• Members Molly Babyak and Junior Hugs Sarah Babyak named Everyday Hero for their work related to the Junior HUGS Program.

  • Fulfilled over 900 Wishes to date

  • 2019 Social Services Award by the Joliet Chamber

  • Raised over $10,000 for MS Walk

  • Raised over $40,000 for American Cancer Society Relay for Life

  • Donated over $20,000 to Village of Shorewood's Veteran's Memorial and received a permanent bench at the memorial

  • Donated over $20,000, since the inception of our HUGS for Hounds event for the care and training of the Will County Forest Preserve's search and rescue dog, Jullo.

  • Founding Five Members of HUGS named Grand Marshall of Crossroads Parade, 2019

  • Best Non-profit Fundraising Event, Shaw Media's Best of Will County, 2018

  • State of Il Senate Recognition presented to Shorewood HUGS by Senator Bertino-Tarrant, 2018

  • Founding Member Heidi Serena named Everyday Hero for her work related to creating HUGS,2017

  • One of Best Non-profit Fundraising Event, Shaw Media Best of 2017

  • Best Non-profit Fundraising event, Shaw Media Best of Will County, 2016

  • Member Natalie Mareci named Everyday Hero for her work related to wishes program, 2016

  • Proclamation, City of Joliet, 2012

  • Tom Cross Ovation to Business Award, 2012

  • Best non-profit Organization, Shorewood Chamber 2011

  • Created the Brent Midlock Football Scholarship

  • Grew our High School Scholarships to support 5 local high schools, giving out $15,000+ (since 2009) to deserving, graduating seniors in our local schools.

  • Created the Thomas Goodwin Fine Arts Scholarship

  • 2008 Rookie Team of the Year, American Cancer Society

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