Programs

2018 FAACT Teen Retreat Partners

2019 FAACT Teen Retreat Partners

Thank you to our generous and gracious partners for supporting FAACT's Teen Retreat. We could not offer this program for our families without your continued support. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are sponsorship opportunities for FAACT's Teen Retreat. If your company or organization is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org for more information.

Hospitals Nearby

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(331) 221-1000
4.2 miles from Hyatt Lodge

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
3815 Highland Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 275-5900
4.7 miles from Hyatt Lodge

Hyatt

Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
2815 Jorie Blvd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523 
TEL: 630-581-6603 
$155.00/night plus 9% taxes
Rooms: 2 Queen Beds, Mini Refrigerator, Patio/Balcony, Free Wi-Fi
Check-in: 3:00pm | Check-out: 12:00pm

Online Reservation Link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHILO/G-FAAS
Discount Code: G-FAAS

Reservation cut-off date: September 4, 2019 (room rates full price after September 4th)


Hyatt E-concierge

Made your reservation? Now, personalize your stay - from scheduling transportation to requesting extra pillows - with Hyatt E-concierge.


From the Airport

O'Hare International Airport
DIRECTIONS:
Get on I-190 E. Take I-294 S and I-88 W to 31st St/Oak Brook Rd. in Oak Brook. Take the Oak Brook Road/31st Street exit from IL-83 S. Continue on 31st St/Oak Brook Rd. to The Hyatt Lodge.

Distance from Hotel: 15 miles

Drive Time: 20-25 min.

Airport Shuttle/Transportation

Chicago Airport Shuttle

Fly Chicago: Offers shuttles, public transportation, taxis/limos/rideshares, rental cars, and more.

Suburban Rides: Offers taxis/limos/rideshares.


Parking at The Hyatt Lodge

Complimentary guest parking can be found adjacent to the hotel in the self-parking lot. For your convenience, we recommend pulling up to the front drive of the hotel before self-parking so staff can easily assist you with unloading luggage before you park.

Valet Parking: $10/daily or $15/overnight.


Hyatt Lodge Shuttle Service

If the shuttle is needed for extended periods of time, or exclusive use for your group, it can be arranged until midnight for a fee of $150 roundtrip.

Hours

The shuttle availability is based on appointment. Please contact the Front Office for scheduling times.

Local Shuttle Service is complimentary.


More About The Hyatt

Our Rooms

Overlooking our 88 acres of lush forestry and lakes, each well-appointed Guest Room offers a balcony or patio,  double sinks, coffee makers, iron/ironing boards, safes, un-stocked refrigerators, cordless phones as well as comfortable workstations and 42" LCD flat-screen TV’s. 

All rooms feature the Hyatt Grand Bedä, designed with comfort in mind to give your guests a great night’s rest! Featuring plush/pillow top mattresses, down blankets, triple sheeting and luxurious pillows for added comfort. The bed you wish you never had to leave!   

Our hotel also features a select number of Respire guest rooms, hypoallergenic rooms, which are 98% allergen-free! This crisp environment helps guests breathe easier, sleep deeper and wake up more refreshed and able to enjoy their visit! Respire rooms are available for a nominal up-charge. 

Guest Perks

Guests enjoy our resort-style amenities including full-service gym, day spa, large indoor pool and campus running/biking trails.

National Platinum Sponsor

Hyatt

Grocery Stores

Whole Foods Market
500 E. Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm
(630) 986-8500
3.2 miles from Hyatt Lodge

Jewel-Osco
944 S York St
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Hours: 6:00am-12:00am
Pharmacy Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm
(630) 721-7285
3.8 miles from Hyatt Lodge

Trader Joe's
122 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Hours: 8:00am-9:00pm
(630) 241-1662
4 miles from Hyatt Lodge

Dining at The Hyatt Lodge

Situated in the heart of Oak Brook, our lakefront hotel offers a wide array of Oak Brook dining experiences. Ranging from casual all-day dining at Water’s Edge to sipping cocktails near the roaring fireplace at Hearth Lounge, your taste buds will be satisfied with the menu variety.

Click here to view The Hyatt's restaurants and menus. 

Dining at Oak Brook Center

Oak Brook Center is 1.5 miles from The Hyatt and offers many full-service and quick-service restaurants. The Hyatt Lodge offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the hotel and Oak Brook Center.

Click here to view a full list of dining options at Oak Brook Center. 

2014 FAACT’s Inaugural Teen Retreat in Chicago was an Absolute Priceless Weekend!

2014 FAACT’s Inaugural Teen Retreat in Chicago was an Absolute Priceless Weekend!

“Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again - and the teens enjoyed the “Murder at the Masquerade” with the Chicago Murder Mystery Company, while the parents attended a social gathering to get to know one another.

Teen sessions were led by food allergy musician Kyle Dine with help from two FAACT spokespersons, actor Kenton Duty and figure skater Kendall Hollinger, and advocate Zac Chelini. They were great mentors! They also led the Teen Panel with parents along with Reed Pake & Kat Schug, also on FAACT's Teen Advisory Council!  

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman, Dr's. Matt Greenhawt & Ruchi Gupta, Kim Mudd RN, Kyle Dine, Chef Keith Norman, & Amelia Smith Murphree, JD!

Thank you to Kyle Dine for leading the teen sessions along with FAACT Spokespersons, Kenton Duty & Kendall Hollinger, and Zac Chelini! They were awesome and great mentors! They also led the Teen Panel with parents along with Reed Pake & Kat Schug, also on FAACT's Teen Advisory Council!

The Saturday night teen social, "Halloween Monster Mash Dance Party," was full of dance, music, karaoke, games, and a COSTUME PARTY! Zach K. and Olivia D. were the best costume winners with Cameron A. coming in third place. The teens were very creative with their costumes, and everyone had a blast!

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! Experiences were shared, teens learned that they need to continue to be responseABLE, everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds! PRICELESS! Everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds. 

Thank you to our sponsors for making this weekend possible:

National Platinum Sponsor:
Sanofi US
National Silver Sponsor:
Enjoy Life Foods

Gold Sponsor: National Peanut Board
Silver Sponsor:
Sunbutter

Friends of FAACT: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, PASCHA Chocolates, Glanbia, The Croner Family, and Allergic Traveler

In-Kind Sponsors: Amanda's Own Confections, Divvies, Fruitful Yield, Romeoville Police Department, and Chicago Wolves.

Thank you to all of the families who traveled to join us this weekend. We had 12 states represented! You all made the weekend so special and FAACTabulous! We cannot wait for next year!

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

National Silver Sponsor

The Hyatt

Nearby Attractions - Things To Do

Oak Brook Center offers a fantastic outdoor shopping experience, with six major department stores and more than 160 shops and restaurants - all in a tranquil setting of lush gardens and flowing fountains. FREE shuttle service to/from The Hyatt.

Visit The Hyatt's Website for many more attractions here.

Directions to The Hyatt Lodge

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
2815 Jorie Blvd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523 

Reach us by telephone:
630-581-6603 


From the Airport

O'Hare International Airport
DIRECTIONS:
Get on I-190 E. Take I-294 S and I-88 W to 31st St/Oak Brook Rd. in Oak Brook. Take the Oak Brook Road/31st Street exit from IL-83 S. Continue on 31st St/Oak Brook Rd. to The Hyatt Lodge.

Distance from Hotel: 15 miles

Drive Time: 20-25 min.

Airport Shuttle/Transportation

Chicago Airport Shuttle

Fly Chicago: Offers shuttles, public transportation, taxis/limos/rideshares, rental cars, and more.

Suburban Rides: Offers taxis/limos/rideshares.


Parking at The Hyatt Lodge

Complimentary guest parking can be found adjacent to the hotel in the self-parking lot. For your convenience, we recommend pulling up to the front drive of the hotel before self-parking so staff can easily assist you with unloading luggage before you park.

Valet Parking: $10/daily or $15/overnight.


Hyatt Lodge Shuttle Service

If the shuttle is needed for extended periods of time, or exclusive use for your group, it can be arranged until midnight for a fee of $150 roundtrip.

Hours

The shuttle availability is based on appointment. Please contact the Front Office for scheduling times.
 
Local Shuttle Service is complimentary.

National Bronze Sponsors

National Contributor Sponsor

FAACTs Sixth Annual Teen Retreat

FAACT's 2019 Teen Retreat

October 4-6, 2019!

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus

FAACT's Sixth Annual Teen Retreat weekend is all about pre-teens, teens, and college students, their siblings, and their parents. The weekend offers an informative program full of fun activities. Teens will learn about managing their food allergies and, more importantly, spend time with peers who have food allergies (and siblings who do not).

Siblings are also affected when a family member has food allergies. Our Teen Retreat is a safe place for them to discuss their concerns with a group who not only understands but can share their own experiences, advice, and solutions.

Teens, college students, and siblings must be between the ages of 11 and 23 to attend the Teen Retreat. It is important for college-aged teens and young adults to be included as well – they can act as mentors to the younger teens and also have the opportunity to connect with their peers and discuss managing food allergies in college. All teens will be together for some sessions for mentoring aspects, and then there will be breakout sessions for middle school, high school, and college.

Parents are in session all day on Saturday learning from healthcare professionals, parent advocates, teen advocates, and Parents have time to bond and share stories during both evenings, as well, while the teens are participating in the social events.

There will be an Expo and additional sessions for parents while the teens are in session on Sunday, including time to socialize and meet the sponsors. All sponsors will have a presence at the Expo to distribute literature, materials, and samples.

To close the weekend, there will be a special parent and teen session together, which is very moving and a wonderful way to end the weekend. It is an inspirational and empowering weekend for the entire family that you will not want to miss!

NOTE: Teens (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who also attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18 and still a senior in high school, he/she must also be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18+ and in college, he/she may attend the Teen Retreat weekend on his/her own, but parents and/or legal guardians are still preferred to attend.

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by Summer!

Registration fees per person for the weekend are as follows: 
*NOTE: Registration fees include entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat, socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony (Parent Meet & Greet and the Teen Social), catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff), coffee/soda/juice breaks, and Teen Social/Dance Party on Saturday evening.

Early Bird Registration through July 1:

$225 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$225 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$225 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

 Registration Fees after July 1:

$250 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$250 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$250 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

Teen Retreat tentative timeline schedule is as follows:

Thursday: Arrive and check into the hotel (if traveling)
Friday, 10a-4p: Day activity for all attendees
Friday evening, 7p-10:30p: Welcome Ceremony, then the Parent Meet & Greet and Teen Social
Saturday, 9a-4p: Separate parent and teen sessions
Saturday evening, 7:30p-9:30p: Parent and Teen Socials
Sunday, 9a-1p: Separate parent and teen sessions, then we end in a joint session

Registration is open!


For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Eleanor Garrow-Holding.

ACAAI

 

 

ACAAI

Friends of FAACT Sponsors

In-Kind Supporters

SunButter
ZEGO

FAACT's Teen Retreat 2019

SAVE THE DATE - FAACT's Teen Retreat 2019!

OCTOBER 4-6, 2019!
The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus, Oak Brook, Illinois

FAACT's Celebrity Spokesperson, August Maturo, to join FAACT’s Sixth Annual Teen Retreat, which will be Friday, October 4, through Sunday, October 6, 2019 at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The Teen Retreat is all about pre-teens, teens and college students, their siblings, and their parents. The weekend offers an informative program full of fun activities. Teens will learn about managing their food allergies and, more importantly, spend time with peers who have food allergies (and siblings who do not). Siblings are also affected when a family member has food allergies. Our Teen Retreat is a safe place for them to discuss their concerns with a group who not only understands but can share their own experiences, advice, and solutions. 

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by Summer! 

Registration fees per person for the weekend are as follows:
*NOTE:
Registration fees include entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat, socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony (Parent Meet & Greet and the Teen Social), catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff), coffee/soda/juice breaks, and Teen Social/Dance Party on Saturday evening. 

Early Bird Registration Fees through July 1:   

$225 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$225 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$225 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

Registration Fees after July 1:

$250 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$250 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$250 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

NOTE: Teens (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who also attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18 and still a senior in high school, he/she must also be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18+ and in college, he/she may attend the Teen Retreat weekend on his/her own, but parents and/or legal guardians are still preferred to attend.

Teen Retreat tentative timeline schedule is as follows:

Thursday: Arrive and check into the hotel (if traveling)
Friday, 10a-4p: Day activity for all attendees
Friday evening, 7p-10:30p: Welcome Ceremony, then the Parent Meet & Greet and Teen Social
Saturday, 9a-4p: Separate parent and teen sessions
Saturday evening, 7:30p-9:30p: Parent and Teen Socials
Sunday, 9a-1p: Separate parent and teen sessions, then we end in a joint session

Registration is open!


Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
2815 Jorie Blvd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523 
TEL: 630-581-6603 
$155.00/night plus 9% taxes
Rooms: 2 Queen Beds, Mini Refrigerator, Patio/Balcony, Free Wi-Fi
Check-in: 3:00pm | Check-out: 12:00pm

Online Reservation Link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHILO/G-FAAS
Discount Code: G-FAAS
Reservation cut-off date: September 4, 2019 (after September 4th, room rates are full price)


For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Eleanor Garrow-Holding.


Want to see what a great time we had in 2018? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

FAACT's Third Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT's Third Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT’s Third Annual Teen Retreat in Las Vegas was an absolute priceless weekend held September 30-October 2, 2016 at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa! We had 16 states represented - amazing!

“Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again. Not only did he teach everyone to juggle, as we all juggle our lives, but Curtis delivered this year with eating fire! He spent time with the teens and then the parents on Saturday and conducted role playing and team building activities

Teen sessions were led by food allergy advocate, Zac Chelini; FAACT teen ambassador, Kendall Hollinger; and Miss Delaware 2016, Amanda Debus, along with Natascia Simone and Emery Gewirtz.

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman; Amanda Debus; Humaira Robinson, MSN, RN; Jane Robinson, PhD; Chef Keith Norman; Danya Glabau, PhD; Caroline Moassessi; Jill Mindlin; Zac Chelini; Kendall Hollinger; Emery Gewirtz; Natascia Simone; Paul Kramer; and Maya Konoff.

The teens had a night of team building activities and games on Friday night while the parents gathered for a Meet and Greet. The Saturday night teen dance party was full of dance, music, karaoke, and caricature drawings.

We had many raffles through the weekend, and the lucky winners were:

Natascia Simone & Emery Gewirtz won a gift basket from Enjoy Life Foods with a $250 gift certificate.

Amelia Smith Murphree won a 3-day, 2 night stay at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa with a dinner for two at Don Vito’s and tickets to a headliner show.

Ria Patag won one (1) free registration for FAACT’s Camp TAG 2017 in the location of their choice.

Mallory Knell and Imelda Patag each won free registration for two (2) for FAACT’s Teen Conference 2017.

Amelia Smith Murphree won one (1) gift basket from Divvies full of yummy treats.

Jill Mindlin and Caroline Moassessi each won a San Jamar’s Allergen Saf-T-Zone System with cooking mats.

Riley Cothran won a $25 gift certificate from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! Experiences were shared, teens learned that they need to continue to be responseABLE, everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds! PRICELESS!everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this weekend possible:

National Gold Sponsor: Sanofi US

National Silver Sponsors: National Peanut Board and Enjoy Life Foods

National Contributor Sponsor: SunButter

Friends of FAACT: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

In-Kind Sponsors: Divvies, Enjoy Life Foods, San Jamar, and South Point Hotel & Casino

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

Thank you to all of the families who took the time out of your busy schedules and traveled to join us this weekend. You all made the weekend so special and FAACTabulous! We cannot wait for next year!

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017: October 20-22, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

FAACT's Sixth Annual Teen Retreat.

Registration & Schedules for Teens and Parents

We look forward to seeing many of you in Oak Brook, Illinois for FAACT's Sixth Annual Teen Retreat. We have a full-packed weekend planned for the teens, siblings, and parents. You definitely don't want to miss this weekend to meet others who live the same lives and share the same experiences as you and your family.

FAACT Spokesperson, Zac Chelini, will be leading the teen sessions with help from FAACT Teen Ambassador, Kendall Renee and FAACT Spokespersons, Emery Gewirtz and Miss Mountain Laurel Connecticut 2019 Natascia Simone.

The Teen Retreat will be full of hands-on and interactive sessions, and there is plenty of fun to be had for all!

* The Friday & Saturday Nights Teen Socials will consist of games, dance, music, karaoke, and more! There will be prizes!

* We have a full schedule for the parents’ sessions as well, hearing from leading experts and advocates, and conducting interactive sessions. There will be a Parent’s Meet & Greet on Friday evening while the teens are enjoying their social events.

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by Summer!

Registration fees per person for the weekend are as follows:
*NOTE: 
Registration fees include entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat, socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony (Parent Meet & Greet and the Teen Social), catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff), coffee/soda/juice breaks, and Teen Social/Dance Party on Saturday evening. 

Early Bird Registration Fees through July 1:   

$225 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$225 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$225 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

Registration Fees after July 1:

$250 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$250 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$250 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

NOTE: Teens (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who also attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18 and still a senior in high school, he/she must also be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18+ and in college, he/she may attend the Teen Retreat weekend on his/her own, but parents and/or legal guardians are still preferred to attend.

Teen Retreat tentative timeline schedule is as follows:

Thursday: Arrive and check into the hotel (if traveling)
Friday, 10a-4p: Day activity for all attendees
Friday evening, 7p-10:30p: Welcome Ceremony, then the Parent Meet & Greet and Teen Social
Saturday, 9a-4p: Separate parent and teen sessions
Saturday evening, 7:30p-9:30p: Parent and Teen Socials
Sunday, 9a-1p: Separate parent and teen sessions, then we end in a joint session

Registration is open!

FAACT Teen Retreat Speakers 2017

FAACT Teen Retreat Speakers 2019

FAACT is pleased to work with so many, wonderful experts and individuals for this year's Teen Retreat in Oak Brook, Illinois. Presenters are as follows (presenters and topics are subject to change):

  • August Maturo - FAACT's Celebrity Spokesperson
  • Zac Chelini - FAACT Spokesperson and Teen Leader - California
  • Kyle Dine - The Allergy Guy
  • Eleanor Garrow-Holding - FAACT President & CEO - Ohio
  • Emery Gewirtz - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Leader/Speaker - New Jersey
  • Justin Greiwe, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI - Partner, Bernstein Allergy Group - Ohio
  • Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH - Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Northwestern University; Mary Ann & J Milburn Smith Senior Scientist in Child Health Research; Clinical Attending, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; and Director, Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research (SOAAR) Program - Illinois.
  • Tamara Hubbard, MA, LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing general and food allergy counseling - Illinois.
  • Maya Konoff - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Speaker - New York
  • Michael Pistiner, MD - Director of Food Allergy Advocacy, Education & Prevention, Food Allergy Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children - Massachusetts
  • Natascia Simone - FAACT's Program Director and Teen Leader/Speaker - Connecticut
  • Amelia G. Smith, JD - FAACT's Vice President, Civil Rights Advocacy - Mississippi
  • Curtis Zimmerman - National Inspirational Speaker and Best-Selling Author - Ohio

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by mid-Summer!

Registration is open!

FAACT's Second Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT’s Second Annual Teen Retreat in Las Vegas was an absolute priceless weekend held October 9-11, 2015 at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa! We had 16 states represented - amazing!

 “Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again. Not only did he teach everyone to juggle, as we all juggle our lives, but Curtis delivered this year with eating fire! He spent time with the teens and then the parents on Saturday and conducted role playing and team building activities.

Teen sessions were led by food allergy advocate, Zac Chelini, and FAACT spokespersons, actor Kenton Duty and figure skater Kendall Hollinger. They were wonderful mentors and led the Teen Panel for parents along with Natascia Simone, Emery Gewirtz, and Amanda Guardia.

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman; Humaira Robinson, MSN, RN; Daniella Knell; Stefanie Curry, MSW, LCSW; and Chef Keith Norman.

The teens had a night of bowling on Friday night while the parents gathered for a Meet and Greet. The Saturday night teen dance party was full of dance, music, karaoke, and caricature drawings.

We had many raffles through the weekend, and the lucky winners were:

Colleen & Martin Guardia won a gift basket along with two airfare tickets for a 2-day, 1-night trip to Chicago to visit Enjoy Life Foods headquarters, receive a tour, and meet with the leadership team while there.

Imelda Patag won a 3-day, 2 night stay at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa with a dinner for two at Don Vito’s and tickets to a headliner show.

Michele Abbott and Diane Bates each won one (1) free registration for FAACT’s Camp TAG 2016 in the location of their choice.

Desi Tucker won free registration for two (2) for FAACT’s Teen Conference 2016.

Anne Majka, Natascia Simone, and Emery Gewirtz each won one (1) gift basket from Divvies full of yummy treats.

Jeff Duty, Desi Tucker, and Rachel Maggio each won a San Jamar’s Allergen Saf-T-Zone System from South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa.

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! Experiences were shared; teens learned that they need to continue to be responseABLE; everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life; and we all left with new friendships and bonds! PRICELESS!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this weekend possible:

National Platinum Sponsor: Sanofi US
National Bronze Sponsors: Enjoy Life Foods and SunButter
Friends of FAACT: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
In-Kind Sponsors: Divvies, Enjoy Life Foods, and South Point Hotel & Casino

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

Thank you to all of the families who took the time out of your busy schedules and traveled to join us this weekend. You all made the weekend so special and FAACTabulous! We cannot wait for next year!

Curtis Zimmerman, “Living the Dream,” returns for FAACT’s Teen Conference

Curtis Zimmerman, “Living the Dream,” returns for FAACT’s Teen Retreat

Curtis Zimmerman has always been a huge hit with parents and teens at conferences. Having celiac disease himself, Zimmerman relates to the challenges faced by food-allergic groups and is very engaging. “We are thrilled to have Curtis join us each year for FAACT’s Teen Retreat,” says FAACT CEO Eleanor Garrow-Holding. “Not only will Curtis be delivering the keynote at the Opening Ceremony, he will also be conducting two, 90-minute interactive sessions on Saturday morning – one with teens and one with parents. It is definitely going to be an inspirational, empowering weekend for all."

Both as a speaker and author, Curtis Zimmerman has reached more than one million people around the globe with his life-changing messages and award-winning programs. Curtis is an expert at transforming organizations by inspiring individuals to live their lives at a higher level of performance.

Curtis’ unique combination of humor, personal stories, and interactive activities affect an audience like no other. He started his entrepreneurial career at the age of twelve, marketing and self-managing himself as a mime and juggler.  He was a nationally recognized mime performing at such notable places as Universal Studio-Hollywood, where he won Entertainer of the Year; Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; and performing arts centers coast to coast. He then took to the seas, performing on numerous cruise ships traveling all over the world.

His deeply profound insight and perspective coupled with his high energy presentations have made him a highly sought out speaker for more than 20,000 airmen for the United States Air Force and among such notable companies as Walt Disney Entertainment, Swiss Army Brands, Luxottica Retail, and Procter and Gamble.

Curtis currently resides in the greater Cincinnati area with his wife and three children.

FAACT's Fourth Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT's Fourth Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT’s Fourth Annual Teen Retreat in Cincinnati was an absolute priceless weekend held October 20-22, 2017 at The Hilton Netherland Plaza! We had 40 teens and 40 parents, representing 12 states - amazing!

“Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again. Teen sessions were led by food allergy advocate, Zac Chelini; FAACT teen ambassador, Kendall Hollinger; and Natascia Simone, Emery Gewirtz and Matt Willins.

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman; Ron Meyer; Dori Chelini; Pam Freeman; Linda Menighan; Jill Mindlin; Caroline Moassessi; Zac Chelini; Kendall Hollinger; Emery Gewirtz; Natascia Simone; Matt Willins; Max Forrest; Paul Kramer; Maya Konoff; and Leila Moassessi.

The teens had a night of games and getting to know one another on Friday night while the parents gathered for a Meet and Greet. The Saturday night teen dance party was full of dance, music, and games.

We had many raffles through the weekend provided by a few of our sponsors and FAACT. The lucky winners were:

  • Rebecca Lund won one (1) free registration for FAACT’s Camp TAG 2018 in the location of their choice.
  • Linda & Caroline Roswog won free registration for two (2) for FAACT’s Teen Conference 2017.
  • Renee Payne won the gift basket of products from Enjoy Life Foods.
  • Rebecca Lund won the gift basket from Divvies full of yummy treats.
  • Wendy Kadushin, Stephanie Lowe, and Renee Payne each won a San Jamar’s Allergen Saf-T-Zone System with cooking mats.
  • Kelley Sullivan won a $25 gift certificate from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.
  • Emery Gewirtz, Linda Roswog, and Kelley Sullivan each won a gift bag from Kiss Freely.

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! PRICELESS!

Thank you to our sponsors for making our Teen Retreat weekend possible:

National Sponsors: National Peanut Board and Enjoy Life Foods
National Bronze Sponsors: Kaléo and Mylan
National Contributor Sponsors: Nutricia and Surf Sweets
Friends of FAACT Sponsor: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
Local Silver Sponsor: ZEGO Snacks
Local Bronze Sponsor: Kiss Freely
In-Kind Sponsors: Divvies, PASCHA Chocolates, San Jamar, and SunButter.

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

Thank you to all of the families who took the time out of your busy schedules and traveled to join us this past weekend. You all made the weekend so special. We cannot wait for next year!