Special Announcement Area


Join us for our 24th Annual Gala: An Evening of Transformation!

We are looking forward to gathering our community together to celebrate the more than 600 children and adults we serve at Helping Hand.

WHEN: Friday, April 28th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook

TICKETS: Individual ticket ($225) or event table with 10 tickets ($2,250)

The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, dinner, silent/live auctions, raffle, a mission-driven program, an invest in the mission/paddle raise segment, client appearances, and much more!


As a Gala sponsor, you help us raise awareness and change perceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The funds raised through our Annual Gala event provides critical operating support for Helping Hand that allows us to transform the lives of all connected to HH through genuine care and education.


37th Annual Golf Outing – Monday, August 28th

Move with HH – Sunday, October 22nd


Our 6th Annual Gallery Night was a fantastic evening celebrating and showcasing the art created by our clients and students at Helping Hand. Those in attendance were able to see the VALUE that art brings to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This transformative evening raised over $44,000 for our quality programmatic experiences!

Proceeds from this event will help renovate the Helping Hand School’s kitchen. This space will help launch the Community Connections Space as a vibrant social enterprise that promotes inclusive arts experiences within our community, generates a new revenue source for HH, and provides vocational and independent living skills training for young people with disabilities.

Thank you to ALL for your support of our 6th Annual Gallery Night! This night would not have been possible without all our donors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers. Thank you for connecting with us and celebrating the arts at Helping Hand!

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Move with HH Logo

Wow! What an amazing day it was at our Move with HH walk in October. The weather was perfect for it and we could truly feel our mission being moved through the community. We were thrilled to see so many HH friends, families, staff, and community members out to raise awareness and make connections.

We are excited to announce that we raised $40,000 from this event that will benefit our programs and services!

A special thank you to our Move with HH committee chairs – Vicki van Alphen and Chris Kurimay, Spring Rock Park, and the restaurants/grocery stores that provided food for our post-walk celebration (Trader Joes, Panera, Via Bella, and Tio Luis Tacos).

Thank you ALL again for your support in making our first year for this event a success! We look forward to seeing you at our Move with HH walk again next fall!

Our 36th Annual Golf Outing was a HUGE success thanks to all of your support. We are thrilled to announce that we raised over $116,000 (gross) – a record breaking number!

Congratulations to The SSA Group for receiving the Advocacy Leadership Award award – thank you for all that you do for Nick and others in the I/DD community! Thank you to the individuals for participating in our Invest in the Mission to help us purchase a van to get our clients to and from their jobs in the community safely.

A special thank you to our vocational leaders, event volunteers, the Golf Outing committee, and our chairs of the committee for making this event such a success – Paul Murphy and Jim Walker.

Thank you ALL again for your support and helping transform the lives of those we serve! We look forward to another fantastic event on the course next year.

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An Evening of Transformation logo for Gala event

Our 23rd Annual Gala: An Evening of Transformation this past Friday was a wonderful evening celebrating the remarkable work of our mission. 

We are thrilled to announce, with your support, our event raised over a record-breaking $260,000!

During the event, we saw Ashely’s transformation at Helping Hand and how she transformed the room with the power of her voice. We saw other student and client appearances throughout the program, and reflected on all of our amazing staff that provide genuine care and education by bringing value to everyone served at Helping Hand. 

We are inspired by all those that participated, whether in-person or at home. Thank you for connecting with us and helping us celebrate our mission!