Events & News

The Ounce Affiliates Board (OAB) hosts and participates in a number of engaging activities throughout the year to drive awareness and support for the Ounce and early childhood education.

Check out the OAB’s upcoming and past events and fundraisers to see the impact they are making to ensure all children have access to quality early learning experiences.

If you’d like to be notified about future OAB events, please email Maggie Ollander at

News and Updates

Ounce Bash | October 2019

Over 125 guests gathered for wonderful night to support the Ounce and its mission. During an evening filled with music, raffle prizes and a wine pull, the OAB raised nearly $40,000 to support the Ounce’s critical early childhood programs. Check out our event recap and photo gallery!

Becoming a new mom is transforming

Ounce Affiliates Board chair shares about her new life as a mother and why she is so deeply connected to early childhood education.

Back-to-School Drive | Summer 2019

For the second year this past June, the OAB collected and raised funds for backpacks and a variety of school supplies – from protractors to colored pencils – for former Educare Chicago students. Together, the OAB provided 28 backpacks filled with school supplied to students who recently graduated middle school and are entering the next chapter!

Spin Night @ Flywheel | May 2019

This spring, OAB friends, colleagues and supporters of the Ounce took over Flywheel Old Town for an unforgettable spin class – all in support of the Ounce and our youngest learners. With 19 class-goers, the OAB raised nearly $700!

March Madness Happy Hour | March 2019

Last March, the OAB hosted an evening of basketball and drinks at Joe’s on Weed for potential new members to mingle with current members and learn about the Ounce and what OAB membership entails. Through a small raffle that night, the OAB also raised $200!

Ounce Bash | October 2018

Over 150 guests gathered for a night of music and fun at the OAB’s signature Ounce Bash event in October 2018. During an evening filled with live music, raffle prizes and a wine toss, the OAB raised over $17,000 to support the Ounce’s critical programs and help children across Illinois. Click to view photos from the night!


Back-to-School Drive | Summer 2018

During summer 2018, the OAB supported the Educare Chicago Alumni Network (ECAN) by providing 25 backpacks filled with a variety of school supplies to former Educare Chicago students, now middle school graduates preparing for their transition to high school.

CrossTown Fitness Fundraiser | May 2018

Last spring, the OAB partnered with CrossTown Fitness in West Loop to host an awesome HIIT class with our OAB members to support early childhood education in a unique way. Through class registrations and donations, the OAB raised $500!