We offer our consumers, families and supporters a variety of informational and fundraising events all year long. For information on the most current events please see our Events Calendar.


Gala – held in March at Odyssey Country Club, the Gala is our largest fundraising event of the year. Our supporters gather to enjoy dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, entertainment and our Star of the Year while helping to raise funds in support of our programs and services.

img-The-Goens-strolling-the-2kStroll ‘n Roll – Held in June at Prairie State College, our Stroll ‘n Roll is a fun-filled day for our supporters, consumers, and families. Whether running and walking a 5k or strolling and rolling a 2.5k, participants enjoy live music, local vendors, concessions and more.


Golf Outing – Our annual golf outing is held in late September at Idlewild Country Club. This event is the perfect opportunity to spend one more day on the links before putting your clubs away for the season. The outing includes a barbeque lunch on the terrace, 18 rounds of best ball golf and games, and dinner.

winetastingWine Tasting – Our annual wine tasting is held at Old Plank Trail Community Bank in Crete.  A variety of premiere wines are featured from top vineyards around the world.  Guests receive tastings from each of these wines, a complimentary wine glass, and a limited selection of hors d’oeuvres.

Lunch and Learns – We are happy to offer your organization the opportunity to see first-hand the many ways New Star is changing lives. During our Lunch and Learns, participants are given consumer-led tours of one of our group homes, our e-recycling facility, and our sheltered workshop. The tour ends in our board room where we serve a box lunch, offer hort presentation, and conduct a question and answer session with our CEO/President, Dan Strick.

Parent and Guardian Education Series (PAGES) – Our monthly education series, PAGES, was created in response to the frustrations expressed by families and guardians about the lack of resources available for sound decision-making, especially for those with loved ones transitioning out of high school. PAGES is designed to prepare parents and guardians for the next chapter in their child’s life. It is free and open to the public so that all families and guardians, not just those we serve, feel confident that they’re making the best decisions possible when it comes to their loved one’s quality of life today and well into the future.

For more information about New Star news and events or to request a media kit, contact Jeff Gajewski at