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!

Rockford City Market
Through Sept 30
116 N. Madison St., Rockford Ill.

Gift of Hope will sponsor the market every weekend this summer. On Aug. 12, our volunteers will provide children’s activities. Look for us at the entrances to learn more about donation!

Contact: Luis Ortega

Flavors of Albany Park
June 22
Various restaurants, Albany Park, Chicago

Look for Gift of Hope’s education table at this multicultural event on Chicago’s northwest side to learn more about organ and tissue donation.

Contact: Luis Ortega

Miles for Maddog 5K/10K
June 25, 8-10:30 a.m.
19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort, Ill.

Look for the Gift of Hope information table when you come out to run or walk in this annual event. The Maddog Strong Foundation is committed to building awareness within the youth community of the need for life-saving organ and tissue donation.

Contact: Cyndi Grobmeier

For Donor Families: “Christmas in July” Memory-Making Workshop 
July 12, 4-5 p.m.

Donor families are invited to honor their loved ones and connect with others at this ornament-making connection event. The ornaments created will be featured as decorations on holiday trees at Gift of Hope winter events.

Contact: donorfamilies@giftofhope.org

Tony’s Par-Tee Golf Outing
July 17
Bliss Creek Golf Club, Sugar Grove, Ill.

The family of Tony Capozziello has organized a day of fun and golf to celebrate Tony’s life and to raise funds for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network. Register to attend.

Contact: Eileen Miller

Donate Life Transplant Games of America
July 29-Aug 3
San Diego, CA

The annual Transplant Games event brings together thousands of transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, individuals on the waiting list, caregivers, transplant professionals, supporters and spectators for the world’s largest celebration of life. Gift of Hope donor families will attend.

Contact: Tina Montgomery

Fiesta del Sol
July 29, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
July 30, noon – 6 p.m.
July 31, noon – 6 p.m.
Blue Island Ave. & Loomis St., Chicago, Ill.

This is an all-ages family event celebrating Latino cultures and traditions and is the largest festival of its kind in the country! Get information about organ, eye & tissue donation at the Gift of Hope table there.

Contact: Jennifer Aguilar

Peoria Chiefs Donation Awareness Night
July 29, 6:30-10 p.m.
Dozer Park, 730 SW Jefferson St., Peoria Ill.

Honor donors and their families with Gift of Hope during the Peoria Chiefs minor league baseball game against the Lake County Captains. An information and registration table will also be set up in the stadium that night.

Contact: Lisa Dodson

The 2022 Bud Billiken Parade
August 13, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
5531 S. King Drive, Chicago, Ill.

Join our Gift of Hope staff and volunteers at the renowned Bud Billiken Parade that brings together community members and organizations to celebrate and honor education, health and wellness, economic vitality and youth. Come show your support for organ and tissue donation.

Contact: Tonisha Daniel 

Illinois State Fair
August 15, 5- 9 p.m.
Illinois State Fairgrounds
801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, Ill.

Join Gift of Hope for Senior & Scout Day at the State Fair. Gift of Hope is sponsoring BINGO night on the Grand Central Stage. Stop by to try your luck!

Contact: Tina Montgomery 

East Lakeview Festival of the Arts
Sept 10-11
Along Broadway St., between Belmont Ave. and Hawthorn Pl.

Come to enjoy some of Chicago’s best art, entertainment and food at this community event, where Gift of Hope will provide sponsorship and a donation education table.

Contact: Luis Ortega

For Donor Families & Recipients: Writing Workshop
Sept. 21, noon-1 p.m.

Donor family members and recipients are invited to learn about Gift of Hope’s correspondence program, connect with one another while discussing their correspondence journeys and help each other with their letters.

Contact: donorfamilies@giftofhope.org

For Donor Families: Dia de Los Muertos Memory-Making Workshop
Oct. 30, time to be announced

Donor families are invited to honor their loved ones and connect with others in creating an altar in honor of our life-giving donors.

Contact: donorfamilies@giftofhope.org

For Donor Families & Ambassadors: Memory Box Assembly
November, in conjunction with Gift of Hope Ambassador meetings

Donor families and Ambassadors connect during this workshop to assemble memory boxes to be shared with future donor families.

Contact: donorfamilies@giftofhope.org

For Donor Families & Ambassadors: Winter Connections
Dec. 17
Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield, Ill.

Donor families and Ambassadors are invited to connect with each other to celebrate their special donors. Our Gift of Hope holiday tree will honor all those who have donated life as organ, eye and tissue donors, and their families. Details to be announced.

Contact: donorfamilies@giftofhope.org

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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