Barrington’s Relay for Life is just over six weeks away and things are heating up around town this week as the community hops on board the Relay’s “Purple Heals” campaign, starting with a major local shopping and dining event this Thursday night.
If you’ve seen posters with a giant purple heel posted around town, it’s the symbol for “Purple Heals”, a series of three upcoming shopping and social events in Barrington where participating merchants are offering a portion of their proceeds to support Barrington’s Relay coming up in June. But you don’t have to wear sky high stilettos to take part. These events are designed for shoppers and diners to enjoy Barrington’s best boutiques, restaurants and bars while supporting a great local cause. So mark your calendars…we can tell by the Facebook buzz that these events are going to be HOT!…
Thursday, April 26th – 4 to 8 p.m.
Purple “Heals” Sip, Shop & Dine
Where: Downtown Barrington
Start your evening with a complimentary glass of wine at Park Avenue Wine Bar, 205 Park Avenue, in Barrington. Then step out to shop at participating merchants donating 10-15 % of purchases to Relay for Life of Barrington.
Cook St. Coffee
Barrington Flower Shop
b. chones Hair Design & Boutique
Between shops, you might want to pop into SweetPea Cakes for a “purple ribbon” cupcake, with all proceeds going to the Relay. And how about washing that down with a little limoncello on the house at Francesca’s Famiglia. They’ll be offering glasses of their popular after dinner drink for Relay revelers during the event. And McGonigal’s Pub is a great way to end your tour downtown, with a raffle drawing and special Relay celebration. If you can’t make it downtown, Pl8 at The Foundry, 736 W. Northwest Highway, is featuring a free “Relay for Life Maki Roll” that I hear is delicious!
Thursday, May 10th – All Day
Purple “CAN Heal” Benefit
Donate canned food to the “Purple CAN Heal” Benefit for the Relay for Life Food Drive and the Cuba Township Food Pantry.
10 to 20% of purchases made at the mall this day will be donated to Relay for Life
Mini cupcakes will be offered by Sweet Pea Cakes, and you can also enter to win a Purple CAN Heal gift basket from the Ice House Stores and Sweet Pea Cakes.
Thursday, May 24th – 4 to 9 p.m.
Ladies Fashion Night Out
Where: Francesca’s Famiglia, 100 E. Station Street in Barrington
‘Ladies Night Out’ featuring food, drink, new fashion trends and fashion accessories available for purchase.
From Now Through Relay Day
Special Offers Through Relay Day
Where: Participating Restaurants and Merchants
Pl8: Featuring a free Relay for Life appetizer with dine-in purchase on Sundays
McGonigal’s Pub: Buy two entrees and enjoy an appetizer for half price
SweetPea Cakes: Offering purple ribbon cupcakes throughout April and May, all proceeds go to Relay for Life
Norton’s U.S.A. Lageschulte Shop: Through out the month of April; 15 % donation to Relay for Life with any purchase of a purple item
Reber Automotive: Mention the Relay for Life and receive a free oil change in April and May
G. Whiz: Mention Relay for Life during the month of May and receive a free gift
The Footnanny & Laura B. Salon: featuring special lavender pedicures
Friday, June 8th – 6 p.m. Start
The 2012 Barrington Relay for Life
Where: Barrington High School Stadium, 616 W. Main Street in Barrington
Barrington’s Relay is an overnight, relay-style event where teams of people camp out around the track. Members of each team take turns walking the track for the duration of the event. It’s a family-friendly environment for the entire community with food, games and activities for fun and fundraising.
To learn more about Barrington’s Relay for Life, to start a team or to make a donation, visit RelayforLifeBarrington.com.
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