Causes & Giving

Category: Causes & Giving

142. Don Your Derby Hat for Barrington Children’s Charities

 Dust off your derby hats and spruce up your seersucker suits, Barrington Children’s Charities’ second annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby party is coming up this Saturday and we’re all invited. Barrington Hills resident and Children’s Charities founder, Darby Hills (seen here on left), says there are fun new details in store for this year’s festivities, thanks, in part, to Kathleen McLaughlin, the local event planner behind the party.
Kentucky Derby-style hats in all shapes and sizes will be a big part of the entertainment at this Saturday’s event, held to benefit Barrington Children’s Charities and the national Blessings in a Backpack campaign. All proceeds from this weekend’s party will directly benefit Barrington School District 220 families who are part of the free and reduced lunches program……

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139. Get Pumped for “Purple Heals” & the Relay for Life

 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!……

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135. Wine, Dine & Shop with WINGS at Taste Takes Flight

 Foodies, wine lovers, culinary craftsmen, lend me your ears! And mark your calendars for a delicious event coming up on Friday, April 27. An impressive selection of fine wines will be available for you to sip as you watch local chefs prepare top menu items for you to sample while you shop. The popular culinary event is called Taste Takes Flight and it’s hosted by WINGS, an organization that helps women and children who are homeless or the victims of domestic abuse.

WINGS stands for Women in Need Going Stronger and the second annual Taste Takes Flight event will help raise funds to support their programs. It’s taking place at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Friday, April 27th, so it’s a great excuse to start the weekend early and on a fun and festive note.…

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128. Help Restore Flint Creek for Earth Day

 Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Then you and your kids won’t want to miss the Citizens for Conservation’s special Earth Day class  in Barrington this Saturday, April 7th. The best part about the class — it’s all outdoors!
To teach the importance of plant restoration, the volunteer group is inviting the public to help them restore Flint Creek Savanna South in Barrington. Because some cutting and lifting brush is involved to make room for native vegetation, participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, insect repellent, pruners or loppers (it’s O.K. if you have to look it up!). Citizens for Conservation also recommend wearing closed-toe shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
As a reward for their hard work, kids will receive an educational poster showing native prairie plants, mammals, birds and insects that make a restored woodland and prairie their home. On top of that, there will be marshmallows for roasting on a bonfire and fifty free Sonic Slushies waiting for them after they’ve finished reviving the Barrington creek–Is there any better way to celebrate an accomplishment?…

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95. ‘Express Yourself’ at Photo Exhibit’s Opening Night

 What would you picture if you were asked to photograph something that makes you laugh, cry, something you love, something beautiful or something you can’t live without?  Your images would undoubtedly speak volumes about your values, your personality and the people who matter to you most. Barrington portrait photographer, Thomas Balsamo, recently posed that challenge to 28 area special needs children in a contest called Express Yourself. With the help of special needs advocacy group, Barrington Area Special Voices, this project is the latest way Thomas has used his lens to both enlighten and empower.
For the Express Yourself Photo Contest, Thomas armed contestants with cameras, confidence and a few tricks of his trade.  He paired them with local photography experts, encouraged them to explore and inspired them to share their feelings creatively.
He rewarded their work with prizes and praise.  The project became the focus of his latest book and a brand new photography exhibit debuting in Barrington this week.  And now here’s where we come in……

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85. “C” is for Cookie at Community Church of Barrington

 Bakers throughout Barrington have been busy all week preparing for tomorrow morning’s 38th Annual Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk. If you want to see what “selling like hot cakes” looks like, don’t be late. Last year, they sold out of cookies in just over an hour.  So be sure to show up early because goodies found at the Cookie Walk make THE BEST “homemade” holiday gifts for neighbors.  They look just like you baked them yourself.  But …. shhh … don’t tell anyone I’ve let you in on this sneaky cookie tip.  I wouldn’t want my own neighbors to know my little holiday secret ;).

Here’s how it works, for $10, you can buy a “one pound” box and fill it with your own hand-picked assortment of cookies in all shapes, sizes and colors……

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71. Bust a Move for the Pink Glove Dance Competition

 It’s not every day that you see people dancing through the halls at Good Shepherd Hospital.  It’s not every day that you find hospital doctors, nurses and staff wearing pink gloves and feather boas to work.  But they’ve been up to something over at the hospital here in Barrington and, when I saw what it was, it gave me goosebumps.  It’s a video of about 100 Good Shepherd Hospital employees, wearing pink and dancing to Firework, one of my favorite Katy Perry songs. Who knew so many of our local healthcare providers double as dancing divas!?!
They created the video to win a dance competition and it’s a major feat in choreographed camaraderie executed by employees, men and women, from just about every department at the hospital.
From the hospital’s president, Karen Lambert, to its housekeepers, from its doctors to its paramedics, there’s no sign of stage fright over wearing wacky pink accessories while grooving to the beat.
They’re bringing out the boogie in hospital beds, at their desks and through the hospital halls.  NOW IT’S OUR TURN to help them dance their way to winning a top prize.  Read on to watch their video and cast your vote……

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65. Help Good Shepherd Hospital at Art in the Barn

 If you’ve ever made a trip to Good Shepherd Hospital for medical needs, planned or unplanned, this is one weekend where you can return to repay the favor. The 37th Annual Art in the Barn juried fine art show is happening this Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th. Over 175 artists will be there to sell their creations and share their earnings to help fund hospital initiatives designed to keep us healthy.

A group of 10 women organized the first Art in the Barn with only 30 artists in 1974 to help raise money to build the hospital here in Barrington. The show has grown and, this weekend, they’re expecting up to 7,000 people to attend.…

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Annual Duck Races in Barrington, Illinois

53. Get Lucky at the Summer Duck Race & Pool Party

 Don’t let summer sneak away without taking part in one of Barrington’s most popular parties of the season. The 18th Annual Duck Race and Pool Party is happening tomorrow and there are hundreds of rubber ducks resting in Barrington tonight before they take the plunge during tomorrow’s big event.
With more than 150 prizes on the line, the stakes are high for tomorrow’s duck races. Your kids will have a blast at this end-of-summer bash which doubles as a fundraiser to help Illinois children facing serious illness. Here’s how it works……

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Sign Up for the Barrington Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk

14. Sign Up for the Barrington Mother’s Day 5K

 Want to start a new tradition with your mom this Mother’s Day? There’s still time to sign up for the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk happening on the streets of Barrington on Sunday morning. You can even have a poster created to cheer on your mom and arrange to have it posted along the course route.

Get your legs moving with your mama and bring your little ones, too for the FREE 100 meter kids dash.…

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Support Barrington Schools at the 2011 Chili and Music Fest

339. Spice Up Classrooms with the Chili & Music Fest

 There’s a great party happening one week from today where you can sample chili, enjoy live music AND help create cool new programs that benefit all students in Barrington School District 220. It’s the fourth annual Chili & Music Fest, we’re all invited and you will be excited when you hear how this party is helping change the way students and parents in Barrington learn.

Barrington’s District 220 Educational Foundation organizes the Chili & Music Fest every year to raise money for one of our community’s most important causes……

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2011 Chili Champion at the South Barrington Arboretum

306. Be Crowned the South Barrington Chili Champ

 The results are in after Saturday’s “Chilly Challenge” Chili Cook-off in South Barrington. About 300 chili fans from in and around Barrington met at the South Barrington Arboretum Saturday afternoon to sample and vote for chili prepared by seven local restaurants.

I was one of the guest judges and snapped a few photos on the chili tour, which started at Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce & Bistro. A shuttle whisked the chili tasters off to all seven restaurants, which included Pinstripes, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Nozuzmi Asian & Japanese Cuisine, Gold Class Cinemas, L’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie, Panera Bread and defending 2010 Chili Champion, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. That’s a lot of chili for only $10 and it was so much fun! Almost all of the participants cast ballots for their favorites at the very end and it was a very close vote. But the 2011 South Barrington Arboretum Chili Champion is……

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