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And The Winner Is…..

Hephzibah Children’s Association!  Congratulations to the April winner of OakParkApartments.com’s 25th anniversary charity contest.

Hephzibah is Oak Park’s oldest charity—founded in 1897 when Mary Wessels opened her home to children from a nearby orphanage that had been destroyed by fire. Responding to a need in the community, Mary continued to welcome youngsters into her home and made it her mission to “care for society’s most vulnerable children.”

Today, Hephzibah’s services are many and they are continually developing new innovative programs while staying true to their mission as well as meeting the needs of the community.

Congratulations again Hephzibah – $2,025 is coming your way!

Last Day To Vote – Winner Announced Monday

This is the last day to vote for the OakParkApartments.com’s 25th anniversary charity contest. Midnight tonight the tally will be taken and since it is the weekend and we did not really plan out how we would announce the winner based on how the calendar dates fell we figured that Monday morning would make sense to let folks know who the winner is.  Look for the announcement on our blog and facebook sites.

OakParkApartments.com's 25th Anniversary Contest Draws Votes from Around the Globe!

At OakParkApartments.com’s Polldaddy survey site we are able to track voters by where they live.  Amazingly the votes for our 25th anniversary charity contest are coming in from around the globe!

The most votes have come in from Canada at 37, Germany: 27, Australia: 15, the Czech Republic: 11, France: 10, United Kingdom: 5 and then onesies and twosies from Korea, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Bahamas, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, India, Japan, Mexico, Slovenia & Taiwan.

Truly an amazing feat for our local contest but what’s most impressive is the global reach that these charities possess!

Earth Day the Oak Park Way!

OakParkApartments.com wants to spread the word on some Earth Day goings on in and around Oak Park!

When/Where: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St. in Oak Park.
Why Go: Eat local with a special Earth Dinner menu featuring roasted Illinois asparagus, poached Wisconsin egg, La Quercia culaccia and Sarvecchio parmesan.

Premieres Friday at 12:10 p.m. — with showtimes throughout the day — at theLake Theatre, 1022 Lake St. in Oak Park. 
Why Go: Get up close and intimate with a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah at the debut of Disney’s new nature movie, African Cats, which coincides with Earth Day. (Watch trailers)
Price: Matinee shows, children under 12 and seniors $6; all other tickets $8.50

When/Where: Begins 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St. in Brookfield
Why Go: The zoo will highlight the plight of polar bears with a wealth of educational and fun activities. Participants will help create a huge sidewalk mural, take a pledge to go green and plant some vegetation.
Price: Child and senior, $9.50; all other $13.50

When/Where: 4 p.m. Friday at Wonder Works, 5445 W. North Ave. in Oak Park.
Why Go: Kids can decorate their very own six-inch planter and plant with a selection of flowers to bring home.
Price: $5 donation; proceeds benefit the Wonder Works Organic Garden.


2,700 Votes Cast & A New Leader Emerges

There was a surge in votes cast yesterday! One charity is working hard to get the word out about OakParkApartments.com 25th anniversary charity contest!

Keep the momentum going for your favorite charity and get friends and family to vote – tell them, email them, facebook, twitter…. so many ways to let people know that they have 10 more days to cast a vote!

Happy 75th Birthday Lake Theater!

OakParkApartments.com just turned 25 this April and wanted to wish fellow Oak Park business, The Lake Theater, a happy 75th birthday as well!  The Lake Theater celebrated being 75 years old by showing “The Ghost Goes West”, the same movie that was shown back when they opened on April 11th, 1936.

OakParkApartments.com wishes you 75 more great years of being in business, Lake Theater! (We hope we have your staying power!)


Pro Musica Youth Chorus Gets Added to OPA's Charity Contest!

OakParkApartments.com loves finding out about new charities in our community and we were glad when Pro Musica Youth Chorus introduced themselves to us via our facebook site.  They asked if they could officially be added to our charity contest list.  We were impressed by the many write-in nominations they had already received so we put them on the ballot!

Pro Musica Youth Chorus: provides exceptional music opportunities for the youth in Oak Park and neighboring communities and has been doing so for over 20 years.  Their kids sing locally, nationally, and internationally.  They have sung with the Joffrey Ballet, the Symphony of OP & RF, and at Carnegie Hall.  The support they receive helps provide scholarships for those members who need financial assistance.

Good luck Pro Musica Youth Chorus!

For those who would like to find out more about this organization, here is their link:


And The Top 5 Charities Are……

The top 5 charities in alphabetical order,  not # of votes (those we’re not telling) are: Animal Care League, Farther Foundation, Hepzibah Children’s Association, L’Arche Chicago and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.  Over 1,800 votes have been cast in just one week – this contest is still anyone’s game so keep spreading the word to your organization’s supporters to go to OakParkApartments.com and VOTE!

The Top 5 @ 5!

OakParkApartments.com will let folks know the 5 charities that are in the lead later today – no particular order.  There have been thousands who have voted in just the first week already!  It’s anybody’s game – so keep the word going and the votes coming in!