Event Calendar

Programs & Events

Join us throughout the year at community and public programs at which our Gift of Hope staff and volunteers are engaged with community advocate and providing education about life-giving organ, eye and tissue donation.

In addition to our public programs and fundraisers below, please check our programs specifically for:

Mark your calendar and follow us on Facebook for updates and announcements!

Lincoln Park ZooLights
Nov 19. – Jan. 1, Chicago, Ill.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, Ill.

Gift of Hope will be one of the community sponsors of the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights this year so make sure to visit this spectacular and iconic Chicago holiday tradition. We are the featured sponsors of the “Wildlife Watering Hole Zoo Lights Neighborhood”, you’ll see our name and logo in full display in that exhibit and throughout the zoo.

Contact: Luis Ortega

East Peoria Festival of Lights
Nov. 24 – Jan. 2, 5 – 9 p.m.
123 Par 3 Lane, East Peoria, Ill. 

Visit the 38th annual East Peoria Festival of Lights holiday drive-through event through January 2! Gift of Hope will have signage at the event by our sponsored festive train display.

Rockford Festival of Lights 2022 
November 25 – December 31, 5 – 9 p.m.  
Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford, Ill.

A free month-long drive-through event through New Years Eve with a festive display of holiday lights and Santa visit. Gift of Hope will have signage at the event by one of the light displays.

Contact: Luis Ortega

Andersonville Winter Market
Dec. 2 – 4
1500 W. Catalpa, Chicago, Ill.

Gift of Hope will have a donation education table set up this community winter fest. Stop by to say hello and learn more about the lifesaving gift of organ and tissue donation.

Contact: Luis Ortega

For Donor Families & Ambassadors: Hope For The Holidays Meet & Greet
Dec. 9, 7 – 8 p.m.
Trees on the Tees, 727 W. Weaver Rd., Forsyth, Ill.

Donor families are invited to connect with each other and our Donor Family Services Team to celebrate their special donors. Our Gift of Hope holiday tree will honor all those who have given the gift of life as organ, eye and tissue donors, and their families. We have a limited number of tickets available to give away.

Contact: donorfamilies@giftofhope.org

Loretto Hospital 32nd Annual Visit with Santa 
Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Ill.

Please join Gift of Hope in supporting this amazing community event just in time for the holidays! For more than 30 years, Loretto’s annual Visit with Santa event has afforded underprivileged families and children in the Austin community with an opportunity to take part in a fun-filled, family-friendly event that creates memories for a lifetime.  Each year, nearly 2000 children, along with their parents or guardian, lineup outside Columbus Park Refectory to receive gifts and enjoy entertainment.

Contact: Tonisha Brown

Donation Awareness Night at UIC Flames Men’s Basketball Game
Jan. 29, 2023, 1 – 4 p.m.
Credit Union 1 Arena, 525 S Racine, Chicago, Ill.

Gift of Hope is excited to partner with UIC Flames men’s basketball as we host our Donation Awareness Night.  Please join us as we highlight the importance of organ and tissue donation and cheer on our local college basketball team as they bring the heat!

Contact: Tonisha Brown

Annual donation and transplantation observances


  • National Donor Day, Feb. 14


  • National Donate Life Month
  • National Donate Life Living Donor Day
  • National Donate Life Blue and Green Day
  • National Pediatric Transplant Week
  • Transplant Nurses Week


  • National Minority Donor Awareness Month


  • Eye Donation Month
  • Faith and Hope Month
  • National Donor Sabbath
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