IOLS In the News

A Message from Kristie, Co-Founder

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Dear Friends,

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They are passionate about making a difference for others and without the endless hours of service that they give, we would not be the organization that we are today.

I am humbled to know such amazing people and I am honored that they have chosen to give of their precious time to our organization. Now that we can officially look back on 2012, I am blown away when I see just how much they have done and given to us. I am sending you a special and loud THANK YOU to our volunteers. They are strong, passionate, resilient, dedicated, smart, and absolutely amazing people.

A special THANK YOU to Alison Lyon, Maddie Pape, Caryn Gibbs, Luis Solarte, Erika Martinez, Kerri & Doug Barber, Kara & Pat Ash, Maebelle Obispo-Emery, Lisa E, DJ. Opeski, Dr. Thomas M. Michell, Deborah Anderson, Julie Baker, Victor Pacini, Brenda Slavik, Colleen Woolwine, Deedra A. Davis, Michael Luciano, Angela Rose for your leadership and dedication to helping others.  

A special recognition goes out to our new Advisory Board Members:

Dr. Thomas M. Mitchell DC, CCSP and Victor Pacini –  Thank you for your support with the IOLS Camp for Abused Children, IOLS Mentoring Program and the Dreamshop Experience.

I’d also like to welcome our two newest Board Members:

Michael Luciano Newly elected Board Member.

We welcome Mr. Luciano to our IOLS family and look forward to many years of him providing guidance and leadership to our organization.

Erika Martinez Newly elected Board Member.

We welcome Ms. Martinez to our IOLS family and look forward to many years of her providing guidance and leadership to our organization.

A special thank you to our primary sponsoring organizations and partners:

PAVE –  Thank you for your partnership for the 2013 IOLS Race for Change.  PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is a national, grassroots nonprofit). PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence including sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Toy Drive & Holiday Party Contributors – McHenry Project Linus, Immanuel Lutheran Church (Dundee), Bridgeview Bank Mortgage Company, LLC,  Turnberry Country Club, H.G.A Gymnastics, Spring Hill Gymnastics, Huntley Park District Preschool, Susana’s Daycare, BMC Harris Bank (Huntley), Princeton Pointe, Dr. Summekamp Elkin’s Holiday Party,  K&G Photography, Nicor Gas,  Kaya Martial Arts,  Dr. Thomas M. Mitchell DC, CCSP – Chicago Chiropractic Group, Melt Pilates Studio, Lifetime Fitness, Leivy Greco, Northwest Senior Wellness, PetVet (Huntley), Algonquin Bank & Trust, JC Guitars, Z’ Martial Arts, Colleen Nash, Shannon Denna, Cheraye Grissom Lewis, Danielle Kari-Foster, Andi, Forever Nails, Caryn Gibbs, Christ Community Church, Luis Solarte, Ladies Night Out w/ a Cause and that is just the beginning!

We’d also like to thank all of our partner organizations. We truly appreciate your dedication to making a difference for children, teens and adults who have been abused.

Thank you for all that you do and I look forward to an exciting and 2013!


Kristie Sams
It’s Our Little Secret

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