Unfortunately, our Virtual New Parent Cafe event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Hello to all-
I hope this finds you and your families safe and healthy. I wish I were here to tell you some good news, alas I am not. I am writing to let you know we are cancelling all in person events this year. This includes Family Fund Day, Family Camp, The Wine Tasting and silent auction, the Annual Meeting, and the Cookie Exchange. I know this is not news you want to hear. I do want to let you know we did not make this decision in a vacuum. We spoke with NPKUA who is in regular contact with the CDC as well as a few other patient organizations in our network. The organizations we spoke with have cancelled their in-person events as well.
We will be having a new parent café as a virtual event this year. We are actively reaching out to vendors and clinicians to pick a date with an eye on a Saturday morning in June.
If anyone is wondering why we chose not to make the annual meeting a virtual event, let me explain our rationale: The board felt 90% of the reason for having an annual meeting is to get people together, to have children get together, to try new foods, and to talk/ reunite. This kind of human interaction cannot be replicated in a virtual event. The keynote is great, but not the reason most people attend.We are looking to see if there are any other virtual events we can organize in the coming months and would love your feedback. If you have an idea for a virtual event, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will look into the feasibility of organizing.
Although we currently do not have any dedicated fundraising events planned, we will still have annual scholarships available and will notify everyone when scholarship applications are being accepted.
NPKUA is having some virtual seminars over the course of the year and we will let people know when they are available via email and social media posts.If anyone has any questions, comments, thoughts, or concerns, please email us and I will reply personally. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to the time when we can all meet again.Regards,
President, PKU Illinois
Please join us for the 2019 PKU Cookie Exchange! A great opportunity to meet other PKU families and share cookies and recipes for the holidays. There is no charge to attend this event. Click here to find out more, and to sign up. We look forward to seeing you there!
Register now for our annual meeting taking place at the Crowne Plaza – O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL on November 9th, 2019. A block of rooms have been reserved through 10/10 – just be sure to mention the PKU Organization of Illinois when you book.
Our annual silent auction and wine/cocktail party is only a month away – register today! There will be several great items to bid on and all the proceeds go to support our organization’s mission. Stay tuned for a special sneak preview of what to expect in this year’s silent auction. Don’t forget – register as a couple to save $25!
Register here or click the Event link below for more information on location and time.
Family camp is back, and if you haven’t been – it’s a must attend event! So many great activities, low-pro camp food, and great bonding among PKU families. We hope to see you there. See more information on the event page below, or click here to register now.
Registration is now live for this year’s Family Fun Day. For the first time ever, we are hosting two separate events – one in northern Illinois (Geneva) and one in central Illinois (Bloomington) so no matter where you live you can join us for a fun FREE event! See the event pages below for more information.
One of our board members, Melinda, is hosting a Keep Collective Fundraiser supporting the PKU Organization of Illinois. Design your own custom jewelry with various charms. Makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift! 10% of all sales will go to our organization if purchased before the end of May
Are you a parent with a young child that has PKU? Join us for our first networking event of the year at Grounds of Hope Cafe in Lisle. Meet with other parents with young children to share tips and tricks. Speak with vendors and local clinic representatives. Have some food that your PKUer won’t eat? Bring it along and swap with other families to try something new instead. A low protein brunch will be provided.
Register now or click the link below for more information on our Event page.