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Upcoming Events

We're planning events for 2016 and early 2017 now. Stay tuned for information, as it is released!

Past Events

Pop-Up Dinner with Chef Steve Sandquist

December 22nd wil see CCAMR host it's first Pop-Up Dinner benefit, hosted by Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope, featuring guest chef and Champaign native Steve Sandquist of Fairbanks, Alaska. The dinner will be a coursed meal consisting of locally-sourced ingredients in concert with ingredients brought directly from Alaska by Chef Sandquist, and featuring wine pairings from local winery Alto Vineyards. Seats are very limited, and the dinner is $150, with $100 going to

CCAMR's grant fund (tax receipts will be provided for the donation portion), and the remainder to food costs. Tax receipts will be provided for the donation portion of the dinner. Chef Sandquist attended the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, going on to work in some of the best restaurants in Chicago. At just 22, he was promoted to Sous Chef at Harvest on Huron which received 4 stars from the Chicago Tribune. His sense of adventure took him to Alaska and the Hotel Captain Cook, where he became the banquet chef. He quickly moved up the ranks to Chef de Cuisine of the Crow’s Nest, one of three Alaskan 4 diamond restaurants, and then Executive Chef overseeing four restaurants, banquets and a staff of 80. For now he has hung up his chef whites and works as the Director of Food and Beverage for the Carlson Center at the end of the road in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Don't miss the opportunity to treat yourself or loved ones before the happy chaos of the holidays sets in, while helping CCAMR continue to support adults with intellectual disabilities. Contact us at with any questions

Locally Inspired Holiday Gift Packages

This holiday season, CCAMR will be selling gift baskets made up of great gift items from local businesses, including wine, glasses and various wine-related gift items from Alto Vineyards, gift items and

fashion accessories from Cheer Elegance, and gift certificates and custom pieces from Draperies & Interiors by Design. Pieces from local artists and holiday-themed items will also be included. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the baskets and packages will go towards CCAMR's grant fund, which has issued over $60,000 in mini-grants to the underserved community of adult with intellectual disabilities in the Champaign County community.


Baskets will be available starting Black Friday weekend (Nov. 27th) at Alto Vineyards in Champaign (4210 N. Duncan Road), with numbers being limited. Come out and pick up a great gift for a friend or loved one this holiday and help support CCAMR in improving the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities in your community!

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