Programs

2021

2021 FAACT Teen Retreat Sponsors

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

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FAACT Teen Retreat Testimonials

"Forever grateful for the friendships, support, and confidence that FAACT's Teen Retreat has provided our family. Thank you, Eleanor, and the amazing FAACT team for providing families with a time of inspiration, fun, and information - it's a great balance! Teen Retreat is such a carefree time for us. I love that young adults are mentors and that teens have time to spread their wings in a safe space. After we left the last retreat, I said I came mainly for my teen, but I left with 'warm fuzzies', too!"
- Lori, North Carolina


"FAACT's Teen Retreat was an amazing experience. Just when I thought I had this allergy parent thing under control, I realized my child had become a teen and would have to navigate things on her own soon. The personal experience of the young adult leaders helped the teens learn real life skills for handling allergies in various situations. The parent lectures helped us learn to let go with the knowledge we have given our kids the skills they need.

As we arrived at the airport to fly home from the retreat, my teen daughter asked me if she, rather than myself, could talk to the airline staff about pre-boarding, wiping down her own seat, and asking if they would request those surrounding usto not eat her allergen. I realized the profound impact the retreat had made. FAACT's Teen Retreat empowers our teens to become their own advocates and helps parents have the courage the to let them!"
- Megan, New Jersey


"FAACT's Teen Retreat have been life-changing for both my daughter (19) and me. We have attended for years. It is the one place that my daughter feels totally connected to a community who understands all of the unique challenges she goes through. She looks forward to seeing the same friends year after year, and I too look forward to seeing all the parents I have met and come to rely on for all these years. We all stay connected throughout the year via social media. There are so many bonding experiences that you almost forget how much important information is imparted to all of us while we are there."
- Jill, New York


"FAACT's Teen Retreat was an incredible experience not only for my 16-year-old daughter, but me as well. I'm beyond grateful we had the opportunity to attend and be encouraged by those dealing with the same challenges we do. It was wonderful for her to learn from those older than her that had navigated their way successfully into college and young adult life with such joy! I wasn't sure what to expect, but like Camp TAG that we had the chance to be a part of, it was a beautiful and empowering experience."
- Charity, Virginia


"Not only did we have excellent learning sessions, the caraderie and relationship that were fostered were unbeatable. FAACT's Teen Retreat provided a wonderful shared experience for both my son and me. Thank you to Eleanor and the FAACT team for such a fun experience."
- Heather, Ohio


"We had an amazing experience attending FAACT's Teen Retreat! From the presenters, to the evening activities, the outings...we met life-long friends! It's an amazing and wonderful feeling where others just 'get it', and the sense of belonging is something we will never forget."
- Shannon, CA


"FAACT's Teen Retreat gave me both a sense of security and normalcy in my experiences with food allergies, but also the best community of lifelong friends from across the country! I wouldn't trade those weekends for the world!"
- Emma, Massachusetts (18)


"FAACT's Teen Retreat help me realize that my parents have my safety and best interest as a priority. Meeting other teens my age who understand the daily challenges of living with food allergies was amazing."
- Jonathan, Kentucky (18)

 
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2019 Teen Retreat Highlights 

Inspired, empowered, life-changing, and FAMILY were just a few words used by parents evaluating the 2019 FAACT Teen Retreat. Almost one hundred parents and teens descended upon Oak Brook, Illinois for three days of learning, sharing and connecting as a community. Formerly the site of the McDonald’s Hamburger University, the Hyatt Lodge & Conference Center provided a soothing, woodsy backdrop for FAACT's Teen Retreat. But, the highlight of the weekend was stolen by the heartwarming conclusion of the retreat: the teen and parent anonymous question and answer session. There were tears, laughs, and heartfelt moments as FAACT provided a safe and comfortable environment for the hard questions to be asked, and solutions explored.

Acclaimed inspirational speaker, juggler and entertainer, Curtis Zimmerman, greeted parents and teens with a lively, interactive Welcome session Friday evening. Zimmerman, who understands allergies and lives with Celiac disease, entertained families, while challenging the group to step out of their comfort zone, open their minds, and to be ready to have their lives changed.

The next two days were packed full of presentations from renown board-certified allergists, researchers and experts. Topics included new food allergy treatments, deep dives into anaphylaxis and anxiety, plus sessions addressing prepping for high school and/or college. The retreat was divided into two tracts, one for parents and one for teens, setting the stage for open and honest conversations. Considering age appropriate discussions, a few teen sessions were divided by school grade levels - middle school and high school.

Learning how to prepare to head out to school functions, dating (yes, kissing was discussed with high schoolers), how to communicate and express emotions, Q&A with board-certified allergists, and more were addressed with eager-to-learn teens.

The goal was to empower parents and teens with knowledge and information to live healthy and successful lives while managing food allergies. The magic was not Zimmerman’s fire-eating or knife-juggling, but those wonderous moments when as a parent, you realize you are human, imperfect and perfect all at the same time. Sitting in a room full of peers who know the road you walk, understand your frustrations, and cheer on your success is a gift. The weekend was a gift enjoyed by many families like ours, as we all work hard to raise our children to thrive with food allergies and prepare them for the next stage of their lives. We love being a part of the FAACT Family!

If you have a pre-teen and/or teen, FAACT's Teen Retreat is a MUST!

Check out our 2019 YouTube slide show!

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2018 Teen Retreat Highlights

Check out our YouTube 2018 slide show!

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Save the Date for 2022!

FAACT's Teen Retreat

OCTOBER 28-30, 2022
The Hyatt Lodge & Hyatt Lodge Conference Center, Oak Brook, Illinois

FAACT's Celebrity SpokespersonAugust Maturo, to join FAACT’s Eighth Annual Teen Retreat, which will be Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30, 2022 at The Hyatt Lodge & Conference Center in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The Teen Retreat is all about tweens, 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. 

Schedules will be available by Summer 2022!


Testimonials

FAACT's Teen Retreat was an incredible experience not only for my 16-year-old daughter but me as well. It was wonderful for her to learn from those older than her who had navigated their way into college and young adult life with such joy! I wasn't sure what to expect, but like Camp TAG, it was a beautiful and empowering experience.
— Charity, Virginia

FAACT's Teen Retreat gave me a sense of security and normalcy in my experiences with food allergies, but also the best community of lifelong friends from across the country! I wouldn't trade those weekends for the world!
— Emma, Massachusetts (18)

Read more testimonials here.

We hope you can join us for an empowering weekend!


Check out our 2019 YouTube slide show!

Hyatt

Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Lodge & Hyatt Lodge Conference Center
2815 Jorie Blvd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523 
TEL: 630-568-1234 
Hotel Nightly Rate: $159.00/night plus 9% tax - Total: $173.31/night
Rooms: 
2 Queen Beds, Mini Refrigerator, Patio/Balcony, Free Wi-Fi
Check-in: 3:00pm | Check-out: 12:00pm

Online Reservation Link: Coming Soon
Reservation cut-off date: September 30, 2022


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 and Hyatt Lodge Conference Center
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 minutes

Airport Shuttle/Transportation from O'Hare

Chicago Airport Shuttle

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

Suburban Rides: Offers taxis/limos/rideshares.


Chicago Midway Airport

DIRECTIONS/Transportation Options

Distance from Hotel: 19 miles

Drive Time: 30-35 minutes


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

FAACTs Seventh Annual Teen Retreat

FAACT's Teen Retreat Overview

October 28-30, 2022!

The Hyatt Lodge & Hyatt Lodge Conference Center

FAACT's Eighth Annual Teen Retreat weekend is all about tweens, 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.

TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by Summer 2022.

Registration will open April 2022!


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

National Contributor Sponsors

Viatris


Viatris (formerly Mylan)

Friends of FAACT Sponsors

Virtual Gold Sponsors

Advocacy Partners

FAACT's Teen Retreat 2019

Save the Date for FAACT's Teen Retreat 2022!

OCTOBER 28-30, 2022
The Hyatt Lodge & Hyatt Lodge Conference Center, Oak Brook, Illinois

FAACT's Celebrity Spokesperson, August Maturo, to join FAACT’s Eighth Annual Teen Retreat, which will be Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30, 2022 at The Hyatt Lodge & Conference Center in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The Teen Retreat is all about tweens, 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. 

Schedules will be available by Summer 2022! 


Registration Fees Per Person

*NOTE: Registration fees include the following:

  • Entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat.
  • Socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony
    • Parent Meet & Greet
    • Teen Social
  • Catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff).
    • Teen and Parent Lunches are free from the Top-9 plus gluten-free and seed-free.
    • All allergies will be accommodated.
  • After lunch on Saturday, the Teens will spend the afternoon at 'Escape The Room' at Oak Brook Centre for a team building activity.
  • Coffee/soda/juice/water beverage bar throughout the weekend.
  • Socials on Saturday evening
    • Parent Social
    • Teen Social/Dance Party
  • FAACT gifts for all attendees, including sweatshirts for the teens.

Early Bird Registration Fees through July 31: Registration Fees August 1 - October 14:
  • $250 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers
  • $300 - Teens (ages 11-23)
  • $300 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)
  • $300 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers
  • $350 - Teens (ages 11-23)
  • $350 - 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 Weekend Timeline

Thursday: Arrive and check into the hotel (if traveling).

Friday, 10a-3p: Day activity for all attendees. We use the hotel shuttle over to Oak Brook Shopping Centre. Teens socialize and shop (with Teen Leader chaperones). Parents go for coffee and socialize. We meet up for a group lunch in a reserved area at Maggiano's Little Italy (each family pays for their own bill). We had about 80 of the attendees join us in 2019, and it was a fun, successful day.

  • 6:30pm: Registration check-in
  • 7p-8:30p: Welcome Ceremony
  • 8:30p-10:30p: Parents' Meet & Greet and Teen Social

Saturday, 9a-4p: Separate parent and teen sessions.

  • After lunch, the TEENS will spend the afternoon with the Teen Leaders at 'Escape The Room' at Oak Brook Shopping Centre for some fun team building and return by 4pm to meet their parents.
  • 4p-7:30p: Break for dinner
  • 7:30p-9:30p: Parent Social and Teen Social/Dance Party

Sunday, 9a-1p: Separate parent and teen sessions, then we end in a joint session.

Registration will open January 2022!

Deadline to Register is Friday, October 14, 2022.


Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Lodge & Hyatt Lodge Conference Center
2815 Jorie Blvd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523 
TEL: 630-568-1234 
Hotel Nightly Rate: $159.00/night plus 9% tax - Total: $173.31/night
Rooms:
2 Queen Beds, Mini Refrigerator, Patio/Balcony, Free Wi-Fi
Check-in: 3:00pm | Check-out: 12:00pm

Online Reservation Link: Will be available by January 2022
Reservation cut-off date:
September 30, 2022


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


Want to see what a great time we had in 2019? Check out our YouTube slide show!

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 Seventh Annual Teen Retreat.

2022 Registration & Schedules for Teens and Parents

We look forward to seeing many of you in Oak Brook, Illinois for FAACT's Eighth 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's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP, will be leading the teen sessions through the weekend.

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 Summer 2022!


Registration Fees Per Person

*NOTE: Registration fees include the following:

  • Entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat.
  • Socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony
    • Parent Meet & Greet
    • Teen Social
  • Catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff).
    • Teen and Parent Lunches are free from the Top-9 plus gluten-free and seed-free.
    • All allergies will be accommodated.
  • After lunch on Saturday, the Teens will spend the afternoon at 'Escape The Room' at Oak Brook Centre for a team building activity.
  • Coffee/soda/juice/water beverage bar throughout the weekend.
  • Socials on Saturday evening
    • Parent Social
    • Teen Social/Dance Party
  • FAACT gifts for all attendees, including sweatshirts for the teens.

Early Bird Registration Fees through July 31: Registration Fees August 1 - October 14:
  • $250 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers
  • $300 - Teens (ages 11-23)
  • $300 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)
  • $300 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers
  • $350 - Teens (ages 11-23)
  • $350 - 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 Schedule

Thursday: Arrive and check into the hotel (if traveling).

Friday, 10a-3p: Day activity for all attendees. We use the hotel shuttle over to Oak Brook Shopping Centre. Teens socialize and shop (with Teen Leader chaperones). Parents go for coffee and socialize. We meet up for a group lunch in a reserved area at Maggiano's Little Italy (each family pays for their own bill). We had about 75 of the attendees join us last Fall, and it was a fun, successful day.

Friday evening, 7p-10:30p: Welcome Ceremony, then the Parents' Meet & Greet and Teen Social.

Saturday, 9a-4p: Separate parent and teen sessions.

  • After lunch, the TEENS will spend the afternoon with the Teen Leaders at 'Escape The Room' at Oak Brook Shopping Centre for some fun team building and return by 4pm to meet their parents. 

Saturday, 4p-7:30p: Break for dinner.

Saturday evening, 7:30p-9:30p: Parent Social and Teen Social/Dance Party.

Sunday, 9a-1p: Separate parent and teen sessions, then we end in a joint session.

Registration will open April 2021!

Deadline to Register is Friday, October 22, 2021.

FAACT Teen Retreat Speakers 2017

Teen Retreat Speakers 2022

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 Celebrity Spokesperson
  • Eleanor Garrow-Holding - FAACT President & CEO, Ohio
  • Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP - FAACT Director of Behavioral Health, New Jersey
  • Justin Greiwe, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI - FAACT Medical Advisor/Partner, Bernstein Allergy Group, Ohio
  • Maya Konoff - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Speaker, New York
  • Caroline Moassessi - FAACT VP of Community Relations, Nevada
  • Leila Moassessi - Food Allergy Advocate and Teen Speaker - Nevada
  • Amelia G. Smith, JD - FAACT General Counselor & Vice President of Civil Rights Advocacy, Mississippi
  • Emma Sorrentino - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Speaker, Massachusetts
  • Curtis Zimmerman - Nationally Recognized Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author, Ohio

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by Summer 2022!

Registration will open April 2022!

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!