On behalf of the children and adults we serve, their families, and our employees,

we would like to thank the over 450 in attendance for their kind support of Little Friends at this year’s 46th Benefit Auction held earlier this month. 

When the night ended,  a record amount of donations were generated to help us move forward with new and existing programs for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism.  While still being calculated, the net impact of the evening’s generosity on the organization will be significant!

During this gathering of friendship and advocacy, we announced that the activity center at our new adult programming facility, to be created at the building recently purchased at 27545 Diehl Road in Warrenville, will be named the Dan Casey Activity Center.  100% of the donations received from the paddle raise at this year’s auction will go directly to the renovation and technology support costs to help open the new center.

A longtime supporter of Little Friends, Dan Casey, passed away earlier this year.  For over 15 years, Dan was a notable champion of our organization, serving nearly 14 years on our Board of Directors, with four years as Chairman. We want to recognize Dan’s contributions and ensure his support remains a legacy, with the activity center appropriately named in his honor.

As Little Friends President and CEO Mike Briggs included in his remarks at the auction, “Dan was prideful of our work and especially was touched by the adults we serve at spectrum.  He loved to visit our adult program and would always suggest visiting our adult program to those who wanted to learn more about our work.”

“We want to recognize Dan’s contributions and ensure that his support remains a legacy with the activity center appropriately named in his honor,” Briggs stated. 

Renovation work is underway on this project, and the facility is anticipated to open later this year.