SPARK 2018 Awesome Awards

At SPARK, staff and Board members presented the fourth annual Awesome Awards to a staff member, a community partner, and a participant. This year’s winners exemplify Center for Independent Futures’ values of innovation, community partnerships, and diversity that have been the backbone of our organization for the last 16 years.

Staff Awesome Award

Features Cynthia, winner of staff Awesome AwardCommunity Life Coordinator Cynthia Witherspoon was the recipient of our staff award. Throughout her eleven years of dedication to Center for Independent Futures, Cynthia has demonstrated high-quality performance in each of the many areas she works, all while maintaining a positive attitude. Cynthia creates strong community connections and honors individual’s capabilities with kindness and creative perspectives. Cynthia’s hard work, consistency, and knowledge contribute to her ability to live the Center for Independent Futures philosophy.

Community Partner Awesome Award

Next, we honored community partner Northwestern University. Northwestern’s faculty and administrative staff have walked with us since we opened our doors, supporting us in a variety of ways, and assisting us to spread awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities living full lives in Evanston. As our partner, Northwestern University has created kind, caring, and respectful relationships with our organization and our participants.

Participant Awesome Award

Lindsay, participant Awesome Award winnerFinally, our participant awardee is Lindsay Tonyan. Lindsay is a perfect example of someone who is living a full life, taking appropriate risks to pursue new experiences and opportunities. A kind, welcoming, and encouraging person, Lindsay perseveres through obstacles to find a solution. She often volunteers to help out, and she is a role model for all as a positive representative of Center for Independent Futures.

We are grateful for the contributions from Cynthia, Northwestern University, and Lindsay. Our community is stronger because of these members. Congratulations to each of these winners on a well-deserved honor at SPARK!

Preview Live Auction Items for SPARK 2018

Two women dancing at past SPARK after live auction.Each year, our community comes together for an evening of celebration. As our New Futures Initiative and Full Life Process are spreading across the country, we have a lot to be proud of this year. Join us in celebrating with an evening of live music, live auction, dancing, delicious food, and great friends on Friday, April 27th

Play Heads or Tails with Glamour Glasses

Just like in past years, we will kick off our evening with a game of Heads or Tails! If you haven’t played before, this game is an exciting group game where everyone tries to guess whether heads or tails will be flipped. If you guess wrong, you’re out! The game is played until all but one player has guessed wrong, leaving just one person standing. The winner will receive a night’s stay at the luxurious Fairmont, Chicago, dinner at Boeufhaus, and tickets to the Goodman Theater.  Glamour Glasses will be available for purchase during silent auction bidding at SPARK.

Win Silent Auction Items

There will be a wide selection of items available for bidding in our silent auction. From theatre tickets to brewery tours, there are exciting options for anyone. You will be able to preview the silent auction items on Gesture, an auction bidding app, starting on April 23rd. We are busy putting together awesome packages and can’t wait to share these with you!

5 Incredible Live Auction Items

We have five fresh and exciting live auction items available for you to bid on during the evening’s program. Whether you’re a big music buff or someone itching to experience iconic Chicago culture, you will find something for you.

First, we have a truly once in a lifetime experience to offer: visit South Africa for 6 days and 6 nights. During this trip, your lodging and meals will be paid for, as well as two chances to go on a photo safari.

Next, for music lovers, we have a three concert package. Win two tickets to Ed Sheeran, Elton John, and U2 throughout the coming year. Use these tickets for yourself and a friend or gift them to someone you love. What you do is up to you, but you won’t want to miss out on these three opportunities.

There are few holidays more legendary in Chicago than St. Paddie’s Day. That’s why we are offering you the opportunity to experience St. Paddie’s Day like you never have before with a ride on a boat as they dye the ChicagoPhoto depicting a live auction package for St. Patrick's Day. River green. You will also ride on a float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, complete with a VIP package to dinner at the Irish Fellowship Hall, a gift card to Lizzie McNeill’s, and a stay at the luxurious Swissotel.

 

Baseball fans, this one’s for you! Win two tickets on Southwest Airlines to Arizona for spring training. Included in this package is a four-night stay at a two bedroom condo in the warm southwest.

Finally, you have the chance to own an original reproduction of Monet’s “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge,” painted by Center for Independent Future’s very own Rob Larson. This priceless painting will look beautiful on any wall.

Get Tickets to SPARK Today!

Find tickets online and RSVP today! Be sure your seat is reserved for a starry night in beautiful downtown Evanston at the Hilton Orrington.

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