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:

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

October

Día de los Muertos Xicágo | Oct. 30, 1-8 p.m. | National Mexican Museum of Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago

We will celebrate Day of the Dead with an altar honoring LatinX organ, eye & tissue donors. Contact: Jennifer Aguilar, Gift of Hope Community Outreach

November

Eye Donation Month | Nov. 1-30

Each November, Eye Donation Month raises awareness about cornea donation and transplantation, honors the selfless individuals who donated the gift of sight to others, and celebrates recipients whose lives have been transformed thanks to this generosity. Follow Gift of Hope on Facebook or Twitter or at www.giftofhope.org, or Eversight, our eye bank partner, at on Facebook or Twitter, or at www.eversightvision.org.

Faith and Hope Month | Nov. 1-30

Gift of Hope also observes Faith and Hope Month in November, working with faith-based organizations to celebrate those whose faith has inspired the gift of life, sight and healing to others through organ, eye and tissue donation. We explore and honor faith-based perspectives on donation and transplantation during this time.

National Donor Sabbath | Nov. 12-14

Each year, National Donor Sabbath is observed two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday, as faith leaders, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

Brookfield Zoo 40th Annual Holiday Magic | Nov. 13 – Dec. 31 | 8400 31st St., Brookfield, Ill.

On your visit to the zoo’s annual festival, look for our Gift of Hope holiday tree honoring all those who have donated life as organ, eye and tissue donors. For tickets: Brookfield Zoo

Rockford Festival of Lights | Nov. 26 – Dec. 31 | Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford, Ill.

Look for the Gift of Hope light display during Santa’s Festival of Lights. For more information: Festival of Lights 2021

Light Up the Holiday Parade and Festival | Nov. 26, 4-7 p.m. | Downtown Joliet, Ill.

Watch for our Gift of Hope float in the holiday parade. We welcome friends and advocates interested in walking in the parade with our Community Outreach Team! Contact: Jennifer Aguilar, Gift of Hope Community Outreach

Stroll on State | Nov. 27, 3-8 p.m. | 401 S. Main Street, Rockford, Ill.

Look for our Gift of Hope float during the annual Stroll on State. We welcome friends and advocates interested in walking in the parade with our Community Outreach Team! Contact: Tina Montgomery, Gift of Hope Community Outreach

December

The Decatur Christmas Parade | Dec. 4, 4:30-8 p.m. | Franklin Street between Macon & Decatur, Decatur, Ill.

Look for our Gift of Hope float in the parade. We welcome friends and advocates interested in walking in the parade with our Community Outreach Team! Contact: Tina Montgomery, Gift of Hope Community Outreach

Trees on the Tee | Dec. 9-12 and 15-19 | Hickory Point Golf Course, 727 W. Weaver Road, Forsyth, ll.

Look for the Gift of Hope tree decorated to honor organ, eye and tissue donors in the Macon County area. For tickets and more information: Decatur Park District

More annual observances

January 

  • The Rose Parade and Donate Life Float, Jan. 1

April

  • National Donate Life Month
  • National Donor Day, Feb. 14
  • National Blue and Green Day
  • National Pediatric Transplant Week, last week of April
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