Deb Quantock McCarey is an Illinois Press Association (IPA) award-winning freelance writer who has worked with Wednesday Journal Inc. since 1995, writing features and special sections for all its publications. An avid urban gardener and growing naturalist, she is also a local "green" advocate and community volunteer. As a WJ gardening blogger, Deb is also the host of Deb's Big Backyard, which runs on oakpark.com and airs on Oak Park public cable, Channel 6.
From dusk, and through the stroke of midnight on Saturday, March 5, it is safe to say that good deeds will be celebrated during the 2016 Hephzibah Children's Association's Once Upon a Time-themed, Heart of Gold Ball.
Powered by passion, presented with panache and assisted by "dog and pony show" props, via the television show "Shark Tank" theme, entrepreneurs Michelle Zurakowski, Jennifer Grenier and Beth Klein wowed a crowd of about 200 attendees (including a large panel of judges) to capture the $50,000 prize at the Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation's first annual Big Idea Pitch Party at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road, in Berwyn last night.
Last September, Alec Seavey, then a junior at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, was chosen to be among an elite cohort of grant makers-in-training who would be eager to award small grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) to several worthy youth-centered nonprofits in the spring.