CROSO 7th Annual Benefit!

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Complete your purchase by clicking the “Donate” button on the right side of the screen.


Thank you and we look forward to being with you on July 23rd!

Brains and Beer Trivia Night- July 1st!

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CROSO is teaming up with local Chicago non-profit, Taller de Jose, to host our first ever trivia night! 

Time to brush up on your current events and recruit your smartest friends for Taller de José’s “Brains and Beer” trivia night on July 1st!
Ticket includes beer, wine, snacks, trivia with comedian Mark Nabong, and prizes for the winning teams. Buy your tickets in advance to save $5!

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Tickets can be purchased here!

Questions? Email

District 219′s Dance Marathon raises funds for CROSO!

DSC_2886Last year, CROSO was chosen by School District 219 (Niles North and Niles West High Schools) as the recipient of their Dance Marathon funds that were going to be raised throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

On Saturday May 17th, CROSO experienced the culmination of the students’ efforts at the dance marathon, where hundreds of students danced for over 7 hours!  Throughout the school year, students heard many presentations from various CROSO board members about our work and the students we support.  Many of the high school students also communicated back and forth via e-mail with our scholars, sharing stories about their families,friends, choosing to go to college and the many challenges that presents. In response, these high school students spent the school year raising funds to support us!

DSC_2853We heard stories of students waking up at 6am on a day off of school to go to Dunkin’ Donuts and stand outside asking for spare change that ultimately supported CROSO.  They held a 5K, bake sale, car wash, solicited corporate donations and so much more!

CROSO is forever thankful to the students and club sponsors of District 219′s Dance Marathon.    At the end of the night, around midnight, the total amount raised was revealed to us.  The students raised $72,193.14!  This summer, CROSO will receive a check for 85-90% of those funds!  We are excited for the opportunity this presents us with to grow and strategically set ourselves up for many more years of providing scholarships to former street children in Uganda.  

For more pictures of this awesome event, check out our Facebook album!

Thank you to all the board members who were present on Saturday night and who went to visit the high schools throughout the year to spread the word about CROSO!  Thank you to the dedication of all the students who tirelessly raised money all year and organized such a fantastic event! We truly were so impressed!



Zumbathon 2014 is a success!

CROSO hosted our second annual Zumbathon at Niles North High School on Sunday, May 9th.  We had a great turn out of new and old CROSO friends who danced, sweated and supported CROSO for three hours!  Check out the photo album below that we posted to our Facebook page.  Feel free to tag yourself in the photos and be sure to “like” our Facebook page while you’re there!
We are grateful to our five energetic Zumba and WERQ instructors who so generously gave of their time and skills that afternoon! THANK YOU!!!!!

It’s time for our next Zumbathon!

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Mark your calendars for March 9, 2014 for a 3 hour Zumbathon event!

Details for the event:
Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Time: 3-6pm
Place: Niles North High School’s Gym (9800 Lawler Ave., Skokie, IL, 60077)
Cost: $25 per person. District 219 students with a current ID can pay the discounted price of $10. To pre-pay, click here.
Register: The registration form is available here.  You can also register at the event, but filling it out in advance will save you time!

Featured Zumba and WERQ Instructors will be Becca Russo, Jennifer Dahl, Tayne Murphy, Sharon Aguilera and Angel Casas.

Please wear comfortable clothes to dance (and sweat!) in. You can bring your own water bottle if you’d like.  We will be providing water and some other refreshments as well.

If you have additional questions, please email

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