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1920s-themed benefit to help area not-for-profits build their endowments

Nov 16, 2015 09:23AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The DuPage Foundation’s 23rd Annual Benefit will be held the evening of Sat., Nov. 21, at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Oak Brook campus. The theme for this year’s event is “Ain’t Misbehavin’—A 1920s Experience” and will pay homage to Chicago’s Roaring Twenties with a host of activities including music and dancing courtesy of The City Lights Orchestra, spirits tastings, live & silent auctions, back-alley-style charitable gaming, and more. The event is being generously underwritten by Premier Sponsor The Northern Trust Company in conjunction with a host of other individuals and corporations.

As a fun addition to this year’s activities, the Foundation has partnered with some of its not-for-profit agencies that invest their endowment funds with it to help them raise money and generate awareness for the important work that they do on behalf of our community.

 Four of the Foundation’s not-for-profit partners, Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus; Bridge Communities, Inc.; Family Shelter Service; and Naperville CARES have elected to take part in its “Partners in Philanthropy - Jail ‘n Bail” opportunity.

During the month of October, each not-for-profit agency along with their selected “Champions” raised dollars from their constituents for their agency endowment funds that the Foundation manages on their behalf. The three agencies which raise the most dollars for their funds by Fri., Oct. 30, will then be invited to attend the Benefit as guests of the Foundation to further promote their organizations and have the opportunity to raise additional dollars that evening as part of a “Jail ‘n Bail.”

At some point during the evening, each agency’s “Champion” will be “arrested” and sent to “jail.” He or she will then be brought up for a “hearing” during the program in which the agency’s mission and impact will be spotlighted and a representative will “plead” their case to raise additional funds for the organization from our audience and bail out the “Champion.”

“The Jail ‘n Bail opportunity is a neat twist on a ‘fund-a-need’ paddle raise, which many not-for-profits offer at their galas to encourage support for their programs,” said Mike Sitrick, Foundation director of development. “But rather than make our focus just about the Foundation, our Benefit Committee decided to do something unique this year that not only ties in with our theme but also highlights our not-for-profit partners and helps them to raise funds for their endowments.  We’ve got a great roster of partner organizations and Champions. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Each not-for-profit has selected a “Champion” whom it feels embodies the spirit of its organization. Champions for the participating agencies are as follows: Anima—Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus: Annie Wagner, Chorus member; Bridge Communities, Inc.: Mark Milligan, co-founder; Family Shelter Service: Christine Connery, survivor; and Naperville CARES, Jim McCluskey, board member.