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Celebrate 85th Academy Awards with Clearbrook Feb. 23

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  • Guests will swirl, sniff, and sip their way through 60 delightful wines at "A Grapevine of Friends" wine tasting on Feb. 23.

    Guests will swirl, sniff, and sip their way through 60 delightful wines at "A Grapevine of Friends" wine tasting on Feb. 23.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (December 12, 2012) -- Kick off the Academy Award weekend with a walk down the red carpet to Clearbrook's 49th annual "A Grapevine of Friends" wine tasting event on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

This year boasts of more than just a brand new location -- the Marriott Chicago Schaumburg in Schaumburg. Guests will be given the star treatment in the fabulous Academy Award Room featuring champagne and beer tastings, chocolate, and a photobooth to capture all of the fun of the evening.

The evening will also feature gourmet foods, the chance to sample 60 wine varieties provided by Teddy's Liquors, and live music from Hooked On Sonics. Additional event highlights include a cash raffle with a grand prize of $2,000 and live and silent auctions.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit Clearbrook's Employment Services Program which provides meaningful employment to more than 170 adults with developmental disabilities.

This year's sponsors include: Al and Janet Lattof; Alexian Brothers Hospital Network; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; BMO Harris Bank; Canon Business Solutions; Cardinal Color Group; Ceres Food Group; J. C. Restoration, Inc.; Jennings Chevrolet; JonDon Janitorial Supplies; Mariano's Fresh Market; Northwest Community Healthcare; VinaKom Communications; and Weber-Stephen Products.

Wine connoisseurs, novices, and all those who want to enjoy a glass for a good cause are welcome. Tickets are available at $100 per person and may be purchased online at (click on "Events" then "Friends Wine Tasting") or by contacting Sarah Shaw at (847) 385-5009 or


Based in Northern Illinois, Clearbrook was founded in 1955 and has since evolved into a recognized leader in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities. Today, Clearbrook creates innovative opportunities for approximately 3,400 children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy - as well as their families. Clearbrook provides personalized children's, day training, employment, residential and clinical services at more than 45 locations throughout the Chicago area. In addition, Clearbrook is the largest provider of home-based services in the state of Illinois. Clearbrook employs more than 900 people and proudly reports that 85 percent of every dollar raised goes directly into programs and services. For more infomation, visit