Dear Friends of 12 Oaks,

We wanted to share some exciting news …

Recently, the board of Twelve Oaks Foundation voted to pursue a merger with Cal’s Angels, a nonprofit (501c3) pediatric cancer foundation based in the western suburbs of Illinois. The 12 Oaks founders (Steve and Julie) have known the Cal’s Angels founders for many years and are extremely excited about this new partnership. We feel very confident that this partnership with Cal’s will allow us to reach MORE kids with MORE funds MORE quickly.

Cal’s Angels is named after Cal Sutter, a 13 year old boy (much like Matt) whose life was cut short by cancer 3 years before we lost Matt. Stacey and Tom Sutter founded Cal’s to provide Wishes, Awareness and Research in support of pediatric cancer patients. Cal’s has a unique relationship with Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago and through their connections have helped more than 300 kids last year alone. Cal’s long had wanted to start a program consistent with what we do at Twelve Oaks, by helping siblings and cancer patients in support of the activities they love. They recognized the strength of our mission and deep community support and are extremely excited to take over the administration of 12 Oaks programs.

 

We are excited to announce that as of July 1, 2018, the 12 Oaks Program will merge into the Cal’s Angels Pediatric Support Foundation. All inquiries as well as applications for grants will be processed through Cal’s Angels.

Full details and applications will be found under the Programs sections of the Cal’s Angels website.

 

More details about the merger:

• Cal’s will retain the 12 Oaks brand and our events (Hoops For Hope and MM5K) can continue as we long as we wish

• Julie will join the Cal’s Angels Board

• Monies raised by 12 Oaks (from past, current and future 12 Oaks events) will be used for the grant programs we’ve long established

• With a combined infrastructure, we’ll be able to better leverage the funds raised … the monies will go directly to the kids/families in need

• With a focus on pediatric cancer, the combined merger will be THE premier pediatric cancer support network in Chicago-land area Bottom line, partnering with Cal’s will allow us to reach MORE kids MORE quickly, helping us to continue to expand our reach to more families and still raise funds in a more efficient way.

Thanks to the many volunteers, donors, and friends of 12 Oaks, we’re proud to have built a legacy organization that embodies the STRONG KIDS, STRONG COMMUNITIES mission. Our hope is that EVERYONE associated with 12 Oaks will be excited by the chance to support Cal’s in our mission to help those battling pediatric cancer.

Steve and Julie Hupp