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Tasting for a Cause

Toasting for a Cause is an annual fundraiser and one that our community of supporters anxiously looks forward to. Each year we host the event at local restaurant. We employ a professional auctioneer for a “Fund a Need” and they also  execute a high end raffle or live auction of a very limited number of exquisite luxury items, such as jewelry, trips or exclusive sporting event tickets. If we utilize a live auction, we limit the number of items to 2 or 3.
This year, we will host our event at Catch35 in Naperville, on Monday, November 13th. The chef and wine steward have prepared a luscious menu, perfectly paired with select wines. I have attached a copy of our invitation for you, the menu is listed on the front side. We anticipate to selling out the entire restaurant, which seats 130 diners. It will be a wonderful evening full of great food, fantastic wines and an inspiring story shared by a former client.  

Karen Walsh
Special Events Manager
- loaves-fishes.org

Toasting for a Cause - Loaves and Fishes Community Services - Sponsorship Form

M Brown & Associates is a Proud Sponsor of STEM Exploration Day and Open House.

A Chair Affair   

A Chair Affair - a fundraiser to benefit Bridge Communities

With a quick glance, a reclaimed chair may not seem like much.
But the old chairs on display throughout downtown Naperville Thursday through June 9 have been transformed into beautiful pieces of art that beckon for a new life inside a home.
The transformation of the chairs is similar to what Bridge Communities tries to do when it helps families that are homeless, officials said. While they may feel discarded, there is a lot that can be done to give them hope and new life.
And both are an integral part of "A Chair Affair," a fundraiser to benefit Bridge Communities, which offers transitional housing and support services to homeless families in DuPage County, including many families in Naperville.

Link to the full Chicago Tribune article     |    or click here to watch NCTV17's latest news clip about the upcoming event.

Families Helping Families Benefit Dinner and Auctions
February 7, 2015

2015 Benefit Dinner and Auctions Sponsored by Mark Brown and Associates, Gerald Auto Group, Naperville Magazine, Cleaner Living Services, and US Bank, Naperville. Guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, dinner, the music of Pederson Productions DJ Service and dancing! This year, Families Helping Families is celebrating 20 years of assistance in helping homeless families in becoming self-sufficient!

Link to Naperville Magazine Article and Photos

The Martin Mitchell Mansion Friendship Plate is on the move again

Mark Brown passes the Martin Mitchell Friendship PlateWith the plate filled with “Grandma’s Best Brownies,” baked to perfection by Laura Brown, left, Mark Brown presented the tasty treats to Vicky Joseph, founder of Families Helping Families, one of the charitable causes his company, a group of financial planners and investment advisors, supports. This year Families Helping Families is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing assistance to homeless families so they can become self-sufficient.

Click here to read the full story.


CAN passed the Friendship Plate in Naperville’s Central Park

CAN passed the Friendship Plate in Naperville’s Central Park
To celebrate the 130th birthday of the grand Victorian mansion at Naper Settlement, the yearlong journey that began on June 29 for the Martin Mitchell Mansion Friendship Plate continued in Central Park on Saturday morning.

Sherry Healey, who leads a group called Community Access Naperville (CAN), selected Mark Brown to be the sixth recipient of the Friendship Plate, celebrating the third year that his company, M. Brown & Associates, had sponsored the summer CAN Camp.

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A Naperville businessman has started a campaign to raise funds to buy trackchairs...

Army veteran Bob Ariola is just the person who Scott Flak wants to help. Flak, a Naperville resident and owner of Second City Web Design, is launching a fundraising drive to buy a track chair to loan out to disabled veterans. Flak wants to help them participate in activities they had to give up after their injuries.

The annual Benefit Dinner and Auctions for Families Helping Familiies featured food, fun, and friends. Money raised benefits FHF’s programs to help homeless families in DuPage County.

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M. Brown & Associates is proud to have supported Community Access Naperville 2013 C.A.M.P.M. Brown & Associates is proud to have supported Community Access Naperville 2013 C.A.M.P.

"CAMP went really well - the participants all had a great time and the parents were thrilled to be able to hire two teachers instead of one and a parent volunteer each day. We have you to thank for that! Also, we bought new t-shirts (your logo included!) that they wore each day and are continuing to wear each time we meet. The activities (train to Chicago, paddleboats, Carillon tour, bowling, swimming) were all covered as well."

See the photos and learn more about C.A.M.P. by clicking here.

M. Brown & Associates is proud to have been part of Bridge Communities Home Makeover Project.

M. Brown & Associates is proud to have been part of Bridge Communities Home Makeover Project.
"It feels so magnificent and exciting to come home each night to such a beautiful new place. It's funny, because at the end of the work day I feel the same old grind, but then this big flash of excitement and renewal crosses my brain as I remember what I am driving home to…it is very neat to get that jolt at the end of the day." - Megan

Click Here to See the Video  |  Click Here to read Megan's Story


M. Brown & Associates is proud to have been part of Jim's Home Makeover Project

Well, I must say that an amazing transformation took place at Jim's home! We arrived to get rid of stuff while Jim sorted through everything. Two wonderfully hard working cleaning ladies arrived at 11am and worked until 5pm. They were really the backbone of the blessing. We threw out 95 percent of Jim's "food" and replaced it with $120 worth of food that was purchased from Aldi's. In addition, there was a donation of cleaning supplies, 2 boxes of food/toiletries and a homemade meal. We moved out Jim's old, ratty, torn, stained couch and brought in a free beautiful "new" used one that the Lord literally led me to.

All glory, honor and praise goes to the Lord as He moved his people to shine the light of Jesus's love upon Jim!!! 

A big THANK YOU goes to Mark Brown for paying for the cleaning ladies!!

Links to our friends and organizations that we encourage and support.

Rally for Ryan
Rally Against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Caring for Chicagoland’s Jews, One by One

Will County Humane Society
Will County's oldest No-Kill animal shelter.

Elizabeth Stavros Memorial Fund
A Chicago area organization supporting those who face the challenge of cancer and honoring those who courageously fought the disease.

Ready Set Ride
A Chicago area organization providing equestrian lessons and horseback riding experiences to children with disabilities and terminally ill children.

Max Lacewell Foundation
Raising public awareness about DIPG - an aggressive form of brain cancer that afflicts children - and support of research to find a cure for this disease.

Families Helping Families
Proving apartments and volunteer mentors to homeless families in DuPage County while they work to reclaim their lives through education.

Gracepoint Church
A nondenominational Bible church with campuses in both Naperville and Plainfield, Illinois.

Side-by-Side Smiles
Cleft is defined as split or separated but a few simple surgeries can help bring a child's smile back together. Side By Side Smiles is dedicated to helping fund families in need through Smile Train. All proceeds made from our charm bracelets go directly to Smile Train. As two young high school girls, we hope to motivate and inspire you to help us make a positive impact on the world. You can become a smile savior by buying a bracelet or donating directly to the organization.