Thank You

The Barnes Foundation receives numerous thank you letters and positive feedback and we are proud to share them with everyone. Below are just a few.

American Cancer Society

Congratulations on such a successful event! The Barnes Foundation’s Walk for Life 5K run/walk event along with the donation match from the Duchossois Family’s Foundation raised money for the American Cancer Society.

Thank you so much for the generous donation.

Paula Marszalek
Sr. Income Development Representative

We can only do what we do because of people like you and events like the Barnes Foundation’s Walk for Life 5K run/walk event. Because of you we are here to ensure that no one will face a cancer diagnosis alone.

Thank you so much for the Barnes Foundation’s generous donation and continued support of the American Cancer Society.

Chris Hensley
Regional Vice President

Cancer Support Center

Please accept our deepest appreciation on behalf of the Cancer Support Center for your generous gift from the Barnes Foundation. It was so nice receiving your visit to our Homewood office and spending the time to become better acquainted.

For nearly 20 years we have provided services to individuals and families living with cancer. It is through gifts such as yours that we are able to continue to offer counseling, support groups, education, nutrition, and wellness programs at no charge.

Once again, please accept our gratitude for your support and confidence in our work.

With sincere gratitude,

Sue Armato
Executive Director

Silver Cross Hospital

You will be please to know the donation from the Barnes Foundation’s Cocktails for a Cause event helped us provide care for almost 16,000 inpatients, 2,300 new born children, more than 53,000 emergency patients, well over 15,500 surgeries and 120,500 outpatient visits.

Larry Johnson
Vice President

Thank you for the thoughtful and generous donation from the Barnes Foundation’s Cocktails for a Cause event to support The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois.

Paul Pawlak
President and CEO

Trinity Services, Inc.

On behalf of board of directors, staff and most importantly the children served by Trinity Services, we thank the Barnes Foundation for your generous gift in support of Trinity’s playground campaign.

We are fortunate to count you among our many friends. Thank you for your belief in the work we do.


Art Dykstra
Executive Director    
Sherry Ladislas
Director of Development

Children’s Enrichment Foundation

Thank you so much for your generosity. Our kids and everyone at the Children’s Enrichment Foundation will greatly appreciate it.

Pam Schaetzle

Easter Seals, Joliet Region

On behalf of the clients, staff and board members of Easter Seals Joliet Region, I want to thank you for donation. Your generosity is truly appreciated! Your generous support of our work has such a positive impact on the lives of so many people who rely on our help. You help children and adults living with disabilities live life to the fullest, regardless of the challenges they face.

Many people in our community and across the region need Easter Seals services to achieve their full potential. Again, thank you very much for your gift that will help individuals achieve their personal goals.


Debbie Strahanoski
Development Manager

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation

Thank you for contributing to the effort to make Chicago the healthiest place in the nation for kids. You are part of a movement dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Chicago’s most precious resource – our children.

It is because of you that we are able to change and improve the world for so many children and families. Thanks again for your generous help and support.

Thomas Sullivan

MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc.

It is donors like you that make it possible to care for those in the community in the greatest need. Those guests that come here daily rely on the Mission for their basic needs of food, shelter, clothing and necessary programming and care. It is through the support of generous supporters such as you who make it possible to touch so many lives.

You have made the work at MorningStar Mission possible through your generosity. We look forward to partnering with you again in years to come.

Your friend,

Marilyn Farmer
Executive Director

The Bridge Teen Center

Thanks again for all your support. We appreciate the grants, but more importantly, we love having you and your family involved programmatically. We feel like it’s important for our supporters to experience our programs first-hand, and we’re glad you've had that experience. Can’t wait for your next culinary demo!

We’re humbled and honored by your continued support. Thank you for your commitment to young people in our community.

Rob Steinmetz
Co-Founder, Director of Marketing & Development

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter

Thank you very much for supporting the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter’s Walk MS. As you know, MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. With your help, the National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person whose life is affected by MS and helps then stay connected to the great big moving world.

We appreciate your kindness and thank you for joining the movement to create a world free of MS.


John V. Blazek
President, Greater Illinois Chapter