Albums of Hope, a 501(c)(3) charity organization,  donates pocket-sized albums filled with uplifting quotes and photos to local hospitals and cancer treatment centers.
Albums of Hope began as a personal mission, a mission to feel helpful during a time when we often feel helpless against cancer. In 2008, founder Laura Townsend's husband Brad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. As his disease progressed, my role as caregiver became more demanding but yet, I still felt helpless in bringing him comfort. So, with help from family and friends, we turned our love of beautiful photos and scrapbooking into a way to help by creating albums to give to patients at cancer treatment and support centers.
Our dedicated group of volunteers gathers several times a year to assemble albums. Our volunteers are fueled by the knowledge that these little albums are making a big difference in the lives of those fighting the tough fight against cancer.


1st Grant Received!

Albums of Hope was recently awarded a $3600 grant from The McHenry County Community Foundation.  The grant will be used to fund 6 Recipient Album Workshops throughout the next year in the McHenry County area. These workshops will be FREE hands-on events in which community members struggling with their cancer battles or their loved ones can come and create a customized, pocket-sized Album of Hope. All supplies provided! Participants will customize their albums with photos and quotes from our library of options, or they can add their own photos and quotes. The album is theirs to keep or give to a loved one fighting cancer.
The first Recipient Workshop is coming soon: July 17th at Wellness Place, 1619 W. Colonial Parkway in Palatine, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Workshops are open to the general community at no charge.  However, registration in advance is required. Please call Wellness Place to attend this first workshop. Call 847-221-2400 to reserve a spot by July 10th.  Additional workshop dates and locations will be announced soon. We are seeking volunteers for these workshops to help facilitate the album completion process. Email Laura at laura@albumsofhope.com if you are interested in volunteering.
The McHenry County Community Foundation connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve McHenry County.  In 2014, The Foundation, together with its donors, granted more than $880,000 to nonprofit organizations.  From strengthening mental health programs to encouraging local art, from building health centers to protecting the safety net for those most in need, The Foundation continues to enhance our county. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at www.mccfdn.org.

A Celebratory Evening at A Toast to Hope

Thanks to everyone who attended our 3rd annual A Toast to Hope Wine Tasting and Silent Auction event at the Hampton Inn, McHenry, on April 11th. And thanks to those who donated “virtual wine glasses” since you were unable to join us. Your support is very much appreciated! A good time was had by all as over 35 different wines were sipped, light appetizers were enjoyed, and cupcakes completed this yummy trio.
Because of the monies raised through this event, Albums of Hope will be able to donate over 500 albums to local treatment and support centers as they move forward in 2014. THANK YOU! 
Plans are already in the works for A Toast to Hope 2015. If you know of a unique venue to host our wine tasting, please touch base with Laura at 815-363-3624 or laura@albumsofhope.com


A Toast to Hope Memories in Photos

The Camera Lady, also known as Kellie Bucca, was kind enough to donate her time and efforts to help us capture highlights from the evening. You can view these photos here: cameralady.com/p326842840 (Password: Hope2014) If you wish to order any of the photos, you may do that as well. Just follow the directions on the Web site. Have fun looking for yourself!




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