All our camper families and friends are welcome to attend this event benefiting Camp One Step, which is being held on July 8th in Fontana, WI

Fontana’s Reid Park will be home to Dan Green’s Pig in the Park on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 4-10pm.

Reid Park
South Lake Shore and Fontana Blvd
Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, WI 53125

 

 

Another successful program has brought our campers to some of Chicago’s iconic museums. Our group explored every part of the Shedd Aquarium. No trip to the Shedd is compete without attending the dolphin show and the dolphins were fantastic! Campers enjoyed the Children’s Museum and had their own private Lego building session. 5 of the campers who attended were new to the program. We are truly grateful to the Mark Staehely Pediatric Cancer Foundation for sponsoring this camp opportunity for our kids. Thanks to Jill Kulbok and Kris Reilly for doing a great job leading the program. Thanks to our outstanding volunteers and to Darryl and Lauren for their leadership and support.

2017 One Step Charity Poker Championship Ups the Ante’ for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL – On February 23rd, more than 220 pokers players and 75 spectators helpedto send more kids with cancer to One Step Programsat theMontgomery Club. Dan Bernstein from WSCR “The Score” AM 670and a board member of the nonprofit returned as emcee for this 12th annual No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament that raised more than $120,000. Players from all over the Chicagoland-area and Northwest Indiana played their best hand for an evening of poker and high stakes gambling, memorable food and drinks, prizes and of course, charity.

Celebrity bounty players included NBC’s Chicago Fire Randy Flager that made it to the final table, ESPN and Chicago White Sox announcer Jason Bennetti along with media personalities NBC Chicago’s Marley Kayden, WSCR “The Score” AM 670 Laurence Holmes and Danny Parkins and National Movie Critic and FOX Chicago host Richard Roeper.

Players of all levels competed for approximately $15,000 in prizes including the coveted Grand Prize: a seat at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas ($10,000 value) sponsored by RW Baird.

 

Our Utah Ski Program was a great success and the 30 campers who attended had an incredible time. Fifteen campers joined us in Utah for the first time! Four of our volunteers were first timers as well. The week was filled with Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing and number of other great activities. Thanks to Nancy Townsend for leading the program. Our gratitude goes out to all of our volunteers who did a great job, the National Abilities Center for their amazing support of our campers, and to our Director of Programs, Darryl Perkins and his team for managing the direction of the Utah Program and all 11 of our One Step Programs.

104 campers attended our Winter Camp program this year. Everyone was very happy that the weather cooperated for us to ski and snowboard. Many thanks to Grand Geneva Resort and Timber Ridge for continuing to support our organization. This year we added some new activities including: attending a Marquette University basketball game, going to the Milwaukee Zoo and having a scavenger hunt at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Thank you to Jessica Hopper and Mark Lowry who led this program. Thank you to our volunteers who make our programs special, and to Darryl Perkins and Lauren Kunkel for their leadership and support.

Our goal this year was to raise $90,000 so we could send 90 kids to camp in 2017. We are pleased to report that we shattered that goal and raised $106,000! We are very grateful to the Ellen Marks Cancer Foundation for providing a $25,000 match that will help us send 106 kids to camp this year! We also could not have achieved this without all of you. THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation, supported us on social media, sent the information to a family member, friend, or co-worker. We could not do this without your support.

Nonprofit honored the Armin & Esther Hirsch Foundation and the Chicago Cubs at their biggest fundraiser of the year on November 11th

CHICAGO, IL – More than 325 guests escaped to a tropical island with no passport needed for the2016 FLIGHT Gala to benefit Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., on Friday, November 11th atthe Four Seasons Hotel-Chicago. Children’s Oncology Services hosted its 3rd annual FLIGHT gala with this culturally-themed gala representing destinations from around the world, with this lucky year as the Caribbean for their largest fundraiser this year. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. operates One Step Programs, which give children facing cancer a chance to meet and bond with other pediatric cancer patients and survivors in a non-hospital setting. Many of these programs are provided to families at no cost. The event broke a record of raising more than$254,000. In addition, guests bid on flamingo stuffed animals representing sending a child with cancer to One Step Programs. Board member Dan Bernstein and host of CBS radio The Score’s “Boers and Bernstein”hosted the live flamingo auction and live auction to memorable trips around the world including the World Championship Chicago Cubs spring training VIP package. One Step Camp family Holly Lowrance and her daughter/camper Reilly addressed the crowd on the powerful impact of the nonprofit’s program.

Guests of FLIGHT enjoyed Caribbean inspired cuisine and dancing to music by the Becca Kaufman Orchestra. This year, Children’s Oncology Services presented two prestigious tribute awards:

The Richard Schwebel Award honored the Armin & Esther Hirsch Foundation. The foundation has supported the nonprofit since 1999 among its numerous charitable efforts. Bob Hirsch, Richard Hirsch and their families continue to show tremendous support for the children and families the nonprofit serves. Richard Hirsch accepted the award on behalf of the Hirsch family.
The Hospira Foundation Award honored the Chicago Cubs. For the past several years, the entire Chicago Cubs organization has shown tremendous support for the nonprofit’s One Step campers and their families. Chicago Cubs CFO Jon Greifenkamp accepted the award.
Northwestern Mutual was the event wine sponsor and Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP co-sponsored the evening’s reception.

The FLIGHT committee included Beth Bernstein, Mary Cortopassi, Chris Cortopassi, Donna DeSimone, Nick DeSimone, Sam DeSimone, Tina DeSimone, Celeste Giannini, Danielle Goldman, Linda Graves, Barb Guzzardi, Joseph Guzzardi, Rich Guzzardi, Andrea Gyann, Jeff Infusino, Joseph Infusino, Sue Infusino, Katina Kareotes, Lauren Kunkel, Doug Prafke, Nikki Prafke & Julie Wilson.

On October 9th, 100 incredible people ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to support Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. The team trained for several months to run 26.2 miles and raised over $170,000! We were so excited to see a great mix of new and returning runners including 20 One Step volunteers and many first time marathoners. It was a great day that concluded with a post race celebration at South Branch Tavern & Grille. Many thanks to our Team One Step Director, Jill Kulbok, for her outstanding leadership, the coaches and the Team One Step volunteers for their support.

We had 86 family members attend our Family Camp which was held at Conference Point Center in Williams Bay, WI. This was the largest number of family members that has attended this program! The weekend program was packed with activities for everyone to enjoy. We added some new activities this year including “Around the World in 40 hours” and “Waxed Hands”. We would like to thank Mary Ann LeBel and Jeanie Robbins, who continue to lead this program successfully every year. Thanks to all of the volunteers who supported this program and to Darryl and Lauren for their continued leadership.

We were very happy to see so many campers this year and feel the happiness and energy at camp. Swimming, fishing, laughter with friends, campfires, songs and so many activities delivered tons of smiles to all of our campers during the 2 weeks of camp. We were fortunate to have had a number of donors visit camp this year and we are very grateful for their support. We had new camp leadership this year as Mark Lowry became our Summer Camp Director and Jessica Hopper took over as our Summer Camp Program Coordinator. They did a great job!! Many thanks to all of our incredible volunteers who always make camp a special place to be. Thanks as well go to Darryl Perkins, Director of Programs and Lauren Kunkel, Programs Coordinator, for continuing to do an excellent job driving all of our programs.