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This is to be an evening of movement between the Dole and Sage galleries with entertainment, cocktails and food stations packed with bite-sized goodies along the way. Games including a wine pull and spinning wheel will be played and a live auction will be hosted for extravagant prizes such as a 5-course meal with wine pairing prepared by Crystal Lake County Club Sous Chef Evaristo Soto, a guitar signed by John Mellencamp and a pair of tickets to the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in January with round-trip airfare included.
It also wouldn’t be a party without a visit from the birthday boy himself. A Charles Dole character actor will take to the halls of his beloved mansion to mingle with attendees and speak about the history of home from a first-person perspective.
In conjunction with the soirée, the group is kicking off their Art and Music Gifts initiative, which is meant to provide art and music-related gifts to children in foster care in the community during the holiday season. Soirée guests are urged to bring unwrapped gifts to the Dole donation to benefit organizations such as Second Bridge in Crystal Lake, Shelter Inc. in Arlington Heights, Little City in Palatine, Hephzibah Children's Association in Oak Park, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, Children’s Home & Aid, Lutheran Social Services, Lutheran Child and Family Services, Youth Service Bureau, which has an office in Crystal Lake at 475 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Suite D, and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, known as CASA. Donations may be made post-soirée via the donation box in the mansion’s lobby.
“It’s really about three major pieces: The arts, community, and history,” Kay said. “The goal is to expand the knowledge in the community that this is a place that is for the arts, and supports and celebrates the arts. We step into the community and support the arts by developing more relationships with community organizations, some that are also art-centered and some that are not. Bigger community outreach and doing that through the arts is really powerful. We are committed to continuing to educate people through the arts and the history of this amazing place as well as preserve and take care of (the) physical structure of the building so it’s here for many generations to come.”