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House In The Wood Gala

October 13, 2018


Sunday Fundays at Northwestern Settlement’s House In The Wood inspire volunteers and summer campers from 40 Chicago neighborhoods. This summer, North Shore Board of Northwestern Settlement volunteers organized a Native American cultural adventure, mural painting, a baseball workshop, shore fishing, archery lessons — and experienced campers’ favorite activities — tree climbing and tire swing rides.

“The dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of our North Shore neighbors and businesses truly opens doors to better futures for intercity families,” said Northwestern Settlement President Ron Manderschied. “Thanks to our supporters, Northwestern Settlement nurtures, educates and inspires children and families in need through education, social services and the arts.”

Northwestern Settlement’s award-winning House In The Wood camp has been supported by volunteerism and fundraising efforts of the North Shore Board since 1936, and members are currently from Chicago, Glencoe, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka. The Settlement has been offering camping experiences to Chicago youth since 1887, and in 1951 the program moved from a former Northbrook farm along the Des Plaines River to a 23-acre camp on the shores of Lake Delavan, Wisconsin. In 2015, the Val Hall Outdoor Education Center opened, Introducing a unique outdoor experiential STEM learning experience for students and teachers.

“House In The Wood is not a typical camp. It is a critically important program designed to break the cycle of generational poverty, and serves Chicago’s most vulnerable children,” explained Alice Schaff, president of the North Shore Board of Northwestern Settlement. “Thanks to our supporters, intercity children discover a safe and nurturing environment where they can escape the stresses of urban life to learn, grow — and just be kids.”

At House In The Wood, campers meet mentors, develop leadership abilities, strengthen life skills and learn about the environment in a state-of-the art nature center and ecology laboratory. The holistic program supports campers’ academic, social and emotional development through traditional camp activities like archery, crafts, swimming and kayaking — and an experiential learning curriculum designed to spark campers’ interest in the arts, science, technology, engineering and math.

This summer, 1970s camper Steven Mandrowski of Highland Park returned to House in The Wood with his family to volunteer. “My camp experience opened my eyes to a whole new world — it was my first trip outside of Chicago and my first opportunity experiencing nature,” explained Mondrowski. “My siblings and I had the time of our lives at House In The Wood, but coming back as a parent, now I realize the impact of the Settlement after school programs and camp — it gave my parents a chance to work and achieve their dreams for us to go to college.”

North Shore Board fundraising efforts support summer camp sessions and outdoor education programming during the school year, and the reaching about 1,000 children from 40 intercity neighborhoods each year. The board’s annual House In The Wood Gala is the primary source of funding for the program, and it is set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2018 at Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago. The gala will feature silent and live benefit auctions, a reception featuring handcrafted Titos cocktails, a seated dinner and live music by The North 41. Admission is $350 per guest, with all proceeds dedicated to the Northwestern Settlement’s House In The Wood campers and programs. Visit northshoreboard.org for online reservations and membership information.


October 13, 2018
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Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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