The Chicago Chapter wants to be the “Hope,” the thing with feathers, in the midst of the storm! We want communities to see us in the souls of those in need!

Our focus in 2017 will be to share our mission more extensively throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin to ensure that we are utilized to the fullest extent. Along with the growth of wishes, the Chicago chapter will be focusing on corporate involvement of fundraising as well as wish designing! Our goal is to bridge the gap between donors and recipients and to propel philanthropy to a new level of connection.

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Kristi Hutchins, Chapter Leader

Kristi Hutchins is a native of Collinsville, Illinois, graduating from Southern Illinois University in 2002 from the school of business with a major in both marketing and business administration. Following graduation, she was employed as a research analyst with Fleishman Hillard and then Mattel Company for accounts such as WalMart, Target, and ToysRUs.

After marrying her husband, Derek Hutchins, the couple relocated to his hometown twenty minutes outside of Louisville, KY, in the small bourbon town of Bardstown. They have expanded their family with three children, Alexis, 14, Taylor, 7, and Kamden, 2. Together, the couple also ventured into ownership of multiple companies, including communications and a property company.

Kristi now enjoys being a mother of three children, as well as leading the Louisville Chapter of 3 Little Birds 4 Life. By using her marketing and public relations background, she aspires to assist the growth of the organizational funding while spreading the joy of granting wishes to young adults in the region!


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