Friends and family of Camilletti gathered at FitzGerald’s nightclub in Berwyn on Sunday, Sept. 16, to celebrate Camilletti’s life.

Oak Parker Andy Mead, a longtime friend of Camilletti, a former store employee, and a current Wednesday Journal employee, said about 300 people attended the event, which raised about $4,000 for Val’s favorite local causes: the Animal Care League of Oak Park, MusiCares and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Performers and specials guests included XRT DJ Terri Hemmert, The What 4, Expo 76, Ian Leith, Falling Stars, Beatle-leles and Live To Sing, a 50-plus member choir, which surrounded the crowd to sing Val’s favorite choral piece.

“It was an amazing gathering and celebration,” Mead said. “Val always welcomed kids, artists, musicians, pet owners, misfits, and we were all there Sunday — as was she — she was in the room.”

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