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Join the Global Celebration of Generosity. #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

What Is #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

We’ve asked our members within the not-for-profit community — representing churches, service agencies, healthcare, education, and more — to share their plans for #GivingTuesday. If you identify with any of their missions or purposes, please support their needs. Share your generosity on social media to spread the word. And, thank you!

The Association for Individual Development

309 W. New Indian Trial Court
Aurora 60506
(630) 966-4000

This year, the Grand Victoria Foundation is teaming up with #ILGive to match your donation (up to $5,000). That means any amount you give to AID on Tuesday, Dec. 1, will be doubled.

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

1110 Jericho Rd.
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-2127

Every year, more than 9,000 children greatly benefit from free food assistance from Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. You can make a big difference in the community by helping to support the basic needs of struggling families. For every $1 you donate, we can provide $7 worth of food! Thank you for joining our caring community of neighbors.

CASA Kane County

100 S. Third St., Suite 460
Geneva 60134
(630) 444-3111

Communities In Schools of Aurora

1433 Prairie St.
Aurora 60506
(331) 301-5192

Please help out a 20-year Aurora registered nonprofit organization that works each day to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Each year we will outfit over 4,000 Aurora students with a new backpack and a complete set of school supplies. We seek $25,000 of local support and have secured pledges and matched funds of over $7,500.

301 N. Washington St.
Naperville 60540
(630) 637-8000

Starting on December 1st, #GivingTuesday, we are launching our 12 Days of Giving Campaign. We are excited for this year because we are going to be sharing why we love the Museum. Check in every day to learn something new about our mission, programs, and impact right here in Chicagoland. It is an honor to be a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, that is supported and operates right here in our community. Help us make 2016 our best year yet.

Fox Valley Special Recreation Foundation

2121 W. Indian Trail Rd.
Aurora 60506
(630) 907-1114

By spreading a message of philanthropy and donating Tuesday, Dec. 1, individuals can bolster momentum and deepen the impact to causes near and dear. FVSR Foundation would love to be included in your #GivingTuesday initiative this year. Please visit our website to donate and be sure to share your story on social media with the hashtag: #GivingTuesday.

Heartland Blood Centers

1200 N. Highland Ave.
Aurora 60506
(630) 892-7055

Heartland Blood Centers participating on  #GivingTuesday. Heartland donors will receive a Sports Backpack on Tuesday, December 1st. Taking it further, we invite blood donors to fill the Sports Backpack with toys and give the filled bag to community Salvation Army or Church Toy Drive for a local child this Holiday season!

Hesed House

659 S. River St.
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-2156

American Guardian Group of Companies will be matching all donations made through Dec. 31, 2015, dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000! You can double the impact of your donations by mailing a check or cash donation to Hesed House or by visiting our website.

Loaves & Fishes Community Services

1871 High Grove Lane
Naperville 60540
(630) 355-3663

We have received a $65,000 match from two donors to help us reach our $200,000 goal. By achieving our goal, we will be able to expand our Infant Care Initiative and provide nutritious choices for children 1-18.

Mutual Ground

418 Oak Avenue
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-0084

This year Mutual Ground has two generous donors, including Aurora’s very own Kevin Fitzpatrick, willing to match #GivingTuesday donations made to Mutual Ground up to $5,500. Please consider making a donation to Mutual Ground this #GivingTuesday so they can continue to provide life-changing services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

Open Door Health Center

157 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite K
Aurora 60505
(630) 264-1819

We have a matching grant on all donations up to $5,000 from the Grand Victoria Foundation. Open Door Health Center has been providing discrimination and stigma free healthcare in the Fox Valley for more than 38 years. Be part of the healthcare equality movement and invest in Open Door today!

World Relief Aurora

73 S. LaSalle St.
Aurora 60505
(630) 906-9546

Help a refugee family feel at home in our community by donating household goods to furnish their first apartment in the U.S.

YWCA Aurora

405 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora 60506
(630) 299-2283

Aurora Chamber Message to Our Members, Community

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
November 23, 2015
In This Issue


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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Cummings Insurance Associates, Inc.
Bill Cummings
75 Executive Drive, Ste. 409
Aurora, IL 60504
(331) 457-5752

A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools
Ingrid Roney
80 S. River Street
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 546-6456
Education Foundation


Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189



A Thanksgiving Message to Our Members, Community
Thanksgiving Message
As we enter into the holiday season, I want to take a moment and thank you for your support of, investment in, and involvement with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. This past fiscal year has been one of increased engagement – from events to public policy, from community projects to collaborations. As our 2014-2015 Year In Review highlights, your Chamber team has been working on connecting businesses, growing their businesses, and influencing our community’s future.

This fiscal year has already started out with a number of great achievements for our membership. It is our intention that 2016 looks even better for our members and our community. However, not one project, accomplishment, recognition, or connection can happen without our members, community, and partners.

To view the entire message, please visit the Chamber’s blog.

Multiple Chamber Holiday Celebration
Set for Dec. 9
Holiday Celebration
You are invited… to the annual Holiday Celebration for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cocktails, and holiday cheer. Share the evening with your employees, customers, and the greater Aurora community. Special thanks to the Quad County African American Chamber and the Aurora Hispanic Chamber for joining us for this annual tradition. Tickets are only $25 per person.

Thank you to our events sponsors for making this event possible: Alarm Detection Systems, Cano Container, Daleiden Mortuary, Geneva Construction, The Healy Chapel, Kelmscott Communications, Konen Insurance Agency, Old Second Bank, Rush-Copley Medical Center, and SmithAmundsen.


Premier Members
Premier Members
Congressman Foster Honors Chamber,
Awardees – Did you see it?
Congressman Bill Foster
On Nov. 18, Congressman Bill Foster recognized the achievements of the Aurora Illinois Regional Chamber of Commerce on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. In addition, he congratulated recent awardees Alarm Detection Systems, Old Second Bank, The Studio at 46 West, and Roosevelt Aurora American Legion Post 84 for their work with veterans and service members. The video, published on Nov. 19, has already been viewed hundreds of times. Did you see it?

Thank you, Congressman Foster, for recognizing the efforts of these local employers. Congratulations again to the awardees.

Help Local Businesses Do More Business
Small Business Saturday
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

For full post, visit our blog.

Member News
Check out the news, celebrations, highlights from your fellow members on this week’s blog post.
Events for Members
Chamber Closed: Nov. 26 & Nov. 27

Shop Small Biz. Saturday, Nov. 28

Open House: Sky Zone Aurora
Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 3:30
Ribbon Cutting at 3:45 p.m.
Sky Zone Aurora, 87 Executive Dr., Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Open House: Meyers Wealth Advisors
Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 3:45 p.m.
Meyers Wealth Advisors, 2000 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 305, Aurora

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 |
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FY16 Budget Leaders’ Meeting with Gov. Moved to Dec. 1

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The face-to-face meeting is scheduled to bring together Governor Bruce Rauner and the leaders of the four General Assembly legislative caucuses, including House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. Originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 18, the meeting has been reset for Tuesday, December 1. The new time will allow preparations to continue over the Thanksgiving holiday.

In addition to budget issues, questions dividing Illinois leaders include workers’ compensation, property tax relief, public-sector labor pay and benefits, tort reform, election process reform, and term limits. Many key items of House Republican advocacy have been barred from discussion and debate within the Illinois General Assembly in recent years. The role of House Speaker Madigan has come under discussion as an element in the overall operation of Illinois state government, often characterized in recent years as one of the “worst in the nation.” Illinois currently has the lowest bond and credit ratings of any of the 50 states.

2014-2015 Year In Review

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Foster Honors Aurora Chamber of Commerce on House Floor

Friday, November 20th, 2015