Bounce builds community for chronically ill children and their families. 
Greetings!

In this issue, read about the smashing success of our Inaugural Happy Hour, learn more about Child Life Professionals who are key partners to Bounce, and find new - and easy - ways to support Bounce in your everyday life!  Bounce on into spring with us!
A Boost for Bounce!

Cha-Ching: The Evening that was a Bounce Above!

And that wasn’t just the toast of pint glasses – it was the overwhelming sound of success at Bounce's Inaugural Happy Hour hosted by our Emerging Leaders Board! 

We were delighted to welcome 150 guests who, by their own accounts, had a great time and helped us raise over $8,000 - surpassing our goal!!

Special thanks to Bounce Clinical Advisory Council members Dr. David Soglin, Chief Medical Officer at LaRabida Children's Hospital and Robyn Hart, Director of Child Life Services at Rush University Medical System for joining us.

A huge thank you to Gold Sponsors, Ameriprise and Walsh Construction; to Silver Sponsor, Partners by Design; to Bronze Sponsor, Chicago Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center; and Host Sponsor, Four Corners Tavern Group.  

The event featured amazing raffle prizes including an Authentic Blackhawks Jersey, Chicago Cubs Tickets, Chicago White Sox Tickets, free classes at Pure Barre and a One Hour Deep Tissue Massage at Chicago Chiropractic - truly something for everyone.  

The event also raised awareness of our mission to serve chronically ill children and their families.   Proceeds will fund Bounce programs in 2016. Thanks to our Emerging Leaders Board for doing such a great job and to all who attended/supported the event for helping us grow!

Bounce About Town

Bounce was pleased to have been invited to participate in the Chicagoland Child Life Professionals Conference this past Saturday.  As one of only a handful of partners featured in the Resource Fair, we had the opportunity to introduce Bounce and strengthen our relationships with both area hospital personnel and educators at the Erickson Institute who provides masters level training in Child Life.  It was a great day for Bounce!
Saluting an Invaluable Partner!
  
Three cheers for our Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) friends – it’s their time to shine and our month to celebrate them. In a profession largely misunderstood as the “person with magic powers to make a kid stop crying” or a keeper of toys, CCLS professionals do so much more!

At Bounce, we’re grateful for our partnership with CCLS teams at pediatric hospitals. They are a vital link in the continuum of care and in joining families to Bounce services. We’re grateful for their extraordinary talents and commitment to the care of sick children and their families. With their strong backgrounds in child development and family systems, CCLS are such a critical link to overall family wellness. We support you, honor you and celebrate your dedication to children.

As a sweet poem about CCLS says “when kids say they can’t, I tell them they can.” That kind of support is priceless. Thanks for all you do!

Sincerely,
Joan Steltmann, CEO
Bounce Children's Foundation

Bounce Bash Reminder for Families

Hey Bounce Families!! Keep your calendar open for our upcoming Bounce Bash - March 26 at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago) - to see C!RCA. An acrobatic delight for all ages - watch the performers bring a circus to life.

On Deck

Then - in early April, Bounce It Forward launches - right in time for opening day for the Cubs and White Sox. Stay tuned for more information - and if you have tickets that you are not able to use throghout the season - please consider donating them to Bounce to give a Bounce family a chance to participate in America's national pasttime.
Pssst! By the way....
Bright IDEA$
Did you know you can also support Bounce in your every day shopping?  We are now part of AmazonSmile.  Click here to update your profile and make a difference while you knock things off your list.  eBay and PayPal have also set Bounce up as a charity partner. There's no easier way to support us than this!
Bounce builds community for chronically ill children and their families.