2016 LGF Chicago Preemie Events


November - December 2016

One of the missions of the Little Giraffe Foundation is to support families with babies in the NICU. During the holidays, we offer gift bags that include books and toys to let them know someone is thinking of them. Since our foundation's inception, we have delivered over 9,500 of these such gifts to several Chicagoland hospitals. For the upcoming holiday season we will be reaching 13 local area hospitals.

Please help the Little Giraffe Foundation reach more NICU families by purchasing a toy from our holiday wishlist on amazon.com.

November 1-17

In honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month this November, we are asking you to share your preemie story with us!  We will share these stories on November 17, World Prematurity Day, through a virtual scrapbook to honor all of the babies that were born too soon.

These stories help raise awareness and offer support to all NICU families past and present, Thank You!

Saturday, December 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
1028 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Tickets: $37 Child / $56 Adult

Join us for an exhilarating morning full of fun, food, and culture at Vora!
Enjoy performances of Disney music favorites performed by symphony level musicians and opera singers that will please adults and children alike!
Tickets include light Asian fusion cuisine, coffee and kids drinks, and one cocktail per adult. A cash bar will also be available.
In addition, those who decide to stay at Vora for lunch will receive a 15% discount on their entire food/drink bill!

All proceeds from this event benefit Little Giraffe Foundation  and will be used to continue funding Neonatal research as well as purchasing gifts for NICU families.



This event was inspired by Charlotte Tsou after her pregnancy scare with baby #2 when she found out she needed surgery to prevent premature labor at 20 weeks. In the end, she was blessed with a healthy, full-term baby girl! After this experience she wanted to give back – to families who are not as fortunate and struggling with sick, premature babies in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) fighting for their lives day and night.
Please check out her full story on her blog, Lottie + 2!
I Was Set Upside Down For A Surgery at Week 20 of My Pregnancy, Good Thing I Practice Headstand Often…

Photo credit to Amie Kuo. Access her portfolio here.
This event is being co-hosted by Little Giraffe Foundation & Opus 16

Sunday, October 16, 4:30-6:30 pm
175 W Jackson, Suite 123, Naperville, Illinois 60540
Tickets: $40

Join us in this Family FUNdraiser for both adults and children where anyone age 5+ can create a masterpiece for a worthy cause. Don't worry if you're artistically challenged, as an on-site local artist will help! All proceeds will benefit the Little Giraffe Foundation and support their mission of funding neonatal research and supporting parents and patients of the NICU. Pinot's Palette provides all materials, including aprons.

Reserve your tickets today! »

October 9, 2016
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Support Our Fundraising Team!

Our dear friend and amazing Little Giraffe Foundation supporter, James Colombo, is running the 2016 Chicago Marathon on October 9th and is raising funds for Little Giraffe Foundation along the way. Please help to support his tremendous efforts!

July 17, 2016, 6:30 am
Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
Join Our Team!
Support Our Team!

Support preemies and neonatal research by running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by Humana! For the third year, The Little Giraffe Foundation is an official charity partner for the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

Register with us today and your spot in the half marathon is guaranteed at a discounted rate!

Not a runner? Support our team by donating to one of our participants!

Sunday, May 1, 1 pm
Beyond the Ivy, 1010 Waveland Ave.
Beer, wine, & food are included!
Tickets: $109, thru 2/29, event shirts $12

The Little Giraffe Foundation invites you join us for our 6th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event to benefit neonatal research and NICU families. Advanced tickets are available for only $109, thru 2/29. Shirts for the event can be included in your purchase for an additional $12 each.

Purchase tickets!


April 30, 2016, 9:00 am
The Esplanade
1901 W. Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL
Become a Fundraiser!

 Little Giraffe Foundation is an official charity partner for The Human Race presented by Giving GuPage. The Human Race is a 5K/2 Mile Fitness Run/Walk fundraiser event that supports 65+ local charities.

During the registration process, please select Little Giraffe Foundation as the charity you would like to support and we will receive half of your registration fee.  In addition, if you would like to help us meet our goal of raising $1,000 for NICU babies, please become a fundraiser for our organization!

Registration Fees are:
(Through Jan 31)

5K Run: $30
2 Mile Walk: $25
Kids Walk: FREE (must be 13 and under)

This year there is also a Virtual Race for $30. Virtual racers are supporting their charity, but are unable to attend on race day. Show your support for your favorite charity and you will receive a race shirt after the race on April 30, as a token of appreciation.

Race shirts/sizes are guaranteed for first 1,600 registrants.

To get more information about runner and walker courses, race day information, and how this event supports many local charities, please visit http://dupagehumanrace.org/ 



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Upcoming Events!



Little Giraffe Foundation Benefit at Red Arrow Naperville

February 18, 2019, 5-9 pm
216 S Washington St, Naperville, IL

Come out and support Little Giraffe Foundation with food and drinks! 20% of the proceeds from food and beverages will be donated to our charity that evening!!

September 29, 2019, 6:00 am
Jackson Park, Chicago, IL
Join Our Team!
Support Our Team!

The Little Giraffe Foundation is back as an official charity of the 2019 Chicago Half Marathon & 5K! Sign up with code CT19LGF to join the team.