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‘A Magical Night’ raises funds for Little Angels center

The second annual Angel Songs Gal'A Magical Night' was held Sanfilippo Estate BarringtHills Saturday September 17th. Pictured above are (l-r)

The second annual Angel Songs Gala "A Magical Night" was held at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Saturday, September 17th. Pictured above are (l-r) Wasmond; LeeAnn Trotter, NBC/Channel 5 entertainment reporter and Master of Ceremonies and Pat Wasmond, Founder of Little Angels.

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Updated: November 16, 2011 10:05AM

On Sept. 17, Little Angels friends and supporters gathered at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills to celebrate the second annual Angel Songs gala. The theme, “A Magical Night,” certainly held true.

The event was a benefit for Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care in Elgin.

The evening began with a tour of the Sanfilippo mansion and performance by The Harp Twins — identical twin harpists Camille and Kennerly Diebold. The festivities continued in the Sanfilippo Carousel House, where guests were treated to the song stylings of Jeorge Holmes, magic tricks and illusions by magicians Bob James, Wayne Braun and Jeanette Leonard, a gourmet meal, raffles, silent auction, brisk live auction and a moving video featuring Little Angels families.

A highlight of the evening was the grand raffle drawing for a week’s stay in Hawaii, courtesy of Charles and Emmy Helfrick, with a $1,000 Visa gift card courtesy of Bill and Mary Corliss. The night concluded with a ride on the famous Sanfilippo 1890s French carousel.

“This night was such a high point and fantastic finale to a very busy year,” said Mary Jean Adkins, director of development for Little Angels. “It took an amazing group effort to make this come true.”

The Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care, the not-for-profit agency that sponsored the gala, raises money for the residents of Little Angels and owns and operates the Cathy Freeman Center for Developmental Training, which offers a therapeutic day training program to the young adults with severe disabilities. Angel Songs raised over $85,000 in support of the Center for Exceptional Care.

Other highlights in the evening included Honorary Chair Roland Harper, record-holding former fullback with the Chicago Bears and Little Angels parent, talking about what Little Angels has meant to him and his wife Donna. Also, LeeAnn Trotter, Channel 5 entertainment reporter and Angel Songs emcee, spoke of the emotional impact the Little Angels video had on her as well as her joy at meeting several of the Little Angels residents present.

To learn more about Little Angels and The Cathy Freeman Center, visit

Fox Valley Beaux Arts fashions ‘Ebony and Ivory’

The Elgin Country Club was the perfect setting for the elegant Fox Valley Beaux Arts Luncheon/Fashion Show held Sept. 24. The event was fashioned by White House/Black Market in Geneva Commons. More than 150 fashion divas were more than excited to attend this well-organized silent auction/raffle and style show, “Ebony and Ivory.” Many guests took the theme to heart, wearing black or white as accessories.

The event was the most successful fundraiser yet for Fox Valley Beaux Arts. The organization raises money for scholarships for senior college-bound students focusing on the arts. This year’s scholarship winner, Stef Tovar, founded the Route 66 Theater Group. Those in attendance were impressed not only by his talent but also his many accomplishments.

If you would like more information about Beaux Arts or to become a member, call Mary Ellen Kanies Beckman at 847-697-1085.

Fideliter Club: ‘Winter Wonderland Gala’ set

The Fideliter Club of Elgin, a not-for-profit organization, will hold its 123rd annual Charity Ball on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Elgin Country Club in Elgin. The theme of this year’s ball is “A Winter Wonderland Gala.” The black-tie event will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of the popular Lisa McLowry and Company. Call Betsy Cappas at 847-742-4086.

The club’s first vice president and this year’s ball chair is Angie Young of Elgin. “Our annual charity ball serves as the Fideliter Club’s major fundraising project to benefit many area not-for-profit service agencies who serve the needs of women and children,” Young said. “I am honored to lead and continue this long-standing Elgin tradition.”

The Fideliter Club also supports the Elgin Children’s Theatre with a donation toward its scholarship fund. Members of the group will perform for guests at the charity ball again this year.

“The Fideliter Club is Elgin’s oldest philanthropic organization, founded in 1888. Through the proceeds of our annual charity ball, the Fideliter Club donated over $21,000 this year to area nonprofits,” Young added.

The club provides donations to the milk fund at the Elgin Child and Family Resource Center and the developmental and bilingual preschool programs in School District U46.

The profits of the annual charitable ball also are used to assist other local not-for-profit agencies: Elgin Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township, Girl Scouts-Sybaquay Council, Fox Valley Hospice, Senior Services Associates, Larkin Center, Ecker Center for Mental Health, Cal’s All Star Angels, Summit School Inc., Centro de Informacion, Elgin Day Care Center, Little Angels, Northern Illinois Girl Scouts, United Way of Elgin, Community Crisis Center, Literacy Connection, Well Child Center, YWCA-Elgin and Glenwood School for Boys. For more, call Cappas at 847-742-4086.

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