Centroís annual gala was held Oct. 2 at Villa Olivia Country Club in Bartlett. Jaime Garcia (from left), executive director of Centro de Informacion congratulates Denise Habun, who received the William Castillo Humanitarian Award. Also taking part are Marlene and Jack Shales, honorary chairs of the event. | Submitted photo
Updated: April 19, 2011 5:07AM
Little Angels held its Inaugural Angels Songs Gala — A Little Night Music — at the magnificent Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills on Sept. 25.
More than 300 guests attended and were treated to a tour of the Sanfilippo Mansion, with a live performance on the Sanfilippo Theater pipe organ by nationally renowned organist Martin Ellis. The open-house tour was followed by a dinner and program in the Carousel Pavilion which included song stylings by Chicago jazz singer Joe Ferrar during the cocktail hour, and harp music was performed by identical twins Camille and Kennerly Diebold during dinner.
To top the evening’s events each guest was presented with an Angel Songs Life Link bracelet.
Through charitable donations and sponsorship, a raffle and a lively auction by Bunte Auction Services, Little Angels raised $50,000.
Little Angels has long benefited from an annual motorcycle ride, the Little Angels Pledge Run. A Little Night Music was the first formal fundraising gala held by Little Angels. Plans are underway to make this an annual event. In fact, mark your calendars for the second Angel Songs Gala to be held at the Sanfilippo Estate on Sept. 17, 2011.
Centro de Informacion holds gala
The theme for Centro de Informacion’s Fiesta del Sol gala on Oct. 2 at Villa Olivia Country Club in Bartlett, was in keeping with the enjoyment provided by the Johnny Placeros Trio along with performances during dinner by Rondalla Recuerdos de Saltillo, a group of young Hispanics singing traditional Latin songs. Live music for dancing followed the live auction provided by Projecta Siete.
During the live auction, Terry Dunning asked auctiongoers to help Centro de Informacion by donating money to the “Keep up with Technology Fund.” The generosity of the crowd was astounding, as more than $10,000 was given to that fund. All the proceeds from the evening will help Centro continue its mission.
More than 15,000 Hispanics visit Centro annually at three suburban locations in Elgin, Hanover Park and Carpentersville. Some of the services provided and facilitated include Citizenship Services, Employment Services, Family Counseling, Parenting Classes, Bilingual Community Referral Services, Life Skill Seminars including Health, Financial, Housing, an emergency food pantry and more.
Comments regarding the evening event came from Jaime Garcia, executive director, who said, “I have received nothing but accolades from the people who attended.”
Peg Mueller, auction coordinator, said, “It was truly a magical evening, filled with wonderful music along with much kindness and generosity. Mission accomplished!”
For more information about Centro de Informacion, call 847-695-9050.
Places to be scene
Ecker Center for Mental Health is hosting its 10th annual Festival of Trees Celebration Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin. Attire: “A Touch of Glitz.” Enjoy live musical entertainment and a fun evening. For more information, call 847-695-0484.
The Fideliters Club of Elgin cordially invites you to attend its 122nd Fideliters Charity Ball “Magic of Music” on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Boulder Ridge Country Club, Lake in the Hills. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy music by the Sophisticats. Proceeds from this black tie event benefit children with needs in the Fox Valley area. For more information, contact Kathy Hannell at 847-515-8790.
Elgin Symphony Orchestra opens its season at 3:30 p.m. today as it presents Debussy and Mozart. Stephen Squires will conduct with harpist Stephen Hartman. Enjoy an afternoon at the Hemmens Cultural Center. For ticket information, call 847-888-4000.