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!

Danny K. Davis Back to School Parade, Picnic & World Health Day
August 20, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Columbus Park, 500 S. Central Ave., Chicago, Ill.

This event will be a day full of great food, culture, hands-on experiences, art, music, health & wellness physicals, sports activities, food, prizes, hiring opportunities, community resources and much more. Gift of Hope will participate in the parade and have a table to promote donation registration.

Contact: Tina Montgomery 

Back to School Picnic and Fest
New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 844 W 71st St., Chicago, Ill.
August 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come out to celebrate with your neighbors at this family event. Gift of Hope will have a table to share messages of hope and the importance of organ donation.

Contact: Olivia Fox

Organ/Tissue Donor Night at the Ballpark
Sponsored by Donate Life Illinois

August 26, 7:05 p.m.
Ozinga Field, 14011 S. Kenton Ave., Crestwood, Ill.

Cheer on the Windy City Thunderbolts or the Joliet Slammers from a reserved Donate Life Illinois (DLI) section at Ozinga Field. This special night is for donors, recipients, their families and DLI partners. Wear your donor apparel while the players wear Donate Life jerseys.

For tickets: e-mail dlietz@ilsos.gov or call 312-814-8921 at the Secretary of State office.

16th Annual Taste of Thornton Township
Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thornton Township, 15800 State St., South Holland, Ill.

Family event for the south suburban community to gather for back to school services, games, car show, craft show, music, food and more.  Gift of Hope will have a table to promote donation registration.

Contact: Olivia Fox

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
Sept 10-11
Broadway St., between Belmont Ave. & Hawthorn Pl., Chicago, Ill.

Come to enjoy some of Chicago’s best art, entertainment and food at this community event, and stop by to see us at Gift of Hope’s donation education table.

Contact: Luis Ortega

NAMIWalks Your Way Chicago 5K Walk
September 17, Noon – 4 p.m.
Jackson Park lakefront trail, 6401 S Stony Isl. Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Gift of Hope will participate in the NAMIWalks Your Way Chicago 5K to help raise funds and awareness for critical free mental health services, education and advocacy in Chicago and beyond.

To register or donate, visit the website.

For Donor Families & Recipients: Writing Workshop
Sept. 21, noon-1 p.m.
425 Spring Lake Dr., Itasca, Ill.

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

Springfield Memorial Hospital’s 5K Transplant Run/Walk
September 28, 9 a.m.
Hope Pavilion in Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St. Springfield, Ill.

Join our Gift of Hope team as we sponsor and take part in Springfield Memorial Hospital’s 5K Transplant Run/Walk to benefit kidney transplant patients.  This 15th annual 5K is hosted by The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial Hospital. Representatives of the Illinois Secretary of State Life Goes On program will be on hand to help register donors.

To join the Gift of Hope team, contact Carmen Beverly.

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
Nov. 17, 5-7:00 p.m.
Gift of Hope office, 425 Spring Lake Dr., Itasca, Ill.

Donor families and Ambassadors connect during this workshop and 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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