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Message From The CEO

Shore friends and family,

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and coping well during this unprecedented time of Sheltering in Place. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a challenge and no doubt is taking a toll on everyone. However, the resiliency of our residents and staff has been awe-inspiring as we all navigate this pandemic together.

Unfortunately, out of health and safety concerns and the state mandate on limiting group gatherings, we have transitioned our Spring Benefit, Golf Outing and Annual Meeting to virtual events. As we are heartbroken not being able to celebrate in person, your support is crucial to the hundreds of children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who rely on us to enrich their lives.

Dr. James and Mrs. Rita Sheinin, our honorees for this year’s spring benefit “Painting A Brightr Future”, will receive the Thomas and Lois Lloyd Humanitarian Award, which is named for Shore’s Founders.  Like the Lloyds, the Sheinin’s only want the best for their son Richard “Dick” who has been a resident at the Buehler House/Shore Homes East for nearly 30 years. Dick attended Shore’s Diagnostic Nursery – one of the first to be offered in Illinois – from 1968 until 1972. He went on to Park School where he graduated; worked at a bank and then became our resident. Dick’s independence has grown throughout the years and he continues to set and achieve goals that make his life rewarding. With the Sheinin’s dedicated support, they not only painted a brighter future for Dick but for thousands of others who are part of Shore’s Family. We cherish and will be forever grateful to the Sheinin’s for believing in Shore and our mission to improve the quality of life for others.

I am excited to share that The Coleman Foundation is providing us with a match opportunity up to $25,000.  For every $1.00 donated, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar for gifts received from now until June 1st.  Our goal is to raise $150,000, together with our virtual events and The Coleman Foundation match, to support our clients and program needs.

Please visit our event website to make a donation and to check out our silent auction items starting June 1st.  The auction will be open from June 1 through June 6, closing at 8:00 p.m. on the 6th.  A special message will also be going out so stay tuned.  If you have any questions, please contact Mary Matz, Senior Philanthropy Officer, at (847) 982-2030 ext. 221.

Thank you in advance of your support that is vital in helping us provide the tools to paint a brighter future for the individuals entrusted in our care.

Yours in grateful appreciation,


India Alexis Ehioba, MNA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
(847) 982-2030 ext. 215

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