 ceremonial check to Theresa Shoemaker, executive director of Aurora Cities in Schools, at the club's Sept. 16 meeting at Oak Street Restaurant in North Aurora. Courtesy of Al Benson

 
 
Updated 9/20/2021 10:21 AM

Continuing a series of community-service grants, Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora -- the club that fights diabetes -- has presented a $1,000 grant to Cities in Schools of Aurora.

Russ George, Cosmo president, presented a ceremonial check to Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director, at the club's Thursday, Sept. 16, meeting at Oak Street Restaurant in North Aurora.

 

The nonprofit helps students succeed in school and life. Formerly called Communities in Schools, it provides school supplies, warm winter coats, school-day counseling services and after-school homework help, snacks and enrichment activities at 28 area schools.

Additionally, CIS helps elementary-school students learn how to control Type 1 diabetes. Aurora Cosmos provide sponsorships to American Diabetes Association-Chicagoland certified diabetes summer camps.

Due to COVID-19, the last two camps have been virtual for hundreds of area children.

Prior to COVID-19, Cosmos sponsored up to 10 campers annually at a cost of $400 to $800 per child, depending on age and type of camp.

According to George, ADA-Chicagoland plans to reopen summer camps in 2022 for a long waiting list of Type 1 diabetic children. To nominate a Type 1 diabetic child for a sponsorship, email the Cosmos at cosmoaurorail@gmail.com.

Founded in 1927, Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak St. in North Aurora. Prospective members are welcome. Call (630) 966-0657, email cosmoaurorail@gmail.com or visit auroracosmo.org for more information.

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