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Fideliter Club of Elgin celebrates   A Night in Napa Valley

Chef AlaRoby is pictured with his wife Esther.

Chef Alain Roby is pictured with his wife Esther.

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Updated: February 14, 2013 6:29AM

The Fideliter Club of Elgin held their annual Gala, celebrating their 124th Ball at the Elgin Country Club in Elgin, based on the theme, “A Night in Napa Valley.”

Entering the room at the Elgin Country Club, guests were in awe as they gazed at the beautifully decorated room adorned with grape vines, candles and tall glass vases filled with brilliant red roses. This was the result of the talents of Karen Boyer and her husband Dennis, who orchestrated the decorating by members who took along their husbands for the set-up.

More than 150 guests enjoyed the elaborate evening of cocktails, a performance by Children’s Theatre members, a fabulous dinner and dancing and the music of vocalist Lisa McClowry.

The chair of this year’s Ball, Brenda Morrissy of Hampshire, had this comment: “Our annual Charity Ball serves as the Fideliter Club’s major fund raiser. It is steeped in the rich history of helping others. The Club is Elgin’s oldest philanthropic organization, founded in 1888. Through the proceeds of our annual Charity Ball, the Club donated over $25,000 this year to area non-profits.”

Among those in attendance were Cindy and Rich Green, Bill and Julie Lichtenberg, Colleen Colligan, Linda and Chuck Gruber, Sandy and Fred Imming, Janine and Al Kirkland, and Linda and Kerry O’Connor, to name a few. For more information about the Club, contact Angie You at 847-608-0644.

The Candy Man

World-renowned pastry guru, Chef Alain Roby, put the finishing touches on the “World’s Longest Candy Cane” as he attempted to obtain his 3rd Guinness World Record in beautiful downtown Geneva on Dec. 8.

The candy cane stretched 45 feet beginning at the Geneva Courthouse and stretching to the intersection in front of his All Chocolate Kitchen at 33 S. Third Street. More than 300 excited residents, neighbors and friends joined Mayor Kevin R. Burns and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce as they watched Chef Roby pull the sugar down festive Third Street.

Holder of two previous Guinness World Records for World’s Tallest Cooked Sugar Building (12 feet, 10 inches tall) and World’s Tallest Chocolate Sculpture (20 feet, 8 inches tall), Chef Roby’s attempt for a three-peat put him over the top as the only pastry chef to hold three Guinness World Records.

A Certified Master Chef of Pastry and Sugar Artistry and Hall of Fame member in both Pastry Art & Design and Chocolatier magazines, Chef Roby is internationally known for his talent in creating sugar and chocolate masterpieces. ACK offers guests the opportunity to indulge in exquisite desserts and truffles from the finest quality Belgian and Swiss chocolate. Roby and his team also create artistic sugar sculptures as well as authentic Italian Gelato with imported ingredients from Rome. His life-sized chocolate sculptures as seen on the Food Network are displayed at the café.

Places to be scene

“Some Dreams Just Need a Little Help” is the theme of the Elgin Community College Foundation as they celebrate their 15th annual Founders’ Day Brunch. You’re invited to help them celebrate from 11 a.m. to noon and brunch and program beginning at noon on Sunday, Jan. 27 with a champagne reception. You will enjoy delicious selections at each brunch station. The event will be held at Elgin Community College, Building E, The University and Business Center, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin. For more information, call 847-214-7377.

You can’t afford to miss Mark Morgan as he appraises antiques and collectibles from 2 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Community Room of the Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove Avenue in Elgin. Register by calling the library at 847-742-4248.

Drury Lane Theatre presents “Sunset Boulevard” (based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film). The story of the faded glory and unfulfilled ambition of movie star Norma Desmond will open Feb. 1 and run to March 24. For ticket information, call 630-530-0111. The theatre is located at 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook.

The Elgin Symphony celebrates their 63rd season as they invite you to share a Sunday afternoon performance featuring conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, an ESO Music Director finalist with Jennifer Frantschi featured on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” The Sunday concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Hemmens Theatre, 20 DuPage Court , Elgin. For tickets, call 847-888-0404.

You’re invited to the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Elgin Community College, Building E, University Business Center, sponsored by the City of Elgin Human Relations Commission. The keynote speaker is motivational speaker and activist Dan Duster of Chicago, great grandson of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells. A special food drive is also encouraged. Drop off sites include Jewel-Osco Stores, Elgin Fresh Market, Butera Market in Elgin and City Hall, to name a few. Janice Hare serves as this year’s MLK Prayer Breakfast Chair. For more information, call 847-931-5667.

Friends of the former Lisa Boehm School of Ballet invite you to attend a commemorative Centennial Birthday Party in memory of Lisa Boehm (Jan. 27, 1913 – Jan. 24, 2008) from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Elgin History Museum, 2nd floor, 360 Park Street, Elgin, Please RSVP yes or no at 847-742-5910.

Kudos, Kudos:

Special kudos to the Elgin Symphony Youth Symphony Orchestra, who presented their second annual Faculty Recital on Jan. 6 at the Spartan Auditorium of Elgin Community College.

We applaud all of the special talent who gave of their time and played magnificently to a packed auditorium. If you would like to be a part of supporting these talented musicians and students, call 847-622-0300.

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