2022 Riverbank Stabilization Project

Protecting Our Legacy

Just as a river over time will slowly erode its riverbanks, so can the memories of those who have come before us slowly fade away. The All Saints Cathedral Parish Cemetery is full of history and memories of those before us that we do not want to lose. The Parish and the Cemetery are combining to insure that our history and legacies live on. And towards that end we have established the "Protecting Our Legacy" campaign. Our goal for 2022 is to raise funds for our Riverbank Stabilization project.

In the last 127 years the eb and flow of the Des Plaines River has resulted in erosion along the riverbank which has slowly moved closer and closer to our existing graves. 

Several years ago, we embarked on a project to protect our graves and stabilize the riverbank from any future deterioration. We hired an engineering firm that specializes in these types of projects to develop a stabilization plan and guide us through the permitting and construction process. These plans have been completed and approved by the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources. We are preparing to begin the construction phase in 2022. 

We ask for your support in the next phase of this project.  

Our small, dedicated staff keep our cemetery grounds well maintained. Our expenses are consistently more than our income, which comes from burials and grave sales, and that deficit is funded by the Parish. We estimate the Riverbank Stabilization Project will end up costing at least $250,000, an amount that would significantly deplete our Perpetual Care fund. 

We have already received generous donations from several friends who were aware of this upcoming need, but we still have a very long way to go. As we explored ways to raise the funds, we were once again blessed by the generosity of a friend of All Saints Cathedral Parish. 

Warren Winiarski grew up near our Cathedral on Dickens, and he and his family were members of our parish. In the 1970s Warren founded the very successful Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, allowing him to pursue philanthropic endeavors. Through his Winiarski Family Foundation, Warren has pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations for the Riverbank Stabilization Project! 

Warren’s contribution to this project is personal as both his parents and sister are buried in our cemetery. You can learn more about Warren at www.warrenwiniarski.com. 

We ask you to reflect on the needs of our cemetery and make a donation to keep it beautiful and well maintained as it has been for the last 127 years. We are reaching out to All Saints Cathedral Parish members as well as our sister parishes of the Western Diocese and other friends of All Saints. 

Donations can be made by check or by using our on-line giving option. See the Giving page.

Watch this page for updates to our construction and fundraising status. 

Thank you in advance for your support. Feel free to call Cemetery Trustees Chairman Phil Smolka with any questions you may have (630-669-9956). 

 

Received as of
June 19th, 2022

Donations
$97,040

With Winiarski Matching Funds
$194,080

Give online HERE then click HERE to complete the Donor Information Form

OR

Download a Donation Form here and mail with your donation to:

All Saints Cathedral Parish
9201 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL  60631

 

Thank you!