JOIN US!

 
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There Are So Many Ways to Give a Spear…

 
 
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MAKE A ONE-TIME GIFT

 
 
 
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GIVE A RECURRING GIFT

 
 
 
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GIVE YOUR TIME

 
 

Give for the Future…

 

One of the many ways you can choose to express your commitment to the health of our community's future is by including Purple Asparagus in your planned giving. This is an easy way to make a lasting impact without affecting your current financial security and freedom. Planned gifts offer you the flexibility to balance your personal financial goals with your interest in supporting the impact work of Purple Asparagus, and also may provide significant tax and income advantages. Donors are advised to consult with their attorneys and/or other professional advisers when considering a planned gift to Purple Asparagus.

If you have already included Purple Asparagus in your estate plans, please contact us to let us know.

 

GIFTS OF CASH

Investors wishing to make cash gifts to Purple Asparagus may make checks payable to “Purple Asparagus,” and mail them to 2545 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647.

MATCHING GIFTS

If your employer offers a matching gift program, just provide us with your matching gift paperwork (generally available from your Human Resources Office) and we will do the rest.

GIFTS OF STOCK

For information on how to make a gift of appreciated stock to Purple Asparagus, please consult your financial advisor to develop a plan best suited for you.

BEQUESTS

Once you have made provisions for family in your wills, you may wish to leave a specific amount, a percentage of the estate, or the residuum of the estate to Purple Asparagus. If you wish to make a bequest to Purple Asparagus, please consult your attorney for language best suited to your estate plan.

LIFE INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT PLANS

You may choose to make Purple Asparagus the designated beneficiary of life insurance or retirement plan proceeds. Life insurance policies with built-up cash value can make convenient tax-deductible gifts. Naming Purple Asparagus as a beneficiary of a retirement plan can result in significant tax savings. For information on how to make Purple Asparagus a designated beneficiary, please consult your financial advisor to develop a plan best suited for you.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES

Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA) are one of the most popular forms of planned giving and can offer tax advantages as well as life income for the donor or a named income beneficiary. A CGA is a contract between the investor and issuing charity, in which the investor makes an irrevocable gift to the charity, and in return the charity pays the investor a fixed income for life. Upon the death of the investor, the amount remaining (residuum) goes to the charity. For information on how to make a CGA to Purple Asparagus, please consult your financial advisor to develop a plan best suited for you.

 

If you have any questions about how you can make a financial gift in support of the mission of Purple Asparagus, please contact our Cultivation Spear, Kesha M Pate for more information.

 
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Become a Volun-spear…

 

There are thousands of kids across Chicagoland waiting for Purple Asparagus to bring Delicious Nutritious Adventures to their classroom.
We can’t do it alone. Every volunteer DOES make a difference!

 
 

LEAD CLASSROOM INSTRUCTORS

Are you a certified teacher, a trained chef or chef in training, a good home cook, or health food enthusiast who loves working with kids? We need your help organizing and presenting school programs. 

Lead Instructors are asked to make a commitment of 4-5 hours every month for 9 months. 
Responsibilities include:

  • Run the Delicious Nutritious Adventures program one day per month for nine-months, from October through June, in a designated school.

  • Schedule program dates with the program site contact and Purple Asparagus program manager.

  • Collect and return to Purple Asparagus student allergy forms, photo release forms and surveys as needed.

  • Review monthly lesson plans provided by Purple Asparagus and collaborate with staff to ensure readiness for program delivery.

  • Lead and direct assistant instructors while on site.

  • Execute program according to curricula.

  • Pick up and return supplies to/from Purple Asparagus office before and after programming.

  • Must pass a background check.


 

CLASSROOM ASSISTANT

Whether it’s for a program in your own child’s school or in any of Purple Asparagus’ partner schools, our Chef Instructors always welcome an extra pair of hands.

Classroom Assistants are asked to make a commitment of 3-4 hours every month. 
Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the lead instructors in executing our Delicious Nutritious Adventures programming.

  • Assist with program set up, food preparation, distribute materials, food samples and recipes to students.

  • Engage with students in discussion about the ingredients they are trying.

  • Assist with anything else the lead instructor needs.

  • Program Assistants can commit to programs as they are scheduled and may work at multiple locations throughout the school year.  

  • Must pass a background check.


 

GENERAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout the year, Purple Asparagus hosts informal, drop-in programs at farmers markets, health fairs and green expos; provides activities at community festivals and events; and engages our community with lots of other exciting, one-time opportunities where you can volunteer.

Volunteers must pass a background check prior to participating. Once registered, you will receive occasional emails with upcoming opportunities.

 

If you have any questions about volunteering with Purple Asparagus, please contact our Adventure Spear,
Rachael Morkunas
for more information.

 
 
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 Join Our Team…

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

There are currently no employment opportunities available.

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Purple Asparagus has numerous opportunities throughout the year for responsible college and graduate level students to join our team through an accredited university or college internship program. For more information or to apply, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas.

 
 
 
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CHANGING THE FUTURE… ONE BITE AT A TIME!

 

Purple By Night is more than just an exciting evening of tasty treats and joyous celebration of the past year’s accomplishments. The generosity of our friends, partners, sponsors and funders at Purple By Night is vital to the delivery of our mission and our cause in the coming year.

Every dollar we raise at Purple By Night facilitates the delivery of our Delicious Nutritious Adventures to hundreds of children across Chicagoland. We can’t do it without YOU!

Join us on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 6-10 PM at the Ivy Room At Tree Studios for our delicious adventure after dark!


JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE

We celebrate our impact in the lives of kids and families in Chicago.

We celebrate the donors, funders, staff and volunteers who give generously and work so
very hard for the kids and families we serve.

We celebrate the potential of every Little Spear who will grow into a healthy, adventurous eater of fruits, vegetables and whole grains for a lifetime.


SOW THE SEEDS OF THE FUTURE
This is where you come in…

We sow the seeds of hope, opportunity and possibility for the future of Chicago’s youth.

Your financial support of Purple By Night sows the seeds of our work for another year of impact in the lives of Chicago’s youth and families.

By purchasing your ticket, sponsoring the event, donating a ticket to a program participant/partner, purchasing a silent auction item, sponsoring an ingredient and/or giving generously during the live paddle raise YOU will significantly impact our work, our mission and our community.

We look forward to seeing you at Purple By Night!


INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

$125

$135 at the door, if available.

 

UNABLE TO ATTEND?

 
 

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OUR HOST COMMITTEE

Alexis Owens • Alia Dalal • Anne Leroux • Anne Ryan • Bela Gahndi • Brad Bonneau • Cassidy Morris • Catherine & Billy Lawless • Ceciel Coolegem-Fosco • Christy Levy • Danielle Watts Calderone • Dora Moore • Erica Green • Giana Wilkinson • Gil Sharon • Heather Haukness • Janet Hagen • Jennifer Christensen • Jennifer Jahn • Jenny Uyeda • Jill Houk • Joi Freeman • Kay Christ • Lara Ramsey • Lauren Craig • Linda Lamberson • Melissa Graham • Michael Levy • Mikala Stewart • Natalie Santos • Nathalie Kovinkov • Nora Burke • Peggy Antosiewicz • Prem Batchu • Raeanne Sarazen • Sandra Wagner • Sheri Rudberg • Sunitha Lakshminarayanan • Susan Miszewski • Tom Van Lente • Trish Elliott • Vova Kagan

OUR SPONSORS

Beam SuntoryBeverage Sponsor

H2VinoBeverage Sponsor

Lagunitas Brewing CompanyBeverage Sponsor

Angela GarbotPhotography Sponsor

Greesha KaganPhotography Sponsor

Ceciel’s FlowersDécor Sponsor


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

DIAMOND SPONSOR  •  $5,000

 
  • Title recognition as a presenting sponsor

  • Verbal recognition during the event

  • Recognition in the official press release*

  • Prominent placement on event materials*

  • Dedicated prominent recognition signage*

  • Brand visibility across digital networks*

  • Up to 6 complimentary tickets

 

PLATINUM SPONSOR  •  $2,500

  • Verbal recognition during the event*

  • Recognition in the official press release*

  • Placement on all event materials*

  • Dedicated recognition signage*

  • Brand visibility across digital networks*

  • Up to 4 complimentary tickets

GOLD SPONSOR  •  $1,000

  • Verbal recognition during the event

  • Listing in the official press release*

  • Placement on event materials*

  • Dedicated recognition signage*

  • 10 mentions across digital networks*

  • Up to 2 complimentary tickets

 

SILVER SPONSOR  •  $750

  • Verbal recognition during the event

  • Listing in the official press release*

  • Placement on event materials*

  • 6 mentions across digital networks*

  • 1 complimentary ticket

BRONZE SPONSOR •  $500

  • Recognition on event materials*

  • Recognition in the official press release*

  • 4 mentions across digital networks*

For questions or to pledge your sponsorship, please email our Head Spear Melissa Graham or call (773) 991-1920.

*Print recognition subject to print and publication deadlines.

 

PURPLE BY NIGHT 2018 SPONSORS

 

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Mindful Money Financial Counsel, LLC
Wintrust Financial Corp
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Drury Lane Theatre

GEM Realty Capital, Inc.
JMG Financial Group, Ltd
Newlook Construction LLC
Pre Brands

 
 

DONATE AN ITEM

 

Once again Purple By Night will feature a silent auction of tantalizing items for bid and our famous Restaurant Row of gift certificates to Chicago’s most notable restaurants, pubs, bars and eateries. Your donation of items, tickets, gift certificates and experiences will help us raise the funds we need to deliver our Delicious Nutritious Adventures to kids across Chicagoland.

 
 

GIVE A TICKET

 

Each year we invite program participants and their families, and our community partners to join us in celebration at Purple By Night. This year, you can Give A Ticket to help off-set the cost of these guests and ensure more dollars raised at Purple By Night will directly support the delivery of Delicious Nutritious Adventures to kids across Chicagoland.

 
 
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