356. Holly Ball Raises Record Funds for Barrington Children’s Charities

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Barrington Children’s Charities outdid themselves once again, raising a record $350,000 while hosting Saturday’s annual Holly Ball fundraiser. “An Elegant Evening in the Woods”, the theme of this year’s event, took place this past weekend at Barrington Hills Country Club and the funds will support the charity’s programs in the new year.

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The 250 guests and sponsors were exceedingly generous with their support of the event. In fact, the Holly Ball had more sponsors than ever this year, including Barbara & Paul Hills and The Foglia Family Foundation, who served as the Signature Sponsors of the event.

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My husband and I had the opportunity to attend the event and we, along with the other guests, enjoyed the festive evening with the venue decorated in a beautiful winter landscape.

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The highlight of the evening was when students who benefit from Barrington Children’s Charities’ “Blessings in a Backpack” initiative spoke about how grateful they, and their families, are for the food they receive from the program. Their words touched all who were in attendance.

Funds raised at the Holly Ball have allowed Barrington Children’s Charities to commit to three years of underwriting “Blessings in a Backpack”, a program that gives food to Barrington 220 School District families on the federal free and reduced price lunch program.  It gave everyone involved peace of mind that this wonderful program will continue to serve the children in our community.

(Click here to learn more about Barrington Children’s Charities’ beneficiaries.)

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Anna Bilton and Lauren Klauer served as Co-Chairs of the Holly Ball which, along with the organization’s annual Kentucky Derby Party, is one of Barrington Children’s Charities signature fundraising events of the year.

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Other highlights of the evening included both live and silent auctions and the Keys for the Cause raffle – a lucky winner won a $5,000 shopping spree at Barrington’s Long & Co. Jewelers.

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Auction items included a one-week stay at an exclusive condo in Naples, Florida’s Pelican Bay and a private tour for 12 people at Chicago’s Koval Distillery.  After dinner, we all danced the night away to the music of Sixteen Candles. Everyone seemed to be embracing the giving spirit of the Holiday season!

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Barrington Children’s Charities is a not-for-profit charitable organization of dedicated men and women working together to positively impact the lives of children. Run entirely by volunteers, BCC donates monies raised to support and address the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children of the Barrington 220 school district area and chooses its beneficiaries based on need. For more about their mission, visit BarringtonChildrensCharities.com.

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