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A Weekend to Remember: Thank you for celebrating the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ!

August 31, 2015

The weekend of August 28-29 marked the 7th Annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, and we thank YOU for making it a success!

The Bridge Builders group of Glen Ellyn kicked off the weekend’s festivities with “Barbacoa Bajo Las Estrellas,” (Barbecue Under the Stars) a unique new event featuring Latin cuisine by renowned chef Paul Lindemuth. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed the gourmet fare, signature cocktails and acoustic music by Scott Vogg. All proceeds benefited the homeless families served by Bridge, and on their behalf, we thank you for attending this exciting event!Barbacoa Collage

The next day was the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, featuring the Famous Dave’s Amateur BBQ Contest. This year’s event included dozens of teams from across the midwest competing in the categories of Best Ribs, Best Dish, Best Judged Sauce, People’s Choice Sauce, and with a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Named as well. Winners were:

Best Ribs: Jack the Ribbers
Best Dish: Team Patriot – Beef Tenderloin
Best Judged Sauce: South Side Pit Men
People’s Choice Sauce: Hoggy Style
Grand Champion: Jack the Ribbers
Reserve Grand Champion: RW + B BBQ Team

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And, a little rain didn’t dampen our spirits–thousands of attendees from all around the community enjoyed sampling the competitors’ sauces, the fantastic live concerts, the “Piglet Playland” for the kids, our first-ever dunk tank, raffles, drinks, food trucks and more! All proceeds from this event also benefited the homeless families served by Bridge, and we thank you for helping change their lives for the better.

Another HUGE thank you goes out to all of the sponsors who generously supported the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ, and the dozens of volunteers who gave their time, energy and talent to make this year’s event a success. We couldn’t have done without you!

We need YOU! Volunteer at the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ on August 29

August 6, 2015

Final-Poster-Top-OnlyWe couldn’t serve 130 homeless families per year without you! Will you help out and volunteer at one of our most important fundraisers of the year?

By volunteering for a 3-hour shift, you will be directly helping us save homeless families in the community. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy fantastic live music, a free meal for each volunteer, and an unforgettable community event.
If you or a child needs service hours for school, scouts or religious ed, this is a great volunteer opportunity. Shifts are still available–sign up now!


Why Bridge Tutors Matter: A’s Story

July 21, 2015

Awards_2015At Bridge Communities, the children in the Transitional Housing Program are just as important to us as their parents. We care deeply about their success and well-being, and that’s why Bridge children at any grade level can be connected to a tutor, who will work them weekly and help with their studies.

“A” is just one such child. When she and her mom entered the Bridge program in 2011, she had fallen behind in school and needed some extra help. She was paired with Bridge tutor Sharon, who saw the potential in A. She’s helped her understand her schoolwork, improved her reading and math skills, and boosted her confidence.

At the end of this past school year, A graduated from fifth grade, earning THREE awards: the Musical Award for playing the violin; the Nature Nerds Award, and a Merit Service Award. Thanks to the foundation her tutor Sharon helped build, we’re sure she is going to do a fantastic job in middle school, too.

Says A’s mom: “I would like to thank Bridge Communities and Mrs. Sharon for all hard work, especially Mrs. Sharon and her patience, wise advice and simply being patient with A….Thank you so much!”

Would you like to volunteer as  Bridge tutor and help kids just like A? Visit to learn more!

Sleep Out Saturday 2015: This Is The Day

July 7, 2015

SOS Collage2This Is The Day.

The day we open our hearts to humanity.

The day that marks the start of something you’ll never forget.

The day you begin your journey to inspire positive change in the world.

The day that leads to a better tomorrow for homeless families in your community.

Join Today! Save the date for Sleep Out Saturday

November 7, 2015

Register your group now

Learn how you can change lives by participating in Sleep Out Saturday by visiting

Want to inspire others? We’re looking for past Sleep Out Saturday participants to help us film 30- to 60-second video clips about what SOS means to you. If you’d like to share your story, let us know! Send an e-mail to

We’re looking forward to seeing you on November 7!

A Chair Affair Brings a Night of Fun and Philanthropy to Naperville

June 18, 2015

2015ChairAffair 276_resized for webOn June 12, Bridge Communities proudly presented the second edition of A Chair Affair, a unique opportunity to appreciate and celebrate beautiful artwork through the transformation of chairs, stools and benches. From May 21 to June 11, 2015, chairs were on display at retail locations in Downtown Naperville, where the community was encouraged to visit, view and vote for these fun, whimsical, funky and avant-garde chairs.

These beautiful pieces of artwork showcased the creative talent of local artists and were supported by generous sponsors who made this event possible. Friends of Bridge Communities enjoyed this exciting evening of delicious food and cocktails, a silent auction, and a high-energy live auction of the top 10 People’s Choice chairs selected by your vote. This year’s People Choice Award winner with the top number of votes was Debbie Graham and her masterpiece, “Inspiration from the Heart.”

All proceeds from the event directly support homeless families in DuPage County in the Bridge Communities Transitional Housing Program.

Thank you for joining us and helping us change lives!

Want to see more photos from A Chair Affair? Visit our album on Facebook!

For information on how to become an Artist or Sponsor for the 3rd Annual A Chair Affair please contact Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610 ext. 19.

Meet Allison’s family in Bridge’s Connections Newsletter

May 28, 2015
BridgeMar15 74What if you had to flee from your own partner in order to keep your children safe? It’s a scary thought, and one that’s close to home for many Bridge families, including Allison’s.
In our Spring issue of the Bridge Communities newsletter,”Connections,” you’ll learn why Allison and her daughters had to escape an abusive home. You’ll see the strength and determination they needed to make it in the Bridge program. And, you’ll see why a little help from friends like you has made all the difference in the world for their family.
This issue also features success stories of many Bridge families, plus updates on programming at our Learning Resource Centers, info on three new Bridge buildings, and more.
None of this would be possible without you! Thank you for connecting Bridge families to a better future.


Garden Walk returns on June 20

May 18, 2015

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Spring into summer with the Glen Ellyn Garden Walk! Enjoy a self-guided tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in town. Tickets are $25 (advance) / $30 (door) and includes entrance into six private gardens and one bonus Park District garden, self-guided tour map, Master Gardeners on-hand from University of Illinois extension, raffle opportunities from many local eateries and establishments, and presentations at select gardens. All proceeds benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities.

Glen Ellyn Garden Walk
Saturday, June 20, 2015
10 AM-4 PM
Tickets $25 in advance/$30 day of event
Purchase yours today at


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