Miles for Smiles 2001 was a great success. We had a great turnout of more than 600 people and raised in excess of $65,000. Thank you very much to all of the participants.
Miles for Smiles is an annual event held by the Emily Dorfman Foundation at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. It is a Bike/Walk-a-thon organized as a family participation event. The format is that if you decide to walk, you walk one and a half miles to a shelter where all the festivities are held, and when you’ve had enough food and entertainment, you walk one and a half miles back. If you decide to ride, it is a ten mile ride where you stop at the shelter just like if you walk.
At the shelter there is tons of food and entertainment. Each year we have been able to bring in the Jessie White Tumblers to perform. In addition, we have a disc jockey, a magician, a juggler/storyteller, and a face-painter to entertain crowds of all ages. There is always a raffle with lots of great prizes including a $2500 gift certificate to Computer Discount Warehouse, Floor seats to a Bulls game, a $500 gift certificate to Irv’s Men’s Clothing, a two night stay at Chicago Hilton and Towers, a one night stay at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, plus many many more. We also have a silent auction that features mainly sports memorabilia, entertainment items and restaurant and hotel packages. There is tons of food at Miles for Smiles including bagels, hot dogs, candy, chips, water, cookies, and sports drinks, all generously donated by our sponsors. Just like everything else with the Foundation, 100% of the proceeds go to research and services to help seriously ill children.