During the month of December 2017, Felix had selected Gift of Hope as his charity of the month. Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. This charity held a special place in his heart in large part to his grandparents - one being a kidney recipient and and one being a tissue donor.
It was with great enthusiasm that he announced that his December sales surpassed his company's sales goal and allowed him to make a signification donation. This donation was by far his largest donation in company history. Felix presented the $750.00 donation to Gift of Hope's President and CEO, Kevin Cmunt at the non-profit's headquarters in Itasca, IL. As always, Felix donated this check in loving memory of his Grandma Toni.
Our friends over at ABC Channel 7 called us about being a featured business for Hispanic Heritage Month, we were excited to show them how much we have grown since launching in 2014. We've baked from our home kitchen, moved to a shared commercial community kitchen and now to operating out of our very own facility. It was truly an honored to be showcased as a thriving Latino business in the Chicagoland area. Click here to watch the video.
Recently, Mayor Steve Lentz and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mundelein nominated Laura and Felix Castillo of Felix’s Famous Cookies for Congressman Bob Dold’s District 10 Leadership Awards, “Entrepreneurial Excellence” category.
With great Mundelein pride, we are pleased to announce that Felix’s Famous Cookies WON the 10th Congressional District Entrepreneurial Leadership Award hosted by Congressman Bob Dold.
“Thank you to the Village of Mundelein, Mayor Lentz and all the Village Trustees for nominating our business for this prestigious award. Thank you to all who voted and believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship,” Laura and Felix said on their Facebook page.
The District 10 Leadership Awards are about recognizing the everyday heroes that make our community an amazing place to live, work and raise a family. Laura, and her 11 year-old-son Felix, have taken what started as a family hobby and turned it into a growing and thriving Mundelein business.
Felix and his parents were excited to have Congressmen Bob Dold tour the future home of Felix's Famous Cookies at 1059 E. High Street in Mundelein. They discussed the challenges and concerns faced by many business owners - funding, jobs and growth. The Congressmen was quite impressed with Felix and his strategic plan to grow his business and increase his donations to charities.