Let It Be Us Event Raises Record Funds for Children in Illinois Foster Care

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Let It Be Us’ 4th annual “Be Mine” fundraiser brought in a record-setting $185,000 to assist children in the Illinois foster care system. Chaired by Jessica Canning, Tim Coles and Partick Macellaio, the celebratory event took place at Shakou in downtown Barrington on Friday, July 8th.

*Photos by Linda Barrett Photography

Funds raised will target the newest programs being offered by Let It Be Us, including the Springboard to Adulthood Program which focuses on foster/adoption for teens and the Special Families Program to help place children in foster care who have special needs.

The event’s Keynote speaker was Illinois DCFS Medical Director Dr. Margaret Scotellaro who spoke about the adoption of her daughter Lily, a child with Downs Syndrome, who joined the family via DCFS.

Auction items included high-end wine & scotch packages, sports memorabilia including a Ryne Sandberg jersey and vacation stays at private properties owned by local families.

Click here to sign up for the next Let It Be Us fundraiser, which is their 8th annual golf outing coming up at Hawthorn Woods Country Club on Monday, September 12.

Headquartered in Barrington and founded in 2014, Let It Be Us is a nonprofit organization committed to creating programs that recruit foster parents and match Illinois children in foster care with foster and adoptive parents. Through innovative parent recruitment and matching platforms Let It Be Us has developed a registry of waiting parents. If you or someone you know is curious about getting licensed as a foster parent, call 847-764-LIBU (847-764-5428) or visit LetitBeUs.org.

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