On July 22, the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation held a Grand Re-Opening ceremony to celebrate our recent move to a brand new headquarters at 15430 70th Court in Orland Park.
The afternoon was packed with fun-filled activities that thoroughly entertained a crowd of some 200 guests. The event began with a combination Meet and Greet/Indoor Tour of the new facility, followed by a Blessing of the Bricks which included a moving prayer delivered by Pastor Nancy Shannon of the Family Harvest Church in Tinley Park.
Treasure Chest Foundation CEO and Founder Colleen Kisel then thanked all of the generous individual and corporate sponsors who had donated time, services, products and materials to help make the Grand Re-Opening a tremendous success. The impressive list and the donated items included:
• John and daughter Christina Mihalos, Chicken Wild Inc. in Tinley Park (chicken)
• John Waiting (food services and water)
• Dakota Inn Bar and Grill and Bean Bag League of Alsip (ice)
• Francesco Minonne, President/CEO of Jimmy John's in Tinley Park (sandwiches)
• Walt's Food Center in Tinley Park (fruit trays)
• Joey Tarr of Taylor Rental Party Plus in Orland Park (tents and chairs)
• Florence and Janice Patocka (cookies)
• Paul and Diane Maiellaro (taco dip)
• Becky Hansen of Baker's Square Restaurant in Orland Park (pie-eating contest)
Colleen also gratefully acknowledged the support of local dignitaries in attendance, members of the Foundation's Board of Directors and the volunteers of all ages who regularly serve the Foundation. She closed with a tip of the cap to the Resolve Center for their help with set-up and clean-up, and to Elim Christian Services whose adult volunteers helped load and unload boxes during the Foundation's week-long move.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolized the formal inauguration of the Foundation's new home, and then it was time for guests to enjoy the musical excellence of Rick Saucedo, the "Prince of Rock 'n Roll," who brought down the house with his incomparable tribute to music legend Elvis Presley.
Grand Re-Opening attendee Marty Jackson accurately summed up the event by commenting, "What a gorgeous day, great for the kids and fit for a king!"
The Grand Re-Opening marked the dawning of a new era for the Treasure Chest Foundation as it takes advantage of its expanded operating space to focus on increasing the number of children's cancer treatment centers currently served.
The Treasure Chest Foundation wishes to thank all who attended and volunteered for making our Grand Re-Opening a tremendous success!
Four Chicago-area pediatric cancer survivors prepare to cut the ribbon to formally inaugurate the Treasure Chest Foundation's new home. Left to right are Taylor Babec (age 10), Emilio Ruiz (age 7), Gisel Vander Mey (age 4) and Meghan Wise (age 9), all of whom benefitted from the comfort and relief provided by the Foundation's toys during their cancer treatments.
Guests attending the Grand Re-Opening savored delicious food and drinks provided by many generous individual and corporate contributors, all managed by John Waiting of Creative Catering in Oak Forest.
An appreciative crowd was overwhelmed with the expanded operating space of our new headquarters as they loaded their plates with tasty morsels during the Grand Re-Opening.
Jack Genis (yes, of the same Frankfort family that operates an annual Cupcake/Lemonade Stand to benefit the Treasure Chest Foundation) clearly didn't care whether he won the pie-eating contest, as long as he could participate!
The smiles on the faces of these satisfied pie-eating contest participants verify that Becky Hansen and Baker's Square Restaurant in Orland Park supplied some delicious pies for the popular event.
Pastor Nancy Shannon of Family Harvest Church in Tinley Park delivered a moving prayer as part of the Blessing of the Bricks ceremony.
Treasure Chest Foundation weekly volunteer Gloria Olejniczak (left), Elim Christian Services client Bob Hillegonds (center) and Foundation Administrative Support Associate Jane Perchez (right) couldn't help but get up and dance to the music of Rick Saucedo.
Rick Saucedo, the Prince of Rock 'n Roll, shared his special Elvis Presley-style musical magic, prompting an enthusiastic response from the crowd.
As Rick Saucedo pounds out another rock and roll classic hit, the guests show their appreciation and the curtain falls on a fantastic Grand Re-Opening for the Treasure Chest Foundation.
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