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Downers Grove Garden Walk

Garden WalkSaturday, July 14, 2018

The 12th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk gives you an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. All proceeds benefit the DGFUMC Bridge Board in providing transitional housing and mentoring for homeless families.

Tickets, at $20 in advance, may be purchased online or at various Downers Grove locations.

Tickets are available at these locations:

  • Anderson’s Bookstore
    5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL - 630.963.2665
  • Community Bank of Downers Grove
  • 1111 Warren Avenue, Downers Grove, IL - 630.968.4700
  • Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
    1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL - 630.968.7120
  • The Growing Place
    25 Plank Road, Naperville, IL - 630.355.4000
  • Phillip’s Flowers and Gifts
    528 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL - 630.719.5212

#GivingTuesday Stories

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

If you made a gift to Bridge Communities in honor of #GivingTuesday, you helped bring two families into safe housing for an entire year. Here is the story of one family our church has assisted.

When C first interviewed with Bridge late this fall, she was nearly nine months pregnant with her second child. She was homeless, desperate and brokenhearted. Because of many generous #GivingTuesday gifts, C's family was welcomed into Bridge just after baby Z was born!

Here's something else unique about C's story: When she was in high school, she loved her art class most of all. And when she met her Bridge mentors for the first time, her beloved art teacher (Janine, now retired) was one of them! It felt like fate. Their happy reunion has made for a great relationship, and they're working together on building C's future.

In 2017, Bridge Communities assisted 139 families just like C's with safe housing, mentoring, counseling, employment assistance, children's programs and more. Click here to read about more Bridge families!

Bridge Board Encore Benefit Concert

The Bridge Board invites you to share in a special afternoon of music as we welcome back some of our favorite performers from the past few years for an Encore. Whether you missed these wonderful performances the first time around or you just want to hear them again, now is your chance!

Proceeds help support our Bridge families as we work with them toward self-sufficiency. Tickets can be purchased during the week for $8 in the church office or at the door for $10. Additional donations are always appreciated.

If you are unable to attend the concert and would like to support the work of the Bridge Board, donations are always accepted in the church office.

Refreshments will be served after the program. We hope you will join us!

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 4:00pm

Downers Grove Garden Walk 2017

Garden WalkSaturday, July 15, 2017

The 11th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk gives you an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. All proceeds benefit the DGFUMC Bridge Board in providing transitional housing and mentoring for homeless families.

Tickets, at $20 in advance, may be purchased online or at various Downers Grove locations.

Ticket sales begin June 5 at these locations:

  • Anderson’s Bookstore
    5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL - 630.963.2665
  • Avec Panache
    1010 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL - 630.963.1010
  • Community Bank of Downers Grove
    1111 Warren Avenue, Downers Grove, IL - 630.968.4700
  • Downers Grove First United Methodist Church
    1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL - 630.968.7120
  • Growing Place
    25 Plank Road, Naperville, IL - 630.355.4000
  • Phillip’s Flowers and Gifts
    528 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL - 630.719.5212

2018 Downers Grove Garden Walk

The 12th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk provides an opportunity to view six of the most beautiful gardens in the area. The Garden Walk is a fundraiser benefitting the Bridge Board of the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church. The Bridge Board is a program partner with Bridge Communities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose focus is to transform the lives of homeless families by guiding them to a better future. This mission is accomplished by providing housing, mentoring, direction, hope, encouragement and a stable environment so that families may become self-sufficient and sustain their independence. Every family resides in DuPage County.

You can buy tickets online beginning June 5, at the church office, or at a number of locations in Downers Grove and the area.

Location: 
Downers Grove
Date: 
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:30am

Bridge Board Encore Benefit Concert

The Bridge Board invites you to share in a special afternoon of music as we welcome back some of our favorite performers from the past few years for an Encore. Whether you missed these wonderful performances the first time around or you just want to hear them again, now is your chance!

Proceeds help support our Bridge family as we work with them toward self-sufficiency. Tickets can be purchased during the week for $8 in the church office or at the door for $10. Tickets will also be on sale in the parlor between services Sundays, September 18 & 25. Additional donations are always appreciated.

If you are unable to attend the concert and would like to support the work of the Bridge Board, donations are always accepted in the church office.

Refreshments will be served after the program. We hope you will join us!

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

Downers Grove Garden Walk

The 10th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk will give you an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. The Garden Walk is a fundraiser benefitting the Bridge Board of the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church. The Bridge Board is a program partner with Bridge Communities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose focus is to transform the lives of homeless families by guiding them to a better future. This mission is accomplished by providing housing, mentoring, direction, hope, encouragement and a stable environment so that families may become self-sufficient and sustain their independence. Every family resides in DuPage County.

Date: 
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 9:30am

Bridge Board Encore Benefit Concert

The Bridge Board of DGFUMC invites you to share in a special afternoon of music as we welcome back some of our favorite performers from the past few years for an Encore! including The FUMC Four, Belford Hernandez and many more Sunday morning musicians (click below for a look at all the performers).

Whether you missed these wonderful performances the first time around or you just want to hear them again, now is your chance.

Proceeds help support our Bridge family as we work with them toward self-sufficiency. Tickets can be purchased during the week for $8 in the church office or at the door for $10. Additional donations are always appreciated. If you are unable to attend the concert and would like to support the work of the Bridge Board, donations are always accepted in the church office.

Refreshments will be served after the program. We hope you will join us!

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 4:00pm

Downers Grove Garden Walk Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets for the 9th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk are now on sale.  

Click here learn more about the gardens, buy your tickets online or for ticket locations.

Downers Grove Garden Walk

The 9th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk will give you an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in the area. The Garden Walk is a fundraiser benefitting the Bridge Board of the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church. The Bridge Board is a program partner with Bridge Communities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose focus is to transform the lives of homeless families by guiding them to a better future. This mission is accomplished by providing housing, mentoring, direction, hope, encouragement and a stable environment so that families may become self-sufficient and sustain their independence. Every family resides in DuPage County.

Date: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 9:30am

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