Event Registration

April 26th, 2018

5:30 - 7:30PM

Forest Hills Country Club


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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
2017 Event Pictures [View & Download]
The professional event pictures from our 2017 event are now available!
Please CLICK HERE to view or download individual photos.
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 2017:  Estelle M. Black


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 26, 2018 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 19, 2018. 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.
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