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Holiday party for

patients and their families

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Motown Magic

Saturday, March 17, 2018



A Letter

from the President



The first half of 2017 has been an exciting time for Face the Future Foundation culminating in June with the presentation of a $300,000 check to the UIC Craniofacial Center. We are proud to support such a renowned center which is known for its excellence in the treatment of individuals with craniofacial differences.


On March 25 we hosted one of our most fun and successful galas to date – The Disco Ball. The hard work of a dedicated committee was led by co-chairs Isabell and Gus Abello. We are grateful for the ongoing support of Presenting Sponsor Chicago Title Insurance and to our premium sponsors, BMO Harris Bank, Avijit Gosh MD and United Service Companies, along with all our sponsors and supporters who made the event so successful. I’m delighted to announce that the Abellos will be co-chairing the 2018 gala, Motown Magic! Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 17, 2018.


We were proud to honor Michelle Krage with the President's Award for her involvement and contributions to Face the Future. Michelle, along with Star Events, helps to sponsor our annual summer picnic and holiday party that we hold for Center patients and their families. At the gala she announced the formation of the Adrienne L. Green Scholarship, named after her late aunt, who was also a board member. The scholarship will be open to all current and former patients of the Craniofacial Center at UIC College of Medicine and will be awarded annually.


In May the Associate Board held their 8th annual Derby Party, raising gross proceeds of $11,000. The annual Derby Party is a great way for our Associate Board to network with each other and introduce friends and colleagues to the tremendous work we do. Saturday, July 15, we sponsored our 2nd annual summer picnic. The weather was perfect and we were excited to welcome so many families to the event.


We are looking forward to an exciting second half of 2017. During Hispanic Heritage Month which runs September 15 through October 15, Lourdes Duarte from WGN (who served as the 2017 gala emcee and will return as emcee for 2018) will be running a special on the Center and the Foundation. In December we’ll be sponsoring our annual holiday party for the patients and their families.


This year we welcomed several new board members: Greg Gulik, co-owner of ReachMail, joined the board and immediately stepped into the office of treasurer; Maria Pacheco, VP at BMO Harris; and Patricia Simon, registered nurse and author of two books featuring Simon, the lovable cardinal with a cleft lip difference. Thank you for joining us and supporting our work!


On behalf of the board of directors and the Foundation, I extend our sincere thanks to all our supporters. We’re proud of the results we’ve been able to achieve for the UIC Craniofacial Center. We cannot do it without your generous and continued support. Please consider donating here to give the gift of a smile.





Rob Grant


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Pictured: Craniofacial Center Medical Director Mimis Cohen MD, UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, Board President Rob Grant


On June 6, Face the Future Foundation presented a check for $300,000 to the UIC Craniofacial Center. At the reception attended by board members, Center staff and UIC administrators, FFF Board President Rob Grant said, “We are proud to support such a worthy organization, which does tremendous work to improve the lives of people with craniofacial differences and we are grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors and supporters who made this gift possible.” In addition to the proceeds given to the Center, Face the Future Foundation sponsors the patient and families summer picnic and holiday party, and provides other opportunities and promotions throughout the year.


Face the Future Foundation Disco Ball Gala



Disco balls and black and white boas transported partygoers back to the ’70s at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on March 25 for the Foundation’s annual gala, this year themed, The Disco Ball. Led by co-chairs Isabell and Gus Abello, the gala was one of the most successful galas to date.


“For children born with cleft palate or other craniofacial differences, there is no easy road to ‘normal’…” Read the gala article and view the fabulous photo gallery.


Touring the UIC Craniofacial Center



WGN TV’s Lourdes Duarte, BMO Harris VP Maria Pacheco and Telemundo’s Carmen Vega spent a morning learning more about the work of Face the Future Foundation and the UIC Craniofacial Center. Medical Director Dr. Mimis Cohen hosted a tour of the center and its state-of-the-art facility. President Rob Grant, Board Chair Mark Allen and Treasurer Greg Gulik shared about the work of the Foundation and Michelle Krage spoke about the summer picnic and holiday party. The tour was arranged by Face the Future Foundation in collaboration with the Center.


Adrienne L. Green Scholarship



In honor of Adrienne Green’s legacy, Face the Future Foundation announces the establishment of the Adrienne L. Green Scholarship. Adrienne was a creative entrepreneur and long-time supporter and board member of Face the Future Foundation and a supporter of the Craniofacial Center at the UIC College of Medicine. The scholarship was announced at the gala by this year’s President Award recipient Michelle Krage who is the niece of the late Adrienne Green.


The Adrienne L. Green Scholarship will be open to all current and former patients of the Center. One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to the winning candidate to attend the higher qualified education institution of their choice. More information coming soon to the FFF website soon! For more information please email


2nd Annual Summer Picnic



We're at it again – Putting more smiles on more faces! On Saturday, July 15, Face The Future Foundation (FFF) and Star Events doubled the fun for their 2nd annual summer picnic for the patients and their families of the UIC Craniofacial Center. July is National Craniofacial Awareness Month and National Picnic Month! FFF directors and Associate Board members, Center staff and volunteers came out to help and make the sunny day even better. The picnic featured inflatables, crafts and games, music by Dan Luna, Capoine's food truck and Italian ice. A crowd favorite was the giant cutout frames giving families and friends the chance to strike a pose. The foundation underwrites the picnic in collaboration with Michelle Krage who directs, coordinates and produces the event.


Hear Maria Rodriguez sharing her son's Anthony's story with FFF board member Maria Pacheco (BMO Harris), the Center's Elizabeth Ellevog, Event Director Michelle Krage and WGN's Lourdes Durate. See the video here.



Associate Board’s 8th Annual Derby Party



For eight years running, the Associate Board has brought the excitement of the Kentucky Derby to Chicago!! Mint Juleps, Southern fare and viewing the 143rd Run for the Roses made for another winning afternoon. Read more and see event photos here.


In case you missed it…

the 2016 Annual Holiday Party!



On December 10, 2016 Face The Future Foundation and Star Events sponsored their patient holiday party. Over 700 patients, families, volunteers, Face the Future board members, Associate and Teen Board members, Center doctors and staff, friends and supporters attended. Face painting, cookie decorating, mural coloring and other activities filled the afternoon. Vienna® Beef hot dogs and homemade cookies were popular choices. Sixty dancers from the Gus Giordano Dance school prepared for over a month and performed eight exciting and lively dance numbers!! The highlight was Santa's visit and Santa's helpers gave each child a present.



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