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Article updated: 10/24/2013 12:09 PM

Festival of Trees Nov. 9 to help adults in need

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Residents of Barrington and Hanover townships may not be aware that they're also served by the Kane County-based Ecker Center for Mental Health, which addresses the needs of low-income adults.

It's that Cook County portion of the center's service area that will host its annual, holiday-themed fundraiser next month.


The 13th annual Festival of Trees party, which benefits the Ecker Center, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Marriott Hotel in Hoffman Estates. The honorary chair of this year's event is Janet Agnoletti, executive director of the Barrington Area Council of Governments.

The party will feature food, live music, raffles, prizes and -- most importantly -- live and silent auction for the lavishly designed and themed holiday trees that give the event its name.

Most of the trees will be on public display from Monday, Oct. 28 through noon Friday, Nov. 8 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. Others will be displayed at various locations throughout the Ecker Center's service area, including at the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, 200 James St. in Barrington.

Reservations for the party cost $85 per person or $750 per table of 10. For more information, call (847) 888-2555 or visit

The Ecker Center for Mental Health is in its 58th year of service. Its main office is in Elgin with satellite offices in St. Charles and Streamwood.

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