Oak Park and River Forest are filled with so many important not-for-profit organizations that enhance cultural opportunities, assist the less fortunate, provide services to children, and pursue a host of other missions that make our community life richer. But our community is at its best when we come together; that’s why the Oak Park Art League and The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest teamed up in June to raise funds and awareness about our important work.

Our Ahhhh What a Night! Art Auction at Belmont Village was truly a “Picture-Perfect Evening” that showcased the work of Tarzan creator and Oak Park author Edgar Rice Burroughs, and our two organizations that champion the art and history of our hometown every day of the year. Thanks to the generosity of more than 50 artists who donated their creative, beautiful and unique artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and textiles-and the generous bidders who took home these wonderful creations-the two organizations jointly raised thousands of dollars in operating funds.

A special heartfelt thank you to the staff of Belmont Village, 1035 Madison St., which made its facility a welcoming venue for this event. In particular, Pat Porter and Chef Mario Delgado went above and beyond our already high expectations to create sumptuous food stations and gracious ambiance that made our guests welcome. We urge the community to consider this great new venue for their community events.

Kelli Kline
President, The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest

Keith Taylor
President, Oak Park Art League

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