“I am in awe of what an incredible night it was. Without the terrible weather that turnout would have been awesome, so the fact that so many people didn’t get scared away due to the ‘winter wonderland’ is really a testament to the great events that SSC puts on. I was really happy to see so many MFA members joining in the fun. You are all amazing and I can’t thank you enough for all the money you helped raise for Mercy For Animals. With these funds we are going to be able to spare a lot of farmed animals from a life of misery and I am forever grateful.

Working with the Stimulus Social Club was an amazing experience. Everything about them was professional, from the venue, to the marketing, to their amazing Board Members. And it especially showed on the night of the event. Every non-profit that is trying to raise funds should immediately partner with SSC!”

Mikael, National Volunteer Coordinator, Mercy for Animals

“SSC shining a light on Chicago Dance Institute and giving us a platform to spread our mission and gain financial support has been a game changer in our organization. Everyone involved with this organization is a consummate professional committed to serving local charities. They have created an incredible model for support, engagement, and community awareness. Chicago Dance Institute partners with Chicago elementary schools, both public and private, to provide high quality arts education programs to under-served children. We view the arts as the best vehicle for self discovery, and a glaring example of a child’s potential when trying your best is demanded, supported, and celebrated. I am forever grateful to those at SSC for their role in propelling our organization forward to help underwrite the cost of these programs, which are provided completely free of charge to all of our students.”

– Nicole Kawell, Founding Director, Chicago Dance Institute

“Working with SSC could not have been easier or more productive for our staff and volunteers.  SSC took care of making all the arrangements and they just asked us to show up with  a handful of volunteers, donation boxes and some literature about Chicago Canine Rescue… and the people just kept coming in!  It was a great success for our small non-profit and we’re very hopeful that we’ll be invited back, again, soon! – Lisa Klotnia, Founder, Chicago Canine Rescue.  Thank you, again, so much for including us in an SSC event – we appreciate it so much!”

– Lisa Klotnia, Chicago Canine Rescue

“SitStayRead gives a huge thanks to the Stimulus Social Club for raising $3,484 to give the gift of literacy to at-risk children in Chicago. Every dollar raised will give SitStayRead students an opportunity to work one-on-one with our dogs and volunteers to improve their reading and writing skills. We are so grateful to the Stimulus Social Club for supporting SitStayRead’s mission to keep kids reading!”

– MaryEllen Schneider, Executive Director, SitStayRead

“On behalf of Variety-The Children’s Charity of Illinois, we would like to thank the wonderful ladies of the Stimulus Social Club for the opportunity to be the beneficiary of such an awesome event!!  From the great staff at Benchmark to all of those who braved the cold and came out  last night, Variety could not be happier with the outcome.  In fact, due to the generosity of the SSC attendees, Variety will be able to purchase a new adaptive bicycle for a child, and for that we are eternally grateful.”

– Michelle Baert, Variety-The Children’s Charity of Illinois

“The CINN Foundation is enormously grateful to the Stimulus Social Club who raised over $8,000 for the charity. These funds will allow us to continue our research, education and outreach efforts to help individuals with neurological disorders such as brain tumors, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases and back conditions. The downturn in the economy has affected giving for many non-profits.  We are incredibly appreciative of this outpouring of support in these challenging times.”

– Catherine Gilmore-Lawless, Chief Executive Officer of The CINN Foundation

“I would like to thank SSC so much for this wonderful opportunity for our Club.  During these tough economic times, these funds are truly a blessing.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago have been hit by a hurricane with some government grants not being renewed and a very large deficit that we as an agency are responsible for filling.  Staff morale has been extremely low due to mandatory furlough days.  The kids are what truly matter to each and every staff member.  This generous donation will be used for summer program supplies and fun field trips.  Once again, thank you so much for your continued support!”

– Erin Rochford, Program Director of Valentine Boys & Girls Club

“I was so inspired by the purpose of Stimulus Social Club.  The idea of helping to stimulate the economy by getting people together for networking in various venues throughout the city each month and doing even more social good by involving charities– is brilliant and accomplishes so many important societal goals.  For Step Up in particular, thank you so much for selecting us as the very first charity to benefit from this group’s efforts.  These funds will go a long way towards helping Step Up to accomplish our mission to strengthen community resources for women and underserved teen girls.”

– Gina Marotta, Managing Director of Step Up Women’s Network

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