The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park held its annual benefit, “Safari Africa, A Hemingway Adventure,” at Brookfield Zoo in November. The success of this event was due to the support of our local businesses. Without their generosity, our not-for-profit organization would be unable to continue to achieve its mission. We want to thank them and ask your help in supporting these businesses as well.

Special thanks go to Park National Bank and Trust, Community Bank of Oak Park & River Forest, David Noyes and Company,, Southern Wine & Liquors and The PrivateBank and Trust Company for their sponsorships. We thank our businesses and individuals for advertising and donating the wonderful items that provided the support to make this benefit both a fun evening for our guests and a financial success.

Thank you to our advertisers, Belmont Village of Oak Park; Bethesda Home & Retirement Center; Chicago Wealth Management; Coffman & Wicklow; Cucina Paradiso; Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home; Edward Jones; F.C. Pilgrim; Forest Agency; Frame Warehouse; Francesca’s; Friends of Senator Don Harmon; Hemmingway’s Bistro; Kiesler & Berman Law Offices; Marks Travel Service, Inc.; MILA Tours; Minuteman Press Oak Park; Papaspiros Restaurant; Pioneer Property Advisors; Purple Monkey Studio; Realmuto, Steffen & Schwerin, Ltd.; Remax in the Village; and Winberie’s.

Thank you to our auction donors, Absolute Fitness; Alltypes Fireplace & Chimney Co.; Al’s Grill; Anthony Peter Hair Salon; Avenue Ale House; Allan Baldwin; Barbara’s Bookstore; Belmont Village of Oak Park; Blue Duck Catering; Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor; Rose Marie Burwell; Ed Byers; Carleton Hotel of Oak Park; Virginia Cassin; Chicago History Museum; Chicago Kite/Kite Harbor; Chicagoland Canoe Base, Inc.; Clydon, A Full Service Salon; Competitive Foot; Cozzini Bros, Inc.; Cucina Paradiso; Erik’s Deli & Catering; Fantasy Jewelry & Gift Shop; FastFrame; Flowers By Romani; Frame Warehouse; Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust; Garfield Park Conservatory; Gem: A Jewelry Boutique; Genesis I Nail & Skin Studio; Giordano’s of Oak Park; Glazed Expressions; Good Earth Greenhouse LLC; Great Harvest Bread Co.; Gugly, Inc.; Haymarket Square; Ms. Hilary Hemingway; Mr. Patrick Hemingway; Hilton – Lisle; Horan’s; Jewelry Studio; Jim & Pete’s; Jimmy’s Place; Kelley Frame Company; Khyber Pass; King & I Restaurant; La Maison de Bonbon; Lake Theatre/Classic Cinemas; Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; Madly Pop’n; Mancini’s; Maple Tree Restaurant; Pete Mavrelis; Ms. Lori McCarthy; Metropolis Performing Arts Centre; Mickey’s Gyros; MILA Tours; Ms. Priscilla Mims; Moda Hair & Nail Salon; Mom’s Place; Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures Inc.; New Star Restaurant; Oak Park Festival Theatre; Oak Park Home & Hardware; Oak Park Jewelers; Pampered Chef; Perfect Dinner; Pioneer Property Advisors; Poly Cleaners; Ms. Susan Price; Printing Store; Rave Wines; Ms. Bobbie Raymond; Relaxation Plantation; Robinson’s #1 Ribs; Salerno’s Pizza & Pasta; Steve Saraceno; Snip City; Spotless Carwash; Starship Subs; Sunrise Electric Supply; Tennis & Fitness Centre of Oak Park & River Forest; Theatre of Western Springs; Todd & Holland Tea Merchants; Trattoria Peppino; Ultra Foods; Under The Ginkgo Tree; Val’s halla Records; Village Players; Westgate Flower & Plant Shop; Winberie’s; WTTW; and the YMCA.

Additional thanks go to our auctioneer James Bohenstengel, Steckman Studio of Music for the African drum music, Ernest Hemingway look-alike Bob Orlin, Famous Liquors of Forest Park, the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest, and our wonderful volunteers.

Virginia Cassin, Gloria Garofalo and Pat Porter

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