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Make A Difference - Get Involved in SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS!

Search's signature fundraiser, SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2016: Leading The Way Home, is fast approaching! This event, which will be held on Thursday, May 19th at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago, raises critically needed funds for Search's direct services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

We depend on the involvement of our committed supporters – that's you! – to make this event a success. There are many ways to contribute, through time, talent, or financial means, so we hope you will join us by getting involved. Here are just a few ways to do so:


Sponsors make a valuable investment in supporting Search's essential services. Sponsorships start at $500 and include recognition. Please view a complete list of Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits for details or sponsor the event now!


Join us on the evening of Thursday, May 19th for a fun reception at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago! Attendees will enjoy cocktails, delicious food stations and desserts, awards, and a silent auction. Individual tickets are $150. Invitations with full event details will be mailed in late March. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your name to the invitation list.


We are respectfully requesting in-kind donations for the silent auction, including:
    - Unique experiences: airline tickets, hotel or time-share stays, golf club outings,      fine dining, wine tasting and tours, etc...
    - Tickets to sports games, plays, concerts, and other events...
    - Gift certificates to restaurants, cultural attractions, spas, or other fun activities...
View our auction donation form to donate.


Volunteer opportunities include helping with the invitation mailing and assisting on the evening of May 19th with check-in, silent auction, and more. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.


Word of mouth is an invaluable resource. Please share information about SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2016 to your family, friends, colleagues, and community groups. Stay up to date by joining our email list and encourage your friends to do the same!


All new and increased donations made at the Paddleraise on Thursday, May 19th will be matched dollar for dollar! Join us at the event and make your gift go twice as far.

How does your support make a difference?
Every day, Search provides essential housing, employment, adult learning, and supportive services so people with disabilities can live full, active lives in the community. The people we serve and their loved ones witness first-hand the powerful impact of these services. Pete Petersen and Siri Gadbois, two of our family members, recently shared their experiences with Search:

Pete - My sister Laura has been a resident in Search's Supported Living Program for ten years now. Recently I visited Laura for dinner and was absolutely amazed at how well cared for she is by the Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) in her home. DSPs like Roxanna, who has been at Search 8 years, Marilyn, and Cheryl, are unsung heroes who toil behind the scenes as primary caregivers. I wonder how I could possibly care for Laura if Search and their dedicated DSPs were no longer an option.

Siri - My son Anton joined Search's No Boundaries program last August. It was a time when Anton had struggled to find and keep part-time employment. Within a short time No Boundaries staff helped Anton redirect his energies and understand where communication was breaking down at work. They assisted Anton in finding first an internship and then a paid, part-time position at Hewn Bakery in Evanston. The continuing support and guidance provided by No Boundaries staff has turned Anton's life around. As parents we couldn't be more pleased with his progress or more proud of his successes.

Search makes a difference every day in the lives of Laura, Anton, and more than 400 other loved ones with disabilities. The exceptional services Laura and Anton receive inspired Pete and Siri to give back through SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS 2016. Will you join them in supporting this important fundraising event?

To find out more about supporting SEARCH TRAILBLAZERS, please visit the our webpage or contact Audrey Landale at 773-305-5000 x55 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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