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Lifestyles

Annual Black and White Ball planned for Feb. 24

Megan and Matt Skelly at the 2017 Black and White Ball.
Megan and Matt Skelly at the 2017 Black and White Ball.

SENICA — The Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development (SRRC), in partnership with ONYX, will host the ninth annual Black and White Ball on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Senica’s Oak Ridge.

The goal is to raise $50,000 and 100 percent of proceeds will remain local and help children by giving them the opportunity to live, learn and play to their maximum potential.

Around 200 guests are expected to attend this popular annual event, which will include dinner, dancing, a complimentary martini bar, music by Wes Hauskins Trio and Tony Bianchi of 94.5FM WRWO, photos, a live auction, desserts, raffle and an introduction of the 2018 ambassador, Rainee Jonassen, and her family.

“It has been amazing to see this event transform over the years and become SRRC’s largest fundraiser. This year’s theme is ‘Walk the Red Carpet’,” said Tracy Beattie, president & CEO of Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy & Child Development. “The event will feature a Hollywood-style entrance with red carpet and paparazzi, entertainment and some surprise celebrity look-a-likes. Every year gets better, but this year is going to be unforgettable. We want our supporters to feel like celebrities, because to us they are truly stars.”

The event will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $100 each and table packages and sponsorships are available. For more information, call Jennifer Kirkman at 815-434-0857 or email her at jenniferk@starvedrockcenter.org.

SRRC is anon-profit agency that serves over 500 children per year. Services include speech, developmental and physical therapy to children throughout the Starved Rock area; a child care center for children with and without special needs located in Ottawa; and toddler classes in Ottawa, Peru and Princeton.

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