Community Bank to present "Miracle on 34th Street"

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By Community Editor

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest will present Miracle on 34th Street at the Lake Theatre on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. Free tickets for the original 1947 classic can be picked up at either Community Bank location: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL or 7777 Lake Street, River Forest, IL. There is a limit of six tickets per person. The Lake Theatre is located at 1022 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL.

Prior to the presentation of Miracle on 34th Street, Community Bank will be accepting donated gifts on behalf of Bethel New Life, and attendees are encouraged to bring a gift. Bethel New Life is a nonprofit organization located at 4950 W. Thomas, Chicago. All donated gifts must be new and should not be wrapped.

The most popular donations last year were electronic and educational games for toddlers, toys, African American Barbie dolls, board games, winter gear for all ages and genders, bed sheets, bath and body products, house wares, Walmart gift cards and books. Collected gifts will be donated to Bethel's annual Christmas Store, which is designed to give families a way to purchase Christmas gifts with dignity. Donated gifts are sold at the Christmas Store to families for an affordable price: $1, $5, or $10. The proceeds enable Bethel to send 20 high school students from the Austin community on a college tour.

This is the fourth consecutive year Community Bank is presenting a holiday film classic at the Lake Theatre. Last year over 500 guests attended the event, which is quickly becoming a community favorite. "Lots of families like to attend, and it's great to see children with their parents and grandparents all celebrating the holiday season. By presenting Miracle on 34th Street, Community Bank is able to give something back during the holidays as a special thank you to the community," said Walter Healy, President of Community Bank.

Miracle on 34th Street stars Natalie Wood as Susan, a young girl whose rational outlook on life starts to change when she begins to believe that the Kris Kringle working as Santa Claus at Macy's department store in New York City may actually be the real Santa Claus. Her mother, played by Maureen O'Hara, has her misgivings about Kris and thinks his seasonal job as Santa Claus is an unhealthy way to fulfill his life's fantasy. Some people, especially Susan, begin to notice that there really is something special about Kris and believe he has the ability to bring the true spirit of Christmas to both young and old.

Community Bank has been a frequent facilitator of financial literacy events, and during its sixteen year history the Bank has donated over $2 million to various local civic and charitable organizations. Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest was organized in 1996 as a locally owned bank focused on creating financial solutions for individuals, professionals, owners of closely-held businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park communities. Community Bank, which had assets of $320 million as of December 31, 2011, has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

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