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posted: 1/31/2013 1:02 PM

Theater event benefits programs for students with health concerns

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Chris LaFortune
Adventist Midwest Health

The GlenOaks Hospital Foundation's 14th annual Brunch and Theater Event features a performance of the musical "Sunset Boulevard" to help fund programs for students with physical or emotional health concerns.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, with a reception, brunch buffet and raffle before the show at the Drury Lane Theater, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Proceeds will support the Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day Schools and Transition Program.

The Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day Schools and Transition Program focus on the needs of students from third grade through high school and into college. Their work blends academics with therapies designed to nurture emotional growth and independence for students who have health impairments, emotional disorders, mental health diagnoses and other experiences and conditions that may make traditional school settings uncomfortable or ineffective.

Founded in 1995, the Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School has campuses in Glendale Heights, North Aurora and Glen Ellyn.

"The Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School helps so many students by fostering their growth socially and emotionally," said Michelle Hess, executive director of the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation. "This event allows community members to enjoy an acclaimed theater performance and support a great cause."

"Sunset Boulevard" is based on the 1950 film of the same title. The story features Norma Desmond living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. Desmond sees an opportunity to make a comeback to the big screen in young screenwriter Joe Gillis, who accidentally crosses paths with the faded star of the silent screen era.

Tickets to the show and brunch are $100 each. Attendees may participate in just the brunch for $50. There is no charge for children younger than 3 for brunch, but no children younger than 6 are allowed in the theater.

Sponsorships are available at the benefactor ($2,000), table ($1,500), patron ($1,000) and friend ($500) levels.

This year's raffle features a Walt Disney World vacation, sporting event tickets, golf and spa packages, restaurant gift certificates, and custom made jewelry. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

To RSVP, visit or call (630) 545-3942. For information, call the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation at (630) 545-3942.