Special Events & Projects

Special Events

Corporate sponsors and event donors help make vital programs at Orchard Place possible. By making a gift to one of our events, you help to ensure the continued success of our services and programs. We work hard to keep event expenses low so that the majority of the money raised goes to helping kids. It's a great way to support our work. Plus, if you haven't noticed, our events are a lot of fun!


This zany adult spoof of a spelling bee will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm at Wooly's in the East Village.
Not a great speller? Not a problem! Our judges take bribes!

Teams will work together to spell words ranging in difficulty. If the word is spelled incorrectly, teams can advance to the next round by paying a bribe to the judges. Prizes are awarded for Most Creative Team Name, Best Team Costumes, Best Cheering Section, Most Money Raised by a Team and, of course, Champion Spellers!. Door prizes are raffled off throughout the evening and free appetizers are served thanks to donations from local restaurants.

Our goal is to raise $85,000 through the 2017 Spelling Bee. This money will provide much-needed support for Orchard Place children. You can help by making a donation to the event. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Brandie Broadhead, Director of Volunteers and Special Events at: 515-287-9621 or bbroadhead@orchardplace.org.

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Our annual night time bike ride through the streets of downtown Des Moines and nearby trails attracts hundreds of cyclists each year. Next year's ride will be on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Riders cruise the streets of Des Moines in the moonlight while helping to raise money in support of Orchard Place children.

The route features popular Des Moines attractions, including the State Capitol, East Village, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Water Work Park and Gray's Lake. Prizes are awarded for Best Bike Lights, Best Helmet Lights, Best Costume and Best Team Bus. The largest registered team wins our Moonlight Cup, a traveling trophy, and a group prize. This year's ride will begin and end at The Iowa Taproom that features Iowa brews.

Donations to this event will help us reach our goal of raising $120,000 in support of important programs and services for Orchard Place children. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Brandie Broadhead, Director of Volunteers and Special Events at: 515-287-9621 or bbroadhead@orchardplace.org.

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Special Projects


Our annual School Supply Drive helps to ensure Orchard Place kids can start the school year off right! Kids who go to school unprepared may feel guilt or shame for not having the required school supplies. It may hold them back from learning. Your gift to our School Supply Drive will help to provide the necessary items - backpacks, pen, pencils, paper, etc. - to children in need at all four Orchard Place divisions.

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The holidays provide a wonderful opportunity to bring joy into the lives of children who are challenged with mental health issues. Without this effort and support from individuals, businesses and organizations, many kids would not receive any gift at all this holiday season. There are many ways that you can help:

  • "Adopt" a child and purchase gifts from their holiday wish list. Shopping and wrapping gifts is a great activity for families!
  • Sponsor a holiday party for kids at our residential campus - provide pizza, pop and fulfill their Wish Lists. This is great for community groups and businesses!
  • Donate gift cards or money that can be used to purchase holiday gifts for the children.
  • Donate a group outing: purchase tickets to the Des Moines Playhouse, passes to Blank Park Zoo, or admission to the Science Center. This is a gift our kids can enjoy during the holiday season and throughout the year.

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Your gift to the Rise & Shine Toiletry Drive helps to offset the costs required to meet the basic needs of the kids we serve. Orchard Place spends about $50,000 annually on products for the children in our care at our residential campus. Items needed include toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, hair products and general bathroom supplies. Product donations can be dropped off at any Orchard Place location or you can make a monetary donation.

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