MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILDS LIFE TODAY! - Company Message
 


 
 







THE FOUNDATION WAS CREATED  BY RAY VANCO AT THE AGE OF 8 YEARS OLD.  RAY WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD BY HELPING CHILDREN.  ON A VISIT TO A CHILDRENS HOSPITAL HE SAW KIDS WHO DIDN'T GET TO GO HOME DUE TO ILLNESS AT THE HOLIDAYS. HE FELT PRESENTS ALWAYS MADE HIM SMILE WHEN HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, SO DECIDED TO MAKE AS MANY OTHERS SMILE AS HE COULD.
 
 THE FIRST YEAR (2005) RAY DECIDED TO DO THIS HE MET A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN NAMED MARK WHO HAD STARTED HIS OWN TOY DRIVE, HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL HIMSELF. HE WAS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF WHAT RAY WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH AND RAY JOINED IN MARKS CRUSADE AS ONE OF HIS ELVES. SADLY, MARK PASSED ON AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 17.
 
 IN 2006, A SECOND TOY DRIVE COLLECTED 1,800 TOYS AND OVER $2,000 IN CASH.  BY THIS TIME, RAY HAD STARTED VISITING THE HOSPITAL AS A FREQUENT PATIENT HIMSELF. (TO DATE RAY HAS HAD 7 BRAIN SURGERIES ANS 22 SPINAL SURGERIES) RAYS VISION WAS THAT ALL SICK CHILDREN RECEIVE TOYS, SO A SECOND HOSPITAL WAS PICKED AND SERVICED.  THE CASH WAS USED TO PURCHASE A PLAYSTATION III FOR THE IN-PATIENT PLAYROOM, NEW MOBILES FOR ALL OF THE CRIBS IN THE NICU UNIT, AND NEW TOYS, PUZZLES AND GAMES FOR THE MAIN WAITING ROOM AT COMERS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. FINALLY, ON CHRISTMAS DAY, SANTA VISITED EVERY CHILD AND DELIVERED AN AGE APPROPRIATE GIFT BAG TO EACH AT COMERS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL.  CHILDRENS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, AS WELL AS THE SATELLITE IN TINLEY PARK CONTINUED TO BE RECIPIENTS AS WELL.
 
IN 2007, RAY AND HIS FAMILY DECIDED TO FORM "RAY VANCO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION" AS AN ILLINOIS NOT –FOR- PROFIT CORPORATION.  THE FOUNDERS HAVE CONTINUED TO RUN TOY DRIVE WITH THE GOAL OF COLLECTING MORE TOYS AND SERVICING MORE CHILDREN THROUGH-OUT THE CHICAGOLAND AREA.  THE 2007 TOY DRIVE COLLECTED OVER 4,000 TOY AS WELL AS CASH TO PURCHASE LAPTOP COMPUTERS FOR ONE HOSPITAL.  THE THIRD HOSPITAL WAS PICKED, AND LARABIDA CHILDRENS HOSPITAL WAS THE NEWEST RECIPIENT. EVERY CHILD THERE WAS ALSO ABLE TO RECEIVE A GIFT BAG.
 
 2008 BROUGHT ON NEW CHALLENGES.  THE   FOUNDATION  JUMPED INTO FUND RAISING FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH.  A FUN-FILLED EVENING OF DINNER AND HORSE RACING WAS PLANNED.  OVER 225 SUPPORTERS CAME OUT FOR FUN, FOOD AND AN EXCELLENT RAFFLE OF WONDERFUL PRIZES.  THE FOUNDATION RAISED $19,000 TO DONATE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH OF A RARE DISEASE NAMED “INTRA CRANIAL HYPERTENSION”.  THE TOY DRIVE WAS EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN ALL OF THE PREVIOUS YEARS. 4,500 TOYS WERE COLLECTED AND SHARED BY THE ABOVE HOSPITALS, AS WELL AS A LOCAL CHILDRENS SHELTER LOCATED IN JOLIET, IL
 
2009 WAS THE BIGGEST YEAR EVER. ALMOST 7,000 TOYS CAME IN AND A NEW HOSPITAL WAS PICKED. WITH THE HELP OF MARY COMPTON FROM THE SOUTHTOWN NEWSPAPER, WE DONATED TO INGALLS HOSPITAL AS WELL.
 
2010 DID NOT DISAPPOINT, THANK YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!  OVER 8,000 TOYS WERE COLLECTED AND PASSED OUT TO SO MANY OVERJOYED CHILDREN. 3 CHILDRENS HOSPITALS WERE SERVICED AS WELL AS 2 SHELTERS FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE AND VIOLENCE AND SEVERAL LOCAL FAMILIES WHO WERE FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING DUE TO ILLNESS. THE FUND RAISER AT BARRACO'S PIZZA WAS A HUGE SUCCESS, WITH OVER 250 PEOPLE ATTENDING. THANK YOU BARACCO'S FOR DONATING YOUR FACILITY AND YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! A  GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL, FOOD RAFFLES AND DOOR PRIZES WERE EVERYWHERE.  THE AFTERNOON ROUNDED OUT WITH APPEARANCES BY 2 OF OUR OWN CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (SKILLE & DOWELL), WHO GENEROUSLY GAVE AUTOGRAPHS UNTIL EVERYONE HAD THEIR ITEMS SIGNED.  THEY ALSO ATE LUNCH WITH US AND MINGLED WITH THE GUESTS. WHAT A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION, AND HEARTFELT PLAYERS TO TAKE THE DAY OUT TO SPEND WITH US!
 
OCTOBER OF 2011 HAS BROUGHT NEW HOPE.  RAY VANCO TRAVELED TO COLUMBUS OHIO WITH HIS FAMILY TO MEET A NEW RESEARCHER. DR. DEBORAH GRYZBOWSKI IS A RESEARCHER AT OHIO STATE WELCOMED RAY INTO HER LAB. SHE WAS VERY GENEROUS ABOUT SHOWING HIM HER RESEARCH, AND DISCUSSING HER GOAL OF UNDERSTANDING PSEUDO TUMOR CEREBRI IN HOPES OF FINDING A CURE SOME DAY.  RAY WAS PLEASED TO PRESENT HER WITH A CHECK FOR $10,000.00 TO PUT TOWARD HER RESEARCH. WE WILL BE KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH HER AND MAKING FUTURE DONATIONS AS HER RESEARCH PROGRESSES.
 
2011 WAS A WONDERFUL YEAR FOR THE TOY DRIVE.  WITH ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT WE WERE ABLE TO DELIVER TO 4 HOSPITALS, 2 OUT-PATIENT CLINICS AND 2 LOCAL SHELTERS WITH A RECORD BREAKING 9,OOO + TOYS AND OVER 250 STOCKINGS FILLED WITH GOODIES! YOUR GENEROSITY IS OVERWHELMING!! MAKE SURE TO LOOK AT THE PICTURES, AS THERE WAS SOME SPECIAL TIME SPENT WITH LONG TERM PATIENTS THAT RAY COULD REALLY RELATE TO. HAVING TO SPEND SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE IN THE HOSPITAL IS HARD, BUT AS A CHILD OR TEEN IS EVEN WORSE. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR MAKING THEIR HOLIDAY A LITTLE BRIGHTER WITH YOUR GENEROSITY.

IN 2012 RAY CONTINUED WITH HIS MISSION, BUT MADE A FEW CHANGES. AS CHILDRENS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WAS RECEIVING SEVERAL OTHER DONATIONS, RAY DECIDED TO CUT BACK ON THE AMOUNT GIVEN THERE AND COME CLOSER TO HOME. OVER 200 STOCKING WERE DELIVERED TO CHILDRENS MEMORIAL, AND COMERS UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CONTINUES TO BE A LARGE RECIPIENT. THIS YEAR, RAY GAVE MORE GENEROUSLY TO THE RONALD MCDONALD CHILDRENS HOSPITAL AT LOYOLA MEDICAL CENTER AS WELL AS HOPE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN OAK LAWN AND SILVER CROSS HOSPITAL NEW LENOX. THERE WERE THREE LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTERS THAT WERE SERVICED AS WELL.

2013 PROVED THAT EVEN WHEN THE ECONOMY IS DOWN, CHARITY PREVAILS. APPROXIMATELY 8,500 TOYS WERE DELIVERED TO CHILDREN FACING ADVERSITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. ST. MICHAELS SCHOOL, SERTOMA AND MARY SEARS CHILDRENS ACADEMY LED THE WAY WITH GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM THEIR FACULTY, STUDENTS AND MEMBERS. AS ALWAYS, RAY HAS HIS LOYAL SUPPORTERS SUCH AS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO HELP FILL THE NEEDS. HOPE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, RONALD MCDONALD CHILDRENS HOSPITAL AT LOYOLA AND COMERS OF UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WERE THE LARGEST RECIPIENTS THIS YEAR. TWO SUBURBAN CHURCHES REACHED OUT TO US IN NEED, AND WE HELPED THEM WITH FAMILIES FACING HARDSHIP, AS WELL AS 4 HOMELESS SHELTERS IN THE SOUTH SUBURBS.

NONE OF THIS COULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO DONATED THEIR TIME (WE ARE STRICTLY VOLUNTEER), THEIR GIFTS AND MONETARY DONATIONS THAT WERE SENT FOR RAY TO BE THEIR SANTA AND DO THE SHOPPING. HUGE THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!!

2014 WAS OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, OUR GOAL WAS TO COLLECT AT LEAST 10,000 TOYS AND MAKE THOUSANDS OF MEMORIES FOR PEOPLE IN NEED- THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN, TO BE HONEST WE QUIT COUNTING AFTER 10,000. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED US IN OUR EFFORT! WE HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR OUR FOUNDATION, THANKS AGAIN!
 
THE HOPE OF THE RAY VANCO CHILDRENS FOUNDATION IS TO BE ABLE TO SERVICE ALL OF THE CHILDRENS HOSPITALS, AS WELL AS REACHING OUT TO THE SHELTERS.  FUND RAISING WILL ALSO CONTINUE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH, IN HOPES OF A CURE FOR THE DEBILITATING DISEASE OF PSEUDO TUMOR CEREBRI ALSO
KNOWN AS INTRA-CRANIAL HYPERTENSION.   
 
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

      Sincerely,
Ray Vanco & Elves
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