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Awards Dinner

Our Awards Dinner originally scheduled for April 23rd, 2020 was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 guidelines.  

Grant Application
We Cosmo's work hard to raise a significant amount of money every year for local causes.  Our Grant Awards Presentation is where we show them the money. 
Cosmos, please take a moment and consider any charities you may know that would be worthy recipients, and have their main contact fill in their charity information below.

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We are now keeping a database of all charities that are interested in our grant process.  Our Charities Board will use this new database to keep in better touch with those organizations.
The new grant application for 2020 is an online form, and can be submitted by CLICKING HERE. 
NEW EXTENDED DATE:  Completed grant applications are due by NOON on APRIL 30, 2020.
The Grant Awards Presentation that was previously scheduled for April 23, 2020 at the Prairie Street Brewhouse has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 guidelines.
Chuck Uram Award Winners
2005  Dale Sanders
2006  Harry Ritter
2007  Dan Loescher
2008  Jim Keeling
2009  Phil Turner
2010  Barbara Berman
2011  John Mink
2012  Jean Morrow
2013  Roger Reithmeier
2014  Paul Logli
2015  Fred Muehlfelder
2016  -------------
2017  Estelle Black
2018: Linda Niemiec
2019: LoRayne Logan
2020: -------------
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Event Description
Each and every year, the money that is raised by the Cosmopolitan Club of Rockford through our fundraising events is dispersed to select charities during an awards dinner.  Our charities board is responsible for selecting those candidates and the amount of funding that they receive.  This event was previously a luncheon, but is now a full couples dinner event.
Charities are invited to apply for a grant from the Cosmopolitan Club of Rockford by downloading the form from the left sidebar of this page.  Our internal charities board will then select the recipients.
Charles G. Uram Lifetime Service Award

Remembering Chuck Uram

The Rockford Cosmopolitan Club was saddened by the death of 40-year member Chuck Uram on December 24, 2004. He was a friend and mentor to many and demonstrated to us the true value that is derived from volunteering and donating to our community.
Chuck will always be remembered by the Rockford community and our Club as the person called upon to lead fund drives. Chuck was a fundraiser/volunteer for Crusader Clinic, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hunger Connection, Lifescape Community Services, Rockford Rescue Mission, Rosecrance Health Network, The MILL, United Way, Wesley Willows, YMCA, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and others. He is credited with raising over $6 million for these organizations. His efforts earned him the Excalibur Award recognizing his charitable efforts that benefited so many Rockford organizations.
Although Chuck can no longer lead us in this life, his spirit will live on through this annual award created to recognize community leaders with Chuck’s style and record of lifetime achievement.
Chuck Uram Award Winner 2019:  LoRayne Logan


This award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a person who embodies Chuck’s values. Those who know Chuck best have described him using the following words:
“Worked behind the scenes” “a catalyst” “compassionate” “forgiving” “empowered others” “a doer” “positive” “loyal” “a man of great faith” “passionate” “did a lot of little things” “his actions had a cumulative effect” “gives strength” “sense of humor” “an understated man” “strong” “fundraiser” “ombudsman”
Eligibility:  Rockford area non-profit organizations that qualify under Code Sec. 501(c)(3) are asked to nominate any living person, even if they are not affiliated with the nominating organization.

Two-Fold Benefit:

1. The individual selected for the award will be recognized for their efforts on April 25, 2019 at the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club’s Charities Awards Dinner.
2. The nominating organization of the award winner receives a $5,000 donation from Rockford Cosmopolitan Charities.


Nominations will be accepted now through March 15, 2020. The Rockford Cosmopolitan Club will select each year’s recipient.  Please download the nomination form from the left sidebar of this page.
Please return nomination form, essay and three letters of support to:
Rockford Cosmopolitan Club
420 Financial Court, Suite 124
Rockford, IL 61107
The Charles G. Uram Lifetime Service Award winner will also be announced during our annual awards dinner.
2019-2020 Grant Winners
Shelter Care Ministries $1,000
Rock River Valley Pantry $2,500
Annie's Locker $1,500
Northern Illinois Food Bank $2,000
Walter Lawson Children's Home $1,000
Rockford Rescue Mission $2,000
The Nikolas Ritschel Foundation $1,182
Midway Village & Museum Center $1,000
Barbara Olson Center of Hope $2,000
Rock House Kids $3,000
Northern Illinois Diabetes Coalition (NIDC) $2,500
The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford $1,500
Boys & Girls Club of Rockford $2,608
GiGi's Playhouse Rockford $1,000
Rosie's Birthday Club $1,500
Center for Sight & Hearing $2,500
Blackhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America $5,000
KFACT Inc. $1,500
Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc $1,000
Rockford Park District $2,500
Children's Safe Harbor, Inc $750
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Inc $2,000
Regional Access Mobilization Project (RAMP) $2,000
Northern Illinois Hospice Foundation $1,000
Northwest Community Center
Crusader Clinic
2018 Grant Winners
Crusader Community Health
Uram Award
Paws Saving Lives
Blackhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts
Rockford Cosmo CFNIL Account
Northern Illinois Diabetes Coalition
Rock River Valley Pantry
Rockford Park District / First Tee
The Haven Network
Boys & Girls Club of Rockford
Discovery Center Museum
Midway Village Museum
Rockford Rescue Mission
Milestone, Inc.
Barbara Olson Center of Hope
Center for Sight & Hearing
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Rosie's Birthday Club
RAMP, Inc.
Shelter Care Ministries, Inc.
Children's Safe Harbor, Inc.
The Salvation Army of Winnebago County
Patriot's Gateway
United Wag
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity
Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc.
Carpenter's Place
Children's Clothes Closet
Illinois Growth Enterprises a Bridgeway Company
Junior League of Rockford, Inc.
K Cancer Baseball, NFP
Miracle-Ear Foundation
Northern IL Hospice & Grief Center
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Inc.
The First Tee of Rockford
Rockford Memorial DF
Galapagos Rockford Charter School
Remedies Renewing Lives
Bridgeway Inc.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful
Ken-Rock Community Center, inc.
Pregancy Care Center
Veterans drop-In Center
GiGi's Playhouse Rockford
Burpee Museum of Natural History
Sounds Of Good News (SOGN) Productions
Young Eagles Success Club
Walter Lawson's Children's Home
Rock River Valley AMBUCS
Boy Scouts - Harlem H.S. bleachers project
Boy Scouts - Troop 40 trailer
Chemo Cargo
Klehm Arboretum
Lydia House
Rock House Kids
Sara Ingrassia-Jackie Confer Dictionary Fund
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Zion Outreach
Northern IL Girl Scouts
K Fact
Rockford Meld
Epilepsy Foundation
Hoo Haven
Northern IL Woodturners
2017 Grant Winners
Barbara Olson Center of Hope                                                                   $1,200.00
Blackhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts                                                    $3,000.00
Boy Scouts – Harlem H.S. Bleacher Project                                             $1,000.00
Boy Scouts – Troop 40 Trailer                                                                     $1,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of Rockford                                                                     $2,000.00
Children’s Safe Harbor                                                                                  $1,000.00
Crusader Community Health                                                                       $10,000.00
Discovery Center                                                                                           $1,000.00
Galapagos Charter School                                                                           $2,485.00
GiGi’s Playhouse                                                                                             $1,000.00
Haven Network                                                                                               $1,700.00
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful                                                                  $1,000.00
Klehm Arboretum                                                                                          $1,000.00
Midway Village Museum                                                                              $1,500.00
Milestone                                                                                                         $2,000.00
National Council of Negro Women                                                             $5,000.00  (Uram)
Northern Illinois Diabetes Coalition                                                             $800.00
Patriots Gateway                                                                                             $3,000.00
Paws Saving Lives (RuthAnne Wiedmer)                                                  $7,500.00
Pregnancy Care Center                                                                              $2,000.00
RAMP                                                                                                             $1,000.00
Remedies                                                                                                      $450.00
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity                                                        $1,500.00
Rockford Park District                                                                                  $1,500.00
Rockford Rescue Mission                                                                           $1,878.75
Rock River Valley AMBUCS                                                                        $1,250.00
Rock River Valley Pantry                                                                             $1,921.00
Rosie’s Birthday Club                                                                                   $1,000.00
Salvation Army                                                                                             $1,000.00
Salvation Army                                                                                             $1,000.00  (Uram)
Sounds of Good News                                                                                 $2,000.00
Stepping Stones                                                                                           $2000.00
University of Illinois – College of Medicine                                             $1,000.00
Walter Lawson Children’s Home                                                              $654.00
YMCA                                                                                                             $1,000.00  (Uram)
2016 Grant Winners
$ Granted
Description of Need/Project
Barbara Olson Center of Hope  $1,000.00   Permanent outdoor walking path
Boy Scouts Blackhawk Area Council  $5,000.00 Scout Reach for local at risk youth
Carpenters Place  $1,000.00 Washer & Dryer for on site laundry
Crusader Community Health on Alpine Road  $13,000.00
Funded $20,000 per year for four years , $13 now, $7 12/16,
and $20/year thereafter
Diabetes Alert Dog  $7,500.00 Cosmo International is encouraging our club to sponsor a dog
Discovery Center  $1,000.00 Purchase sets of computer blocks for building skills in technology 
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois  $1,000.00 Provide Financial Literacy Programming for at risk girls
K Cancer Youth Baseball  $1,500.00 Childhood Cancer Care Packages for 100 local families 
Keeping Families & Communities Together  $750.00 KFACT 100 youth to College Fair in Chicago for career enrichment 
Milestone (Dental Clinic)  $3,000.00 Provide dental care & education for developmentally disabled
Northern Illinois Diabetes Coalition (Peppy UP)   $3,000.00 K to 4 Diabetes Prevention and Education Program
RAMP   $1,000.00 Youth Employment for 10 Disabled High School Students
Remedies Renewing Lives (Fares for Freedom)  $375.00 Bus fares for victims of domestic violence while at the sheller
Rock River Valley Pantry  $1,000.00 Miscellaneous equipment and copy machine
Rockford Memorial Development Foundation  $2,500.00 Pediatric Diabetes Resource Package for new diabetic patients 
Rockford Park District (Sinnissippi Band Shell)  $1,000.00 Improving summer entertainment by upgrading Sound & Lighting
Rockford Rescue Mission (Hope Clinic)  $1,662.00 Medical Supplies including AED upgrade
Rosie´s Birthday Club  $1,500.00 Additional Sites for more birthday parties for underprivileged kids
The Haven Network  $1,000.00 Information and Resources for Women facing Miscarriages
United Way (Strong Neighborhood Home)  $3,000.00 Central Air Conditioning for two newly remodeled units
Walter Lawson Children´s Home  $650.00 Staff Training Emergency Response Equipment
Young Eagles Success Club   $1,500.00 Anti Drug & Violence workshop endorsed by Bruscato & Caruana