Oak-Leyden Developmental Services is gearing up for its annual benefit and the exciting auction and raffle gifts are pouring in. The name of the upcoming fundraiser, "We've Got Great Taste," which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave. in Oak Park, provides a hint of what is in store for lucky guests.
There will certainly be food, but along with the buffet, guests will also have the opportunity to fill their personal souvenir shot glasses with beer, bourbon and wine, all paired with bites of delicious culinary creations. There will also be a wandering magician illusionist, raffles, an open bar, live music, and a photo booth.
With such a variety of unique items in the silent auction, there will be something for everyone on your holiday gift list, both children and adults. Prizes range from an Avigo Assault Revolution 12 speed mountain bike and an autographed Taylor Swift Fender Bullet Strat electric guitar to fourth-row, center-court tickets to a Chicago Bulls game. Also available will be three nights in a luxury Galena vacation home; an autographed Chicago Blackhawks jersey signed by Patrick Sharp and personalized to the winner; getaway packages at deluxe downtown Chicago hotels, including wine, dinner, and entertainment; two tickets to an Elton John concert; two round-trip tickets to anywhere Southwest flies; and even two tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks game against the Dallas Stars with a parking pass at the Club Level Center, Section 216, Row 6. The list goes on and on.
Wednesday Journal's own Alicia Plomin, a native Oak Parker, will be receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award at the event. Alicia has been working tirelessly for years for Oak-Leyden, which helps children and adults with developmental disabilities meet life's challenges and reach their highest potential. We are proud that a member of our team takes the time to make our community great.
Other honorees will be Melissa Broz, Oak-Leyden graduate and now board trustee; Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for letting Oak-Leyden use their space for program participants; and the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park for their generous funding.
Also honored will be Madeline Strand and Riley Edmunds, two River Forest youth who will be presented with the Community Youth Leadership Award because of their help with the 9/11 Charity LemonAid Stand that raised over $31,000 for a playground for children with developmental disabilities at Oak-Leyden.
For more information about Oak-Leyden's 26th Annual Benefit, visit www.oak-leyden.org or call Marilynn Farber at 708-524-1050 ext. 102.