Dimes Make a Difference

Mark your calendars, make your grocery lists and grab a bag on your way out the door! At Whole Foods Market, shoppers who bring their own bags are rewarded when the Market donates a dime per bag to a community non-profit organization. From July 1st through September 30th, 2013 Whole Foods Market Hinsdale will generously donate the 10¢ per bag refund to the Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC).

"We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Whole Foods Market Hinsdale for this initiative," said Kathleen M. Burke, CEO of the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. She continued, "We hope that families stocking up for the beginning of school, or restocking groceries after a vacation will keep this RCC-Whole Foods promotion in mind, bring their bags along and know they are doing their part to support health education in their community."

Each year RCC educators teach more than 80,000 students about puberty and reproduction, general health, obesity prevention and substance abuse prevention. Community participation and Whole Foods' "One Dime at a Time" donation make it possible for RCC to reach a growing number of schools and groups from eight Chicago-area counties. This promotion takes place only at the Whole Foods Market in Hinsdale.

30th Annual Golf Invitational Honors John Zaremba

WMAQ's Rob Stafford to serve as "celebrity starter"

The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) celebrates 30 years of teeing it up for Chicago area students with its annual Golf Invitational on Monday, June 3rd at the Hinsdale Golf Club. This year’s event honors former RCC President, John Zaremba, who led the Center for more than 20 years and organized the first golf outing in 1983.

“We are thrilled to have John as our special guest at this year’s invitational. He is such an important part of the Robert Crown Center’s legacy of prevention education in the community, as well as the success of our largest fundraiser,” said RCC CEO Kathleen M. Burke. She continued, “John was an important part of our community and I wanted to honor all the work he did to grow the center and this golf outing. This is a great opportunity for our past champions and volunteers to catch up with him and celebrate this important milestone for RCC.” The event begins with a luncheon, and WMAQ news anchor Rob Stafford will serve as celebrity starter for the event. Golfers will tee it up for 18 holes of fun and friendship, trying their luck at contests such as “closest to the pin in one shot,” “longest drive,” and “longest putt.” Non-golfers are invited to join the group that evening for cocktails, dinner and dancing. Several items will be auctioned off including invitations to the Lexus Champions for Charity Pro/Am tournament in Pebble Beach, California, and to play at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, IL.

Burke stressed the importance of the outing as RCC’s largest fundraiser. Fees charged to school groups attending RCC programs only cover about 25% of the Center’s costs. Money raised through the Golf Invitational helps the Center bridge the gap and support RCC’s prevention education initiatives. To learn more or register visit

RCC and Hinsdale Public Library Foundation offer free “Science Behind Drugs and Prevention” class for families May 1st

RCC and HPL Foundation Team Up for Community Education on Substance Abuse Prevention

As young people move through adolescence and the teen years, they face many tough decisions, especially regarding the issue of substance use and abuse. What do families need to know about the choices facing young people and how those decisions affect kids’ brains, bodies and futures? The Robert Crown Center for Health Education’s “Science Behind Drugs and Prevention” program helps kids and parents understand how various substances work in the body, how to make healthy choices and lead a drug-free life. The program uses research-proven effective, interactive teaching methods. The neurological effects of drug addiction are demonstrated . And families will learn about the underlying neurological response to drugs that leads to addiction. This program is offered for free through the generous donation of the Hinsdale Public Library Foundation. 

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RCC Heroin Prevention Pilot Featured in Daily Herald

The Robert Crown Center for Health Education’s heroin prevention pilot is featured in the Sunday edition (3-17-13) of the Daily Herald newspaper.  This groundbreaking educational pilot program targets students in middle and high schools in four counties and is currently being completed in 11 schools in the Chicago area. You can learn more about the heroin prevention project here and read the article here.

Robert Crown Center for Health Education Helps Girls Build Self Esteem With “Happy to be Me!” Celebration

On February 2, 2013 more than 400 women and girls gathered at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace to celebrate RCC’s first “Happy to Be Me!” event.  The fundraiser provided information and entertainment to the audience who gathered to learn how to help girls develop and maintain positive self-esteem and a healthy body image.  Chicago author and “Today Show” contributor Leslie Goldman provided a presentation to the crowd who also participated in raffles, drawings and boutique shopping.  All proceeds benefitted the Robert Crown Center for Health Education.  Click on this link to see CEO Kathleen Burke and Leslie Goldman previewing the event on the ABC 7 Morning News Saturday, February 2nd.

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