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Thursday 21 Aug 2014
Bridging the gap

Save the date - Pasta Extravaganza is back!

imageOur popular “Pasta Extravaganza and Nite at the Races” event returns this year to Together We Cope’s fundraising schedule. The pasta dinner is set for Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Orland Chateau, 14500 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children age 3 to 12. The dinner features a wide variety of delicious food donated by dozens of south suburban restaurants that support TWC’s work in the region, and gives diners lots of choices for their meal as they peruse the buffet.


Program helps children head back to school with a smile

spiderma-wirth-backpack2Batman will head to kindergarten wearing a Spiderman backpack this year in Oak Forest, courtesy of the Back to School program at Together We Cope.
      The five-year-old fan of the superhero characters is among more than 1,200 youngsters who are starting the school year in style with brand new backpacks filled with fresh school supplies from the Tinley Park-based agency.
      “It’s awesome,” said Melissa Griffin, whose Batman-loving son, Antanas, and daughters Lily and Melany were among the area families invited to benefit from this year’s program. “Kids love having new stuff at the beginning of the school year.”

(Left: Batman fan Antanas Griffin of Oak Forest heads to kindergarten with a new Spiderman backpack, courtesy of Together We Cope.)


John Slack Cooks UpBlue-Ribbon Beef

controlled-burnOur congratulations to chef John Slack, who took first place in the New Lenox Fire Protection District’s “Controlled Burn” Beef Cook-Off on July 26 at New Lenox Proud American Days. His cooking talents are well known at Together We Cope, where he and his wife Pat are longtime volunteers. They’re also strong supporters of Trinity Services, which serves clients with developmental disabilities including Pat’s sister, Kelley.
     For the cook-off, John headed up the team Trinity Services Family & Friends Group, which was sponsored by CP Meat Market of New Lenox.  Working with his nephew Jason Rey (far left) and son-in-law John Viebach, they cooked up the award-winning beef and accepted the trophy from New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann (far right).


Summer food drives a big help

pantry-shortage-gordonWith shelves growing empty at the food pantry, summer food donations are hugely important at Together We Cope.
    “So many people want to help those in need, and one of the easiest ways to do it is to hold a summer food drive,” said Gordon Collins, manager of pantry services.
    One Girl Scout worked with her troop to collect 1,800 pounds of food, he said. “She’s 10 years old and it made her feel important because she’s really doing something to help. And she’s getting others to pitch in, too.”
    Others clip coupons, purchasing food they donate to Together We Cope. “I’ve had people pull up with a trunk full of food they bought for less, just so they could share it with us,” Collins said.


The Food Pantry Challenge


 Click the image above to download the recipes and click here to find out how to host your own food pantry challenge.





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