Gratitude Page

Thank you to everyone who has supported the work of Opportunity House.  Here are some of the people who are making a difference in the lives of our clients for which we are truly grateful:

*Thanks to the Women of the Moose in Sycamore for hosting a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Opportunity House. Attending the check presentation are (left to right) Becky Ziegler, Darlene Harmon, Erica Mitchell, Bob Shipman (Executive Director of Opportunity House) and Cheryl Collum. The check is in the amount of $700 (that’s a lot of spaghetti!). Thanks also to all who attended as it will go to making a difference in the lives of our clients. Thanks again to the Women of the Moose!

*A great big THANK YOU goes the Kiwanis Club of DeKalb who presented a check for a pledge of $10,000 to Opportunity House in support of the “Building a Better Future” renovation project. Pictured is (left to right) Mark Meier, Gary Vander Meer, Bob Shipman (Executive Director of Opportunity House), and Tarryn Thaden. This is yet another example of the caring community support that is moving us closer to our goal. Thanks again to the DeKalb Kiwanis Club.

*Just a quick “THANK YOU” to everyone who attended the Art Show. It was a great success and the Artists were proud to show off their work. In learning about art, each artist was taught to ask 3 questions when looking at a work of art; What is going on in the painting? How do you know / what do you see that makes you think that? What else is happening? Then they took that information and created their own works. BEAUTIFUL! Thanks to Carla Raynor, Carol Parsons, staff members and the Artists who helped make this not only an enjoyable evening, but an educational one as well.

*Thanks to Jeff Dobie of Fatty’s in DeKalb and all of his staff for hosting our New Year’s Eve Bash! We would also like to thank everyone who attended, making it an enjoyable event for a great cause. With delicious food, good friends and solid entertainment from Back Country Roads, the evening was a success! The photo shows Jeff presenting a proceeds check to Bob Shipman (our Executive Director) in the amount of $1,143! Thanks again Jeff and we are already looking forward to next year!

*We are grateful to Shannon Vanatta for leading the 11th Annual District Charity Volleyball Event this year, with the goal of raising money for Special Olympics. Their team effort raised $6,151 which is $2,000 more than last year! Fantastic!! We would like to thank the following people for their efforts in support of the event: Annie Miller, Debbie Klock, Becky Steczo, Jack Weaver, Katherine Katz, and Roger & Christie Kyler, as well as all who participated. Suffice it to say that these caring individuals are making a huge contribution to improving the quality of life for our clients. That is our mission. Be sure to place it on your calendar for next year. Thanks again Shannon and everyone who helped to make this a great success!

*Thanks to the DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) who recently presented a check in the amount of $25,000 on a pledge of $100,000 to Opportunity House in support of the “Building a Better Future” construction project. Pictured is (left to right) Mark Mannebach, DCCF board member, Bob Shipman, Executive Director of Opportunity House, and Anita Zurbrugg, DCCF Program Director. The renovation project will benefit programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities.

*Special THANKS goes to MorningStar Media Group, Ltd. in Sycamore for their support of our website. They have been very generous with their time as we adjust and revise the site, and their patient support has saved us a tremendous amount of time. We are fortunate to receive so much help and support from our local community and MorningStar Media is a great example of that. Thanks again!


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