Posts Tagged New Horizons Center

St. Patrick’s Day Queen Visit to Eli’s Cheesecake

St. Patrick’s Day Queen

March 13, 2009 

St. Patrick’s Day Queen Visit 

 Queens

Today we were thankful to have the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Julie Popp and her court visit us at the bakery today.  While she was here she and her court spoke to the morning tour as well as taking time out to pose for pictures with some customers and bakery associates.  In addition to her visit here, she made the short walk to visit our neighbors at New Horizons to see some of the children as well as see some of the efforts that are being done in conjunction with Eli’s Cheesecake Co.  While she was here, representatives from Sethness Greenleaf stopped by and donated some Green River to the café for guests to sample.  Thanks to everyone that made this day a success.  We hope that we can have an even better turnout next year on March 12, 2010.

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Cardinal Francis George to Visit Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery and the New Horizons Center for the Developmentally Disabled

Cardinal Francis George

 March 5, 2009 

Cardinal Visit 

 Cardinal's Visit

Today Cardinal Francis George came to visit the Bakery and the New Horizons Center for the Developmentally Disabled where there is a room dedicated in honor of Rita Tierney.  Our dear friend and number one Eli’s fan Rita Tierney was active in the Catholic Church of the area.  While he was here he visited with many bakery associates and enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by our Chef Antonio. 

 

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Thanks from the New Horizons Center for the Developmentally Disabled to Eli’s for the support provided from the Eli’s Cheesececake Festival

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Eli’s teams up with the Putting Edge to benefit the New Horizons Center

At the 2004 Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, our newest partner was the Putting
Edge, a glow in the dark indoor minature golf course that had opened just west
of us in the shopping center that includes our great customer, Borders Books and
Music.

As part of its committment of support to the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival and to
the New Horizons Center for the Developmentally Disabled, the Putting Edge is
hosting a benefit for New Horizons on Monday, February 7th. For a $12 donation
(all of which goes to New Horizons) you get golf, pizza, soft drinks and Eli’s
Cheesecake. What a great deal.

Thank you Putting Edge for coming to our community and helping raise funds
for the new New Horizons Center.

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Ridgewood High School Art Club lauded in Pioneer Press for work decorating windows for the holidays at Eli’s Cheesecake World and New Horizons Center

Young artists decorate Eli’s and New
Horizon
BY WYNN KOEBEL FOSTER
STAFF WRITER
All signs at Eli’s
Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, in Chicago, point to a merry
holiday season. Even the fork-and-cake-server weathervane on the back of Moovin’
Eli’s, the corporate cow once featured in Chicago’s Cows on Parade, indicates
nothing but smooth conditions ahead.
Moovin’ Eli’s is dressed for the
holidays – her neck draped in a silver garland tied with a red velvet bow. A
piece of the cherry cheesecake on her back is missing. It dangles from a welded,
garlanded line of forks in front of her nose and out of her reach. But the
holidays are no time for pessimism. Moovin’ Eli’s is also sporting four speedy
in-line skates.
Since August, Eli’s bakers have been working at full
capacity, churning out 20,000 cakes a day.
“We normally produce 100 different
varieties,” said Kari Miller, cafe manager. “During the Christmas season, we add
white chocolate peppermint, egg nog and candy cane to our repertoire. For
Thanksgiving, we have pumpkin, pumpkin mousse and pumpkin praline cakes.
“And
for New Year’s Eve, we’ll have a champagne mousse cake.”
Even the windows at
Eli’s are festive, thanks to the efforts of Art Club members at Ridgewood High
School, in Norridge.
“This is the second year we’ve done Christmas windows
here,” said Art Club President John Kercheval, 17, of Norridge. “We were at
Eli’s for Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving, too.”
The students sketched
their ideas in wax crayons on the windows first. Then they painted their
creations with washable poster paints.
“I haven’t asked her,” Kercheval
admitted, chewing on the end of a brush, “but I already know my mom wouldn’t let
me do this at home.”
Maggi Bojko, 14, of Norridge, and Sylvia Dreg, 14, of
Harwood Heights, concentrated on snow – falling snow, snowflakes and a snowman.
In the corner of their window, they placed a fir tree, too.
Kercheval dodged
Moovin’ Eli’s horns to paint candy canes and a gingerbread house on his window.
Next to him, two girls painted golden bells and a herald angel with a trumpet,
along with a garland, a Christmas stocking and stacks of gift-wrapped
packages.
Rich Serrano, 15, of Norridge, also risked being impaled by Moovin’
Eli’s to encircle his window with an evergreen wreath studded with Christmas
lights. As he worked, he listened to MVD Bayne music on his earphones for
inspiration – metal, of course.
“I got the wreath idea from my mother,” he
said.
Kercheval added Santa, his sleigh and some racing reindeer to his
window. As a finishing flourish, he tossed in a snowball fight, too.
Next to
Kercheval and Serrano, 16-year-old Gabriella Marti, of Norridge, looked ahead,
creating a New Year’s Eve window with fireworks, champagne glasses and
more.
While some students decorated Eli’s, Art Club sponsor Sara Machaj took
another group to work on the windows at New Horizons Center, 4255 N. Oak Park
Ave., Chicago, with the exuberant assistance of a number of the center’s
residents.
When they finished at New Horizons, the students came back to
Eli’s for pizza, compliments of Eli’s.
“I really enjoy this,” said Marc
Schulman, president of Eli’s. “Ridgewood is a great school. They’re always a
pleasure to work with.”
Eli’s Cheesecake World can be reached at www.elicheesecake.com or at (773)
736-3417.

 

Decking halls and windows

BY WYNN KOEBEL
F
OSTER
STAFF WRITER

All signs at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, point to
a merry holiday season. Even the fork-and-cake-server weathervane on the back of
Moovin’ Eli’s, the corporate cow once featured in Chicago’s Cows on Parade,
indicates nothing but smooth conditions ahead.

Moovin’ Eli’s is dressed for the holidays – her neck draped in a silver
garland tied with a red velvet bow. A piece of the cherry cheesecake on her back
is missing. It dangles from a welded, garlanded line of forks in front of her
nose and out of her reach. But the holidays are no time for pessimism. Moovin’
Eli’s is also sporting four speedy in-line skates.

Since August, Eli’s bakers have been working at full capacity, churning out
20,000 cakes a day.

“We normally produce 100 different varieties,” said Kari Miller, cafe
manager. “During the Christmas season, we add white chocolate peppermint, egg
nog and candy cane to our repertoire. For Thanksgiving, we have pumpkin, pumpkin
mousse and pumpkin praline cakes.

“And for New Year’s Eve, we’ll have a champagne mousse cake.”

Even the windows at Eli’s are festive, thanks to the efforts of Art Club
members at Ridgewood High School, in Norridge.

“This is the second year we’ve done Christmas windows here,” said Art Club
President John Kercheval, 17, of Norridge. “We were at Eli’s for Easter,
Halloween and Thanksgiving, too.”

The students sketched their ideas in wax crayons on the windows first. Then
they painted their creations with washable poster paints.

“I haven’t asked her,” Kercheval admitted, chewing on the end of a brush,
“but I already know my mom wouldn’t let me do this at home.”

Maggi Bojko, 14, of Norridge, and Sylvia Dreg, 14, of Harwood Heights,
concentrated on snow – falling snow, snowflakes and a snowman. In the corner of
their window, they placed a fir tree, too.

Kercheval dodged Moovin’ Eli’s horns to paint candy canes and a gingerbread
house on his window. Next to him, two girls painted golden bells and a herald
angel with a trumpet, along with a garland, a Christmas stocking and stacks of
gift-wrapped packages.

Rich Serrano, 15, of Norridge, also risked being impaled by Moovin’ Eli’s to
encircle his window with an evergreen wreath studded with Christmas lights. As
he worked, he listened to MVD Bayne music on his earphones for inspiration -
metal, of course.

“I got the wreath idea from my mother,” he said.

Kercheval added Santa, his sleigh and some racing reindeer to his window. As
a finishing flourish, he tossed in a snowball fight, too.

Next to Kercheval and Serrano, 16-year-old Gabriella Marti, of Norridge,
looked ahead, creating a New Year’s Eve window with fireworks, champagne glasses
and more.

While some students decorated Eli’s, Art Club sponsor Sara Machaj took
another group to work on the windows at New Horizons Center, 4255 N. Oak Park
Ave., Chicago, with the exuberant assistance of a number of the center’s
residents.

When they finished at New Horizons, the students came back to Eli’s for
pizza, compliments of Eli’s.

“I really enjoy this,” said Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s. “Ridgewood is
a great school. They’re always a pleasure to work with.”

Eli’s Cheesecake World can be reached at www.elicheesecake.com or at (773) 736-3417.

The members of the Art Club at Ridgewood High School

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New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled–a Special Partner and Neighbor

When my dad opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle, on Chicago’s
west side, he put up a sign that said “if you have no money, we will feed you
free.” He thought that he would keep it up for a week; it stayed up for years.
That was the type of person that my dad, Eli. was, and it was the way he taught
me to be.

One of our critical missions at Eli’s is making a difference in the
community. Yes, we have an obligation to make a profit as that pays our bills
and our salaries, but we also have an obligation to use our business and our
knowledge to help others. With so many big businesses merging or moving out of
town, the opportunity is great for us to make a difference. We do it with our
time and committing our resources to helping some of the neediest organizations
prosper and make a difference.

One of our longest term and special relationships is with the New Horizons
Center for the Developmentally Disabled. We became friendly with New Horizons
over 18 years ago and our associate, Patti Carroll, is now on their Board. When
we started, we were in our first bakery on Dakin Street about one half mile
south of our current bakery. We were fortunate to move to Eli’s Cheesecake World
almost 8 years ago, which is just east of the New Horizons property, and they
are still working on building a new home.

As you can see by the description below, New Horizons is a very special place
for a student population of kids and adults, who are profoundly disabled. New
Horizons serves a center of the lives of the families who can’t mainstream their
children because of their condition. New Horizons doesn’t get a great of
publicity, but we have watched it prosper as it makes the lives of its students
far better.

Our goal is to celebrate the construction of the new New Horizons, which will
be directly next to us on currently vacant land, with the dedication of the Rita
Tierney Social Hall, which would be a place for families to gather. We have
dedicated the proceeds from the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival to New Horizons for
several years and we look forward to the Festival being very successful for New
Horizons this September.

There is nothing better in business than seeing the difference we have made
at New Horizons and our other special partners.

 

http://www.newhorizoncenter.org/index.html

 

New Horizon Center for the
Developmentally Disabled is a not-for-profit corporation chartered by the state
of Illinois which serves the needs of children and adults with severe and
multiple disabilities. Students who are enrolled in the program have been
referred by their local public school. New Horizon Center provides educational
programs that will stimulate each student in the least restrictive environment.
The focus of the Adult Training Program is to provide goal-oriented programs
that will enhance each adult’s daily life skills through community and
recreational activities. Adult decision-making is stressed.
You wont see
desks, chalkboards or pencils – but as you pass a classroom you will see
teachers helping a child to lift his head with dignity and pride. You will also
observe children learning how to feed themselves while other children are being
taught how to stand up and walk tall. Some children are taught singing in order
to communicate their needs. Here at New Horizon Center, each student is looked
upon as an individual with needs and desires. Teachers make them feel important
and wanted. Through their eyes, each child has abilities not disabilities. Every
small gain the student makes is rewarded with a big hug and a smile.

You wont see desks,
chalkboards or pencils – but as you pass a classroom you will see teachers
helping a child to lift his head with dignity and pride. You will also observe
children learning how to feed themselves while other children are being taught
how to stand up and walk tall. Some children are taught singing in order to
communicate their needs. Here at New Horizon Center, each student is looked upon
as an individual with needs and desires. Teachers make them feel important and
wanted. Through their eyes, each child has abilities not disabilities. Every
small gain the student makes is rewarded with a big hug and a smile.

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