No party like a Mardi Gras party -- Friends of Clearbrook celebrates 56th annual event

  • Centerpiece from the after-party at Friends of Clearbrook Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Feb. 22 at the Westin Itasca.

    Centerpiece from the after-party at Friends of Clearbrook Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Feb. 22 at the Westin Itasca. Courtesy of Juliann Carlson

Submitted by Juliann Carlson
Updated 2/25/2020 4:13 PM

On Feb. 22, Clearbrook hosted their annual Friends of Clearbrook Wine and Craft Beer Tasting at the Westin Itasca.

With a Mardi Gras theme, more than 300 attendees enjoyed samples from D'Vine Wine and Gifts, Church Street Brewing, Ramona Beverage, and others, under twinkling lights in the Westin's soaring lobby.


The event then moved to the ballroom for dinner, speeches, a raffle, and reverse auction.

The evening's highlight was the after-party in the hotel's heated tent.

Zydeco Voodoo Band put on a lively show that had guests off of their feet.

Proceeds from this event benefit Clearbrook's CHILD Therapy and Community Employment Services programs. CHILD Therapy services is a family-focused, interdisciplinary program that serves and supports families with young children ages birth to five with developmental delays. Community Employment Services helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities obtain employment in the community, working with them to strengthen employment-related skills and cultivating job placements. Guests heard stories from both individuals who have obtained employment through Clearbrook and a mom whose son utilizes services from the CHILD Therapy program.

Clearbrook would like to thank the event's sponsors, Andigo Credit Union, BMO Harris Bank, BakerTilly, Canon, Korol Cleaning Service Inc., Ceres Food Group, Pace, Sysmex, and Weber, as well as the Friends of Clearbrook Committee. Big thank you to D'Vine Wine and Gifts for coordinating the vendors for the tasting.

About Clearbrook

What started in 1955 as a parent's response to the unmet educational requirements of their children with special needs, Clearbrook is now a leader in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities. Clearbrook is committed to creating innovative opportunities, services and supports for people with disabilities. Each year, we serve over 8,000 children and adults -- as well as their families -- in over 160 communities throughout northern Illinois. Clearbrook provides personalized children's, adult day, employment, residential and clinical services at more than 50 locations throughout the Chicago area and is the largest provider of home-based services in the state of Illinois. Employing more than 900 people, we're proud to report that 92 percent of every dollar raised goes directly into programs and services. For more information, visit

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