2012 Morgan D’Organ Summer Tour

June 8, 2012

Hello Friends!

It’s Morgan D’Organ, your favorite liver mascot, here to let you know about my statewide tour to promote organ and tissue donation! This is my FAVORITE time of year. I get to meet thousands of Illinoisans at fairs, festivals and concerts with the goal of building awareness for donation and encouraging people to become lifesaving organ and tissue donors.

Last year was amazing (more than 3,700 people said “Yes” to donation at our events), but I have a feeling that 2012 will be even better. Here’s a list of where you can find me, Mr. Morgan D’Organ, throughout the summer:

  • Saturday, June 9thBrad Paisley Concert at Wrigley Field
  • Friday, June 22ndStrawberry Days in Long Grove
  • Sunday, June 24thSugarland Concert in Tinley Park
  • Saturday, June 30thOakfest in Oak Forest
  • Friday, June 29thNaperville Ribfest in Naperville
  • Saturday, July 7thKenny Chesney Concert at Soldier Field
  • Friday, July 13thLoopFest at Toyota Park
  • Wednesday, July 25thDuPage County Fair in Wheaton
  • Thursday, July 26thFiesta Del Sol in Chicago
  • Saturday, July 28thRascal Flatts Concert in Tinley Park
  • Saturday, August 18thJason Aldean Concert in Tinley Park
  • Friday, August 18thUrbana Sweet Corn Festival in Urbana
  • Sunday, August 26thQuad Day at University of Illinois
  • Thursday, August 30thOn the Waterfront in Rockford
  • Friday, August 31stNaperville Last Fling in Naperville
  • September 14th & 15thNASCAR Weekend at Chicago Speedway
  • Friday, September 28thLong Grove Apple Festival
  • Friday, October 5thScarecrow Festival in St. Charles

If you’re at any of these events, stop by the Gift of Hope tent to say “Hello”, take a picture and receive a FREE Gift of Hope drawstring bag!

You can follow the tour on the Gift of Hope Facebook page where we’ll post pictures and updates from across the state. Also, follow Gift of Hope on Twitter (@GiftofHope), which I occasionally take over to share news and updates from the road.

I’m ready to hit the road!

See you soon!

Your Friend, Morgan D’Organ



June 20, 2011

Morgan D’Organ, the Donate Life Illinois mascot, is traveling across America to bring the lifesaving message of organ and tissue donation to people’s front doors. He will be at fairs, festivals, sporting events, concerts, etc. If there’s an event for Morgan to promote donation and get people to register as organ and tissue donors, he will find it!

Morgan and his team of donation experts.

Throughout the summer, you can track Morgan on both Facebook and Twitter. For a complete list of events Morgan is attending, go to the Donate Life Illinois Facebook Page and click on the “Morgan’s Mission” tab.

Morgan leaving for his 2011 summer tour!

Morgan also will take over the Donate Life Illinois Twitter account (@DonateLifeIL) to share updates from the road. Check the hashtag #MorgansFeat to find updates and photos of Morgan’s expeditions. Although Morgan is sporting some pretty awesome kicks these days, the pictures won’t just be of Morgan’s toes. (We’re talking “feat” here, folks, not “feet.”) They will feature Morgan LIVE and in
action as he tries to accomplish an AMAZING FEAT!

The one and only Mini Morgan in Denver learning about organ and tissue donation.

What is this amazing feat? Morgan wants to help register 100 million Americans as organ and tissue donors by the end of 2011. Currently, more than 94 million Americans already have made the decision to give life through organ and tissue donation. Morgan wants to get 6 million more in just six months!

You can help Morgan achieve his goal by registering your decision to be an organ and tissue donor at DonateLifeIllinois.org. You also can help by fanning Donate Life Illinois on Facebook or following on Twitter.

Dancing With the Stars? Nah, Just Morgan.

April 13, 2010

This Friday, Morgan D’Organ will be hamming it up for the NBC 5 camera’s and he wants you to join him.  Morgan, and his fellow Mascots on a Mission, are working nonstop during National Donate Life Month to register donors nationwide. See details below and join Morgan on Friday. If you can’t make it, be sure to tune in and look for the giant pink liver in the crowd!

NBC 5 Dance Friday

WHAT: Join Donate Life Illinois and Morgan D’Organ to promote National Donate Life Month and Mascots on a Mission. We’ll be meeting in front of the NBC 5 studios in Chicago to participate in the station’s “Dance Friday.” Like the Today Show, NBC 5 films in front of windows that overlook the NBC plaza. Each Friday, the news team closes the week by dancing around the studio and showing the crowd in the NBC plaza. Here’s an example. On April 16, DLI volunteers and Morgan will be that crowd!

Wear your dancing shoes and hope for nice weather. Mascots on a Mission T-shirts and signs will be provided. If attending, please email me (nurig@grisko.com) your requested t-shirt size: S-XL is available.

WHEN: Friday, April 16

TIME: Meet at 6:00 a.m. outside in front of NBC 5 studios.

WHERE: NBC 454 N. Columbus Drive. Chicago, IL  60611

Directions & Parking information

Hope to see you there!


Mascots On A Mission – Training Day 5 – The Big Test

March 25, 2010

The organ donation mascots hop over to Navy Pier to test out their newly learned registration skills! Check it out below!


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Mascots On A Mission – Training Day 4

March 23, 2010

Wow, these guys at the O.D.S.M.T.C. are really putting our furry friends to the test!

Get the full scoop here!


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Mascots On A Mission – Training Day 3

March 22, 2010

There is a lot to be said about public trust. The Donate Life mascots had to learn this lesson the hard way.


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Mascots On A Mission – Training Day 2

March 18, 2010

The donation mascots were at it again for day two of their training in preparation for National Donate Life Month. Check out the full details here and be sure to watch some recap footage of the training below!


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