The Morning MIX

Ways to Help Highland Park


Help Make a Difference and support the community of Highland Park.

Fundraisers / GoFundMe Links

All-Victims Fund – 100% will go directly to the victims and those injured (in collaboration with Victims First)

Highland Park, IL Parade Shooting Victims Fund – organized by Victims First, 100% will go directly to the victims and those injured ($320k goal; not yet reached)

Katherine Goldstein Daughters’ Fund – financial support for victim Katie Goldstein’s daughters ($180k goal; not yet reached)

Karen Martinez – financial support after being shot in knee ($75k goal; not yet reached)

Adan Aguilar – financial support after being shot in stomach ($65k goal; not yet reached)

HP Parade Participant: Mental Health & Misc. Help – financial support for parade participant ($18k goal; not yet reached)

The Jenkins Family – financial support after 1 of 2 children shot ($2k goal; not yet reached)

The Cooper Roberts Family Fundraiser – financial support for family, including 8 year-old Cooper who remains in critical condition/is now paralyzed from waist down ($1.5mil goal; not yet reached)

Support Highland Park Shooting Survivor (Jessica Antes) – financial support for co-host of HP July 4th parade

Jamie Mazariegos – financial support after being shot in ches

Alan Castillo – financial support after being shot in back

Medical/Funeral Expenses (Guzman family) – financial support for several family members who were shot

Silvia Vergara – financial support for hospital visit from ricochet bullet

Support the family of Jacki Sundheim – funeral expenses and living expenses

Red Oak Student – financial support for rising 6th grader Cristian and his mother, both injured

Lilli Carrasco – financial support after being grazed with a bullet

Irina and Kevin McCarthy – financial support for newly-orphaned Aiden McCarthy (2 years old) + caregivers

Medical bills for the Kolpack & Joyce Family – 4 family members hospitalized after being shot

Nicolas Toledo – funeral expenses for first named victim of shooting

Community Fundraisers

Highland Park Community Foundation: “Highland Park Community Foundation announces the formation of a July 4th Shooting Response Fund. Donations will go to victims, survivors and local organizations that support them. Donate at the orange pull down message at OR”

Highland Park Strong Yard Sign (HPCF): “We hope that these yard signs will serve as a small but powerful reminder to our neighbors – and to the world – that we are all in this together. That we are #HighlandParkStrong. Your donation of at least $20 to the Highland Park Community Fund’s July 4th Response Fund will go to victims, survivors, and the local organizations that support them.”

Lake County Community Crisis Relief Fund: The Lake County Community Foundation’s Crisis Relief Fund serves as a permanent countywide funding resource in times of emergencies. ***Currently, we are raising funds to support crisis relief efforts in the wake of the mass shooting at the Highland Park Independence Day Parade. 100% of donations will be granted to support the needs of the community including mental health counseling services, downtown revitalization, violence prevention and education and other urgent needs as they arise. We also invite you to support Highland Park Community Foundation’s July 4 Shooting Response Fund.

The Balance Project: “My name is Agi Semrad, I am the founder of The Balance Project (TBP) a local mental health nonprofit. TBP’s home is Highland Park as well as my family’s & my parents. Along with the rest of our community we are distraught.

TBP provides mental health focused programming to build awareness surrounded around mental health, we connect people in need to services & we issue grants to those in need. Each grant covers 8 therapy sessions. We launched our fundraiser yesterday to address the current mental health needs and future mental health needs that will arise as we try to heal.”

Highland Park High School Class of 1991 Fundraiser (Marcy Turner): “As many of you know, I was born and raised in HP and have lived here for the past 18 years raising my own kids (1 graduated HPHS in 2020 and the other is a rising senior). I graduated in 1991 and we are in the process of planning our 30th (yes, we are late due to Covid) Reunion. We are all shattered. Some of us were there yesterday. Most of us were there many times during the 70’s and 80’s as little kids, and many with our own kids during the past several years. Sharing some of my own pics from 2007-2010. <3 HP is a community where people come back – our class is evidence of this. We want to do something for the victims and their families, and have decided to collect donations.

As I was working to create a donation page, Mayor Rotering was speaking on CNN and indicated that they will be announcing specific links to places where donations can be sent that will 100% go directly to the victims. I have indicated this on the donation page along with wording that reflects our interest to help as a class. Please feel free to share the link to the page on your own walls, with friends, etc. who have asked how they can help. I will post updates on the page noting how much we have collected, and we will decide on a date when to stop collecting donations once things settle down a bit. Any questions please feel free to message me. On behalf of the HPHS Class of 91, thank you.”

Fundraiser by Families Helping Families Chicagoland

Gun Sense Yard Sign (Stephanie Atella, HP Resident)

“HP Strong” T-Shirt Fundraiser 1 (proceeds go to this GoFundMe)

“Highland Park Strong” T-Shirt and Yard Sign Fundraiser (Endorsed by SaLT; all donations will support victims and their families via the HPCF)

Calista Litke: “I designed a wristband for the community and supporters to be #HPStrong. 💙💙💙All proceeds will be donated to victim relief.”

Mundelein 9U Baseball Team: Baseball & softball helmet decals selling for $8, Donating 100% of proceeds to all-victim GoFundMe (Fill out google form)

Jennifer Paull Silverman: Bracelets selling for $22, Donating 100% proceeds (Message for request)

Sarah Glass (Northbrook resident): Redbubble products, donating 100% of the profits to all-victims fund

The Balance Project / Karyn Hinrichs: $5 HP Strong silicone wristband; 100% proceeds go to The Balance Project, an organization that helps connect those in need to mental health resources. Order by July 15th through Venmo @Karyn-Hinrichs or this Google Form; please indicate quantity and size (Adult, Adult XL, Youth). Exact local pick up date & time tbd, but within next week or so.


Community Vigil: On Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 PM City of Highland Park will host a vigil at City Hall (1707 St. Johns Ave.) for the community to gather together and honor the memory of the victims.

El Miércoles 13 de Julio a las 7:00 PM, la Ciudad de Highland Park organizará una vigilia en el Ayuntamiento (1707 St. Johns Avenue) para que la comunidad se reúna y honre la memoria de las víctimas del 4 de Julio.

North Shore Congregation Israel Large Sanctuary Recording (Jacki Sundheim was a temple staff member)

Blood Donations at North Shore University Hospitals

North Shore Hospitals

North Shore hospitals are in need of blood donations. Appointments are necessary. See below for booking info:

Highland Park Hospital: 847-432-8000 (July 6 update: email to make appointments)

Booked until Friday, July 8 but encouraged to keep making appointments

Evanston Hospital: make appointment through email (

Fully booked this week; encouraged to make appointments for next week

Glenbrook Hospital: (847) 657-5800 (accepting appointments via phone but donations will be conducted at Evanston site)  Email:

Lake Forest Hospital: (847) 234-5600
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Blood Drives

  • Tuesday, July 12, 11 am to 5 pm; Hughes Conference Center, Rooms B&E.
  • Friday, July 22, 10 am to 3 pm; Hughes Conference Center, Rooms B&E.

To schedule an appointment:

Other Donation Centers

Vitalant: Plug in zip code to see multiple nearby donor centers (Northbrook, Evanston, Glenview, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, etc.)