I received an email Friday from former Geneva resident Amy Althoff Drake asking if we might post a story about her brother, Andrew (Drew), who grew up with Amy in Geneva.
Amy and Drew's parents still live in the area, and Drew, who has special needs, went through the school system here. Now, thanks to Misericordia in Chicago, he "is living a very full life, with all kinds of activities — from working in the Misericordia bakery to taking care of the recycling," Amy said.
Drew just celebrated his 30th birthday at Misericordia, with a disc jockey and inflatable guitars and microphones, Amy said.
"Many people know Drew. He was a big bike rider, and a big fan of the police. I'm sure the squad still knows Drew," she said.
Now, Drew's family is hosting an Oct. 6 fundraiser for Misericordia at Brookfield Zoo, called "Mis at the Zoo."
Brookfield Zoo has been very active in involving the special needs population in its conservation efforts, both educating these individuals and helping them to work at the zoo. On Oct. 6, they are supplying the location for the Althoffs' fundraiser.