Gateway Garden Preservation & Expansion: Help/DONATE

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Total Funds Raised: $11,615 = 23% of $50,000 goal
(updated on May 19, 2017)

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Thanks for your support! We’re seeking contributions from individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Contributions are tax deductible through NeighborSpace, a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Business and Foundation Giving
If your organization can provide support, or if you can connect us with prospective donors, please contact View the list of Supporting Organizations.

Individual Giving
Donations at any level are appreciated! A matching gift campaign is underway during May, with any individual donation matched up to $1000! You can choose how you’d like to be acknowledged for your contribution, or remain anonymous.

So far 17 individual ambassadors have offered up their personal networks, creative ideas, and hospitality toward our fundraising campaign. Each ambassador has committed to raising at least $500. Contact us if you’d like to become a fundraising ambassador.

Here are some ways you can help support our effort– with time, money, and fun! Email us if you have a fundraising idea or would like to sponsor or help with an event.

  • See a play at Victory Gardens Theater through June 2nd 
    Bowmanville neighbor Arlene Malinowski performs her one-woman play “A Little Bit Not Normal” at the Victory Gardens Theater through June 2nd. The theater will donate 25% of ticket sales purchased using the promo code BOWMANVILLE to support our effort. Click here to buy tickets (at a very reasonable $20)! If you’re going on a certain date, post to the BCO Facebook page to invite neighbors to join you.
  • Block Party Challenge
    Calling all Bowmanville blocks who hold block parties! A pie throwing booth? Hot dog sales? A donation jar? We’ll spotlight your efforts on the BCO Facebook page and in the Bee. Let us know how we can help you make it happen.
  • Spread the Word
    Share the Many Ways to Give PDF with anyone who you think would help support this effort.
  • Midsommarfest – Help Staff the BCO Beer Tent on Friday June 9th
    Every Midsommarfest, the Andersonville Chamber invites a group of community organizations to help staff their beer tents to raise money for local causes. This year the Gateway Garden Preservation & Expansion project has been invited to staff the Catalpa Beer Tent, which could earn over $2000 for our cause! If you can help pour and serve beer the night of June 9th, click here to sign up.
  • House Parties– call for hosts!
    Ideas we’ve seen work well: a chili cook-off, HamBingo at Hamburger Mary’s, a yard or garden party at a neighbors’, a birthday bash. There are so many fun ways to host these– do it on your own or pair up with a neighbor. Contact us to let us know you’re interested.

Supporting Organizations List

  • NeighborSpace
  • Bowmanville Community Organization (BCO)
  • Alderman Patrick O’Connor, City of Chicago Ward 40
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, IL District 05
  • Driehaus Foundation
  • Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
  • Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Amundsen High School
  • Rogers Park Montessori School
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • NorthEdgeGroup @properties
  • Mobile Perspectives LLC
  • Design Union
  • Jean Tumbaga

Donor List (alphabetical)

  • Amundsen High School
  • Jim Anderson & Chuck Williams
  • Anonymous (7)
  • Ann Marie and Joe Arden
  • LeRoy Blommaert
  • Celia Bucci
  • Seth and Katherine Captain
  • Teresa Gale and Stewart Weiss
  • Alicia Garcia
  • Maryon Gray
  • Jane Hirt
  • Karen Horowitz
  • David Johnston
  • Daniel Kelber
  • Mike and Barbara Kraetsch
  • Greg and Nadine McFarren
  • The McTurnans
  • Karen Minturn
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, IL-05
  • The Riley Family, in honor of grandmothers Lorraine McLaughlin and Carol Riley who loved to grow things
  • Eliseo Ramos Jr
  • Rogers Park Montessori School
  • Eli Shearn
  • Lisa Simone
  • Jill Stanchfield
  • Van Houtum Family