As the temperature rises in the summertime of Chicago, so do the rates of violent crime in West Garfield Park where the Off the Street Club, supported by the Chicago advertising industry for 116 years, is located.
To send 200 OTSC kids to summer Camp Mathieu in Wheaton and away from the constant threats and turmoil around them, OTSC is holding its 8th annual fundraising Firefly Ball July 22 at Morgan’s on Fulton, 950 W. Fulton Market.
Located amid 30 beautiful wooded acres 30 miles outside the city, Camp Mathieu aims to trade a summer of dodging violence, drugs, and gang activity with all the classic summer camp activities that help shape a young adult.
“The negative forces around us are multiplying at a frightening rate and they could swallow these kids up if we don’t act,” says Ralph Campagna, the Club’s long-time and devoted executive director.
“Camp Mathieu serves as the bright beacon of light. It provides opportunities Off the Street Club kids do not normally get, like playing outside in the fresh air or sitting around a campfire. But most importantly, the young campers have peace of mind knowing they are safe and sound,” he adds.
“The kids deserve a safe place to play and to be themselves, says Campagna, “and The Firefly Ball is a chance for you to help deliver that.”
Purchase tickets here. https://offthestreetclub.com/firefly-ball. Prices are $125 for general admission and $150 for VIP until July 18. Group ticket packages are also available.
Raffle tickets, $5-$50 can be purchased here. www.offthestreetclub.com. Grand prizes are a Florida Weekend Getaway (2-night stay at St. Petersburg/Clearwater Marriot and $200 Southwest Gift Card) and two tickets to Chicago Bears Home Opener Sept. 19 vs. the Eagles and one parking pass.