Dover Children's Home

We Grow Dreams 2024 Bowl-a-thon

Sunday, February 25, 2024
12:00 – 4:00 PM

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, IL

Come join us for our 17th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

This is our major fundraising event that supports the WGD job training program for individuals with disabilities.
Come and help us change people’s lives!

Bowling! Grand Raffle! Silent Auction! Raffle! Food! Fun! And more!

Space is limited!  Once all slots are full, we will not be able to add more lanes.
Register early – in 2023 we sold out!

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Registration: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Bowling: 1:00 – 3:15 PM
Raffles: 3:15 – 4:00 PM

Parkside Lanes - Auroroa, IL

Parkside Lanes
34W185 Montgomery Rd, Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 898-5678

Bowler Registration:

When registering to bowl, you can join an existing team or select “Please assign me to a team!” to have us add you to a team in need of bowlers.  Maximum capacity is 7 bowlers per lane – if needed, bowlers may be added to your lane if space is available.

Bowler Registration Fee:

  • $40 per bowler
  • $280 for full team of seven bowlers

All bowlers receive t-shirt, bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop! All bowlers are encouraged to help raise additional funds to support this event.

But you don’t have to bowl to attend – everyone is welcome!

Event Status

Last Bowlathon Raised: $34,000.00
$40,000.00 Goal / Current donations $20,945.00

To donate on behalf of a team or bowler, please click on a name below

Enchanted Castle and Haunted Trails

Glendale Lakes Golf Club

I Have A Bean

Lynfred Winery

Wheaton Meat Co.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Robert & Sophie Horak

Paramedic Services of Illinois

Devon Di Iorio, "The Green End Goes Up"

Alan Foster

2 Sisters and a Shovel


Wheaton Park Dist Arrowhead Golf

Batavia Park District

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago White Sox

Chicago Wolves

Classic Cinemas

COD Horticulture Dept

Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream

Dollars and Sense

Elements Massage



Gianorio's Pizza & Pasta

Granite City

Hawthorne's Backyard Bar & Grill

Heinz Brothers Greenhouse

Hinsdale Nurseries

Improv Comedy Showcase

Paramount Theatre

Schaumburg Boomers

Tasting deVine

Theatre of Western Springs

TownHouse Books & Cafe

Zigfield Troy


Adelle's Fine American Fare

Four Winds Casino

Navy Pier Centennial Wheel

Egg Harbor Cafe

Krope & Son Heating and Cooling

The Jarmusz Family

The Westin Chicago Lombard

The Jel Sert Company

Doodlebug Workshop

Blackberry Market

DuPage Art League


Cheryl Svee

Gregg and Gail Bettcher

Platt Hill Nursery

Annie Occasion for Any Occasion

LaCampana Mexican Restaurant

Sporty's Restaurant & Catering

Just a Taste Confections

Mile Long Records

Kindred Coffee Roasters

Roger Dieringer

Brookfield Zoo

Thrivent Financial-Jared Brooks

Sponsorship Opportunities

Supporting Sponsor

Includes Benefits Listed Below:
  • Two bowlers
  • Special signage
  • Program
  • Social media
  • Treats for the two bowlers

Lane Sponsor

Includes Benefits Listed Below:
  • Special signage on the lane
  • Program
  • Social media
  • (no bowlers included)

Bowler Sponsor

Includes Benefits Listed Below:
  • Recognition signage and program

About We Grow Dreams, Inc.

A dream in the minds of a small group of parents and the determination to make the dream a reality is behind the We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center in West Chicago, IL. We Grow Dreams, Inc., founded in December 2004, is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.

This dream is being realized by providing job training and employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities. The founders recognized the lack of employment opportunities for people with disabilities and came together to creatively address this need. A greenhouse was identified as a labor-intensive business, something necessary for a dynamic job vocational training ground. Individuals with disabilities were envisioned working with volunteers and greenhouse employees, learning the business and developing a variety of work skills. This vision became the support model for the venture.

The individuals with disabilities that receive vocational training are referred to as Team Members at the greenhouse. Since its inception, over 175 Team Members and their families have participated in the program, coming from  Wheaton, Warrenville, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Elgin, Batavia, Aurora, St. Charles, Downers Grove and West Chicago.  Volunteers, including a strong Master Gardener group, come from several counties to assist with work projects, education, crafts and general support and socialization.

We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center is a year-round business supplying a wide variety of premium quality plants and gardening accessories for retail and wholesale buyers.

Our Mission

To provide people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environment while producing and providing products and services to the community.

To learn more visit our website

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