Please mark your calendars with the following dates and check back soon for more details:

Chocolate, Wine, and Helping Others

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7-9 p.m.
River Forest

The Women's Network will host a "get-acquainted" gathering at a member's River Forest home for women interested in joining our group. Learn the fine art of pairing wine with chocolate, meet other members, and hear about LSSI's Lifebook, a powerful tool that allows foster children to celebrate their lives.

Contact Terri Gens to RSVP and receive the location address at or call 847.635.4667.


Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2 p.m.
33633 State Route 9, Mackinaw, IL 61755

Sponsored by the Lutheran Women of Greater Peoria, enjoy an Oktoberfest-themed Wine-Tasting and Dinner for Adults (age 21 and over). Wine sampling, light snacks, and dinner, along with dancing and music from VogelMusick, featuring Wilanna Vogel on accordion and Chuck Cunningham on Trumpet, and the German American Society Folk Dancers.

All proceeds benefit LSSI's Foster Care Services program serving the greater Peoria area.

Tickets are $25 each, and reservations are required by Oct. 9. For more information, contact Pepper Bauer at 309.697.5762 or, or JoAnn Lambie at 309.697.5098.

Women's Network Octoberfest!

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Jameson's Charhouse, 1702 W. Algonquin Road, Mt. Prospect
$30 payable at meeting

Enjoy a German-themed evening, including a four-course dinner. Meet other Women's Network members and learn how LSSI is helping transform foster care in Illinois. We'll also be making gift baskets for LSSI's foster care staff.

RSVP by Oct. 13 to Terri Gens at or call 847.635.4667.

LSSI Day of Giving

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Click here for more details on the LSSI Day of Giving.

Nachusa Lutheran Home Fall Fest

Sunday, October 30, 2016, noon-2 p.m. (rain or shine)
1261 Illinois Route 38, Nachusa, IL 61057

Join LSSI for a community-wide pork chop luncheon and activities including a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, and face painting. Tour LSSI's Nachusa campus and learn more about our programs in Lee and Whiteside Counties, including Project LEAD's Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit.

A free-will offering is requested and proceeds benefit United Way of Lee County.

For more information call 815.284.7796, ext. 2018.

35th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration

Reserve your tickets for the Women's Network Amicus Certus (True Friend) Celebration, A Harvest of Blessings and support the good work of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. The True Friend award is given at the event annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the human community.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 7 p.m.

Honoring: Gerald A. and Karen A. Kolschowsky Family Foundation
The Kolschowsky Foundation has been a partner with LSSI since 1998. We wish to recognize and honor the support they have given to individuals and families throughout our community.

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3rd Annual Forget-Me-Not Spring Fling

Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Westin, Itasca