About Gather

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7 p.m.
Salvage One
1840 W. Hubbard Street
Chicago, Illinois 60622

A meaningful symbol at I Grow Chicago is that of the hummingbird, rooted in an ancient Quechuan parable. One day, a forest fire broke out, causing all the animals to feel helpless. A hummingbird began to swoop into a stream, pick up water, and drop it on the fire, returning again and again. And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, “What do you think you are doing?” And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, “I am doing what I can.”

I Grow Chicago is rooted in the power of people coming together and sharing their experiences. Join the Associate Board of I Grow Chicago for the Second Annual I Grow Chicago Gather Gala on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Salvage One! This unique event will bring together individuals and businesses from all across Chicago, doing what they can to help empower the residents of Englewood that I Grow Chicago serves.

Gather: the I Grow Chicago Gala will feature delectable bites from Entertaining Company and delicious wine from Cream Wine. Spend the evening socializing, enjoying food and drink, dancing the night away to amazing music, and bidding on an array of amazing silent auction items such as a a spa retreat with Allyu Spa, wellness packages from Sat Nam Yoga, and a painting by local South Side artist Tonya Rippy.

Looking for a unique way to give an Englewood resident a unique experience? Consider adding on a community member sponsorship, which will allow a community member from I Grow Chicago the chance to attend and enjoy the event, as well as offset the cost of a new outfit.

Also consider adding a donation that helps to support a specific need of our community. Buy art therapy supplies for a child in need, help provide access to a computer, and support our neighbors in taking back their community. See all the opportunities below and the suggested donation amount.

Curious about dress code? We encourage attendees to dress in “cool cocktail” or “urban chic” attire. Leave your gown and tux at home and wear something fun and celebratory — a fun cocktail dress, jeans with a chic blazer, or cool pants with a shirt and tie. Think semi-dressy but fun — and show off your personal style!

If you are unable to come to come to the event but would still like to contribute, you can choose ticketing options to add a donation or send checks directly to:

Robbin Carroll, I Grow Chicago
415 E North Water St., #2503
Chicago, IL 60611

Thank you for your support!




About I Grow Chicago

I Grow Chicago is a small grassroots organization comprised of Englewood community residents and partners wanting to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. In 2012, I Grow Chicago founder and president, Robbin Carroll, began her work as a volunteer yoga teacher for children at the Montessori School of Englewood. Through yoga and mindfulness practice, her intention was to provide children with some relief from the stress and trauma caused by continued exposure to violence. It became evident, however, that much of the stress and challenges experienced by the children occurred outside the school’s walls. In 2013, Carroll expanded her efforts to the streets of Englewood and officially incorporated I Grow Chicago with the mission to create an environment to connect and belong in order to foster wellness, justice, and dignity for all.

Carroll purchased an abandoned home on one of the most violent blocks in the city the week before it was supposed to be demolished, with the vision to transform the house into a healing space for all ages. Instead of hiring contractors to do the work of renovating the house, she asked them to train community members to do the work themselves, providing jobs and learning opportunities to more than 50 people in the community. In April 2014, the Peace House officially opened, and since then there hasn’t been a single homicide on the block.

Today, I Grow Chicago runs more than 15 programs out of the Peace House, using a holistic engagement model of sustainable farming and nutrition, yoga and other movement, creative expression, mentorship, and individualized supports. All our programs combat the isolation and trauma that come with violence and poverty.