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Bombas ‘Socks’ It to the ATC—Again in 2019!

(September 26, 2019) Lisa Fisher announced today that Bombas, the maker of world-class socks, has donated another 2,500 pairs of their socks to the ATC for distribution to our area’s needy residents as a part of their Bombas Giving Program! This marks the second consecutive year the Bombas charity program has been a major donor to the ATC.

When the founders of Bombas heard that socks are the #1 most-requested clothing item at homeless shelters, they decided to do something about it. They founded their company on the principle that they will donate one pair of their socks to charitable organizations for each pair they sell. Once the word got out about the company’s goal and the quality of their merchandise, there was no turning back. As of this writing (9/27/2018), Bombas had donated 25,779,447 pairs of socks to the needy and the amount is growing every minute.

The company’s name derives from the Latin word for “bumblebee.” As stated on the Bombas website:

“Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They’re small, but their combined actions have a big impact on the world. We like that. That’s why our mantra is ‘bee better.'”

All of us at the ATC again sincerely thank Bombas for teaming with us as we both seek to fulfill our mutual goal of helping the needy—one pair of feet at a time.


Attn: American Family Insurance Customers
It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Charity!

(September 11, 2019) American Family Insurance Community of Dreamers donations are back! And that means it’s an opportunity for all American Family Insurance customers to nominate their favorite nonprofit organization, to wit, the Antioch Traveling Closet!

In October, American Family Insurance and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation will award 100 $2,500 Community of Dreamers donations to charities that matter most to their customers.

Help American Family give back to local communities and at the same time support the ATC pursue and achieve our mission. It takes just a few minutes of your time to make a big difference.

How to Nominate the ATC
  • Only current American Family Insurance customers may submit a nomination
  • Nominations are open 9/9/19 through 5 p.m. CST on September 19, 2019
  • Submissions are accepted only through this online nomination form link
  • You’ll be notified if the ATC is chosen
  • All winners will be announced in October

So, if you are a American Family Insurance customer please vote for:

     Antioch Traveling Closet Corporation NFP
     624 Pondview Dr.
     Antioch, Il 60002

Enter “antiochtravelingcloset.org” for the charity website.

Thanks very much from the Antioch Traveling Closet!


Here’s Your Chance to Promote the ATC

(September 6, 2019) Here’s an opportunity for you to promote the Antioch Traveling Closet through 61st District State Rep. Joyce Mason’s “Good Neighbor” Business of the Month Award.

Many area businesses sponsor charitable events, donate goods and services to community organizations, or take other steps to make our communities better places to live and work. To recognize some of the many businesses that partner with their communities to improve our hometowns, Rep. Mason is now accepting nominations for her “Good Neighbor” Business of the Month Award. Nominees must display a dedication to improving our communities and show a willingness to go above and beyond to achieve that goal. It goes without saying that the ATC meets all criteria.

Just click this link to go to the award entry form, fill in the brief online form, and click the submit button. You’ll be on your way to helping the greater community recognize the work the ATC is doing, all year round!


A Note From Lisa: A Call For Aid!

(August 26, 2019) Hello, everyone! I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe campaign which you can read about by clicking this link.

Even a small donation could help Richard Padovano reach his fundraising goal. If you’re unable to make a donation, it would be great if you could simply share news of the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

Lisa


2019 Back-To-School Giveaway Event A Record-Setting Success

(August 12, 2019) This year’s Back-to-School Giveaway Event was a huge success! Almost 500 area residents, a new attendance record, were able to select clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, and home cleaning products, all at no charge, to prepare for the start of this year’s school year. Another record set was the number of haircuts given, almost 100 of them, all done by a team of amazing hairstylists who volunteered their time and talents. Gratitude was in abundance as witnessed by the happy tears and many hugs from attendees.

Here’s a Video With a Few Clips of the Back-to-School Giveaway Event

Lisa Fisher, ATC Founder and President, passed along her sincere thanks to everyone who spent their weekend preparing for and working at the event including: NHS Students, football players, varsity Viking Cheerleaders, teachers, District 34 students, two Antioch Queens, the Lewis Family, the Antioch Fire Department, Lisa’s indefatigable family, and many more. All came together this weekend to make attendees have a little bit extra this month.

Thanks also go out to Hannah Auten from State Rep. Joyce Mason’s office, The Period Collective, Michael Smith from the Rosalind Franklin University Medical Van, and the ladies of the AAHAA for also providing their time and resources.

Back-to-School Giveaway Event Photos

Here are some photos from the 2019 ATC Back-to-School event held on August 4. Click on the “Photos” link in the menu at the top of the page to see a list of previous ATC event photos or click here to go to the Back-to-School event photos. Enjoy!


ATC Receives a Grant from Walmart Giving

(July 30, 2019) Lisa Fisher has announced some more great news! The Antioch Traveling Closet has received a grant from @walmartgivng @walmarttoday #BetterTogether #WalmartGiving and #Walmart

Walmart’s generosity will help the ATC meet some of the costs incurred in serving area residents in need.

Once again, the ATC thanks all involved with Walmart Giving and the Walmart Super Center (store #5199) in Antioch, Illinois for thinking of our organization!


A Few Reminders for Sunday: Bring Your Gillespie Ford Bag…

(July 30, 2019) Gillespie Ford has been the donor of the bags that are used at ATC Giveaway events. They are the only bags allowed inside the Senior Center. As we have a limited supply of these bags, we respectfully ask that you reuse your Gillespie Ford bag from past ATC events.

Also, as we operate under the space constraints offered by the Senior Center, NO strollers, car seats, wagons, or carts will be allowed inside the building.

Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entrance and/or service to anyone. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or make an item donation, please contact Lisa via e-mail at lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org or through the ATC website. Cash donations can also be made through PayPal right here on the ATC website.

See you this Sunday, August 4th!


SBOTL Donates Backpacks, School Supplies for Sunday’s Giveaway

(July 29, 2019) Lisa Fisher has announced, “This year is the 125th Anniversary of State Bank of the Lakes. The Antioch bank has decided to celebrate this milestone by purchasing 125 backpacks and school supplies to donate to the Antioch Traveling Closet Corp (see images below). We are so thankful and grateful to State Bank of the Lakes for doing this act of kindness. Their generosity will be helping so many children in our area.”


Heartland Bank and Trust of Antioch Donation

(July 19, 2019) Lisa Fisher announced the following today: “Thank you very much to Heartland Bank and Trust in Antioch for their generous donation of $1,000. We appreciate it very much and are grateful for your continued support.”


Here Are Some Photos From The Limerick Lounge Golf Event!

(July 11, 2019) We have obtained a few 19th Hole photos of the June 21 Limerick Lounge Charity Golf Event!

Click on the “Photos” link in the menu at the top of the page to see a list of previous ATC event photos or on the link above to go directly to the golf event photos! Enjoy!


Antioch Junior Woman’s Club Donation


(July 10, 2019) A big ATC “Thank You!” goes out to the Antioch Junior Woman’s Club for the welcome cash donation of $200. It will help us continue towards our goal of helping the area’s needy individuals and families.


Lisa Fisher, MVPP, On WGN Radio, Monday, July 8!


(July 8, 2019) ATC Founder and President Lisa Fisher made her second guest appearance on the Steve Cochran Show as MVPP (Most Valuable Person on the Planet) on WGN Radio Chicago (720 AM), Monday, July 8.

Below is a studio camera video of the interview!


ATC Announces the 2019 Back-to-School Giveaway Event

(July 5, 2019) The ATC will be holding their annual Back-to-School giveaway event on Sunday, August 4, from 9:00am-1:00pm. The location will once again be the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbeck Drive.

We will have clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies, toiletries, school supplies, and haircuts given at no charge. We’ll also have some not-for-profit groups onsite to help us out:


We can always use more…

We’re always on the lookout for additional donations for the back-to-school event! The items we need are:

  • school supplies: pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, binders, paper, &c.
  • backpacks
  • lunchboxes
  • brand-new kids underwear
  • baby wipes
  • gift cards and presents for kids ages newborn to 16
  • laundry soap (smaller bottles are best)
  • bathroom cleaner
  • household cleaner
  • toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • feminine products
  • deodorant for teens, men, and women
  • kids shampoo and body soap
  • adult shampoo and conditioner
  • bar and liquid soap
  • disposable razors
  • Q-tips
  • paper towels

If you’d like to be a volunteer for the ATC’s Back-to-School event, click here to send us your contact information!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Fisher at lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org.

If you know of any schools, scout troops, work places, and/or other organizations that would be willing to have a donation drive for us, please let us know. It would be greatly appreciated! Email Lisa Fisher at lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org to our webmaster at web@antiochtravelingcloset.org.

Thank you! See you in August!


Two Independence Day Stories

The Limerick Lounge Charity Golf Event–A Great Success!


(June 28, 2019) Lisa Fisher reports that the 2019 Limerick Lounge Charity Golf event was a huge success! In addition to a rare dry weather day, 140 golfers participated. Regrettably, some golfers had to be turned away because of the overwhelming response.

Over $16,000 was raised and contributed to the Antioch Traveling Closet, a new record!

A big ATC “Thank You” goes out to the Hole Sponsors of the event:

Additionally, we’d like to thank the following businesses and individuals for donating prizes for our raffles and Live Auction items:

Gillespie Ford   Stateline Inn   ComedySportz Chicago
Twin Lakes County Club   Scott & Ki Lynn   Sequoit Boosters Club
Mike & Jan Culat   Boys Iceless Hockey Association   Northern Exposure Tanning
The Rogalski Family   Denise Runge   Pam Dreis (Antioch Cupboard)
Spring Valley Country Club   Chicago White Sox   Mike & Karen Perrone
Tap Room Gaming   Heartland Bank & Trust (Antioch)   Gina Wolf Photography
Victor Ford   Jen Biundo   Sandlots of Salem
State Bank of the Lakes   Lil Timber   Theresa Bartell
Anastasia’s   AYLL   Antioch Fire Department
The Lewis Family   Chicago Bears   Anna Fielder
Steitz’s Resort   Jen Fielder   AP Allstate Agency
Marcia Donahue   Daun Pancorvo   Antioch Pizza Shop
Barker Shoppe   Mary Quilty   Piggly Wiggly
Tamara Neuman   Richie Keller   Antioch Parks Dept.
Bryan Shaughnessy   Sarah Miller   Port Of Blarney
JJ Blinkers   Queens Nails   Dharni’s Shell Gas Station
Kim Fredriksen   KC’s Cabin   Chicago Cubs
The Lodge of Antioch   Action Territory   Dockers North
Head to Toes Salon   Something Sweet   Leslie Gillengerten-Williams
Tom & Connie Fisher   Tom & Sheila Dvorak   Dori Milone
Chicago Wolves   Antioch Fine Wine & Liquors   Vegas Cafe
Great Lakes Credit Union (Antioch)   Linda Pedersen (Lake County Board)    

And finally, a huge shout out goes to the amazing staff at Spring Valley County Club for all their hard work in making the event possible!


Help Make The ATC a Chicago Bears Community All-Pro!

Check Out Some Photos From The April 7 Giveaway!

(April 24, 2019) We have some photos of the April 7 Spring Giveaway as well as the preparation for the event the day before. Click on the “Photos” link in the menu at the top of the page to see a list of previous ATC event photos or on the links immediately above to go directly to the specific group of photos! Enjoy!


The ATC and Antioch Pizza Team Up to Raise Some Dough!

Great Lakes Credit Union Donates $3,000 to the ATC

(April 18, 2019) The Great Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors Charity Program selected the Antioch Traveling Closet to be the recipient of a $3,000 donation. Lisa Fisher was on hand to accept the check at the Antioch branch of the Great Lakes Credit Union located at 351 East Rt. 173 on Friday, April 12. The ATC was one of several Antioch-area charities reviewed by the GLCU to see how each charity impacted the community.

Our sincere thanks go out to the Great Lakes Credit Union for helping the ATC achieve their goal of helping community residents in need.

 
(above) Left to right, Jody Larabee (VP, Member Services), Teresa Qualls (Antioch Branch Manager), the ATC’s Lisa Fisher, Kevin Leman (Board Member), Steve Bugg (President & CEO), and Kelsey Coonce (AVP, Branch Operations) are all happy participants in the check presentation ceremony held at the Great Lakes Credit Union, 351 East Rt. 173 in Antioch, on Friday, April 12. Fisher received an oversized check representing a $3,000 donation to the Antioch Traveling Closet. The ATC was chosen by Great Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors Charity Program to receive the generous donation.

Fore! Limerick Lounge Golf Event Donors Needed!


(April 8, 2019) The Limerick Lounge, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch is looking for area businesses and organizations to donate cash, gift certificates, goods, and/or services to be used for the raffle at their 2019 golf event, scheduled for Friday, June 21. The Antioch Traveling Closet will be the beneficiary of this year’s charity outing.

The event will be held at the Spring Valley Country Club in Salem, Wisconsin.

Click here to find out how to sign up for the event and/or how to become a contributing sponsor or contact the Antioch Traveling Closet. The ATC is a 501(c)(3) organization.


The 2019 Spring Giveaway: Another ATC Success!

(April 8, 2019) ATC’s Spring Giveaway Event held on Sunday at the Antioch Senior Center marks another success in the long line of successes for the organization dedicated to giving a hand to needy individuals and families.

Lisa Fisher, founder of the organization, said that almost 300 area residents attended the event, selecting clothes, shoes, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to get their Spring of to a fresh start. Also available were health screenings and haircuts.

We thank the following growing list of businesses and organizations who helped to make the event happen:

     Antioch
 Area Healthcare Accessibility 
Alliance (AAHAA),
     Antioch Elementary School,
     Antioch Junior Woman’s Club,
     Antioch Pizza,
     Trustee Jerry Johnson & The Lodge of Antioch,
     Copies & Prints Plus of Lake Geneva,
     Ellen Ipsen of the Ipsen Insurance Agency,
     Emily Pedersen,
     Emmons School,
     Gillespie Ford of Gurnee,
     GiveNkind,
     Grass Lake School,
     Great Lakes Credit Union,
     Heartland Bank and Trust,
     Heritage Dental,
     Hillcrest Elementary School,
     Limerick Lounge,
     Lions Club of Antioch,
     Lovin Oven,
     River Ridge Church of Wilmot, Wisconsin,
     Rotary Club of Antioch,
     St. Demetrios Philoptochos Ladies Society of Libertyville.

Finally, our thanks go to our many volunteers who work very hard before, during, and after each event, not to mention between each event to help us fulfill our mission of giving the needy a little boost that could make a very big difference!


The ATC Extends Thanks to a Number of Recent Donors

(April 3, 2019) Our thanks go out to the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations: Heartland Bank in Antioch (see photo below), St. Demetrios Philoptochos Ladies Society ($1,000), the Rotary Club of Antioch ($500), the Ipsen Insurance Agency ($250), and a donation made in memory of Joseph Dawe ($100).

(above) The Antioch branch of Heartland Bank held a month-long collection drive for the Antioch Traveling Closet during which time clothing, cleaning supplies, and more were donated by residents along with cash donations to be used for future ATC events.

It’s Your Chance to Help the ATC!

(April 2, 2019) The ATC is looking for schools, organizations, clubs, neighborhoods, and/or work places that would be interested in having a collection drive for us.

Collections could be of brand new socks, kid’s underwear, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and/or school supplies, and more.

Please contact Lisa Fisher (lisa@antiochtravelingcloset.org) or fill out the “volunteer” information form if you would like more information.



The ATC Thanks Heartland Bank for Their Charity Bracket Buster!
Majestic Kids Top the ATC in Final Round


ATC Falls Short vs. Majestic Kids in Bracket Buster Finals, 50.3%-49.7%

(March 27, 2019) Heartland Bank announced the official results this morning of their 2019 Charity Bracket Buster. The Antioch Traveling Closet fell short by a narrow margin to their Final Round opponents, Majestic Kids of Shorewood. The final tally was 50.3%-49.7%.

The ATC regained a small lead early Tuesday but soon the pendulum swung the other way putting Majestic Kids back into the lead which it held for the remainder of the day. The ATC never trailed by more than a 51%-49% margin and made a brief attempt at a comeback during the final 30 minutes but efforts a resuscitating momentum fell short.

Everyone connected to the Antioch Traveling Closet congratulates Majestic Kids on their victory and thanks Heartland Bank for their invitation to participate in this year’s Charity Bracket Buster. Just wait’ll next year!


Limerick Lounge Announces 2019 Golf Event


(March 5, 2019) The Limerick Lounge, 912 Toft Ave., in Antioch has announced details for their 2019 golf event, scheduled for Friday, June 21. The Antioch Traveling Closet has been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s charity outing.

Spring Valley Country Club in Salem, Wisconsin will be hosting this year’s play.

After checking in at the course, golfer will enjoy 18 holes of golf on a championship 
course followed by lunch, cocktails, and awards
 from the day’s play. Best of all, participants will be helping people from within
 the community.

The Limerick is still looking for sponsors for the event to donate cash, gift certificates, goods, and/or services. To find out more, click the link below and download the sponsor’s letter. The ATC is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Click here to find out how to sign up for the event and/or how to become a contributing sponsor.


Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Honors Lisa Fisher

(March 4, 2019) The ATC’s founder, Lisa Fisher, was honored by the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition at their Spring Brunch Celebration held at Wedgewood at Midlane, Midlane Country Club, in Wadsworth, Illinois on Saturday, March 2. She was honored as a member of the Antioch Junior Women’s Club.

Fisher said, “Thank you very much Antioch Junior 
Women’s Club for honoring me as one of the 
Visionary Women in Lake County at the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Luncheon. I am 
humbled and honored to have been
 nominated by all you fabulous ladies.”

Way to go, Lisa! Lake County congratulates you on the well-deserved recognition!

(above) Lisa Fisher (center) poses with the certificate she received at the Lake
 County Women’s Coalition Spring Brunch Celebration on Saturday, March 2.

  Click Here to See More About Lisa’s Award…  


GiveNkind Delivers a Message to the ATC: “Sock It To ‘Em!”

(February 13, 2019) The ATC was the beneficiary of a most generous donation from GiveNkind, an organization providing a personal connection between non-profit groups and individuals and businesses looking to re-purpose items so as to leave a positive mark on their local community.

The gift was 27 cartons of socks from Living Royal, socks, makers of some of the most unique socks to be found anywhere, or, as the company modestly puts it, “the coolest socks on planet Earth.”

To make a donation, to volunteer, or to find out more about GiveNkind‘s amazing growth and story, visit their website or send an email to contact@givenkind.org.

Emily Petway, founder and president of GiveNkind, delivers 27 cartons of Living Royal socks to the ATC to give to needy area residents at future events, no mean feet feat. Petway describes herself as an “in-kind donation traffic cop,” coordinating efforts amongst the donors and charitable organizations receiving the donations. She has a background in education as a teacher and education programs management. GiveNkind is a 501(c)(3) organization which received nearly a half-million dollars in donations in the fourth quarter of last year.

Lions Club of Antioch Donates to the ATC


(February 13, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to thank the Lions Club of Antioch for their kind donation of $500 which will go to assist the areas needy families and individual.


Lisa Fisher Appears on NBC News Make a Difference Segment!

(January 31, 2019) Lisa Fisher was a guest today on the local edition of NBC News Make a Difference segment hosted by Sabrina Santucci. The topic of discussion? Why, the Antioch Traveling Closet, of course!

Watch the segment below!


A Hair-“Razing” Event: St. Baldrick Returns!

(January 16, 2019) The Antioch Traveling Closet would like to mention another worthwhile charity which returns to Antioch next month, St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” event. Individuals attending the event can volunteer to have their heads shaved by a team of hairdressers to show support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and to raise awareness of the goal of curing childhood cancer.

  Read more about the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser…  


Hillcrest Elementary School’s ATC Gift

(January 6, 2019) Hillcrest Elementary 
School, 433 E. Depot St., held their Holiday Fest on December 1, 2018 (see post below). Today the ATC received a check in the amount of $1,510.00
 from the proceeds.

We would like to say 
a very special “Thank You” to Deb Gregory, Rachel 
Hewitt, and Jen Sherman for heading up the event 
and making the ATC the beneficiary. We
 appreciate all the hard work each of you and
 your volunteers did to make this a fantastic
 event!



ATC—A HELPING HAND

The Antioch Traveling Closet Corporation NFP is a non-for profit organization founded by Antioch resident, Lisa Fisher, that helps local families in need of clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hair cuts, and schools supplies.

The Antioch Traveling Closet was formed in 2014 with a recruited handful of volunteers that has quickly grown to a widespread community effort supported through local businesses and caring residents.

The ATC Corp NFP is now a 501(c)(3) organization.


We Need Your Help!

For the past year we were fortunate enough to have our storage unit paid for by the Antioch Lions Club and the Antioch Firefighters Association. Click here to see the AFFA donation presentation photos.

Starting now, however, we’ll have to start paying the $160.00 monthly rental for our 10’x30′ storage unit through other donation sources. We need your help! If we continue to pay the monthly rental for the unit we will not be able to help families the way we want to.

Lisa Fisher sees the role of the ATC expanding in the future. She says her hope “is to find a location over the upcoming months that we can afford that will give us a place where we can collect donations, sort them, and have them on display. With a place like this, we can have more of these events or, in the event of an emergency, we can have volunteers go to that facility and begin immediately offering help right away.” This can’t be done without your help.

Please consider donating to keep the ATC alive and functioning. We appreciate all donations big and small! Donations are tax-deductible! PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted. The Antioch Traveling Closet is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Antioch Traveling Closet In the News!

Volunteers Needed for the Next Traveling Closet

If you can spare a few hours helping the ATC cause, we’ll find a way for you to help! Click here to fill out the volunteer contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.