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Kiwanis Peanut Day is marching to the beat of a new drummer!

We won't be on the streets this year, shaking a can for our Peanut Day annual campaign. Instead we are launching our inaugural Kiwanis for Kids Music Discovery, September 25, 2021. (See below)

When you donate online, you can direct your bag of peanuts (or gummies) using "In Honor of..." to a local "food program" or "student program", or for large donations you can send a box to a specific local business; we will deliver to their door. >> DONATE

Kiwanis for Kids Music Discovery
September 25, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at
Mills Park

Join us for an interactive music jam and education session featuring African drummer, Michael J. Taylor, Director of the Tam Tam Mandingue-Chicago International School of Percussion; and

Gingi Lahera & Rita Cassiano, Co-Founders of Arts Language Music Alliance (A.L.M.A)

This fundraising event will complement family-friendly activities also happening in Downtown Oak Park on Marion Street that day. So grab a bite downtown and come picnic and play two blocks away!

A Rain Date, if necessary, will be hosted by A.L.M.A. at 1037 Marengo Ave, Forest Park, Illinois. Watch this space for updates/details.

Can we count on your to help ? Our charitable work continues with your help. In the last year we awarded $8,000 in scholarships to college-bound teens and initiated a Luminaria project to help Light Up The Night and warm hearts during COVID-challenged holidays. We delighted kids in onsite/offsite student programs with gummies directed by folks like you from our Peanut Day drive, we sponsored youth sports and activities of high school Kiwanis Key Club, and targeted funds and in-kind donations to local charities, and seeded innovative food programs. We also delivered on our club’s 7th year of GoBabyGo, partnering with Shirley Ryan Ability Lab—retrofitting battery cars for developmentally disabled children to improve their mobility, socialization and neural growth Please help us to continue to meet new and emerging community needs.

Successful Inaugural GoBabyGo Event Fundraiser at the Autobahn!

Thanks to all who joined us--Kiwanis Club of River-Forest-Oak Park and the Illinois Spina Bifida Association--at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois on September 7, 2019 to raise funds for GoBabyGo programs in Illinois. Key note speaker Cole Galloway, founder of the GoBabyGo national movement, spoke movingly of "mobility as a right" and the impact of this cost-effective and volunteer-based program on medical suppliers of more sophisticated, and much more expensive, motoring devices. We netted over $7,000, exceeding our goal for this inaugural event, which we plan to continue and expand in future.

Kiwanis Annual Bowl-a-thon

In past Springs, the River Forest-Oak Park Kiwanis Club has worked collaboratively with fellow clubs to support a bowl-a-thon event to raise money for research and developmental supports for children with special needs. Our last event raised $10,000. Target charities include Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation (credit "River Forest Oak Park" when you donate online), and YMCA Camp Independence where research is put into action.

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