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SRRC Ball surpasses fundraising goal

OTTAWA — The 10th annual Black & White Ball, in partnership with ONYX, was held Feb. 23 at Celebrations 150 and raised almost $10,000 more than the $50,000 goal for the Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development (SRRC).

Around 250 guests attended this popular annual event, which included dinner by Chef Charlie, dancing, a complimentary martini bar sponsored by TCI Manufacturing, music by the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble, photos by Annette Barr, a live auction presented by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers, raffles, a silent auction and an introduction of the 2019 Ambassadors, Jack and Oliver Kinkin, as well as the presentation of several former Ambassadors.

The masquerade-themed event was planned by Jennifer Kirkman and assisted by Tony Einhaus, who provided decor and florist, Blythe Flowers, who donated the centerpieces.

Sponsors for the event were Ottawa Noon Rotary, The Times, Robert Hasty (Farmers Insurance), the Justice Law Firm, US Silica, Illinois Valley Contractors Association, WCMY, Diamond Brothers Insurance, Exelon, First Federal Savings Bank, Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation, St. Margaret’s Health, T&L Janitorial Supply, the Doug and Rorie Schweickert Charitable Trust, and Quality Care Cleaning.  

“We are so grateful to all that made this event the most successful Black & White Ball to date,” Tracy Beattie, president and CEO, said. “The success of this event is crucial to the services provided by our agency and will help SRRC provide therapy services to hundreds of children in 2019. We are so grateful to all who donated and attended.”

SRRC is a non-profit agency serving more than 500 children per year. Services include occupational, speech and developmental therapy to children throughout the Starved Rock area, a child care center for children with and without special needs in Ottawa, and toddler classes for 2-year-olds. 

For more information, contact Beattie at 814-434-0857 or via email at

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