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Ecker Center’s ‘Wishes for Wellness’ brunch a huge success

More than 150 friends and supporters of the Ecker Center enjoyed a lavish selection of delicious specialties prepared by ten local restaurants at this year’s “Wishes for Wellness” Brunch, held May 18 at the Elgin Community College University Business Center. Guests enjoyed piano selections from …

Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur raises $350,000 for health-care programs

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Guests came from far and wide, harkening back to the 1893 World’s Fair, which united people from all walks of life. Nearly 550 friends of Alexian Brothers descended on the Field Museum April 26th for the 28th annual Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur. With the …

Steppin’ Out

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“Purses With Purpose,” the women’s giving circle created by the Elgin Community College Foundation to provide scholarship assistance for women in transition, held “It’s in the Bag: An After Hours Event Empowering Women Through Education” on April 18 at Elgin Country Club. Forty or more …

Stars dance for charity at Winter Harvest

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PADS’ Winter Harvest fundraiser had its biggest year yet, as more than 350 guests helped celebrate the sixth-annual event. The dancers were divided into teams: Team One (the winners), Dr. Dorie Poulos and Dr. Angelo Brovos; Team Two, George Rawlinson and Chris Danzi; Team Three, …

Zoological Society’s fundraiser salutes area outreach

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The Women’s Board of the Chicago Zoological Society, in partnership with the Society’s Board of Trustees, hosted the 31st annual “Whirl at Brookfield Zoo” on April 21. The theme for this year’s black tie fundraiser was “It’s a Wonderful Whirl” and highlighted the Society’s legacy …

Evangelical Covenant Church celebrates Scandinavian traditions

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The first Saturday in December, Santa Lucia is celebrated at Evangelical Covenant Church of Elgin. It is a morning of good “Scandinavian Egg Coffee” with all the pastries, cheeses, lefse, herring, cardamom bread, pepperkaker and a variety of Swedish cookies that all the women of …

Founders’ Day salutes Judson’s beginnings

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As a reporter, I have attended almost all of the Judson Founders’ Day celebrations. And, I must admit, I was impressed as Linda Cain was called to the podium to be honored for her many contributions, such as hosting the annual Etiquette Dinner, teaching the …

‘A Magical Night’ raises funds for Little Angels center

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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 …

Festival of Trees benefit a major boost for Ecker Center for Mental Health

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Karen Beyer thanked the festival committee guests, sponsors and tree designers for making the 2010 Ecker Center for Mental Health’s Festival of Trees at its most successful fundraiser ever. The major event sponsor for the 10th year was EFS Foundation. Many other businesses also participated …

A YWCA tradition: Queen for a Day

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The YWCA Elgin hosted its ninth annual Queen for a Day Postcards from the Past event at the Elgin Country Club on Aug. 21. It was such an enchanting event and the chair, Donna Anderson, created an eye-catching and welcoming Victorian tea for all the …

Moonlight and red roses highlight Provena Gala

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There was “Moonlight and Roses” at the Stonegate Banquet Center for this year’s annual Provena Saint Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Benefit Gala held Oct. 23. The fundraising event was highlighted by the abundant red roses as centerpieces, on the podium and given to each person when …

Little Angels presents A Little Night Music

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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 …

More than $90K raised for heart association

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The Naperville Hilton was the site of this year's American Heart Association 2010 GO RED for Women volunteer committee members' luncheon for Kane and DuPage counties, as they celebrated the successful event under the leadership of Chair Pat Szpekowski of PmS Advertising Inc. in Carpentersville. …