As her project in the Self expression and leadership program offered by Landmark Education, Illinois resident Ann Pellegrini helped put together a fundraiser for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, held in Cantigny Park, IL. The event, held in partnership with Oberweis Dairy and titled the 1st Annual Art of Giving, took place on Thursday, September 18th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. It was an evening of food, wine, and fine art, all complimented by the beautiful backdrop of the Cantigny Park Gardens. Local vineyards were present to pour wines that were paired with delicious hors d’ouevres and appetizers prepared by the Cantigny Park chef. Local artists, including photographers (Pellegrini sold one of her photographs at the fundraiser) displayed pieces for sale with 20% of the proceeds being donated to Northern Illinois Food Bank.
All of this was set at Cantigny Park’s newly opened Le Jardin. Tickets wer $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available.
According to Pellegrini, “We raised awareness, had fun, made money and brought in a new sponsor that wants to do more on a broader scale.”
The Northern Illinois foodbank is a very efficient program, with every dollar donated leading to six meal equivalents being provided to people in need. The foodbank partipates in a variety of programs, including youth nutrition programs, holiday meal programs, emergency food programs, and more. To get involved or contribute, go to http://www.northernilfoodbank.org.