Community Events


In light of the pandemic, the 2021 event has been canceled. This decision doesn’t come easy as this longstanding event has provided affordable formalwear while also supporting Home of The Sparrow, Inc. and in the past Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County. Dresses can still be affordably shopped at these locations. Any dresses purchased through our 7 thrift stores will support the mission of Home of the Sparrow, which is to Provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Thank you for your support throughout the years by donating dresses as well as shopping at the sale. While this is different, we appreciate everyone who will donate directly to our thrift stores. As the year progresses, we will update everyone on a 2022 event.


Please consider donating formalwear directly to Home of the Sparrow through our Sparrow Nest Thrift Stores and Community Threads. For a list of locations to drop off donations, CLICK HERE.




If you donate to a worthy cause, including Home of the Sparrow, Gail’s Family Treasures will donate a painting to YOU! Local artist, Gail Hamilton, has been painting for over 30 years. She paints with acrylics and oils, draws with colored pencils and charcoal, but she particularly loves working with watercolors. Gail especially likes to paint from nature, and also gets inspiration from her travels. In her real life, she has been a Special Education Teacher for 35 years. Painting brings Gail much joy, and she wants to share that joy with others. Together we can spread the light, and build a community of giving. Check out her original paintings!




Host a Community Event

Businesses, clubs, and other organizations can host events to benefit Home of the Sparrow. Funds raised will go to support the agency’s mission. Provides for an excellent community service project for groups to be involved! To hold an event, download our Community Event Request Form and email to

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