Dear Friends,

The support we received from our "CakeWalkers" on May 19, 2013 at Millennium Park was simply amazing. It was a joy to walk among all of the participants - to see so many familiar faces returning from last year, and to meet so many new walkers who participated as families and friends.

CakeWalk truly reflects what makes Birthday Wishes so special - loyal supporters of all ages and from all walks of life, coming together to make sure that homeless children experience what many of us take for granted - a birthday celebration.

I wish to thank our growing roster of generous CakeWalk sponsors. Your kindness was extraordinary. We are honored and humbled to have your financial and in-kind support, and hope we can count on you again next year.

Here is a special shout-out to the dozens of motivated volunteers who began arriving at Millennium Park as early as 5:45 AM. The morning's activities could not have unfolded so beautifully without you.

And lastly, special kudos to the wonderful CakeWalk committee and its fearless chairman, Bob Pagano, whose generous spirit and amazing leadership have well established CakeWalk as Birthday Wishes' signature fundraising event, far exceeding all expectations. Heartfelt thanks.

We are already looking ahead to CakeWalk 2014. Save the date: May 18, 2014. I hope to see you there!

Lisa Vasiloff
Cofounder and Executive Director


Thank you walkers, volunteers, donors and sponsors! Together, we surpassed our 2013 CakeWalk goal of $50,000. Bravo! It wouldn't be a party without you!

CakeWalk 2013. Check it out!


2013 CakeWalk Committee

Dave Bloomquist
Jesse DeLauder
Debie Dempsey
Ava Fantasia
Danielle Grossman
Susan Haviland
Brittany Kelley
Denell Nuese
Bob Pagano, Event Chairman
Courtney Vernadakis

Interested in joining the 2014 CakeWalk Committee? Please contact Susan Haviland at