The Saline Area Social Service (SASS) Fall Fundraiser took place on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at Lake Forest Golf Club.  We are so grateful for our donors, our generous sponsors, and the wonderful volunteers who made the evening meaningful and memorable. On behalf of those we serve and the staff at SASS, thank you for your support! 

“What is your why?”

This year’s event theme, “What is your why?” invited our supporters to share the reasons behind their commitment to Saline Area Social Service. It was a night of reflection, celebration, and connection, as over 100 guests gathered to support our mission to help our Saline neighbors in need. 

A Night to Remember

The party included appetizers and cocktails by Lake Forest Golf Club and homemade desserts courtesy of some amazing volunteers. Our guests participated in a 50/50 raffle, engaged in spirited bidding wars during the silent and live auctions, and graciously committed to providing monthly support during the pledge auction. We are excited to share, thanks to your support, that we exceeded our goal to raise $60,000 to continue our vital work.  

Celebrating Our Community

One of the highlights of the night was a presentation honoring our donors, volunteers, and the neighbors we serve. It’s these incredible people who breathe life into our mission. 

Our Executive Director, Jamail Aikens, shared insights into our organization’s impact and the trends we’ve observed throughout the year. A former client bravely spoke about how SASS helped her through a challenging time. Donors and volunteers also took the microphone to share their “why” — their reasons for supporting SASS. Their stories were poignant, reminding us all that it is our strength as a community that makes our work possible.

Planning Committee

Sue Corcoran
Stacey Brown
Mary Eisemann
Deb Rosenberg
Nancy Fidler
Jodi Hilberer
Mike Sartori
Jamail Aikens
Susan Candey 


Lake Forest Golf Club
Braun and Helmer Auction Services
Aero Corporation
Saline Flowerland
Eze Creative Media

Thank you, RealTruck!

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our presenting sponsor, RealTruck, for their generous support. Your commitment to our cause is deeply appreciated, and we are grateful for your ongoing partnership. 

Event Sponsors

Thank You!

As we reflect on the Fall Fundraiser, we are reminded of the strength and generosity of our community. Each person who attended, donated, volunteered, and shared their “why” played an integral role in making the event a triumph. Thank you for making our mission your own. Your dedication ensures that we can continue helping our neighbors in need. 

Missed the fundraiser, but still want to help?

Your support is invaluable, and we invite those who couldn’t attend to join us in our mission by donating. Your contribution, no matter the size, is a powerful statement of solidarity and compassion for our community. Your generosity helps us turn “why” into “how.” Thank you for being a part of our extended family and for helping us create a stronger, more caring community. 


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Mon: 10 am – 6 pm
Tue: 10 am – 2:30 pm
Wed: 10 am – 2:30 pm
Thu: 10 am – 2:30 pm