Sunshine on a crisp autumn day, soup, music and an art-filled gallery welcomed guests to the Oak Park Art League’s cRock & Doodle friendraising event on Sunday, October 18th. An outpouring of support from area businesses helped make the event a success, matched only by great attendance and the generosity of our local community. 

Delicious soups donated by restaurant and business partners Kinderhook Tap, Skrine Chops, Healy’s Westside, Starship, Munch, Native Foods, and Karl’s Craft Soup filled tummies and warmed souls! Chris and Katherine Valleau from Forest Park’s great new brew pub Exit Strategy were on hand to offer tastings of their hand-crafted beers. 

We appreciate the support received from our event partners: Amy Renzulli, Brandon Stiles and the School of Rock for supplying the toe-tapping music of Basement Bluegrass; and Cheryl Munoz and Sugar Beet Co-Op for providing countless creative ideas, tasty treats and supplies that helped offset event costs. Both organizations contributed to a raffle along with other business sponsors: Geppetto’s Toy Box, Magic Tree Book Store, Healthy Dining, Genesis Art Supply, and restaurant partners. 

We thank both Sugar Beet and Green Home Experts for donations that helped make cRock & Doodle an environmentally-friendly event.

Equal parts friendraiser and fundraiser, this outreach event was created to both build community and give back to the community. Through generous donations and raffle ticket sales, the Art League raised funds to support an artist stipend for public sculpture, which the community can enjoy in our garden courtyard next summer.

The cRock & Doodle event and the Art League’s current Stone Soup exhibition also provided a platform for a canned soup drive to benefit the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry, with donations still being accepted through the month of October at the Oak Park Art League gallery at 720 Chicago Ave. 

We thank all of our business supporters and friends who contributed to the Oak Park Art League’s October community-building events and activities!

Julie Carpenter

Executive director, Oak Park Art League

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