NOVEMBER 2012 EVENTS
Updated: November 23, 2012 6:07PM
Hadassah North Shore Chapter will hold an unwrapped Toy Collection for families in need as a Mitzvah (good deed) Project for 2012. This Chanukah/Holiday season the toys will be given to The Ark for distribution to the children and their families. Drop off is at the North Shore office, 3000 Dundee #313 in Northbrook from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. Toys are being collected now. North Shore Chairwoman is Rose Wolf of Highland Park. Chapter President is Randy Heidenfelder of Lake Zurich. For more information contact Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see northshore.hadassah.org.
The City of Hope annual fall luncheon: Nov. 1, Maggiano’s, Old Orchard. There will be entertainment along with a silent auction, several door prizes and much more. Cost is $45. Contact Shyrlene Weiner, 847-676-2954. Open to all.
Mark David Designs holds its grand opening gala and benefit: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2, 266 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest. Fifteen percent of all sales from the evening will benefit The Gorton Community Center, (an organization his family utilizes), that aids in enriching the community by offering an attractive, supportive place for groups to host cultural, social and educational programs, services and events. Evening features classic elegance with live jazz, fine fare from Market House on the Square, and champagne and wine toasts. Open to the public. See MarkDavidDesigns.com or call (847) 714-9970, gortoncenter.org, (847) 234-6060. The 2nd Annual “Bari’s Bazaar”: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 3, The Westin Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. Features many vendors selling crafts, jewelry, adult and children’s clothing, personalized items, stationery, purses, household items and much more. There will also be a raffle, a silent auction and a bake sale at the bazaar. The vendors have agreed to donate at least twenty percent of their sales to The Friends of Bari Rubenstein Fund. Suggested entrance fee of $5 donation. Bari Levy Rubenstein contracted a staph infection in August of 2011 that attacked her spine and left her a quadriplegic and permanently on a ventilator. She is the mother of four small children under the age of 7, and was the sole provider for her family prior to this tragedy. Please contact any of the event coordinators: Allison Orlinsky (312-560-0296 or email@example.com), Mara Lewis (847-977-8745 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robyn Schwartz (847-567-5025 or robyndLs@me.com).
The Gateway Cancer for Research Cures 2012: 6 p.m. Nov. 3. Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus, Chicago. This evening will celebrate bold new cancer research and innovative treatments from clinical trials currently being funded by The Gateway. The Gala will raise money to fund additional cancer research to help continue the battle to find better treatments and cures for today’s cancer patients. Mistress of ceremonies is Dina Bair, medical anchor at WGN-TV and cancer survivor, along with event co-chairs Joe and Claire Gregoire. Special guest, Lee DeWyze, American Idol Season 9 winner and Mount Prospect native, will perform. Guests will enjoy an evening focused on health, healing and advocating for today’s cancer patients. They will shop an elaborate silent auction filled with unique items, then enjoy cocktails and dinner, a fast-paced live auction, a compelling performance and video by Lee DeWyze, and a dance party featuring live music. Auction items include Super Bowl XLVII tickets, an inclusive escape to Walt Disney World® with backstage access, and tickets to live television events, including “Dancing with the Stars” and the Emmys®. Tickets are $500. Call (847) 342-7450 or visit demandcurestoday.org.
Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) fifth annual benefit gala: 7 p.m. Nov. 3, River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago. Gala honorees Karin Teglia, former SVP of Finance for McDonald’s Corporation and Dean Teglia, former managing partner of Accenture’s Chicago office Gala Chair is Michelle Kaplan of Deerfield; Auction Chair is Debby Beerman of Deerfield; Gift Bag Chair is Katie Cohen of Highland Park. Event features silent auction. Tickets: $300 per person; additional tickets and sponsorships available. Funds raised will be used for scientific research aimed at finding a cure for food allergies. Contact Jennifer Jobrack, Midwest Director at (224) 544-5180 or email@example.com, or see faiusa.org/chicagobenefit.
The Lexi Kazian Foundation-Helping from Heaven “Night on the Green” Fundraiser: 7:30-11:30 p.m. Nov. 3, White Deer Run Golf Club, 250 West Gregg’s Parkway, Vernon Hills. Sponsored by Mothers with Young Children, of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libertyville. Cocktail attire required. Evening features comedy, dancing, food, drinks and a fabulous raffle featuring over 20 raffle baskets and items. Proceeds benefit Helping from Heaven. Tickets: $50 per person. Final RSVP and payment by Oct. 31. Contact Vanessa Stalter at firstname.lastname@example.org / 847-680-1156 or Kara Czaplewski at email@example.com / 847-362-7372 or Katie Thedos at firstname.lastname@example.org / 847-530-1922 for ticket information.
TUTA Theatre Chicago annual fundraising event “This is TUTA 2012”: 8-11 p.m. Nov. 3, TUTA Studio Theatre, 2010 W. Fulton Ave., Chicago, ample free street parking. Benefits their 2012-13 season and the continuation of their training center. Evening features delicious food, beer and wine, featured TUTA entertainers in performance, plus a silent auction and prize drawing. Admission is a minimum donation of $60 per and $100 per couple (a $10 savings). Donations will be accepted at the door, or can be given in advance at tutato.com. TUTA is a not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Stone at 773.680.0826 or via e-mail at Jackie@tutato.com.
University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center Hosts Families with Diabetes: 9-11:30 a.m., Nov. 4, Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. Free to families who have kids with diabetes. Call 773.702.2371 or register at kolverdiabetescenter.org/kohl/ by Nov. 1. Sponsored by Kovler Diabetes Center. kolverdiabetescenter.org.
The Warming House Youth Center 18th Annual Warming House Bowl-a-Thon: 3-5 p.m. Nov. 4, Wilmette Bowling Center, 1903 Schiller Avenue, Wilmette. warminghouse.org, (847) 256-5288.
Aviva/Lilah Hadassah North Shore’s Baking with Bubbe Part 2 – Baking Challah: 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 7, and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, at a member’s home in Glenview. Reservations required. Program Chair is Shari Forsythe of Northbrook. President is Deanna Jacobson of Glenview. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: email@example.com or northshore.hadassah.org.
Final football luncheon for the CatBackers: 11:30 a.m., Nov. 8, Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Ave., Evanston. Special guests include Northwestern’s own Dave Eanet, Sports Director of WGN Radio and voice of the ‘Cats in football and basketball, Adam Cushing, Offensive Line Coach for the ‘Cats, as well as a couple of Cat players. $25. Forr more information, contact Tammy Walker at 847-467-1268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nehara Hadassah North Shore Jewish Cooking Class of traditional Jewish recipes: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8, at a member’s home in Vernon Hills. Cooking Chef is Helene Cohen. Cost is $25 to benefit Hadassah projects. Reservations required. President is Keeley Kosoff of Vernon Hills. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: email@example.com or northshore.hadassah.org.
Northbrook Court and NS Magazine Fashionable Affair with Charity Flair “Fashion Forward”: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 8, Northbrook Court. An exclusive runway show and live auction benefiting six local charities, including DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago; North Shore United Way; Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired; FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana; and the Lynn Sage Foundation. Representatives from the featured charities will model the latest winter styles from select Northbrook Court retailers. Guests will have the opportunity to bring the entire look home with them by bidding on the outfits and accessories in a live auction. Guests also will be treated to delicious bites and a dessert bar from Whole Foods and a beauty bar from Neiman Marcus. The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., with the runway show and live auction starting at 7 p.m. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales, live auction and silent auction items featured at the event will be donated to the charities. $25 advance; $35 at door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://fashionforwardnorthbrook.eventbrite.com.
Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care Benefit: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 8, Potter’s Lounge in the Palmer House Hilton, 124 S. Wabash St., Chicago. Cocktails for a cause. Guestscan sip on Svekda Vodka, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and win great raffle prizes. $25 online presale; $30 door. See heartandalliance.org/vital/evets.
The Wilmette Rotary Club’s annual benefit, “Wine and Dine Around the World”: 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 9, Kenilworth Club, 410 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth. Features fine wines of famed growing regions, supplied by The Bottle Shop of Wilmette, paired with gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Depot Nuevo and The Noodle of Wilmette, a silent auction, festivities and more. The public is welcome and proceeds will benefit the Wilmette Rotary Club’s impressive local, national and international service projects. Tickets: $65 advance; sponsorships available. wilmetterotary.org, (847) 910-4902.
Barrington Junior Womens Club Fundraiser Fashion Show “Great Gatsby Glam”: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, Stonegate Conference Centre, 2401 West Higgins Road (at Barrington Road I-90 interchange), Hoffman Estates. The day will showcase fashions from Barrington area boutiques and designers throughout Chicagoland. Enjoy feeling like you are at the movie premier with our red-carpet entry, then take part in a fabulous day of boutique shopping, Silent and Live Auctions, Fashion show and Lunch. Tickets: $65. Jen Martin, (847) 345-9711, bjwc.org.
Clearbrook “Newsapalooza3”: 7:30 p.m. showtime, Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. Hosted by radio personality Roe Conn; music direction by Richard Marx. Benefts Clearbrook. Tickes are $100 each. see clearbrook.org or call Gloria Drake at (847) 385-5012.
Concern Worldwide U.S. 2012 Thanks-for-giving Ball: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 10, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, 230 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The ball is hosted by the Concern Leadership Network, a group of service-minded young professionals who support Concern’s mission through outreach and events-based fundraising. Proceeds raised from the black-tie optional ball will support Concern’s programs in need of immediate assistance. The event chairs are Kathy McCauley, Molly McShane and Jeanne Wrenn. Tickets: $125. Call Lisa Jacobus at 312.431.8400 ext. 200, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit concernusa.org and register online.
LSSI 31st Annual Amicus Certus (‘True Friend’) Celebration: Nov. 10, Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Guests will be able to enjoy tours of the Club’s extensive art collection. Hosted by The Women’s Network of LSSI; Honors Kent P. Dauten. Tickets: $250; sponsorships are also available. Proceeds will benefit all LSSI programs. For more information or to make reservations, contact Ed Newton at 847/635-4656, or at Edward.Newton@LSSI.org. Reservations can also be made online at LSSI.org.
The Park Ridge Fine Arts Society 52nd Annual Symphony Benefit: 6 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. candlelight dinner, Nov. 10, Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. Black-tie optional. Members of the Society’s board say that the success of the benefit is crucial to helping ensure the future of the organization’s traditional, free summer concert series in Park Ridge’s Hodges Park. Guests can dance to the music of Brian Patti and his Orchestra, one of the staples of the annual summer concert series, drawing literally thousands of residents to Hodges Park to hear and dance to the group’s “Big Band” sounds. Tickets are $100 each, available by contacting Society board member, Dawn Himley-Grandi, at email@example.com. More information is available at http:/ww.prfas.org/
Fisher Dance Center’s First Holiday Shopping Bazaar: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11, 807 Ridge Road, West Wilmette. Features a variety of businesses and products. Each participating Bazaar vendor will share a percentage of their sales to help Fisher’s Dance Foundation of Chicago to support the girls continuing studies as scholars of the Dance Foundation. Hosted by the Board of The Dance Foundation, Bazaar shops participating will include W by Worth Clothing from Julie Melulis of Winnetka; Allegro Dance Boutique’s Dance Apparel, Accessories & Gifts from Allegro’s Melanie Berg of Evanston; Premier Designs Jewelry from Mary Murray Felish of Wilmette; Beijo Bags of Deerfield from Veronica Otten Goldman of Deerfield; Custom Papercrafted Picture Frames from Defining Moments by Jocelyn Tobias of Deerfield and lite fare and refreshments from the Winnetka Wine Shop and other local groups sponsored by the Board of Directors of The Dance Foundation and The Fisher Dance Center. The Shopping Bazaar will also include a cash raffle and a separate raffle of items including four (4) Tickets to the Fisher Dance Center Benefit Pre-performance Reception and ‘front and center’ row seats (4) to the FDC Spring Performance to be held at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois. Other items on the raffle include two tickets to the sold out One Direction band’s concert to be held July of next summer in Tinley Park as well as other items donated by participating vendors of the Bazaar. Raffle tickets will begin to be sold at the Fisher Dance Center for both of these raffles in the next week. Raffle ticket prices are $2 per ticket or three tickets for $5. $5.00 per person complimentary donation admission. (847) 920-9121 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Boundary Hadassah annual Fall Luncheon, “For the Love of Our Children”: 11 a.m., Nov. 11, Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West. Featured speaker is Bard Nieder, M.D., who is known as “The Healthy Humorist.” Nieder, whose style is reminiscent of early Jerry Seinfeld, will discuss how a good bellylaugh can reduce stress and lessen pain. He will also talk about wellness tips. Michele Rubin, president-elect of Chicago-North Shore Hadassah, will be a guest speaker as she outlines plans for the upcoming year; raffle and silent auction. Cost: $36. Proceeds will benefit Camp Young Judea Midwest as well as the Joy of Judaism program in Israel, which cares for children living in villages funded by Youth Aliyah, a child rescue program. Chairs for the luncheon are Judy Frank, Judy Arkin and Michele Reznick. For further information or for reservations, please call the Hadassah Chicago office at 847-675-6790.
Chaverot Hadassah North Shore Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12, member’s home in Mundelein. Guest speaker will be Rodi Glass, Holocaust Survivor, Tell It How It Was. Reservations required. Program Chair is Dora Grinberg. Co-Presidents are Sharron Rosenthal and Vicki Siegel of Mundelein. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: email@example.com or northshore.hadassah.org.
The Neighbors of Kenilworth Holiday Entertaining with Gale Gand: noon aperitifs; 12:30 p.m. lunch; 1 p.m. program, Nov. 13, Kenilworth Club, 410 Kenilworth Avenue Kenilworth. Support the Neighbors of Kenilworth commitment to philanthropy by bringing a contribution of non-perishable foods which will be taken to the New Trier Township Food Pantry. Tickets: $35 members; $45 non-members. neighborsofkenilworth.com.
The Northwest Circle of Friends Monthly Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13, Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling. Program will be Joyce Grattoni of Flowers by Grattoni who will be sharing and demonstrating ideas for Fall tablescapes. All members are invited, as well as those thinking of becoming members of the Northwest Circle of Friends. For reservations and meal selection, please contact Edna Poduch at 847-991-9521. To find out more about The Northwest Circle of Friends and their activities, please visit us at nwcircleoffriends.com.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dream a Little Dream Fashion Show and Luncheon: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13. Presented by Camping World and Good Sam, Dream a Little Dream will be held at the Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Jude. Individual tickets are $100; tables start at $1,000. See the latest fashions, participate in a raffle and enjoy a reception with hair and makeup touchups. Call (773) 784-6704 or visit stjudefashionshow.com.
Merger of Hadassah’s Chicago and North Shore Chapters will be celebrated with a gala installation of newly elected officers: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 15, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Features a one-woman show presenting the life of the founder of Hadassah - “Henrietta Szold: Mother of a Multitude” feauring Roslyn Alexander, well-known in Chicago theaters. Installing officer will be Marlene Post, past president of National Hadassah. She will install Michele Rubin of Northbrook as President of the new Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter. Rubin will then install the 2013 Executive Board. A light supper and dessert will be served; dietary laws observed. Cost of the evening is $20 per person. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or northshore.hadassah.org.
Stand Up for Youth–A Night of Comedy: 7 p.m. Nov. 16, The Lakeview Room at Park Center in the Glen, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. Begin your night right with delicious food and drinks and a chance to purchase raffle tickets for our incredible raffle prizes – everything from sports tickets to dining and entertainment to a weekend full of family fun, a live auction and a chance to bid on Bears vs. Packers tickets. Now we can let the laughter begin as Emcee Bob Higa, The Laughing Academy Students and the GBN Comedy Troupe jump start the event, warming up the stage for our headliner, the hilarious Henry Cho. Tickets are $75 and include food, a drink ticket and entertainment. To purchase admission and raffle tickets visit ysgn.org or call 847.724.2620. The proceeds from this Benefit will go directly to Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook and the services it provides.
Circle Theatre’s annual fundraiser “Private Party-Magic to Do”!: 6:30 p.m. party, 7:30 p.m. performance, Nov. 17, Circle Theatre, 1010 W. Madison, Oak Park. The festivities will center around a private, invitation only, presentation of a Bollywood-infused production of the Broadway smash, Pippin, open bar, silent auction, door prizes, raffle, appetizers,intermission desserts, champagne toastand more. Tickets: $100. Call (708) 660-9542, http://circle-theater.org/PrivateParty%202012.shtml.
10th annual PamJam fundraiser: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Exmoor Country Club, 700 Vine Avenue, Highland Park. Event is hosted by family in memory of Pam Katten, a native of Chicago and Winnetka, who lost her battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in 2002 when she was just 41 years old. The event includes a cocktail reception, dinner buffet, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Auction items include Honorary Chicago White Sox Bat Boy/Girl, Luxury Vacation Packages, cutting edge electronics for the home, gourmet restaurant certificates, Chicago Theater “Must-Sees” and much more. Tickets are $140. Proceeds raised at the PamJam go primarily towards funding cancer research through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). To purchase tickets or to make a donation contact Annette Slovick at email@example.com or (312) 902-5226, or visit PamJam.org.
Park Ridge Board of Northwestern Settlement Assn. “Cherub Brunch”: 11 a.m., Nov. 18, Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect, Park Ridge. Tickets are $60. The proceeds from the benefit directly support the Settlement’s Food Pantry and Emergency Services Program. Last year the Settlement provided food, financial assistance and other services to more than 8,000 low-income neighbors. The Northwestern University Settlement Association is one of the country’s last traditional settlement houses, and has served Chicago’s Northwest side community since 1891. The settlement provides assistance to those in poverty and gives them the means to break from the cycle of welfare into a self-productive life. The event is open to the public and features the Country Club’s gourmet brunch buffet, live and silent auctions of unique crystal, crafts and more; raffles and games. See events.org/cherub or call Katie Taylor, 773-278-7471 for tickets.
Shaw’s Crab House hosts a Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet and a Grand Crab Buffet to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Nov. 22, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722. Both family-friendly buffets will be served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet is $48 per adult and kids 12 and younger are $12.99. Grand Crab Buffet will be served on the second floor of the restaurant and is $56 per adult and kids 12 and under are $19.99 (both buffets are exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages). A Thanksgiving Day donation will be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information or to make reservations for either buffet, please call 847.517.2722 or visit www.shawscrabhouse.com.
Oak Brook Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Auxiliary hosts Martini Medley and Mistletoe Medley: Nov. 26 and 27, Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The benefit raises money to support the Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The festivities begin at 5-9 p.m. Nov. 26 with our Martini Medley Preview Party. Guests will be treated to complimentary martinis, a complimentary beverage, hors d’oeuvres and a first opportunity to preview great merchandise from 40 vendors, along with live entertainment, preferred raffle and more. Tickets are $45 advance; $55 door. On Nov. 27, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Mistletoe Medley opens its doors to a day of “friendraising” and fundraising. Great shopping awaits guests in our Gift Boutique featuring 40 vendors, a $5,000 cash raffle,spa and beauty experiences, theater tickets, great dining, jewelry, fashion, and sports packages and much more. Member hand-painted ceramic Christmas tree centerpieces are available for purchase for $75 each. Allison Rosati, the evening news anchor at NBC5 in Chicago, will serve as the Mistletoe Medley Honorary Chairman and Mistress of Ceremonies. After the luncheon, Zzazz Productions will present a fashion show featuring the best of Chicago and suburban style. Tickets are $75. For further information, contact Chapter President Joyce Cox-Cunningham at 630/852-6019 or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org Guests may also choose to purchase tickets through PayPal.
Chai Hadassah Book Club: 9:30 a.m., Nov. 38, North Shore Hadassah office, 3000 Dundee #313, Northbrook. Judy Levin will be reviewing “To The End of the Land” by David Grossman. A $10 donation to Hadassah is required to attend benefiting Hadassah missions. Special club fees for yearly and snow bird members. Book Club Chair is Barbara Turek of Northbrook. Co-Presidents are June Gold of Buffalo Grove and Lana Lake of Northbrook. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at 847-205-1900, Email: email@example.com or see us on the web at www.northshore.hadassah.org
Wilmette Hadassah Youth Aliyah Luncheon: noon, Nov. 28, Glenview Wildfire Restaurant, 1300 Patriot Blvd. Speaker Leah Polin, former Executive Director of the Dawn R. Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning in Skokie will be the main speaker. Youth Aliyah programs continue to help the most vulnerable children in Israel to lead fruitful and productive lives. Co-chairmen at Lillian Mann of Golf and Eunice Bloomenkranz of Skokie. Co-presidents are Brenda Lake of Morton Grove and Connie Grossman of Northbrook. Cost is $35, benefits Hadassah Medical Organization. Reservations required. For more information contact the Hadassah North Shore office at (847) 205-1900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or northshore.hadassah.org.
AIDS Foundation of Chicago “World of Chocolate” annual holiday gala benefit: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29, Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Commemmorates World AIDS Day. Guests will experience confections from dozens of Chicago’s finest chocolatiers, restaurants and caterers. Chicago A-list food critics will be in attendance and charged with crowning the night’s best creations. Attendees will also enjoy a light buffet, specialty cocktails, a raffle with lavish prizes and music. General Admission: $125 (includes one event ticket); Red Ribbon Ticket: $225 (includes one event ticket, early VIP access, name recognition on event website and electronic program); Bittersweet Bliss Ticket Package: $800 (includes four event tickets, early VIP access, name recognition on invitation, event website and electronic program); Chocolate Ecstasy Ticket Package: $1,500 (includes six event tickets, early VIP access, name recognition on invitation, event website and electronic program). Funds raised support AFC’s grant-making, policy and public education programs. For more information and to reserve tickets, call (312) 334-0935 or visit aidschicago.org/chocolate.
The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society’s seventh annual All Aboard! Party: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Co-chaired by Gail Miller and Alicia Crawford, both of Lake Forest, the theme of this year’s dinner is “The Splendor of Imperial Russia.” Evening features entertainment, cocktail reception complemented by a caviar and vodka bar, performance by “Golosa,” a Russian singing ensemble. One of the items to be raffled during the evening will be an eight-day cruise for two on the Rhine River, a gift of Viking River Cruises. Tickets begin at $400 per person. The Woman’s Board is in its first year of “Growing The Future,” a $1 million pledge to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Proceeds from 2012 will support the Garden’s Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest community gardening programs. Tickets for the party begin at $400 per person. Table packages are available. Call (847) 835-6944 for tickets and information.
Chai Hadassah North Shore Mitzvah Day (good deeds): 10 a.m. till noon, Nov. 30, Jewish Children’s Bureau, 255 Revere Drive, Northbrook. The Chai members will be there to help with the sorting of donated Chanukah presents to be given to children in need. Event Chair is Susan Goldberg of Wilmette. Co-Presidents are June Gold of Buffalo Grove and Lana Lake of Northbrook. North Shore President is Randy Heidenfelder of Lake Zurich. For more information about joining Hadassah contact the Hadassah North Shore office at 847-205-1900, Email: email@example.com or see us on the web at www.northshore.hadassah.org
Family Network Fundraiser: Nov. 30, Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Presentation of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”. Chairman is Jordan Friedman, Center Director of Northbrook. Tickets: $50. All proceeds benefit Family Network,A Family Focus Center, 330 Laurel Avenue Highland Park, to support ongoing Parent/Child Center programming. Call Sonia Calles, 847-433-0377x301 or see FamilyNetworkCenter.org
The Guild of St. Mary’s Christmas Prelude Fundraiser: Nov. 30, Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive. Co-chairmen at Monique Kraft and Stephanie Knight, both of Lake Forest. Tikets are $75. Proceeds raised will support the efforts of The Guild of St. Mary. Contact Stephanie Knight firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-232-3999 for tickets. churchofstmary.org.
McGaw YMCA 21st Annual Ceramics Sale: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Get shopping done and support the Y (20 percent of proceeds go to the Y) at 1000 Grove St., Evanston. Visit mcgawymca.org/give/events/ for registration information and details or call (847) 475-7400.
Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Fair: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 30; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 2, Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Hundreds of vendors. Lambs Farm booth will offer homemade products like their famous butter cookies, chocolates and jams. Proceeds benefit Lambs Farm. $7 per person; $6 per car parking. lambsfarm.org.
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