Stories that CONNECT

May 19, 2022 • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. • Kaleidoscope

Stories that Connect is Kaleidoscope’s annual fundraising event to support our programs for children, youth and families healing from abuse and neglect in Chicago.

We’re thrilled to be back in person for this year’s event. The evening will include an open bar and heavy appetizers, silent auction, paddle raise and a brief program featuring our young people, staff and families. We’ll also honor the memories of two early leaders who passed in the last year: Tom Finnegan and Mel Breed.

Together, we’ll share real life stories that showcase how our programs help kids and families build resourcefulness, resiliency, and supportive relationships.

We look forward to safely gathering together in person. In order to protect all guests, Stories that Connect will be held in accordance with all local and national pandemic safety protocols. As the event approaches, attendees will be reminded about safety protocols and what will be needed for the event. Proof of vaccination will be checked at the door.

Our Speakers

Rapheal Mathis
Host and Poet

Kathy Grzelak
Executive Director

Bryan Samuels
Executive Director
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

DJ Tess

Download the invite as a JPG or as a PDF.

Thank you to our sponsors!


Assured Partners
GCG Financial
X10 Commercial

Sponsor Stories that Connect

In addition to supporting Kaleidoscope, sponsors of Stories that Connect receive marketing benefits to reach the event’s professional audience, as well as social media followers. View complete sponsor benefits here.

To learn more, contact Devin at dwalker[at]

Donate Now

Your donations are put to use right away to support Kaleidoscope’s vital programs and services for Chicago children, youth and families healing from abuse and neglect. Give now to support our innovative case management and clinical services to build resourcefulness, resiliency and supportive relationships. A lot has changed for us in the last year, but our work doesn’t stop – and our teams are more critical than ever as children are away from the professionals who can identify and report abuse.

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Previous Events

Our 2021 event was a virtual experience on July 22, 2021. Together, we raised more than $130,000 for the children, youth and families Kaleidoscope serves and helps heal from abuse and neglect in Chicago. View the program starting at 1:18:10, the second chapter mark.

Our 2020 event was a virtual experience on June 11, 2020. Together, we raised more than $100,000 for the children, youth and families Kaleidoscope serves and helps heal from abuse and neglect in Chicago. THANK YOU to everyone who joined us! 

View the entire event below; the show begins 30 minutes in.

About Kaleidoscope

Founded in 1973, Kaleidoscope is a non-profit child welfare agency in Chicago. Each year, we serve more than 500 young people – ranging in age from birth to 21 – who are healing from trauma. Most of our clients have experienced neglect or abuse, and many have also been exposed to substance abuse, extreme poverty and other concerns.

As a result of these traumatic events, our clients have specialized mental health, behavioral, medical and/or pregnancy and parenting needs. Through our services, we ensure their safety, assist them in creating a stable support system, and help them overcome trauma to lead healthy, happy lives. Learn more about our services.