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Holiday Gala Supports Homeless Men, Women and Children at Hesed House in Aurora

Local Entrepreneur Hosts First Annual “Hearts for Hesed” Event to Benefit Hesed House

(Naperville, IL) – Judy Philip first learned of Hesed House, an Aurora-based not-for-profit homeless shelter, three years ago at a local Rotary Club meeting. A Hesed House executive director, Ryan Dowd, presented a short video about the families helped by Hesed House, and Philip was shaken to the core. She knew that someday she would help this organization; she just didn’t know when or how.
That is, until 2011 arrived and Philip was creating Extra Edge, her business development consulting and resource firm.
Philip’s vision for her business included tying the success of the new venture with a local non-profit organization. She contacted Mary Ensor, Division Director of Resources for Hesed House, and promised that she would market the organization for the entire year – including hosting a major fundraising event. The result is the upcoming “Hearts for Hesed” holiday fundraising gala to benefit the organization that sees a newly homeless person at its doors every 10.5 hours.
Hesed House provides shelter, food and life-changing services to over 400 local men, women and children every day. Probably best known for the PADS® Overnight Emergency Shelter which it created, it is the largest shelter in Illinois outside the city of Chicago in the number of individuals served. The organization also runs a host of programs providing intervention and support for the homeless, including transitional living, job training, legal and mental health counseling, veteran’s and housing assistance, children’s counseling and a soup kitchen.
Although Hesed House has achieved tremendous success in helping individuals and families get back on their feet during very difficult economic times, this past summer the organization received the devastating news that the State of Illinois was going to slash funding for homeless shelters across the state by a whopping 52%. Philip is confident, though, that the “Hearts for Hesed” fundraising event will make a difference.
“Hearts for Hesed” will be held Thursday, December 1, from 5:30-8:30pm at the Naperville Country Club (25W570 Chicago Avenue, Naperville). The event will include a raffle and numerous silent auction items, including coveted skybox seating for 12 at a Blackhawks hockey game. Emcee for the gala event is comedian Julie Ostrow from “Find the Funny”, with live entertainment from the children’s theater group Kidz Kabaret and adult contemporary music from the band Tres Moustache. Additionally, the event will include a collection of signed artwork from the Expressions Art Group, showcasing the artistic talents of individuals calling Hesed House “home” this holiday season. The signed prints will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the homeless artists.
“Words cannot describe how moved I am by this organization’s mission,” Philip explains. “I have taken their mission on as my own. It’s my goal to do something for Hesed House on a daily basis, and I strive to support this remarkable group in as many ways as I can.”
Tickets for the event are $75 per person with 50% of the ticket price tax deductible. Event sponsorships are also available. For more information, please contact Judy Philip at 630-846-5158.


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