Young Chicagoans Toast ‘Cocktails For a Cause’

By Gemma Follari

On June 21, nonprofit Orchard Village hosted its ninth annual Cocktails for a Cause event at Market Bar, a restaurant and sports bar located in Chicago’s West Loop. Over 100 guests enjoyed drinks both inside and outside on the patio. The organization successfully raised over $20,000.

Based in Skokie, Orchard Village is a forty-year-old nonprofit that partners with families and communities to help individuals with disabilities live their lives. “We’re a social service organization that works with persons with developmental disabilities to get them housing, vocational opportunities and transitional skills so that they can live normal fulfilled lives.”

“Cocktails for a Cause is just one of the ways we reach out to the community to support the work we do with our clients,” said Peter Kuntz, the Vice President Director of Development for Orchard Village. “It started as an attempt nine years ago to get a younger, more urban crowd to learn about what we do and support the dreams and aspirations of our clients: to lead very fulfilling lives.”

Market Bar was chosen due to its popularity with young professionals in the West Loop. “We wanted to attract some new, younger folks who are themselves becoming more aware of philanthropic concerns of different organizations,” said Kuntz. “So it’s fun, it’s social and at the same time it’s helping other people.” The cost of the event was $40 in advance and $50 at the door, making it a price that appeals to younger clients who may not be able to afford more expensive charity events. Over 100 bracelets, provided Cheryl Pisha of Madre y Hija, were sold at the event to raise additional funds.

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