Updated: January 5, 2014 6:28AM
ELGIN — PADS of Elgin Inc is planning its annual Winter Harvest for the Homeless event Feb. 2.
The event — which includes dinner, dancing and silent auction — will take place at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31. Ticket cost is $85.
This year’s event will mark the eighth anniversary of the Stars Dance for PADS of Elgin Dance Contests. It features volunteer teams from the area who train and perform a dance show for audience enjoyment and votes. Dancers competing in the upcoming dance contest include:
Anna and Marc Moeller with instructor Tonya Lucchetti-Hudson
Sarah and John Slater with instructor Danielle Slater
Elisa and Jesus Lara with instructors Maria and Celia Lopez
Margaret and Brandon Fox with instructor Atlee Matthews
Marlene and Dave Daubert with instructor Abbie Eklund
Laurie and Tim Williams with instructor Lisa Schmidt
People can help their favorite dance team win in two ways: by attending the event to contribute support to them that evening or voting online in advance. Log onto padsel.ejoinme.org/dance2014 to vote via credit card (votes in the form of cash or check also are accepted at the PADS office). Each dollar contributed counts as one vote and supports the team as well as PADS. To view dance videos from last year’s event, visit the PADS of Elgin Inc. Facebook page at facebook.com/padsofelgin.
This annual event represents the largest yearly fundraiser for PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). Proceeds from this night, held during one of the coldest months of the year, literally keep the doors open for hundreds of men, women and children who rely on PADS to provide safe shelter for them each year, a release from the organization said. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting the PADS office at 847-608-9744.
PADS of Elgin Inc. is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides emergency, overnight shelter to homeless men, women and children within Elgin, Dundee and Hanover townships. PADS is a catalyst in fostering community and social service agency partnerships, which effectively and efficiently provide coordinated services for short- and intermediate-term customized care, targeting client growth, development and self-sufficiency, the release said.