The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) was joined by the School of Art from Geneva and the Chicago Steel Hockey Team in sponsoring an Art Night at the Ronald McDonald House near DuPage Hospital in Winfield on Monday, October 8, 2018. We provided art supplies for children and their family members to paint miniature pumpkins for a fun-filled evening.

The Chicago Steel is a founding team in the United States Hockey League, the nation's only Tier 1 junior hockey league. Its players range from 16-20 years and are recruited from all over the country as well as several foreign countries to fill the rosters on their 17 teams nationwide. A large number of these players are chosen in the NHL Draft, and many of them commit to NCAA Division I schools, to continue their education and further develop their hockey skills. We were thrilled to be joined by 3 of their players – Adam, Matt and Nick – and 3 of their front office staff – Brent, Kyle and Mike.

We were also joined by Hannah (who brought along her Mom, Kathy) from the School of Art in Geneva. Hannah and the School of Art furnished all the paints, brushes and materials for this special event and have been great friends and partners to AAFH since our inception.

This evening, we had young children and other family members who were staying at RMH sit down with the Steel hockey players, staff and other volunteers to paint pumpkins and create fun, seasonal decorations. Whatever the age or talent level, all had a lot of fun interacting with each other and otherwise expressing their individual styles of creativity. And this is exactly what we are so happy to do at each of our Art and Music Nights in keeping with Alyssa’s passions as well as the needs of the young patients to share their joy and love for life.

As always, we are so grateful to our sponsors: The School of Art in Geneva and the Chicago Steel Hockey Team.

We also want to make everyone aware that on Friday evening, November 30, the Chicago Steel is partnering with AAFH in fundraising from their game that night to our Foundation. Please buy your tickets to the November 30th game and don’t forget to use the code “Alyssa”.

Mark your calendar and plan to come out and join us to see the highly skilled young players and future stars of the NHL!