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AID announces plans for 'Putting on the Ritz' fundraiser

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  • Raffle tickets are still available for the fundraiser to benefit the Association for Individual Development. Each basket offers various prizes, including the "Chicago, Chicago!" basket with hotel stays, admission tickets to the Shedd Aquarium and more.

    Raffle tickets are still available for the fundraiser to benefit the Association for Individual Development. Each basket offers various prizes, including the "Chicago, Chicago!" basket with hotel stays, admission tickets to the Shedd Aquarium and more.
    Courtesy of the Shedd Aquarium

  • Comedian/actor Larry Miller

    Comedian/actor Larry Miller


Submitted by AID

The 2013 Association for Individual Development auction fundraiser, "Putting on the Ritz" will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd., Geneva. Tickets to attend the fundraiser are $100 each or $950 for a table for 10.

Proceeds will help AID continue its mission of empowering individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs to achieve independence and community inclusion.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, 10 for $40 or 30 for $100. Purchase tickets before Tuesday, Sept. 3 and receive double the purchased amount.

For event reservations or raffle tickets, visit or contact Wendy Bialek at or (847) 931-2294.

Each basket has a minimum value of $1,000. The baskets include: "Steppin' Out in the Burbs," "Pampering Pleasure," "Fore the Golfer," "Corner Office," "Gourmet Delight," "Cocktail Hour," "Outdoor Living," "Chicago, Chicago!," "Evenings In and Around Elgin," or the grand prize of $1,000 cash.

Here are some of the basket offerings:

"Chicago, Chicago!": $300 gift certificate for Burnham Hotel (5-star boutique hotel); overnight stay at Hotel Felix (4-star Boutique Hotel); $150 Visa gift card; $75 Macy's gift card (Macy's across from the Burnham); $100 gift certificate from Mon Ami Gabi French Bistro; $50 gift certificate from Wildfire Steakhouse; $50 in gift certificates from Big Bowl Restaurant; $50 gift certificate from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba (Spanish tapas); four admission tickets to "Sky Deck Chicago!"; two tickets for "Untouchable Chicago Gangster Tour"; and four general admission tickets to the Shedd Aquarium.

"Steppin' Out in the Burbs": $100 gift certificate from The Turf Room in North Aurora; $100 gift certificate from The Office Restaurant in St. Charles; overnight stay at Pheasant Run in St. Charles; four tickets for "Bronx Wanderers" on Nov. 10 at the Arcada in St. Charles; two tickets to see the "Molly Ringwald Jazz Quartet" on Oct. 5 at the Arcada in St. Charles; four tickets to see Chicago Dance on Nov. 9 in Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium in Batavia; ticket vouchers for two to the Fox Valley Repertory; and $25 gift certificates from the following restaurants: Houlihan's (various locations), Nosh (Geneva), Olive Garden (various locations), Open Range Grill (Sugar Grove), Rookies (St. Charles), Tap House Grill (St. Charles), and Wok n' Fire (St. Charles).

"Outdoor Living": Better Homes & Garden stainless steel gas grill (four burners); hammock, single fabric 11-foot with stand and pillow; $100 gift certificate from Wasco Nursery & Nursery Center; assorted plant pots and gardening accessories; picnic basket with bottle of wine, cooler with wheels; trellis and gardening tools; six Morton Arboretum admission passes; gardening books; and a $25 gift certificate from Spring Hill Nursery.

"Evenings In and Around Elgin": $100 gift certificate to Buckingham's Steakhouse and Lounge and two dinner for two gift certificates for Indulge Buffet from Grand Victoria Casino; two tickets to a 2013-14 Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert; Prezzo Fisso package of one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and a bottle of wine from Villa Verone (Elgin or Geneva); two tickets to "Cocktails with Larry Miller" on Oct. 12 from Elgin Community College Arts Center; two tickets to "Corky Siegel/Old Town School" on Feb. 15 from Elgin Community College Arts Center; $70 gift certificate from Amici's Clubhouse in South Elgin; $50 gift certificate from Chili's (various locations); $50 gift certificate from Niko's Lodge (various locations); $40 in gift certificates from Outback Steak House in South Elgin; two dinner for four certificates from Noodles and Company; $50 gift certificate from Marcus Theaters (Elgin); $40 in gift certificates from Martini Lounge in Elgin; four admission tickets for the October "Nightmare on Chicago Street" in downtown Elgin; $25 gift certificates from the following restaurants: Houlihan's (Algonquin), Jimmy's Char House (Elgin) and Village Squire (South Elgin); and $20 gift certificates from Elgin Public House Restaurant and Pub and Chooch's Pizzeria.

To preview all of the basket offerings, visit The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on auction night. If you are not attending the auction, you will be contacted by phone if your name is drawn.

Your help in making this event a success is needed. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For over 50 years, AID has provided services to individuals who have developmental, physical and/or mental disabilities, those who have suffered a trauma or those at risk. All clients have access to vital, life enriching services through early intervention; developmental therapy; respite care; permanent, affordable housing; developmental and vocational training; job placement and on-the-job coaching services; crisis intervention; victims services; mental health treatment; behavioral intervention; community education and advocacy. Visit

Serving more than 5,000 clients in 20 programs operating in 45 communities, AID is a leading provider of services that address the needs of individuals throughout every stage of their lives. A person-centered approach coupled with innovative practices ensures the highest level of accomplishment.

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