The board of directors, staff and volunteers of West Suburban PADS (Public Access to Deliver Shelter) would like to express our sincere gratitude to Shirley and Willis Johnson, owners of the Lake Theatre, their management and staff and the patrons of The Lake who generously supported our fundraiser during the New Year’s weekend.

The fundraiser was held at the Lake, Dec. 29-31, during showings of the “The Pursuit of Happyness,” a film that chronicled the true story of Chris Gardner of Chicago, who, earlier in his life, found himself temporarily homeless, yet overcame numerous challenges to build a successful career and life for himself and young son. The film demonstrates the life-sustaining role of organizations like PADS, which this year celebrates our 15th anniversary as the primary provider of emergency and transitional shelter and other support services for homeless families and individuals throughout near western Cook County.

PADS is deeply appreciative of The Lake and its many patrons over the New Year’s weekend who contributed some $2,500 over three days. These funds will be used to help obtain birth certificates, state identification cards and public transportation passes necessary to help clients apply for jobs and other eligible benefits.

Many thanks to the Lake Theatre for providing a “home” for our fundraiser and to the many kind contributors who reached into their wallets and hearts to help support others during this recent holiday season.

Richard Murphy and Carol O’Brien
Fundraising and Agency Advancement Committee chairs, West Suburban PADS


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