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!

IHSA Dance Championships
Jan 27 – 28
Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S Madison St, Bloomington, Ill.

Come show your support at the IHSA Dance Championships this weekend!
As a Donate Life Illinois Partner, Gift of Hope encourages families of high school students to say yes to organ, eye & tissue donation. Stop by our education table to learn about the life-saving gift of donation.

Contact: Lisa Dodson

Hoops for Hope at UIC Men’s Basketball Game
Jan. 29, 2023, 2 – 4 p.m.
(time subject to change)
Credit Union 1 Arena, 525 S Racine, Chicago, Ill.

Gift of Hope is excited to partner with University of Illinois Chicago 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 for UIC and Bradley University fighting for the win!
Donors will be honored and our UI Health partners will be recognized at this meaningful and fun event.

Contact: Tonisha Brown

Virtual Open Grief Support – for donor families
Feb. 7, 6 – 7 p.m. 

Donor Family Services welcomes all donor families to join monthly for an Open Grief Support Group via Zoom. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7 p.m. (CST). Contact Donor Family Services to register. 

Contact:  donorfamilies@giftofhope.org 

Memory Box Assembly Workshop
Feb. 10, 5 – 7  p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites, 7806 N. Rt. 91, Peoria, Ill.

Donor families and Gift of Hope Ambassadors can connect during this workshop while assembling memory boxes to be shared with future donor families.

Contact: bkelley@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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