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 AOC HIstory


The Art of Caring benefit for Catholic Charities, Lake County Services, was the loving brainchild of a group of forward thinking women in 1989, with the event making its debut in Spring 1990. With the vision to financially enrich the important services of Catholic Charities, the Women's Board designed a benefit that has since become the most significant fundraising event of Lake County.

Originally themed to showcase artistic works by Lake County artists and artisans while raising funds and awareness of Catholic Charities' services, the Art of Caring benefit has raised nearly $3.1 million since its inception, with over 90 percent going directly to programs and services run by Catholic Charities in Lake County, including Community Casework, Emergency Services, Family Self-Sufficiency, Food Pantry, Holbrook Center for Counseling, LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) Program, Maternity and Adoption Services, Meals on Wheels, Samaritan House and Senior Outreach.

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Here are two examples of a full array of programs we offer to the needy in Lake County. For information about all of our services, please Click Here! to visit the Lake County Region website.


The Lake County Diaper Depot supports the mission of Catholic Charities by supplementing the supply of clean, disposable diapers for families in need. By collecting diapers and distributing them to these families, we can help mothers avoid making difficult decisions such as cutting back on basic essentials like food, utilities or child care to afford clean diapers. Diaper Depot provides diapers to Catholic Charities programs and also partners with external nonprofit organizations, including the P.A.G.E.S. program of the Lake County Health Department, Arden Shore, PADS Family Center, Open Arms Mission, St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish (Mundelein), St. Mary of Vernon (Indian Creek), One Hope United and Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL). To support the Diaper Depot, please contact Lake County Regional Project Manager Kelsey Weeks at 847-782-4117 or



Through the Meals on Wheels program, volunteers deliver nutritious, well-balanced meals to homebound seniors age 60 and older who are unable to shop and prepare their own meals. Meals on Wheels for anyone under age 60 are also available for those who need short-term help due to medical reasons. Seniors look forward to the daily visits from friendly volunteers like Tom Zimmer. An additional benefit is a volunteer's watchful eye on the senior and his/her living conditions with the delivery of fresh meals daily. Those recuperating from surgery or other medical issues appreciate the nutritious food to help speed their healing.

   Tom Zimmer prepares a delivery for Meals on Wheels clients.  

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If you have any questions or comments regarding the Art of Caring, please contact Mary Ellen Mason at (847) 782-4115 or

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Art of Caring

Saturday, April 18, 2015
6:00 pm in the evening

Exmoor County Club
900 Vine Avenue, Highland Park

Live Auction and Paddle Raise
Benefiting Programs of Catholic Charities, Lake County

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Mary Ellen Mason


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