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Friday, November 7, 2014:  You are invited to enjoy traditional German fare, open bar, silent auction, raffles, entertainment and more!

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, a tasty buffet and an open bar with seating in an authentic German beer hall atmosphere. Cara Carriveau, afternoon host of Chicago’s 100.3FM, will be the Master of Ceremonies for a night that will include the roving house oompah band and a performance by our beloved Oak-Leyden Choir, whose members are participants in our Adult Lifelong Learning program.

Participate in our cash raffle or silent auction to win unique items that will make perfect gifts for your loved ones or nice treats for yourself!

To date, auction items include:

Autographed football signed by Chicago Bears’ Kyle Fuller 

Chicago Blackhawks’ autographed items including a sweater from Patrick Sharp and a hockey stick autographed by Brent Seabrook

Wine tasting for 10 at Lynfred Winery
One weekend night stay for 2 at Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, including breakfast
Southwest Airlines tickets for 2
Gibson Les Paul valued at nearly $4,000

 Autographed memorabilia from William Shatner, KISS drummer Peter Criss, Lou Ferrigno and more!



Registration, Cocktails & H’ors d’oeuvres    6:30-7:30PM

Award Presentations & Choir Performance    7:30-8PM

Dinner     8:30-9:30PM

Silent Auction & Raffle Winners  10PM

Hofbrauhaus Chicago

5500 Park Place, Rosemont

Reservations:  $95

Make reservations here!

The Children’s Services Playground Construction

Our Children’s Services’ Playground opened in July!  The sounds of happy children can be heard throughout the Oak-Leyden neighborhood on Chicago Avenue.  Last summer the 2013 9/11 Charity LemonAid Stand raised over $30,000 for the playground.




Oak-Leyden Early Intervention Program Class of 2014!

On August 12th, our Early Intervention Program hosted its annual graduation ceremony.  The ceremony is for children who turn 3 years of age during the 2014 calendar year – there were 100 graduates this year!  “This is always an exciting time for our families,” says Rachel Wood, Division Chief of the program, “the children take it very seriously, often dressing up in their best clothes.”

The ceremony was held at the Elmwood Park Community Center, across the street from Oak-Leyden’s new Lifelong Learning Center for adults.


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Early Intervention Program graduates, their families and Oak-Leyden staff celebrate the Class of 2014 with balloons and cake!

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Another Early Intervention Program grad dressed for success.

Rachel Wood presents a diploma to one of 100 Early Intervention Program graduates.


Conti Parkway – Grand Opening!

Our adult services’ Developmental Training Program has a new site. Oak-Leyden recently purchased and just completed renovations on a commercial building located at 22 Conti Parkway in Elmwood Park Illinois. The doors will open for service on April 16th.  This is an exciting time for Oak-Leyden; there are many more changes to come so stay tuned. A Conti Parkway Open House is planned for early spring.





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Mixed Aged Music Together Class


Mixed Aged Music Together Classes for children 8 months through age 5 will begin Friday, April 18.

The spring session runs for ten weeks and will be held on Fridays

at 9:15 a.m.  Classes are held at Oak-Leyden Developmental Services in Oak Park.

For more information contact Rachel Wood

708 5124-1050 x-107



Please Patronize these Sponsors of our 26th Annual Benefit

Longhouse Capital Advisors, LLC

MB Financial

Fifth Third Bank

Cucina Paradiso


Oak-Leyden’s New Donations Wish List

If you would like to donate an item off of the new donations wish list, click on the “wishlist” logo or go to the “support-us” page of our website.  The “support-us” link is located on the menu at the bottom of our website. Thanks for your support!