The Bohne Foundation is dedicated to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, comforting the destitute, encouraging the hopeless, while aiding the neediest members of our global community. 


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Where Volunteering Begins

Thank you to Imperial Crane’s crane operator Russ Peterka for donating Christmas gifts on behalf of the Bohne Foundation to Shriner’s Hospital. Here is a letter from Shriner’s Hospital in appreciation for Russ’s/Bohne Foundation’s support.

In October, the Bohne Foundation made a $500 dollar donation to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to support more research for Anna, a child who was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma – a type of brain caner. Click on the thank you letter from Marlo Thomas in appreciation for our support.

Thank you letter from Bo and Gloria of Lead 222. LEAD222 is a non-for-profit international coaching and mentoring ministry. LEAD222 is founded on the biblical mandate of 2 Timothy 2:2, which is to disciple reliable leaders who will teach others. They are dedicated to building a community of student ministry leaders that sharpen one another in personal character (inside game) and professional skills (outside game) to reach a generation to become followers of Christ. Utilizing a variety of resources, programs and training events they offer experienced leadership and best practices to serve youth leaders and spouses, parents, students, staff, and volunteers.

As a result of the Bohne Foundation’s support, August, an 18 year old boy will take part in a mission trip (July 6th-July 15th) organized by Saving Moses in Phnom Penh, Camobia. August was adopted in 1999 as a baby in Cambodia. Saving Moses is a global humanitarian organization saving babies (5 & under) every day by meeting the most urgent and intense survival needs where help is least available. On this week long mission trip, August will travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and experience NightCare, a revolutionary program that protects the babies and toddlers of sex workers while their mothers work. 

Thank you letter from August when he learned the Bohne Foundation would sponsor his trip

Hello, It’s Larry’s younger brother August. Larry has informed me that The Bohne Foundation is interested in sponsoring my mission trip to Cambodia. I would first like to say how extremely grateful I am that you all are helping me get this amazing opportunity. Going on this trip means so much to me, as aforementioned that I was born and adopted from there, and being able to go back eighteen years later leaves me speechless.

This is one of those opportunities I just couldn’t pass up. Because of you I able to go to a country to help all these little children in need of great assistance, as well as I am able to go and see my initial home. I have been donating to this organization for years now, and when this opportunity came up I had to take it.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for the support for this trip. You are allowing me to do something truly life-changing and I couldn’t be any more grateful than I am now.

Below is a wrap up video of Auggie’s trip –


In order to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Greater Illinois Chapter) upcoming Bike MS: Tour de Farms on June 10, 2017, the Bohne Foundation made a $500 donation. What makes this ride so special? It gives people a chance living with MS to enjoy a memorable bike experience. This event is open to all ages and disabilities which starts and finishes at  Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Along the way, bikers stop at a local farm rest stop to hang with the animals, enjoy a famous egg & hamburger sandwich for lunch and pedal over rolling hills through the Northern Illinois farmland. Click here to read a thank you letter from the Chapter President.

The Bohne Foundation wanted to make Easter “EGG”stra special this year (2017) for the orphanage children at SOS Children’s Village Illinois in Lockport, IL by donating Easter baskets to each child. A special thank you to Penske Truck Rental for donating a truck at 10067 S. Harlem in Bridgeview to transport the baskets to them. Click here to see pictures from this event.

This past weekend (March 18th), the Bohne Foundation was a $1,5000 dollar sponsor of the annual MasTec fundraising event for The Jorge Mas Canosa Freedom Foundation and their scholarship efforts by donating to their annual golf outing. Through the efforts of The Jorge Mas Canosa Freedom Foundation, The Mas Family Scholarships program was established in 1997. The program’s goal is to further the education of talented young men and women with leadership potential. With the help of The Mas Family Scholarships program, these future leaders will advance the ideals of a democratic, free enterprise society. Picture below of how our donation helps these students.

Thank you letter from Joshua Argall after donating Harris Club Bulls tickets to his son that suffers from Muscular Dystrophy

I wanted to write a quick email to thank you for inviting my son to the Blackhawks game. We had an amazing time in the BMO Harris Club and got to see an action-packed Hawks win! We shared pictures from the game on Devin’s MDA Facebook page and tagged the Bohne Foundation and Imperial Crane Services in the post. Please check out his page at if you didn’t get a chance to see the pictures yet. Devin also sent a thank you card in the mail addressed to your location at 7500 Imperial Drive. I figured I’d mention he sent a card since he didn’t know exactly where to send it. I hope it gets to the proper location.

Also, I saw on your website that you provide support to a number of wonderful organizations and engage donors to help make that possible.  I would like to offer our help in any way you can use us. Please let me know if we can help by speaking at an event, writing a letter, or anything else that can help you provide relief to those in need and experiences like the one you granted my son. Please keep my contact information handy and feel free to call or email me any time something comes up that I can help with.

Thank you again for allowing me to witness my son take part in such an amazing occasion. I absolutely loved seeing him filled with excitement and joy. It was a beautiful experience.

SOS Village

Each Christmas, the Bohne Foundation attends SOS Children’s Village in Lockport to host a pizza party and give each house mother and orphanage child a gift for Christmas. As a result of Executive Director, Tim McCormick’s appreciation, read his thank you letter here to the Bohne Foundation.

In December, a proud supporter of the Bohne Foundation reached out to BJ in a time of need to help her and her son. With the help of BJ, Carol and her son were given $2,500 to provide housing in a time in her life when she most needed it. See message below request and thank you letter from her.

My name is Carrol and I met you at SOS Children’s Village back in 2009.  You helped another parent and me give the parents in both Lockport and Chicago a parent appreciation Spa Day.  Additionally, you backed a Poetry Night for the children in which we featured a poem from your grandmother.  I also assisted with polling the children to see what they wanted for Christmas to help you decide what to get them. And even though I no longer worked for SOS, you told me that it would be okay to remain in contact with you. BJ, I am writing to you today because I and my 12 year son now have the opportunity to have a place to live.  We have been without a home since last year due to the loss of income.  We have been staying with friends, in shelters (where he was physically attacked by an adult male), sleeping in hotel lobbies, riding on busses overnight, and staying in an acquaintance’s business office. I am working now, but having difficulty finding a place to rent, due to eviction and lack of first month’s rent and security deposit.  I spoke to my previous landlord, who now has a recent vacancy.   And despite falling behind on rent before, which led to the eviction, she is willing to allow me to rent with her again, now that I have another job.  Additionally, my son receives death benefits from his father who died of cancer when he was 6. My dilemma is that I don’t have the move-in costs.  I have paid at the various places that we have stayed, which has accumulated to more than rent would have been, and I depleted our savings.   I am asking if I may borrow the first month’s rent ($1,000) and 1 1/2 month’s security deposit (1,500).  I would have it saved in a couple of months but the landlord wants the apartment rented as soon as possible.  She can’t hold it. I can go on a payment plan to repay you or I can set up a payroll deduction for it to come directly out of my check.  With my income, and son’s check I will be able to maintain payments to you and pay rent.  I don’t have car or credit card debt.  I can repay you over a couple of months.  Please let me know if you need any further information or documentation. BJ, I pray that you can help my son and me.  He is a great kid.  He is an honor roll student and a Chicago Children’s Choir Member.  If it were just me, I wouldn’t ask.  I am praying for a stable home for him.  This is a chance for us to get off the street and for him to focus on being a kid and not worrying where we are going to stay each night.  We just want to go to our own home.


My son and I just wanted to thank you again for helping us get off the street.  We are settling into our apartment, and are so very grateful to you for not having to be out in these harsh winter elements.  My son is doing well in school, and in the Chicago Children’s Choir.  He is an honor roll student, and has been even despite our circumstances.  He is able now to have a place to do his homework other than a Starbucks or the lobby of a restaurant or hotel.  And, we are both more rested and able to function  better daily.  Having a place to live is the best birthday and Christmas present my son could have received.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it happen.

Thank you to Rose also for all of her help!  Additionally, if there is ever a time The Bohne Foundation, needs volunteers, my son and I would like to help. Blessings to you and your family!


In order to alleviate some medical expenses for a young girl suffering from cancer, the Bohne Foundation donated money to Heather Hope’s family to put towards her medical expenses. While in the hospital, Heather drew a thank you picture for the Bohne Foundation during one of her chemo treatments. Click here to see photo. The family also sent a thank you letter to the Bohne Foundation. Click here to read.

The Bohne Foundation donated $5,000 dollars to support an organization called Lead222. LEAD222’s mission is to help those that work with our youth by sharpening them in personal character and leadership skills through ongoing coaching and mentoring. Their goal is to build our LEAD222 Coaching community to coach and mentor 1000 youth leaders. These leaders will then pay it forward by each mentoring one other youth leader. Our donation is assisting the organization in sending 700 high school students to serve in seven locations domestic and international. The money raised will go directly into the operations for ministry to assure effective training and serving experiences around the world. Click here to view thank you letter from Lead 222.

The Bohne Foundation and Imperial Crane Services provided 15 Thanksgiving meals  from Tommy R’s for those that live in the orphanages on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Click here to see thank you letter.

On Saturday, November 19th, the Bohne Foundation supported the New Foundation of Hope’s mission to provide a turkey and ham dinner to those less fortunate for the Thanksgiving holiday. As a result of the Bohne Foundation’s support, there were a line of people outside of New Foundation of hope before the event even began. New Foundation of Hope gave out over 250 turkeys and hams to two homeless shelters they sponsor -people in the Auburn Gresham, Wrightwood and Englewood communities.

On Saturday, October 15th, the Bohne Foundation was a Skip1 bronze sponsor ($2,500) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in California. Our donation at this event helps bring food and water to the billions of children and families in need around the world. The Bohne Foundation not only helps organizations locally, but all around the world. For more information on this organization, visit

The Bohne Foundation made a $10,000 contribution to the Jake Mitchell Music Makes Me Stronger go fund me account this week. Jake has a rare seizure disorder that has not been labeled with a diagnosis. The seizures have left him 100% disabled after four years of fighting this illness. Please consider donating to Jake’s care by visiting his go fund me account. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Bohne Foundation made a donation to support Madi’s Miracle fundraiser. Madison was recently diagnosed with a neuro-degenerative brain disorder, for which there is no cure. It is called BPAN, which is an NBIA (neuro-degenerative brain iron accumulation) disorder.  All proceeds go to the NBIA Organization for BPAN research. Click here to see pictures from the event and view the thank you letter from Madison’s family here.

On Monday, August 29th, the Bohne Foundation was a gold sponsor of Eagle’s Wings International’s first golf outing. The mission and purpose of this event is to create awareness and generate funds to combat human trafficking, as well as other key global humanitarian initiatives like education and food relief. Dennis Sempebwa is a big supporter of the Bohne Foundation and we are happy to give back to his nonprofit organization. Two of Imperial Crane’s employees participated in this event.

The Bohne Foundation participated in the Easterseals Modern Classic on Tuesday, August 24th as a corporate sponsor. Chefs created their classic dish with a modern twist which attendees got to vote on during this event. NBC 5 Alex Maragos was the emcee of the Modern Class which took place at Morgan Manufacturing located at 401 N. Morgan Street in Chicago. Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. We understand that organizations like ourselves strive to make a difference in the lives of others and we are happy to show our support and appreciation to other nonprofits. Click here to view the thank you letter sent by Timothy Muri, President and CEO of Easterseals.

On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Bohne Foundation participated in the Dianne Masters Cup for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia as a hole sponsor. The Bohne Foundation is an annual contributor to the Crisis Center of South Suburbia which helps implement comprehensive programs for kids that address domestic violence including a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, transitional housing, community outreach and prevention. Click here to view thank you letter from Chris Beele, the Special Events Coordinator.

Monday, June 27, 2016 kicked off the New Foundation of Hope’s week long summer camp. This camp keeps kids safe and off the streets through the crucial summer months where crime grows rapidly almost everyday. This camp is offered to Safe Haven shelters in the Auburn, Gresham, Englewood and Wrightwood community. The Bohne Foundation donated $2,500 dollars to help support this organization and it’s mission to reduce crime and provide these children with a safe summer. Click here to see thank you letter from Executive Director, Ron Mason for our contribution.

The Bohne Foundation supported the Cancer Support Center’s March Madness event in March as an elite sponsor. Thank you letter attached. Click here.

The Bohne Foundation was a contributor to the 2nd annual “Whistle While You Walk/Run 5k for the Emilio Perez Foundation. On the evening of March 8, 2014, one day after Emilio’s 17th birthday, Emilio ran out of gas. He proceeded to pull over onto the shoulder, locked up his truck, put the emergency flashers and began walking for gas. He was then struck and killed by a hit-and-run motorist. His life was lost too soon. As a result of this tragic accident, the Emilio Perez Foundation was set up in his honor. Click here to read the thank you letter written to the Bohne Foundation as a result of our donation.

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, The Bohne Foundation volunteered their time and made a monetary donation at the New Foundation of Hope Easter celebration. New Foundation of Hope transported two shelters from the Back of the Yards and Urban Gresham neighborhood to enjoy brunch along with distributing Easter baskets to each child. “BJ we’re grateful and the Easter celebration was a success! Thank you also for Gina and her help, she was very appreciative and sincere. Words cannot express my gratitude to you and your foundation,” said Executive Director Ron Mason.

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Bohne Foundation sponsored the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic school, a night at the CJB Oscars. This event helped create a special evening that brought the community of family, friends, parishioners and outside supporters together to raise money for the academic excellence and faith formation of hundreds of children. Mary Iannucilli, the principal sent out a thank you letter to all of the sponsors. Click here to read more.

The Bohne Foundation made a monetary donation to help fund the Cape Town Mission Fund that will be traveling to Africa this April. The mission is being led by Madlyn Williams to help provide impoverished women and children with much needed hygienic products, shelf life packaged foods, and bibles to those who desire to aid themselves in their personal growth.

The Bohne Foundation was a silver sponsor for the Heart to Heart Gala for Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS) on Saturday, February 20, 2016. All proceeds from this event help CCSS implement comprehensive programs that address domestic violence including a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, transitional housing, community outreach and prevention. Click here to read the CCSS thank you letter to the Bohne Foundation.

On Wednesday, December 22, 2015, Christmas came early for the children and house moms of SOS Children’s Village in Lockport. The Bohne Foundation donated over 100 gifts and gift cards, provided shawls to ever house mom, and hosted a pizza party for those that attended. A special thank you to Kailey Bohne for singing to the children and to Gayle Bohne for donating the shawls. During the holidays, we all get caught up in our busy schedules, but at the Bohne Foundation, we never forget those less fortunate than us. Click here to read the thank you letter from Tim McCormick of SOS Children’s Village.

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, the Bohne Foundation participated in the New Foundation of Hope’s annual turkey and ham giveaway. Those that are less fortunate this Thanksgiving holiday received a turkey and ham to share with their families. The Bohne Foundation donated $2,500 dollars to help cover the cost of these turkeys.

The Bohne Foundation was a proud supporter of the Helping Heroes Gala on Friday, October 30, 2015 in Lincolnshire, IL. This event sponsors Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is dedicated to providing financial assistance and support to United States military veterans by building and remodeling handicap accessible homes to suit their individual needs one wounded warrior at a time. For more information click here. Jared Allen pictured with BJ Bohne at this event – click here.

The Bohne Foundation donated $2,500 dollars to Cares for Colleen benefit that took place at Bourbon Street on October 4, 2015. The money raised will help with reoccurring medical bills after a horrible motorcycle accident. Click here to see the event flyer.
Click here to view the letter written by Adele Knickels thanking the Bohne Foundation for our donation to support the McHenry County Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Click here to read a thank you letter from Cares for Colleen.

The Bohne Foundation made a $1,000 dollar donation to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Click here to view thank you letter.

The Bohne Foundation made a $300 dollar donation to support the American Heart Association. Click here to view letter from Chief Executive Officer.

The Bohne Foundation was a recent sponsor at the Crisis Center for South Suburbia 5th Annual Bavarian Fest on Sunday, September 20, 2015. The foundation donated $5,000 to help assist in emergency shelters and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence. Click here to see the thank you letter from the Board of Directors.

The Bohne Foundation was a Bay Sponsor at the Palumbo Family Foundation TopGolf event on Thursday, August 27, 2015. The Palumbo Family Foundation raises money to help boys and girls thrive through education and wellness grants. Click here to see our ad in their program.

Hinsdale Magazine Article:
Click here to read more about the success of the 3rd annual Bohne Foundation golf outing in the November issue of Hinsdale Magazine.

BJ and Lance Bohne were featured in the July issue of Hinsdale Magazine to recognize their ongoing commitment to give back to the community through the Bohne Foundation. Click here to read the full article.

Eagle’s Wings International:
On September 8th 2015, Eagle’s Wings International launches a global weekly television broadcast called The Gathering. The show aims to tell stories of God’s ever-present, miracle-working, saving power in the lives of ordinary men and women around the world. Expected weekly viewership will exceed 123 million people on 5 continents. “Thank you Bohne Foundation for your incredible support in reaching the world with God’s Word, said Dennis Sempebwa.” Click here to view a picture of the television broadcast. The Bohne Foundation provides monthly contributions to Eagle’s Wings International.

New Foundation of Hope:
On Thursday, August 13, 2015 instead of B.J. Bohne, founder of the Bohne Foundation, spending the morning doing something for himself on his birthday, he spent his time with his two daughters Kailey, 10 and Willadene, 6 presenting a check for $2,500 to the New Foundation of Hope in Chicago to assist in keeping kids off the street. B.J. ‘s example of generosity is something he wants to teach his daughters as he feels blessed for all of the good fortunes throughout his life. To read a thank you note written to BJ Bohne from Ron Mason the Executive Director click here. Click here to read an article on New Foundation of Hope found in the Southwest News-Herald.

B.J hosted the annual Muscle Team Chicago 2013 event at Soldier Field downtown Chicago. The black-tie event was a complete success, attracting Chicago area professional athletes, friends, business associates and donors from across the country, raising over $300,000 in donations.  For more information on how you can get involved, please contact our office for the details.

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois:
Bohne Foundation began Christmas a little early by donating over 84 bicycles to all of the children ranging from ages 1-19 at S.O.S. Family Villages in Lockport, IL. The Bohne Foundation also donated $10,000 dollars to Tim McCormick of SOS Village at the 3rd annual Bohne Foundation golf outing. Click here to read the thank you letter from SOS Children’s Villages Illinois for the Bohne Foundation’s generous golf outing donation.

Imperial Crane Book:
Bohne Foundation founder B.J Bohne releases the book, Imperial Crane on December 20th 2013. This is a fascinating portrait of a family business. It offers thought-provoking assessments about life and its numerous pains, joys, and punitive lessons. This compelling and provocative book is an invaluable addition to business literature, and makes for an inspiring read for all generations.

Africa Mission Trip:
The Bohne Foundation traveled to Uganda and Kenya in February. While there, we visited with several Children’s homes, and orphanages that we support in that region of the world. The trip was an eye-opening, life transforming experience and a huge success for all involved. Our mission for Africa has only begun.  For all of those who journeyed with us, we want to thank you for your support. If you would like to join us on our next visit please contact our office for further details.

Sekiwunga Water Well:
After months of hard work, our first water well was officially opened. For many years to come, hundreds of grateful villagers will continue to benefit from the life-altering gift so graciously donated by the Bohne Foundation.

Peacemaker’s Basketball League:
The Peacemaker’s Basketball League is almost done. Scores of young people gather at Faith Community in Chicago to participate in the 12-week season of the Peace Basketball League. The Bohne Foundation is the proud sponsor of what has become one of the most effective anti-gun violence initiatives in the city.

Oklahoma Relief: 
This week, the Bohne foundations partners with Lead222, a coaching organization, to send 250 workers and leaders to serve in the massive cleanup operation after the devastating tornados in Oklahoma last month.

The International Conference of Young People in Alcohol Anonymous provides a setting for an annual celebration of sobriety among young people in Alcoholics Anonymous. On June 11-14, the Bohne Foundation is a proud sponsor of a truly remarkable gathering of delegates that is sure to attract panelists, moderators and experts from around the world.


The Bohne Foundation is dedicated to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, comforting the destitute, encouraging the hopeless, while aiding the neediest members of our global community.

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